In Baltimore CityMayoral candidate, activist Kaufman...

Regional Digest

February 27, 1999

In Baltimore City

Mayoral candidate, activist Kaufman cleared of charges

Civic activist A. Robert Kaufman was cleared yesterday of criminal charges that stemmed from a protest he conducted last month at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

The Baltimore state's attorney's office dropped charges of trespassing, disturbing the peace and failure to obey police against the 67-year-old Democratic mayoral candidate. Kaufman was honored at the symphony hall the night of his arrest for supporting civil rights. Afterward, he went outside and handed out leaflets opposing Crown Central Petroleum Corp. in a labor dispute.

Kaufman, who has been arrested several times for civic protests over the past 40 years, said he had hoped to challenge the charges in court.

Dancers, singers to perform at black history celebration

"Celebration of African-American Art & Culture for Black History Month" will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Baltimore Urban League, 512 Orchard St.

Performers will include the Elifry Caribbean Dancers, Girls Just Want to Drum, the Golden Rockets of Forest Park and the Druid Heights Singers.

This annual event, sponsored by Friends for Sheila Dixon, a 4th District councilwoman, is free and open to the public. Information: 410-396-4831.

Historical society's quilts to be displayed in Japan

The Maryland Historical Society will send 40 quilts from its collection to Japan to be exhibited in museums in the fall and next year.

The quilts, which were created as gestures of friendship, depict important events in the lives of mid-19th-century Baltimoreans. The exhibition will also include a history of quilt-making in Baltimore.

The exhibition is sponsored by Kokusai Art, a Japanese firm. Information: 410-685-3750.

JHU Democrats, coalition to hold antiques sale

The College Democrats of the Johns Hopkins University and the City Wide Coalition will hold their annual flea market and antiques sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

The event will be held in the student union building, at 29th and Howard streets near the Baltimore Museum of Art, with access from the Wyman Park side of the building.

Parking is free. Information: 410-728-8611.

In Western Maryland

Frostburg reports no cases of illness that killed student

Frostburg State University officials report no new cases of the infection that led to the death of an 18-year-old freshman at the campus in Western Maryland this week.

"The longer we go without another case, the more this looks like an isolated incident," school spokesman Ty DeMartino said yesterday. Jesse Gardiner, a freshman from Frederick, died Tuesday of a blood infection caused by the same bacteria that can cause meningitis.

Several hundred students who might have had contact with Gardiner have received antibiotics at the campus health center. The American College Health Association recommends that all college students receive the vaccine, which protects against four types of meningococcal bacteria, including the one that killed Gardiner.

Pub Date: 2/27/99

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