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Fatal crash on I-95 under investigation

State police were trying to confirm the identity of a person who was killed yesterday morning in a single-car accident on northbound Interstate 95 in Howard County.

About 8 a.m., a 2001 Toyota Camry left I-95 north of the Route 175 overpass and went into a wooded area, a state police spokesman said.

The driver was uninjured, but the front-seat passenger died at the scene, police said. A passenger in the back seat was treated for minor injuries. The cause of the crash was under investigation yesterday, police said.

Baltimore: Contractors

Dixon encourages more local hiring

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon signed her first executive order yesterday, requiring that most city contractors meet with the Mayor's Office of Employment Development to encourage companies receiving city business to hire local workers.

The order, which applies to contracts worth $25,000 or more, requires companies to fill out forms, meet with the employment office and submit reports twice a year indicating the number of city residents on their payrolls.

"Increasing the participation of Baltimore City residents in our labor force is essential to strengthening our current economy and ensuring our future growth," Dixon said in a statement yesterday.

The executive order stops short of requiring companies to hire local workers, but it directs the mayor's employment office to conduct employment screenings and to connect contractors with city residents who are qualified for jobs.

John Fritze


Panel on taxes, fees seeks 2 members

Baltimore officials are seeking two at-large members for Mayor Sheila Dixon's Committee on Taxes and Fees. People interested in serving on the committee are asked to send a resume - including their residential address in the city - as well as a 300-word essay on how they would reform Baltimore's tax and fee structure. Applications must be received by Friday. Applications can be sent to Mayor Sheila Dixon's Blue Ribbon Committee on Taxes, 250 City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St., Baltimore 21202, faxed to 410-783- 5385, or sent by e-mail to, with "Blue Ribbon Committee on Taxes" in the subject line.

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