HELEN BENTLEY DIES: Helen Delich Bentley, the colorful and cantankerous former Maryland congresswoman whose fierce advocacy for the port of Baltimore led to its being named in her honor, died Saturday,reports Michael Dresser for the Sun. Mrs. Bentley, who was 92, died at her home in Timonium, said longtime aide Key Kidder. She had brain cancer.
Brian Witte of the AP reports in the Post that Kidder said Bentley died shortly after 1:30 p.m. at her home in Timonium, where she was receiving hospice care. Bentley, a Republican, served in the U.S. House of Representatives in the state’s 2nd Congressional District for 10 years from 1985 to 1995. She was known for a tenacious and gruff political style that produced results, especially when it came to her beloved Port of Baltimore. The port was named after her in 2006.
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