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The barn is one of several historic buildings in the recreation area at the post. It is built into an earthen bank and water in the soil has caused a wall to buckle.

The stabilization project will cost about $500,000.


Gasoline in barrel flashes, burns man

A Hurlock man suffered burns to his face, arms and legs after he used gasoline to ignite a fire in a trash barrel, fire investigators said.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said William Matthews, 48, was trying to burn a blanket in a metal barrel behind his home Sunday afternoon. When he poured gasoline onto the combustibles, it flashed and caused the burns.

Mr. Matthews is being treated at Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore.


Social Services chief quits amid inquiry

The head of Baltimore’s Department of Social Services voluntarily resigned — a week after state officials began an investigation into the case of a 2-year-old girl whose death was caused by a methadone overdose and beating, state officials said yesterday.

Samuel Chambers’ resignation from the agency overseen by the state’s Department of Human Resources is effective immediately.

The girl’s mother has been charged in the death. The agency already had taken away two of the woman’s older daughters, but the 2-year-old girl apparently was not noted by caseworkers.

Mr. Chambers was hired in 2004 to improve the city’s social services department, which has come under fire for failing to prevent child deaths due to abuse and neglect.


Teens denied bail in fatal drive-by

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