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Rawlings-Blake and Dixon get separate union backing

City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon picked up separate union endorsements yesterday in their citywide races.

Rawlings-Blake, who is seeking a full term as council president, was endorsed by the influential 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.

With about 4,500 members in the city, the union backed Martin O'Malley during last year's gubernatorial campaign. Last week, the union announced its decision to endorse Dixon.

In the mayor's race, the United Auto Workers Local 239 announced its endorsement of Dixon yesterday. This winter, the union endorsed Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. in the race for council president.

The Democratic primary in Baltimore -- which has decided the outcome of city races for decades -- is set for Sept. 11.

Arundel County

: Orchard Beach

Fire victim identified as 72-year-old woman

The victim of a fatal fire in the Orchard Beach community has been identified as a 72-year-old woman, Anne Arundel County fire officials said yesterday.

Firefighters pulled Ellen M. Eberly from the burning house on the 600 block of Waterview Drive about 5:45 p.m. Monday. She was rushed to Baltimore Medical Center in cardiac arrest and later died. Eberly lived in the home with her daughter and son-in law, who were not there at the time.

Howard County

: Elkridge

Man, 50, is killed when hit by truck

A Laurel man died yesterday when a truck rolled over him on the parking lot of American Tank Transport Inc. in an Elkridge industrial complex, Howard County police said.

Police said Patrick Carlos Britton, 50, of the 9500 block of Odenton Court was killed instantly. The driver of the truck was backing the vehicle on the lot in the 6300 block of Macaw Court about 2:50 p.m. when the truck struck Britton, police said. The victim was a customer of a neighboring business, said police Sgt. Frederick von Briesen.

The driver, Thomas Crank III, 27, of the 800 block of Cinnamon Ridge Place in Cockeysville, was not injured, police said. He works for Tarpon Transportation. Police were investigating the incident yesterday.

Melissa Harris


: Citywide

Police review panel to meet today

Baltimore's Civilian Review Board, which sorts through citizen complaints about city police, is to hold its first neighborhood meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Oliver Multi-Purpose Center, 1400 E. Federal St.

The board hears complaints about use of excessive force, abusive language, harassment and false arrest. Members can recommend punishment to the police commissioner, though their rulings are not binding.

Former Mayor Martin O'Malley, now the governor, introduced the 11-member board for the first time in 2000. It had been established by the General Assembly a year earlier, under then-Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

The panel focuses on complaints that deal directly with police-citizen interaction and has the power to file criminal or administrative charges against officers. It is composed of nine civilians -- one for each police district -- and officials of the police union. A police major is liaison.


'Big Splash' to open pools Saturday

Baltimore City's Department of Recreation and Parks is set to open citywide pools Saturday at the Druid Hill Park Pool. The "Big Splash" -- which is free and open to the public -- is set to begin at 11 a.m., with music from the Steel Drum Band, and a countdown to jumping in will start at 11:58 a.m. Recreation and Parks operates six large park pools, 13 walk-to pools, 21 wading pools and three indoor swimming facilities. Admission to walk-to pools and indoor pools is $1 a visit, or $10 for a season membership. Park pools' admission is $1.50 a visit, or $25 for a season membership. Information: 410-396-7900.

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