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24 officers sent to help colleagues at World Trade Center

The city Police Department has sent 24 officers from its tactical unit to assist New York City police at their command post at the site of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed during terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

The officers will be in New York for at least a week. Kevin Enright, a Baltimore police spokesman, said 800 officers volunteered to go. Enright said four officers were sent Monday, with instructions to notify Commissioner Edward T. Norris if more were needed. "We sent 20 more yesterday," Enright said.

The Baltimore contingent consists of two sergeants and 21 officers under the command of Lt. Michael McDonald, with their duties to be determined by New York police, Enright said.

Worker hurt when boiler explodes at Douglass High

A worker was critically injured yesterday when a boiler being repaired at Frederick Douglass High School exploded, the city Fire Department reported.

Rick Baumer, a contractor with G.E. Tignall, a mechanical contracting firm, was making adjustments to the boiler about 10:30 a.m. when "some kind of explosion" occurred, a Fire Department spokesman said. Baumer suffered cuts to his face and neck, as well as burns, and was being treated last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, officials said.

The cause of the explosion was not known and would be investigated today, according to school system spokeswoman Edie House.

Passenger who fled crash sought for questioning

Police were searching yesterday for a passenger who fled from a car that crashed Monday in Northwest Baltimore, killing the driver and injuring two other occupants.

The accident occurred about 8 p.m. when driver Ricardo Sorrell, 19, of no fixed address, lost control of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier on wet pavement in the 4800 block of Greenspring Ave. and struck a utility pole. He was dead at the scene.

One passenger, Christopher Minor, 18, of the 2200 block of Orem Ave., suffered head injuries and was in critical condition yesterday at Sinai Hospital. A second passenger, Curtis David, 17, of the 5700 block of Jonquil Ave., was treated for a minor ankle injury. Police said the third passenger fled, and they want to question him about the accident.

Officer slightly injured after being dragged by car

A city police officer was slightly injured yesterday afternoon when she was dragged several feet by a car whose driver she was questioning in West Baltimore, police said.

Officer Christine Boyd, 29, had suspected the driver was in the area to buy drugs and told her to leave the area earlier in the day, police said. During the traffic stop at Franklin Street and Warwick Avenue, Boyd got out of her patrol car and was talking to the driver when the car accelerated and dragged the police officer several feet, police said.

Police officers pursued the car -- a black Mitsubishi -- and stopped it on the Beltway near Ruxton Road, police said. Melissa Pritt, 21, of Pikesville was charged with assault with intent to murder, police said. In Baltimore County

Renovation of water lines set in two areas of county

TOWSON -- A $3.2 million public works project will renovate water lines in West Towson and Lutherville-Timonium, Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger said yesterday.

The West Towson work area is bounded by Towsontown Boulevard, Charles Street, Joppa Road and Bosley Avenue. The work area in Lutherville-Timonium is bounded by Timonium, Pot Springs and York roads and Seminary Avenue. About 1,700 households will be affected.

The work involves excavating water lines, eliminating rust deposits and lining pipes with concrete. The work is expected to be complete by the end of next year.

Author of' 'Race Matters' to speak at college tonight

ESSEX -- Cornel West, a voice in the debate over race in the United States, will speak at 8 p.m. today at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

An author and Harvard University professor, West teaches that racial division fosters poverty and despair and undermines the nation's democratic process. His book Race Matters was a best seller.

West will speak in the college's Community Center Theater. Information: 410-780-6572.

Notre Dame Prep plans Fun Run/Walk on Sunday

TOWSON -- Notre Dame Prep School will hold its sixth annual Fun Run/Walk on Sunday on the school campus, 815 Hampton Lane.

Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the run/walk starting at 8 a.m. Advance fees are $15 for adults, $12 for students and $45 for families. The day of the event, fees will be $20 for adults, $15 for students and $50 for families.

Proceeds will benefit tuition aid and school programs. Information: 410-583-8797.

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