Bond reverses decision on position with NAACP
Three weeks after announcing that he would not seek another term as chairman of the NAACP's national board, Julian Bond said yesterday that he has changed his mind. Bond said in an interview on The Tom Joyner Morning Show that he was flooded with calls from board members and others asking him to remain at the helm of the civil rights organization. Bond, 68, has been board chairman since 1998. He said three weeks ago that the time was right to let younger leaders take over the organization. "I've changed my mind, and I am going to offer for re-election in February," Bond said. With Bond's backing, Benjamin T. Jealous, 35, was chosen in May as president and chief executive officer of the NAACP, becoming the youngest president in its history. Jealous supports Bond's decision to remain as chairman "100 percent," said Carla Sims, an NAACP spokeswoman.
Man on Route 2 stabbed in attempted robbery
A 31-year-old man walking home from work early yesterday in Brooklyn Park was stabbed by two men who tried to rob him, according to Anne Arundel County police. The victim, whose name was not released, told police that he was walking home along Route 2 shortly after 1 a.m. when two men in a black car stopped near him. The men got out of the car and demanded money, but the victim said he wasn't carrying cash. One of the men stabbed the victim in the hand, causing a minor injury. Both attackers then got back into the car and fled south on Route 2, police said. The victim was treated at Harbor Hospital and released.
Gus G. Sentementes
Rupture of gas line at Fort Meade repaired
A gas line rupture at Fort Meade that prompted three Anne Arundel County public schools to close yesterday has been repaired, and the schools were expected to reopen today. Meade High, Meade Middle and Manor View Elementary were closed because heating systems were affected. No one at the base was evacuated, but some families were temporarily without heat or hot water, said a base spokesman.
Liz F. Kay
Medevac panel to deliver final report next month
A panel of national experts in emergency medicine reviewing Maryland's medevac helicopter program will deliver its final recommendations in mid-January, the panel chairman told state Emergency Medical Services board members yesterday. The panel convened for two days last month to review data and discuss outcomes after a helicopter crash in September that killed four and left one person seriously injured. Board members received a transcript of assumptions, findings and preliminary recommendations. Recommendations include establishing a task force to analyze data to determine the best number of medevac helicopters based on population, geography and location of hospitals.
Liz F. Kay
City man crashes truck in Va. after police chase
A Baltimore man crashed his tractor-trailer near a shopping mall in Virginia yesterday after leading police on a two-state chase, according to Maryland State Police. Police said the pursuit began after Vernon Edward Jones, 36, sped away from a weigh station off Interstate 270 in Montgomery County about 3:15 p.m. Jones continued south on the interstate until reaching the Capital Beltway and crossing into Virginia, according to police. Jones took an exit in McLean, Va., and crashed into a sidewalk next to Tysons Corner Center, police said. Reckless endangerment charges are pending, police said.
Two teens charged in Glen Burnie vandalism
Two 17-year-old Glen Burnie boys have been charged in a weekend rampage with a stolen backhoe that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars damage to a fraternal lodge and two small businesses, Anne Arundel County police said. Early Saturday morning, police discovered that two construction loaders stored behind the Glen Burnie Moose Lodge had been used to flip vehicles, smash a hole in the wall of the lodge, destroy a storage shed and crush a fence. Police found a fingerprint on one of the loaders that matched the prints of a 17-year-old who had been involved in another incident, police said. Both suspects were charged as juveniles with multiple counts of burglary and malicious destruction of property.