With only four of its nine voting members present -- too...

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July 17, 1996|By From staff reports

AVALON — With only four of its nine voting members present -- too few to have a quorum -- the Baltimore school board yesterday cut $32 million from the education budget.

At a meeting closed to the public, board members adopted reductions proposed by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke to balance the system's $654 million spending plan by September, they said afterward. The cuts will take $250 per pupil from every school.

Stadium construction will cost parking spots

Construction of Baltimore's new football stadium will cost not only time and money but also parking spaces at nearby Oriole Park at Camden Yards, state officials said.

Until July 31, Oriole fans will have 500 fewer parking spaces in lots "D" and "E" as construction workers begin work on the new 68,400-seat stadium for the Baltimore Ravens. About 1,900 spaces will be lost in those lots from Aug. 1 through Sept. 12. As of Sept. 13, 2,600 spaces will be lost. Permit parking will not be affected.

Maryland Stadium Authority officials recommend that fans use buses or light rail to get to the ballpark. Call the Mass Transit Administration at 539-5000 for more information.

Glen Burnie attorney sentenced for tax evasion

A Glen Burnie attorney was sentenced yesterday to three months in jail for income tax evasion and was ordered to cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service in the collection of his back taxes, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Ronald F. Sine Jr., 32, also was placed on two years' probation. He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on April 23 to one count of income tax evasion. Sine admitted he evaded income taxes in 1990 and 1991 by concealing income totaling $20,720.

The unreported income came from work Sine did for Van Clinton Durrer, who also was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Durrer ran a private process-serving business, known as "Interstate Professional Services," "Associated Legal Services" and "Associated Process Servers." Sine worked as an office clerk and process server.

Architects vie for chance to design hospital addition

Three teams of nationally prominent architects are vying for the chance to design the next major expansion of the University of Maryland Medical Systems, a $140 million addition to rise at the northwest corner of Lombard and Penn streets.

The contenders are a joint venture of the Zeidler Roberts Partnership and Design Collective, both of which have Baltimore offices; a joint venture of Kohn Pedersen Fox of New York and RTKL Associates of Baltimore; and a group headed by Perkins & Will of Chicago. A decision is expected this year. The seven-story building will replace outmoded surgical, emergency and diagnostic facilities at the downtown Baltimore medical center.

AVALON -- A 27-year-old Columbia man drowned yesterday after playfully jumping into the Patapsco River in Patapsco Valley State Park from a dam near River Road, Baltimore County police said.

The man, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, was walking in the Avalon area of the park with his girlfriend about 3 p.m. when the couple reached the dam.

Police said the girlfriend slid down the waterfall off the dam's face and into the river, estimated at between 8 to 12 feet deep. rTC From there, she swam to shore. Police said the man followed her but was caught in the backwash of the water at the foot of the dam and drowned. Police said witnesses found someone with a cellular phone, who called police. About 5: 30 p.m., a Fire Department rescue team recovered the man's body near where he slid off the dam.

Library opens Web site for small-business help

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TOWSON -- Anyone planning a small business, or just thinking about opening one, may get free help through the county library system's World Wide Web page on the Internet.

A 75-page directory of resources for information on such topics as marketing, legal requirements and licensing is available electronically from the library, as well as in printed form.

The Resource Directory for Small Business Owners also can link computer users to agencies, including the state Department of Planning, which offers demographic information, says Nancy Reger, the library's information specialist. The electronic address for the library's Web site is: http: //www.bcpl.lib.md.us

'Homicide' uses old jail to film scenes for show

TOWSON

TOWSON -- "Homicide: Life on the Street," the television show based in Baltimore, spent two days at the old county jail this week filming cellblock scenes and an interrogation scene with Baltimore actor Charles Dutton.

Corrections Administrator James M. Dean said the show, which lined Bosley Avenue with large white production trailers Monday and yesterday, used an empty cellblock on the building's third floor, and did not displace any prisoners.

Pub Date: 7/17/96

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