Towson U., its neighbors sign arena agreement
Towson University and the Rodgers Forge community signed an agreement yesterday that sets a new location for the college's $45 million athletic center. Construction of the 5,000-seat addition is to begin next year on the northwest side of the Towson Center Arena, a location farther from homes in the community that adjoins the southern end of the campus. The proposal also calls for a buffer of trees along the private property line with the athletics area. Residents had unsuccessfully urged construction on the other side of Unitas Stadium, but they said they were pleased with the outcome of the negotiations. They plan to read the agreement into the record at the university's Board of Regents meeting today. In an effort to improve communication with its neighbors, the university has appointed community liaison position to handle residents' concerns.
MARY GAIL HARE
Wind blamed for 45,000 power outages in area
The wind played havoc around the Baltimore area yesterday, knocking out power to more than 45,000 customers and three Harford County schools, disabling some traffic signals and likely contributing to the partial collapse of a vacant rowhouse in West Baltimore. The Baltimore County Circuit Court building in Towson closed for the day. In Baltimore, most power outages were reported in areas north and south of downtown, including Federal Hill. As of 8:53 p.m. yesterday, 4,013 customers were without power, and 43,547 customers had their electricity restored, according to BGE's Web site. Gusts reached 60 mph.
Gus Sentementes, Nick Madigan
Woman killed, 2nd injured after being hit by a car
One pedestrian was killed and another taken to a hospital in serious condition after two women were struck by a car in Laurel yesterday, police said. Bibi Kulsoom Khan, 38, of Laurel Walk Drive in Laurel was pronounced dead at Laurel Regional Hospital, according to Anne Arundel County Police. Mary Katherine Hummel, 55, of Montrose Court in Laurel was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was in serious condition. About 7:15 a.m., police responded to a report of pedestrians struck by a car in the area of Route 198 East and Russett Green East. Police were investigating the incident.