Jewish group raises record amount in funds drive

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore raised a record $32.25 million during its 2006 campaign, President Marc B. Terrill announced yesterday.

About two-thirds of the money will be used to support the federation's 19 local agencies, the organization said. The rest will help pay for programs overseas.

The money will help 1,000 seniors access social service programs in their apartment buildings, allow 5,000 youths and parents to take part in addiction-prevention programs, and help provide food and medicine for 250,000 elderly Jews living in the former Soviet Union, the organization said. It will help 100,000 Ethiopians settle in Israel and enable more than 5,000 people to volunteer in Baltimore schools, hospitals, senior centers, shelters and neighborhoods.

The 2006 total surpassed the previous high of $29.25 million raised in 2002. Last year, The Associated raised $28.7 million.

The annual campaign funds humanitarian, social service, educational, cultural and religious programs in Baltimore, Israel, and 65 other countries.

"There's still more work to be done to improve the lives of people who are vulnerable in our global community," campaign Chairman Bruce Hoffberger said.

Matthew Hay Brown

Maryland: Jessup

Inmate who died in cell is identified

An inmate who died after being found unconscious in his cell early Sunday at the Maryland House of Correction was identified by a state prisons spokesman yesterday as James Gray, 46, a convicted killer from Baltimore. George Gregory, the spokesman, said investigators are trying to determine the cause of Gray's death. He was serving a life sentence for murder and had been in prison since 1997, the prison spokesman said. Gregory has said there were no stab wounds or other obvious signs that the death was a homicide, but Gray's cellmate at the Jessup prison was questioned.

Greg Garland

Carroll County: Taylorsville

Man critically hurt in Route 26 crash

A Carroll County motorist was critically injured early yesterday while crossing Route 26 in Taylorsville, east of the Frederick County line, when he failed to yield for a westbound GMC truck, said state police from the Westminster barracks. Roger Lee Wright, 45, of the 3000 block of Hooper Road in New Windsor was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from his Saturn SC2 when his vehicle collided with the truck shortly before 5 a.m., state police said. He was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. The driver of the truck, Vance Weldon of Artemas, Pa., refused medical treatment, state police said.

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