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Towson woman critical after being hit by car

A Towson woman was reported in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after she was struck by a car in front of her home, county police said. The woman was hit while adjusting the driver's side mirror of her car, which had been struck by another vehicle earlier and whose driver failed to stop, according to police. Officer Keith Weber said Terwanda Owens, 19, of the 8600 block of Oakleigh Road was standing in the roadway in front of her home next to her Chevrolet Malibu at about 5:10 p.m. when she was struck by a 1999 Mitsubishi Galant driven by a woman who stopped and whose name was not released. Weber said Owens suffered head injuries and was flown byto Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Weber said Owens' car was struck between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. by an unknown vehicle that failed to stop. Anyone knowing the driver who first struck the woman's car is urged to call Weber at 410-887-5396.

Richard Irwin

5 on light rail train hurt in collision with car

Five light rail riders were hurt yesterday afternoon when a car ran a red light and hit a train in Cockeysville, officials said. Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said the five passengers suffered minor injuries in the crash, which occurred about 1:15 p.m. near Warren Road and Industry Lane. The driver of the car wasn't injured, and information about whether the driver has been charged wasn't immediately available. A Maryland Transit Administration spokeswoman said the passengers were taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital.

Associated Press

Pa. woman is injured in one-car crash in Whiteford

A Pennsylvania woman was seriously injured yesterday when her car overturned in Whiteford, Harford County, state troopers from the Bel Air barracks said. Jackie Morris, 50, of Airville, Pa., was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer south on Route 136 about 1 p.m., when she attempted to avoid an animal, lost control and struck an embankment, state police said. After rescue workers freed her from the overturned vehicle, Morris was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center by the Maryland State Police Aviation Division. Police said she was conscious and alert at the time. She was listed in serious condition, according to a hospital spokesman.

Mary Gail Hare

Special-ed teacher picked to run Office for Children

Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed Rosemary King Johnston, a longtime special-education teacher, as executive director of the Governor's Office for Children, which coordinates child and family care within state agencies. Most recently, Johnston was a program manager and regional administrator for the Maryland State Department of Education. In a statement, Johnston said she looks forward to "serving in an administration that fosters collaborative efforts to improve outcomes, opportunities, and the well-being of Maryland's children and their families." The office has been a political target in the past - under former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Democratic lawmakers abolished an earlier version of the agency. They contended that it was ineffective and staffed with political loyalists, not qualified professionals. Ehrlich, a Republican, created the current office to replace it.

Laura Smitherman

Rabbi, wife slain in Mumbai honored at service

Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, 29, was remembered last night as an intellectual and, above all, someone who devoted his life to Judaism, moving halfway around the world with his wife, Rivkah, 28, to work at a Jewish center. About 50 people attended the service for the Holtzbergs at the Chabad Center of Anne Arundel County in Annapolis. The couple and four others were killed last week inside the Mumbai Chabad Center in India during coordinated terrorist attacks. Nearly 200 people were killed. The Holtzbergs' 2-year-old son, Moshe, survived after he was smuggled out of the center by an employee. Rabbi Nochum Light, a friend and former classmate of Gavriel Holtzberg, recalled the slain rabbi as someone with an never-ending thirst for learning. Holtzberg, whose sister and brother-in-law live in Baltimore's Park Heights, moved to New York from Israel at age 9 and met Light shortly thereafter. Last night's service also remembered Yocheved Orpaz, who was also killed in Mumbai. Stuart Schoenberg, whose son is married to Orpaz's daughter, spoke.

Brent Jones

Hopkins opens pavilion for cancer patients' families

Officials with the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center will dedicate a new facility today giving cancer patients and their families a place to stay when they must travel from out of town for treatment or to participate in clinical trials. The Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion, with 29 suites and 10 extended-stay apartments, includes common areas, kitchens, computers and wireless Internet service. The pavilion is at Orleans Street and Broadway in East Baltimore.

Stephanie Desmon

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