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The North Baltimore Aquatic Club, cradle of Michael Phelps (who now co-owns it with Bob Bowman), has done a good job of either explicitly or subtly gagging the witnesses of 14-year-old Louis Lowenthal’s apparent drowning at the Meadowbrook Aquatic Center during an October 28 practice. I wonder if this is what the grief counselors prescribed. I assume NBAC hired some grief counselors.

There will be no clues from the call to 911. The Baltimore Fire Department dispatched first-response medics to Meadowbrook on the basis of a barebones text message from a mobile device, not an audio call, I was told yesterday by Kevin Cartwright, chief of public information for the department.

The Maryland medical examiner’s findings of cause and manner of death, and release of the Lowenthal autopsy report, are still pending.

Irv Muchnick

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