Baltimore soldier killed by bomb in Iraq

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A 29-year-old solider from Baltimore was killed in Iraq by an improvised explosive device, the Department of Defense announced last night.

Staff Sgt. Marion Flint Jr. died along with another soldier Monday while on a combat patrol operation in Baghdad when the bomb exploded near his vehicle. He and the other soldier killed, Pfc. Grant A. Dampier, 25, of Merrill, Wis., were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Carson, Colo., the announcement said.

A spokesman at the base said he could not provide further information last night. Flint's family could not be reached.

He is the 45th soldier with ties to Maryland to die in Iraq.

[Nicole Fuller]

Harford County: County CouncilExecutive's budget restored, approved

A day after removing about a half-million dollars for the creation of a new administrative office, the Harford County Council restored most of the money last night and approved County Executive David R. Craig's budget for next year. The council members characterized the vote as a "gentlemen's agreement" meant to mend their broken relations with the executive.

"I think we showed we can work together and do what is best for the county's citizens," Craig said.

After a day of intense negotiations that continued into last night's meeting, the council restored about $290,000 of the $460,000 it had removed during Monday's amendment process. The funding had been set aside for agriculture initiatives and the salaries of two current county employees, whose shuffling among departments had confused council members. Tough words had been exchanged in recent weeks as officials debated the budget.

Left out of the budget was Craig's chief of staff, Aaron N. Tomarchio, whose $96,700 salary and other expenses were not restored. Craig pledged to keep him on board.

The $743 million budget, which had been expected not to pass with three council members absent, was approved unanimously by the four present.

[Justin Fenton]

Region: Naval Academy2 midshipmen due courts-martial Court-martial dates for two U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen accused of sexual misconduct have been set for July at the Washington Navy Yard, the Navy announced yesterday. On July 10, Lamar S. Owens, the star quarterback last year, will face a general court-martial - the most serious form of military trial - because of allegations that he assaulted a female midshipman in her dorm room in January. On July 24, Kenny Ray Morrison will be brought before a special court-martial, an intermediate military trial for which he cannot receive jail time. He is charged with indecent assault, indecent acts and conduct unbecoming an officer in connection with the assault of a female midshipman Feb. 4 at a Washington hotel.

[Bradley Olson]

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