- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 23, 2006

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

Letter scare at NAACP office

Federal authorities are investigating a letter that was sent to the NAACP local Baltimore office that contained a white powdery substance.

The letter was discovered yesterday when the chapter leader was opening the mail after returning from the organization’s national convention in the District. He said the FBI and a hazardous materials team responded and that he was told the substance turned out to be boric acid. He also said FBI officials told him that the letter was of a hate-crime nature.

LINTHICUM

Hundreds of evacuees through BWI

Two more airplanes carrying America evacuees from Lebanon arrived yesterday at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

About 250 passengers were on a flight that arrived in the morning, but officials did not say by last night how many were on the afternoon flight. More than 1,200 people have arrived at the airport since the United States began flying Americans out of the war-torn country. About 140 people were on the first flight to BWI, on Thursday, and about 720 arrived Friday.

A Maryland Emergency Management Agency spokesman said airport services improve with every arrival and those on the flight yesterday morning were out of the airport within 90 minutes. He also said volunteers are helping and that the airport has a computer bank to help people book travel.

ANNAPOLIS

Referendum proceeds on early-voting bill

There will be a referendum this fall on one of two early-voting bills passed by the General Assembly in the past two years. The original and broader early-voting bill that passed last year remains under legal challenge.

The referendum will question a measure that lists specific early-voting polling places. Because it was passed as emergency legislation, early voting will go ahead this year no matter what happens with the referendum.

A group called Marylanders for Fair Elections collected more than 50,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot. The group formed a campaign committee Friday that allows it to raise money and initiate an ad campaign about the referendum.

WOODBINE

Woman killed while walking horse

A Howard County woman was struck by a car and killed yesterday morning while walking a horse across an intersection near her home, according to the Howard County Police Department.

Police identified the victim as Deborah Jean Leister, 50.

Mrs. Leister was leading a horse diagonally across the intersection of Woodbine Road and A.E. Mullinix Road, near her home. One car saw her and stopped, but another didn’t see her until the last minute. It swerved and struck the other car before hitting Mrs. Leister, police said. The driver of the car that hit Mrs. Leister is 17 years old, police said. Neither the teen nor the driver of the other car was injured.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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