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Excerpted versions of articles published in The Sun this past week:

2 Harford men die in Joppa wreck

Two Harford men died Wednesday when a car and motorcycle collided on Mountain Road at a ramp leading to northbound Interstate 95 in Joppa, state police reported.

The car was turning left from Mountain Road onto the ramp about 7 p.m. when it was struck by the speeding motorcycle, police said. The driver and motorcyclist - one from Joppatowne, the other from Havre de Grace - were pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not give their names.

Published Thursday in the Maryland section

Man is arrested in train track attacks

A Kingsville man was arrested in the attacks on two women who were left for dead along train tracks near Aberdeen, crimes that occurred just before two other women were reported missing and were later found killed in the same area.

Charles Eugene Burns, 34, picked up two women in separate incidents near Aberdeen last month and took them to secluded locations near train tracks, police said. The suspect choked one until she lost consciousness, and the other until blood vessels in her eyes burst. Both victims survived.

State police and the Harford Sheriff's Office are investigating the deaths of the other women, whose bodies were found this month near train tracks about six miles from where the nonfatal attacks occurred. Officials from both agencies would not comment on whether Burns, who is being held without bond at the county's detention center, is considered a suspect in those killings. Police also would not disclose details about how the women were killed.

Burns, whose last known address was in the 12100 block of Belair Road in Kingsville, was arrested Thursday by Harford sheriff's deputies and charged with assault in one of the attacks. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the other.

Published Wednesday in the Maryland section

Foerster running for state Senate

Patricia A. Foerster, the departing president of the Maryland State Teachers Association, announced Tuesday that she is running for the state Senate seat in Maryland's 7th District.

The Democrat is running for the seat held by state Sen. Andrew P. Harris, a Republican in the final year of his second term, who has filed to run for re-election.

The district includes Timonium and Cockeysville and stretches through northeastern Baltimore County and southwestern Harford County.

Published Wednesday in the Maryland section

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