O'Malley due in D.C. today to discuss inauguration
Gov. Martin O'Malley will meet in Washington this afternoon with Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to discuss arrangements for the Jan. 20 inauguration of Barack Obama. O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec said the two governors will talk with Chertoff about transportation, security and other issues surrounding the inauguration, which is expected to draw an estimated 2 million visitors to Washington. The spokesman noted that while such a crowd would be smaller than the previous estimates of 4 million to 5 million, it would nonetheless set an inaugural record. "It's just a matter of making sure everyone's on the same page and working strategically together," Adamec said.
Severna Park High classes resume today after outage
Classes were set to resume this morning at Severna Park High School after a power outage yesterday canceled classes. A downed tree was responsible for the outage, which affected about 3,000 customers in the area, said Linda Foy, a spokesman for BGE. Electricity went out about 3:15 a.m. and was restored by 10:40 a.m., Foy said. "There were some kids that arrived at school on buses, but we turned them back around," said Bob Mosier, a schools spokesman.
Fire heavily damages vacant city residence
City fire investigators continue to seek the cause of a multiple-alarm fire early yesterday morning that caused extensive damage to a vacant three-story brick dwelling in West Baltimore, according to a city Fire Department spokesman. No injuries were reported. Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman, said the fire was reported at 11:40 p.m. in the 800 block of N. Carrollton Ave. and went to three alarms in a matter of minutes. He said nearly 100 firefighters with 34 pieces of apparatus brought the fire under control at 2:30 a.m. He said the fire went through the roof of the detached dwelling. As conditions worsened, firefighters were ordered out of the building for their safety. Subfreezing temperatures and gusty wind made fighting the blaze difficult, Cartwright said.
Police identify 3 involved in head-on collision in city
Baltimore police have identified the three people involved in a fatal head-on collision Saturday night in East Baltimore. The crash happened about 9:30 p.m. in the 500 block of E. North Ave. at Greenmount Avenue, police said. Two men in a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle were traveling west on East North Avenue when the driver of a 2001 Lincoln Town Car crossed the center line and struck the SUV, police said. City paramedics took the SUV driver, Robert Rohrbaugh Sr., 37, to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Rohrbaugh was from Forest Hill, Harris said. A relative of the driver, Earl Rohrbaugh, 41, of Rosedale, was a passenger in the SUV; he was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a broken leg, Harris said. The Town Car's driver, identified as Ishemer Timmons, 21, of Baltimore, was listed in good condition at a hospital, Harris said.
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Tickets available to dance with the Democrats
The Maryland Democratic Party announced yesterday that it has begun selling tickets to its Inaugural Ball next month in Washington. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Mayflower Hotel at 1127 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Tickets, $125 per person, must be purchased in advance.