Mayor at Star-Spangled Banner event, hospitalized

AP News
Posted: Sep 14, 2014 5:01 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake complained of shortness of breath and chest pains during the city's Star-Spangled Banner celebration over the weekend and was taken to a hospital for tests.

The mayor's office says the 44-year-old elected official was taken by ambulance to the hospital Saturday night. Spokeswoman Caron Brace says Rawlings-Blake was in good spirits and resting comfortably Sunday. She said staffers hoped the mayor would be released within hours.

The celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner's 200th anniversary went on as planned Saturday with speeches by Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Rawlings-Blake fell ill shortly after she spoke.

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The celebration marked 200 years since the defeat of the British at Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key to write a poem that would become the national anthem.