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Mentor pairs to get access to city cultural institutions

Baltimore residents who mentor a child would have free access to more than 30 city cultural institutions, from the Baltimore Museum of Art to the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, under a program announced yesterday.

About 350 "mentoring pairs" are eligible for the ACCESS Baltimore program - which aims to broaden the number of places mentors can take children - and officials hope the initiative will encourage 150 more people to become mentors this year.

Mayor Martin O'Malley, who unveiled the program, said mentoring is an important way to connect with children who might otherwise slip through the cracks.

"We don't know which of these young people might be the person who discovers a cure for HIV-AIDS," O'Malley said. "We need to act as if one of them might be."

The list of participating museums and theaters includes the American Visionary Arts Museum, the B&O; Railroad Museum, Center Stage, Lyric Opera House and the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

The program, which gives mentors free access to one institution each month, is open only to mentor pairs coordinated through My Sister's Circle, Baltimore Rising or University of Baltimore Rising. Only children 11 to 17 years are eligible.

Information: the city's office on children, youth and families, 410-396-4280.

John Fritze

Anne Arundel: Bristol

Head-on collision kills motorist

A man was killed when a tractor-trailer collided head-on with his Scion minivan near Bristol yesterday morning, according to Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Russ Davies. A sport utility vehicle was also involved in the crash, Davies said. The man, whom police had not identified yesterday afternoon, was declared dead at the scene, Davies said. The 7:30 a.m. crash occurred at Route 258 and McKendree Road, Davies said. The woman driving the SUV was taken to the Anne Arundel Medical Center and treated for minor injuries, Davies said. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not harmed, Davies said.

Annie Linskey

Baltimore: Seton Hill

City OKs substation despite opposition

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. will be allowed to build an electrical substation in Baltimore's Seton Hill neighborhood after the city's Board of Estimates yesterday unanimously lifted a decades-old restriction on how the property can be developed. Neighbors of the site, at 401 Orchard St., have fought the station and had asked the city to delay its decision yesterday so that BGE could consider other locations. Instead, the Board of Estimates allowed the project to move forward but required the company to install five security cameras and to consult with residents on lighting, landscaping and the design of the station's facade. Officials argue the station is needed to add capacity to the city's power grid.

John Fritze


Prescription drug assistance available

The "Help Is Here Express" traveling education center will make a stop in Baltimore today to help people having trouble paying for prescription medicine. Representatives from Partnership for Prescription Assistance match people in need with the more than 450 prescription assistance programs available across the country, streamlining what can be a complicated process. The bus will be at the Helping Up Mission, 1029 E. Baltimore St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 888-477-2669, or

Harford County: Interstate 95

Some lanes to close for work on bridge

Some lanes of Interstate 95 on the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge over the Susquehanna River are to be closed for overnight roadwork, starting tonight and over the next week, state transportation officials say. The two right lanes on the southbound bridge will close from 6 tonight to 5 a.m. tomorrow and Monday and Tuesday. The two right lanes on the northbound bridge will close from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Feb. 16. Delays are expected during the overnight hours.

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