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Two homes flood after main break

Two Prince George’s County homes were flooded and two more were evacuated as a precaution after a 3 1/2-foot water main broke overnight, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said.

The break occurred about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 5000 block of Henderson Road in the Temple Hills area.

The basements of two homes near where the main broke flooded, commission spokesman John White said. Water service was restored to most customers in the area while crews continued to repair the main.

There were numerous breaks overnight because of low temperatures, Mr. White said.


Convicted murderer escapes prison

A convicted murderer has escaped from a Western Maryland prison, a Division of Correction official said.

Kanderlario Garcia-Ramos apparently jumped the fence Saturday morning at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, a medium security men’s prison that holds abut 2,000 inmates, division spokesman Mark Vernarelli said. Maryland State Police were immediately alerted, Mr. Vernarelli said.

Court records show that Garcia-Ramos in June entered an Alford plea to first-degree murder in Prince George’s County Circuit Court in a December 2007 killing. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges the state has enough evidence to convict.

Garcia-Ramos was sentenced to life in prison with all but 40 years suspended.


New hearing set on nuclear deal

Maryland’s Public Service Commission will conduct hearings on the deal between Constellation Energy Group and Electricite de France International SA, or EDF.

Constellation will sell half of its nuclear power business to French state-controlled nuclear power company EDF for $4.5 billion. That deal scuttled a $4.7 billion offer from a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway for all of the company.

In an order issued Friday, the state commission will hear oral arguments on the proposed transaction on March 6. It has ordered Constellation to provide documents filed with any other regulatory agencies relating to the proposed EDF transaction.

In the same order, the state commission withdrew its case on the Berkshire Hathaway transaction.



Historic painting donated to park

A Conway, N.H., art collector is returning to Virginia a painting depicting a scene from the South’s surrender at Appomattox.

The landscape by German-born painter George Leo Frankenstein is one of nearly 30 he owns, Michael Callis said.

The amateur historian has agreed to donate the painting to Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the National Park Service said Friday.

The painting shows a rare view of the Appomattox River where Confederates crossed for the surrender, the Park Service said. A historian contacted the Park Service after he saw the painting in a New Hampshire lodge.

In a symbolic gesture, Mr. Callis told the Park Service that he donated the painting that records a nation reunited in honor of President-elect Barack Obama and his former rival, Republican John McCain.

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