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In Baltimore City

Worker trapped when conduit trench collapses

A construction worker was injured and briefly trapped yesterday when a trench he was helping dig collapsed.

Thomas Krause, 40, an employee of Severn Cable, was working on a trench for electrical conduits near Broadway and Fayette Street when it partially collapsed, burying the lower half of his body, officials said.

Other members of the construction crew called 911 at 11:43 a.m., but by the time firefighters arrived a minute or two later, the workers had used an excavator to free Krause, city fire officials said. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, officials said.

Police seek four suspects in robbery and kidnapping

City and Baltimore County police were seeking four men in the robbery and kidnapping of a man from his North Baltimore home yesterday afternoon and the attempted robbery of a county man a short time later.

About 3:30 p.m., four men entered a house in the 1600 block of Sherwood Ave. in the city and robbed a man of unspecified property, police said. When the victim told the robbers he knew of a man in the county who had more valuables, he and the four men drove to the first block of Comet Court near Hillendale in the victim's Lexus, where the four attempted to rob the second man outside a townhouse.

During that incident, the first victim ran from his car and was shot at before the four sped away.

More than an hour later, police found the first victim's Lexus burning on a street near his home.

Aquarium youth program wins federal arts award

An after-school educational program operated by the National Aquarium in Baltimore will be honored today for its work with young people and the arts at a ceremony in Washington.

The Aquarium on Wheels program, which uses theater to teach school audiences about science and conservation, is among 17 programs to be recognized by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. First lady Laura Bush will present an award and a $10,000 cash prize.

The 10-year-old program selects 16 high school students from Baltimore County and Baltimore City schools to create an educational play. The students perform the play at the aquarium and other venues throughout the year.

Panel discussion today to focus on James Rouse

A panel of experts will discuss the life and legacy of Columbia founder James W. Rouse at 5 p.m. today at the University of Baltimore.

The panel will include two Rouse biographers. The event will be moderated by Howard Gillette, director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities. A question-and-answer session will be included.

The free event will be held in the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, 11 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Parks board to meet tomorrow at rec center

The Baltimore City Board of Recreation and Parks will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at Gardenville Recreation Center, 4517 Hazelwood Ave.

The board typically meets the fourth Wednesday of the month but scheduled this month's meeting early because of the holidays.

The public is welcome.

In Baltimore County

Smith to sign measure on county revitalization

TOWSON - Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. plans to sign enabling legislation for a program designed to revitalize the county's older neighborhoods at 1 p.m. today in his office on the mezzanine level of the old courthouse building, 400 Washington Ave.

The legislation, which passed the County Council unanimously last week, calls for allowing developers to bypass a property's zoning and the traditional development route if they agree to take part in an intensive community approval process.

The "renaissance redevelopment" concept was introduced by Smith more than a year ago and was the subject of months of discussion and revision. The executive's office is expecting community leaders and members of the County Council to attend the signing.

Pedestrian killed in accident is identified by police

WOODLAWN - The woman killed in a Friday morning accident on Old Court Road was identified by police yesterday as Sharisse Hill.

Hill, 31, of the 8500 block of Glen Michael Lane in Randallstown was walking on Old Court Road near Liberty Road about 8 a.m. Friday when she was hit by a Verizon utility truck pulling out of a driveway, police said.

The driver of the truck was not charged. The accident remains under investigation, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

Cardin, Brochin to hold town hall meeting today

PIKESVILLE - State Sen. James Brochin of the 42nd District and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin of the 3rd Congressional District will hold a town hall meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Pikesville High School auditorium, 7621 Labyrinth Road.

The meeting is open to residents of the 42nd District, which encompasses the Smith-Greenspring area, including Old Court Road between Greenspring Avenue and Falls Road.

The two Democrats will discuss state and federal government and will answer questions. Information: Jennifer Levy, 410- 823-7087.

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