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Branch aide Crider chosen to fill seat on City Council

Vernon E. Crider, an aide to former City Councilwoman Paula Johnson Branch, was nominated by a committee yesterday to replace her as the representative from the 13th District, virtually ensuring that he will be sworn in to the position this month.

Crider, 43, began as a City Council aide in 2004. Before that, he was a special-education teacher and an assistant principal at Lake Clifton-Eastern High School.

On the committee of 10 council members, seven supported Crider, one abstained and two were absent, according to a spokesman for the City Council president.

If elected by the full council, Crider will replace Branch, who left the council this year. Crider said he will run for a full four-year term in this year's election.

Asked about his goals, Crider said he wanted to make sure city students "are receiving an adequate education and getting ready for work or college. There are a lot of high school students who aren't doing much because they're not ready. We need those people to be taxpayers, not sitting around and being recipients from taxpayers."

The 13th District, which covers an area between Belair Road and East Fayette Street east of Broadway, is also home to the East Baltimore Development Corp. redevelopment project, which Crider also identified as a priority.

Branch's seat was the second vacated on the council this year. Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake left the 6th District seat open when she became council president in January.

John Fritze


: Traffic

Restrictions set for O's home opener

Traffic restrictions will be in place around Camden Yards for the Orioles' home opener Monday, according to the Baltimore Department of Transportation.

Parking will be banned on the following streets from 6 a.m. to midnight: both sides of Pratt Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Paca Street; the east side of Greene Street from Lombard Street to Washington Boulevard; the east side of Eutaw Street from Lombard to Pratt streets; and the north side of Conway Street from Charles to Sharp streets.

The following streets will be closed or restricted to traffic starting at noon: Camden Street from Howard to Russell streets and Lee Street from Ramp D to Russell Street.

Hamburg Street from Russell to Lombard streets will be made one-way eastbound before the game and one-way westbound after the game. The game starts at 3:05 p.m.

Transportation officials say they encourage ticket holders who do not have parking permits for stadium lots to use public transportation. Parking restrictions in neighborhoods near the stadium, such as Federal Hill, will be enforced, and cars could be ticketed and towed.

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