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In Baltimore County

10-year-old boy is struck by car on way to school

OWINGS MILLS - A 10-year-old boy was hospitalized after being hit by a car as he crossed Reisterstown Road to Owings Mills Elementary School yesterday morning, Baltimore County police said.

The boy was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit with nonlife-threatening injuries, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman. The boy was halfway across the road when he was struck by a 1988 Mazda 323 headed south in the 10800 block of Reisterstown Road about 8:30 a.m., Vinson said.

It appeared that the child, not the 20-year-old female driver, was at fault, Vinson said.

Teacher nominated for technology award

COCKEYSVILLE - Robert Kovacs, a social studies teacher at Cockeysville Middle School, is the Baltimore County school system's nominee for the Outstanding Technology-Using Educator Award in Maryland.

MICCA, formerly known as the Maryland Instructional Computer Coordinators Association, will select the statewide winner from 24 candidates in a ceremony March 19.

Kovacs has turned his classroom into a technology center for all pupils. He uses the school system's intranet for daily instruction and provides links to the Internet to reinforce what pupils have learned.

Man injured in crash after fire at auto shop

ESSEX - An accident involving a portable heater at a car repair shop caused a two-alarm fire yesterday morning, according to Baltimore County fire officials.

Heavy black smoke was showing from the bay of Snyders Used Cars in the first block of Eastern Ave. when firefighters arrived about 7 a.m., said Capt. Glenn A. Blackwell. Within 30 minutes, the blaze was under control. No one was injured, he said.

However, a few minutes later, a mechanic at Kim's Automotive next door was driving a car into a garage when the accelerator stuck and the car smashed through a wall. The mechanic suffered minor injures, Blackwell said, adding, "He was very lucky."

In Baltimore City

New police commissioner to meet with residents

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark is scheduled to hold an "up close and personal dialogue" with residents Thursday at City College.

Clark will meet with residents from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the high school, 3220 The Alameda. The commissioner, a former high-ranking New York police commander, officially joined the department Monday. He replaced Edward T. Norris, who became superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

Mayor Martin O'Malley is scheduled to attend.

Federal Hill businesses raise $20,000 for O'Malley

An event held by a group of Federal Hill businesses raised an estimated $20,000 for the campaign treasury of Mayor Martin O'Malley Wednesday evening.

The $50-admission, three-hour event at the McHenry Theater was advertised as "an evening of live music with light fare and libations from your favorite Federal Hill restaurants and taverns." The mayor estimated it raised nearly $20,000 for his fund, Friends of Martin O'Malley - indicating about 400 people purchased tickets.

The mayor's latest campaign finance filing with the state election board shows his campaign raised $3,950 between Nov. 20 and Jan. 8, and has a cash balance of $1,052,381.

Discussion, book signing on spirituals at aquarium

In celebration of Black History Month, the National Aquarium in Baltimore is presenting a musical program and book signing by Denver psychologist Arthur Jones, author of Wade in the Water: The Wisdom of the Spirituals, at 7:30 tonight.

Jones, who teaches at the University of Denver, will shed light on the hidden meaning of traditional spirituals, which he calls "social action music."

Admission to the aquarium after 5 p.m. on Fridays through March is $5.

Local author to discuss latest book at Pratt library

Harriette Cole, an author and a Baltimore native, is scheduled to speak at 6:30 this evening in Wheeler Auditorium at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.

The subject will be her latest book, Choosing Truth: Leading an Authentic Life, which addresses personal and self-help themes related to spirituality, relationships and facing one's fears. Cole will sign copies of her book after the talk, which is free and open to the public.

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