Arundel Digest


Severna Park man killed in Millersville in one-car accident

A Severna Park man was killed early yesterday when he lost control of his car and hit a light pole along Veterans Highway in Millersville, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Daniel Michael Milord, 21, was traveling north in his 1998 Honda Civic when he lost control going around a slight curve, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

State decides not to sell section of Park and Ride

State transportation officials have decided not to sell a segment of Severna Park's Park and Ride after hearing objections from neighbors and elected leaders.

The lot is used for a farmer's market and provides access to the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park, a popular hiking area.

"I know that both are important assets to this community, and I share your desire not to put their continued viability in jeopardy," wrote state Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan in a letter to state Sen. Janet Greenip, a Republican who represents Severna Park.

The section of the Park and Ride was one of more than 40 properties the state planned to sell to raise money for its transportation fund.

Faulty pump forces out more than 400 at Marriott

Anne Arundel County firefighters evacuated more than 400 people from the Marriott hotel at Baltimore-Washington International Airport yesterday morning after hot exhaust from a malfunctioning pump caused wood in the building's structure to smolder.

Firefighters responded to reports of a burning wood odor at 4:56 a.m. They cleared the hotel before discovering the malfunctioning pump, designed to provide water pressure to the 10-story building.

Anne Arundel fire officials said that the hotel had about $10,000 in damage but that no one was injured. Hotel guests were allowed back in their rooms about 6 a.m., firefighters said.

Robot Festival planned Saturday in Linthicum

Combat by mechanical creatures will be among the attractions Saturday when the Historical Electronics Museum in Linthicum presents Robot Festival 2004.

The free event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features robots built and operated by area schoolchildren and others, organizers said.

New this year is an 8-foot-square arena where "bots" up to 30 pounds can compete. Several robot teams have registered, along with clubs from elementary through high schools in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard and Harford counties.

The museum, at 1745 West Nursery Road, presents a wide variety of static and interactive displays, including fundamentals of electricity and electronics, electro-optics, undersea and space communications, and radar technologies dating to World War II. It also houses an amateur radio station, and a research and lending library that is open to the public.

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