CARE eyes Atlanta, Baltimore
A search by the global humanitarian organization CARE for a new headquarters with 200 employees has narrowed to two competing cities, Baltimore and Atlanta, local economic development officials said last night.
CARE representatives have visited Baltimore several times and were offered a package of inducements to move here from New York, said Mark L. Wasserman, Maryland's secretary of economic and employment development. Incentives in Atlanta reportedly include offers by the Woodruff Foundation to donate $2.5 million and acquire a downtown building for the new headquarters.
Said Mr. Wasserman, "From my own point of view, the combination of state, city and a variety of philanthropic sources [in Baltimore] have assembled a package that I think probably surprised all of us by its combined potency.
". . . We most assuredly have captured CARE's attention anthere are some strengths which Baltimore possesses which perhaps were not subject to quantification -- for example, proximity to Washington, D.C., . . . and an extremely valuable asset in our community, the Hopkins School of Public Health."
A decision is expected within 60 days. CARE has an annual budget of about $300 million.
True to his word, the state health department secretary has found the money for an anti-smoking media campaign.
Secretary Nelson J. Sabatini vowed this month to go forward with the anti-cancer program despite attempts by legislators and the tobacco industry to restrict the expenditures.
Yesterday, the Board of Public Works approved a $3.1 million, three-year media blitz to discourage smoking and to encourage women to be tested regularly for cervical and breast cancer.
In the waning days of the 1992 General Assembly session, budget negotiators restricted to $250,000 the money the campaign could spend in fiscal 1993 on media, advertising and public relations.
Tobacco lobbyists applauded the restriction.
However, the health department has diverted $805,000 from its budget for medical laboratory tests by increasing its lab fees,
said the governor's budget secretary, Charles L. Benton Jr.
The Board of Public Works agreed yesterday to spend $200,00state money for a $1 million route study of a high-speed passenger train in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.
State transportation officials say the study is needed so Maryland can compete with other states to be the site of a prototype magnetic levitation rail line, "Maglev" for short. Maglev trains ride on and are pulled by electrically produced magnetic fields.
The Federal Railroad Administration is to spend in $500,000 fothe study, Baltimore $100,000, and private organizations the remaining $200,000.
Baltimore's civic leaders have long supported Maglev, a $1 billion, 300-mph train that would cut the travel time to Washington from 50 minutes to 10 minutes.
Six months after an Annapolis man was beaten into a coma, police have been unable to make an arrest because witnesses won't cooperate, his family says.
Tyrone Jones, 35, is under 24-hour care at the Fort Howard
Veterans Hospital. Mr. Jones, an Army veteran who is schizophrenic, is being fed through a tube into his stomach.
His sister, Vivian Joyce, said some people know who the assailant is, but won't come forward.
"The whole community is just afraid of one person," she said. "Somebody should come forward, because the summer is coming and their child could be next."
The beating occurred Nov. 12 outside Mr. Jones' home.
"They're almost sure he'll never come out of it, and if he does, he won't walk or speak," Mrs. Joyce said. "He may not even be able to see."
Eleven people were murdered in Baltimore County during the first three months of 1992, compared with only four during the same period of 1991, but crime rates otherwise changed very little during that period, according to police.
Overall, serious crime was up 1.4 percent, while property and minor crimes were up 0.97 percent. Rapes rose 17 percent, from 64 to 75 cases during the first quarter. Burglary increased 6.8 percent, or 122 cases countywide.
Meanwhile, robberies declined 6.9 percent, while car thefts fell 8.1 percent and arson 9.3 percent.
Two slayings were in Woodlawn precinct, two in Essex and two in North Point. Wilkens, Garrison, Towson, Parkville and White Marsh precincts each had one.
Barry Kolodner has received a three-month sentence for his conviction of solicitation to commit murder. The 30-year-old Baltimore man had pleaded guilty to the charge in December.
Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., who called Kolodner a "pathetic and weak individual," originally sentenced him to seven years last week but reduced the sentence to three months in the Carroll County Detention Center.
"His body may be 30 years of age, but his mind is more like 15," said Ronald Kurland, Kolodner's attorney. "Aggressive acts with him may exist more in fantasy than in reality."