A Baltimore Circuit Court jury awarded $425,000 yesterday...

City/County Digest

July 31, 1996|By From staff reports

TOWSON — A Baltimore Circuit Court jury awarded $425,000 yesterday to a former assistant professor at the University of Baltimore who was denied tenure, but turned aside her claim that gender discrimination was to blame.

The award for breach of contract went to Dr. Peri Iz, who filed suit in January 1995 after being turned down for permanent employment at the university's Merrick School of Business. Iz charged that male colleagues and administrators blocked her tenure because she was aggressive and a woman.

In a three-week trial before Judge Richard T. Rombro, jurors did not conclude that Iz was discriminated against because of her gender, but found that she was denied tenure inappropriately for reasons other than her teaching, said Iz's lawyer, Lynne Bernabei.

Fingerprints used to try to learn dead man's identity

Police yesterday attempted to use fingerprints to identify a man who was fatally shot Monday night in the 1000 block of Bethune Road in South Baltimore.

Homicide Detective Bobby Patton said the victim, a black man in his 30s, was shot once in the back of the head about 10 p.m. as he stood near a grassy area behind the Mass Transit Administration light rail tracks.

Harbor Bank plans donation of $4,250 to youth programs

The Harbor Bank of Maryland plans to donate $4,250 tomorrowto an after-school and summer day-camp program and sponsor a teen basketball league in the Belair-Edison community in Northeast Baltimore.

Samuel J. Deal, a Harbor Bank vice president, is to present the check at the branch's Belair Road location at 10 a.m. to leaders of the Discovery Before/After School and Summer Day Camp Program.

During the past year, the intramural basketball program -- organized by volunteers at the Brehms Lane Elementary School -- has attracted up to 125 teens.

TOWSON -- A Rosedale man was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the Dec. 10 slaying of his former next-door neighbor, Evelyn Jane Cunningham, 63, of the 400 block of Old Home Road in Overlea, county police said.

Police said Donald Wayne Jones, 25, of the first block of Clementine Court also was charged with first-degree burglary.

The body of Cunningham, who died of stab wounds and was beaten and raped, was found in her home by her son. Police, who said Jones became a suspect almost immediately, declined to describe forensic evidence that led to his arrest.

$350,000 OK'd to help pay for assisted-living project

MIDDLE RIVER

MIDDLE RIVER -- County government has approved spending $350,000 in federal funds for a planned assisted-living building in Middle River for moderate-income elderly residents.

The money will help pay for land where Visions for America Inc., a private, nonprofit developer, plans to construct the four-story, 70-unit building. The site is at Old Eastern Avenue and Punte Lane, next to the 165-unit Hopkins Village apartments for the elderly.

The $5 million project is scheduled for completion in fall 1997 and also may include a bank, pharmacy and medical offices. It is intended to help elderly people, especially those 75 and older, stay in the community after they can no longer manage an individual home.

Adult education to offer sign language classes

TOWSON

TOWSON -- The county's adult education program offers beginning and intermediate sign language classes for adults interested in learning to communicate with the deaf. Lessons will be given in the manual alphabet, basic sign vocabulary and conversational sign phrases.

Classes of six to 10 sessions each are scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 16 at a cost of $30 for county residents and $35 for nonresidents. Information on registration and class sites may be obtained by calling the Office of Adult Education at 887-4064.

Pub Date: 7/31/96

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