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BALTIMORE (AP) The adult entertainment district in downtown Baltimore is the scene of a multi-alarm fire. Smoke spread over much of the area this afternoon as firefighters battled the blaze in the 400 block of Baltimore Street, an area known as The Block.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has fired the heads of several county agencies. Baker took the oath of office shortly before noon today and announced an overhaul of county government less than an hour later. Police Chief Roberto Hylton and Fire Chief Eugene Jones were fired.

NEWARK, Del. (AP) Delaware State Police say a teenager waiting for a school bus was struck and killed by a car in Newark. Troopers say a car driven by 21-year-old Malcolm Deshields of Newark struck a 15-year-old Newark boy about 7:05 a.m. today. His identity is being withheld until his family can be notified.

GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) Anti-abortion activists say they plan to protest at a Germantown clinic being opened by a Nebraska late-term abortion doctor. Organizers say activists, clergy and others plan to picket Monday morning at the Reproductive Health Services clinic in Germantown.

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) A retired researcher at the Army lab believed to be the source of anthrax spores used in deadly 2001 mailings says he believes the spores were removed from wet anthrax samples in a centrifuge while being dried with a speed vacuum. Investigators believe researcher Bruce Ivins mailed the spores and later killed himself.

BALTIMORE (AP) Maryland state officials are planning to meet with officials of the companies that own Pimlico Race Course to try to break an impasse over race scheduling. The Maryland Racing Commission recently rejected a proposal to a reduced schedule at Laurel Park and at Pimlico in Baltimore.

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