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In Baltimore County

Woman, 35, killed, husband injured in late-night crash

TIMONIUM - A 35-year-old woman was killed and her husband seriously injured yesterday when the car he was driving ran off a curving stretch of Dulaney Valley Road and crashed, authorities said.

Francesca Borrelli Johnson of the 100 block of Pine Bark Court in Cockeysville was thrown from the 1999 Volkswagen Beetle, which police said went off a curve north of Pot Spring Road about 1 a.m. and struck an embankment, a large tree and a boulder. It then hit a pole, flipped and landed back on the road, sliding on its roof and side until rolling back over onto its wheels.

The driver, Robert Arthur Johnson, 35, was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where his wife was pronounced dead.

Police said an investigation is continuing.

Concert to be presented tomorrow at senior center

PARKTON - Holiday music on the harp and koto will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Carmel Senior Center, 17038 Prettyboy Dam Road.

The koto is an ancient stringed instrument from Japan. The concert is free.

Information: Barbara Franke, 410-887-1923.

Catonsville High athletes honored for scholarship

CATONSVILLE - The Catonsville High School boys and girls soccer teams have been named winners of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2004 High School Team Academic Award. The school was one of eight nationwide to have both teams receive this honor for three consecutive years. To qualify, a team must have a yearly cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.25 based on a 4.0 scale.

The Catonsville Comets girls soccer team had the highest weighted GPA (which reflects advanced and honors courses) in the nation at 4.89. The boys' soccer team ranked fifth in the nation with an unweighted GPA of 3.95. This marks the eighth consecutive year that the award has been presented to the Catonsville High boys team.

In Baltimore City

City man fatally stabbed in home during argument

An argument between two men in a South Baltimore rowhouse yesterday afternoon left one dead and the other being sought by police, authorities said.

Nathaniel Lee Smith, 38, was arguing with a man known to him shortly after noon in his home in the 1100 block of Ward St. when he was stabbed at least once in the upper body, witnesses told homicide Detective Robert Cherry. The nature of the argument was not known, Cherry said.

Smith died an hour later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, the detective said. Anyone with information about the killing is urged to call Cherry or Detective Ron Berger at 410-396- 2100.

Kwanzaa celebration set for today at Baptist church

Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore will celebrate Kwanzaa today with African drumming, dancing and a feast.

Kwanzaa is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Each day focuses on a different principle, including unity, collective work, purpose and creativity. The word Kwanzaa means "first fruits of harvest" in Swahili.

The event at Pleasant Hope Baptist, 430 E. Belvedere Ave., will begin at 7 p.m. Information: 410-435-0851.

College of Notre Dame offers language classes

The English Language Institute at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland is registering students for day and evening classes for the first spring session.

Daytime classes will be offered from Jan. 24 to March 18 and will offer instruction in beginning through advanced English language skills, including reading, writing and grammar. Students can study full or part time and classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. weekdays. The registration deadline for daytime classes is Jan. 17.

Evening classes will be held from Feb. 8 to April 14 and will offer two classes: intermediate writing and grammar, and intermediate speaking and pronunciation. Classes will be begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The registration deadline for evening classes is Jan. 31.

Information, 410-532-5566 or www.ndm.edu/institutes/eli.

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