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Republican convention to hear Steele

Former Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele has received a featured speaking role at his second consecutive presidential nominating convention, the Republican National Committee announced yesterday.

Steele is scheduled to speak Sept. 2 on the second night of the convention in St. Paul, Minn. Among the others speaking that evening on the theme of "reform" are three former presidential hopefuls: former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee. The themes for the other nights of the four-day convention are "service," "prosperity" and "peace."

While the time of Steele's address was not specified, he will not be speaking in the prime viewing hour of 10 p.m.-11 p.m. EDT, which typically receives the widest audience.

In 2004, Steele told convention delegates in New York and those watching on television that the Republican Party represented the best chance for racial minorities to build wealth. He went on to run unsuccessfully for Senate in 2006 before becoming chairman of GOPAC, which recruits and trains state and local Republican candidates.

David Nitkin

Anne Arundel


Officer, 2 others hurt after car hits cruiser

An Anne Arundel County police officer and two others were injured when their car struck his cruiser as he responded to a call, police said yesterday.

Officer Michael Cooper, a three-year member of the department, was heading west on Bestgate Road outside Annapolis about 11 a.m. Tuesday with his lights and sirens on when the driver of a 2002 Saturn sedan going east tried to turn left onto Research Drive in front of the cruiser.

The Saturn, driven by Arthur Archibald Richmond III, 89, of Annapolis, hit the police car, which then struck a white 2005 Toyota Scion that was stopped at the red light at Research Drive and Bestgate Road. After striking the Scion, the police car struck a traffic signal support pole.

Cooper was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released. Richmond and his wife, Eugenie Richmond, 88, were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where they were treated and released. The Scion's driver was not hurt.


Rockville woman dies of crash injuries

A Rockville woman died after her husband's car struck a passenger van in Edgewater, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Flavia Giampietro, 80, was pronounced dead Tuesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a day after the crash on Mayo Road.

Dominick M. Giampietro, 83, who was driving a Chrysler sedan, turned left into the parking lot of the Peninsula Farms & Bait stand and into the path of an oncoming Ford van carrying seven people. He was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released. None of the van's passengers was hurt.


Small plane skids off runway; no one hurt

Three people escaped injury yesterday when the pilot of a small plane lost control during takeoff and skidded off a runway at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The twin-engine Cessna 441 was departing the general aviation runway about 12:30 p.m. when the unidentified pilot suddenly veered onto the grass alongside Runway 33 Right, said Cheryl Stewart, an airport spokeswoman. Emergency crews responded, but the incident did not disrupt commercial service at the airport, Stewart said.

"It never left the ground, there was no fire or any other problem and nobody was hurt," Stewart said. "Right now, it's not clear what happened; he just lost control."

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. Jim Peters, a spokesman for the FAA, said the runway was closed until about 4:30 p.m. The pilot and passengers were not identified, he said.

The registered owner of the plane is Avian LLC of Edina, Minn., Peters said.

Chris Guy

Baltimore County


Gas main break shuts portion of roadway

A gas main break shut down part of Dulaney Valley Road in Towson early yesterday morning, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman said.

The break, on Dulaney Valley Road at Fairmount Avenue, occurred as a result of another company working in the area, said spokeswoman Kelly Shanefelter.

Repairs were completed by 6:30 a.m., and the road was reopened at 8 a.m., she said. No customers lost gas service as a result of the break.

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