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April 26, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Md. high court rejects asbestos firms' bid to move cases from city

Lawyers for asbestos companies have lost a bid to have cases from out-of-state plaintiffs moved from Baltimore's courts.

In a unanimous opinion, Maryland's Court of Appeals ruled that the lawsuits filed by two Virginia residents, alleging lung disease resulting from occupational exposure to asbestos at shipyards in Newport News, Va., can proceed because cases must reach final resolution before they can be appealed.

Lawyers for Pittsburg Corning and Owens Corning challenged the filing of the cases in Baltimore, arguing that it opened the door for a flood of out-of-state cases that could paralyze the city's crowded docket, where about 15,000 asbestos cases are pending. Pleadings filed by the companies say about 90 cases from the Virginia shipyards are pending before Baltimore's Circuit Court.

Special Olympics contests are scheduled this week

More than 1,100 disabled athletes are expected to compete tomorrow and Thursday in the Baltimore City Spring Games of the 1999 Special Olympics of Maryland at the Johns Hopkins University track on North Charles Street.

The games will be held from 10: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. both days, and would be rescheduled for the same times Friday and May 3 if the weather is inclement.

Admission is free. The games are being sponsored by Baltimore public schools, Bell Atlantic, the Johns Hopkins University, the city Department of Recreation and Parks, MBNA America and the Sultanas.

Officials to hold meeting on school safety measures

In the wake of the killings at Columbine High School in Colorado, city school officials have scheduled a public meeting for 2 p.m. tomorrow to discuss safety in the schools.

Teachers, parents, religious leaders and school officials will discuss the safety of children and what programs exist to prevent violence.

The meeting, open to the public, will be held in the first-floor board meeting room of the school administration headquarters, North Avenue and Calvert Street.

Police investigate death of penitentiary inmate

Correctional officials and state police are investigating the death of a Maryland Penitentiary inmate who was found hanging in his cell Saturday night, a prisons spokesman said yesterday.

Bernard Purdie, 22, of Baltimore was found hanging in his cell from a noose made of bedsheets about 11: 45 p.m. during a routine security check at the East Baltimore prison and was pronounced dead about 12: 52 a.m. yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Dave Towers, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Towers said Purdie was serving six years for narcotics distribution and had been at the penitentiary since February 1998.

In Baltimore County

National Art Foundation to honor educator Bucci

TOWSON -- Joyce Bucci, supervisor in the Office of Art for Baltimore County public schools, has been selected by the National Art Foundation Association to receive the Eastern Region Supervisor and Administration Art Educator of the Year Award.

The award recognizes an association member for exemplary contribution, service and achievement at a regional level.

"Ms. Bucci exemplifies the high quality of individuals involved in the field of art education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars and advocates who give their very best to the profession," said Michael Day, president of the organization.

Retirement community raises $18,715 for Kosovar refugees

CATONSVILLE -- The residents and staff of Charlestown Retirement Community have raised $18,715 to aid ethnic Albanian refugees of Kosovo, in an effort led by the retirement community's pastoral care department.

Funds raised during the 11-day campaign will be given to Catholic Relief Services and the American Red Cross.

Coca-Cola honors students who took part in art contest

TOWSON -- A group of county students has been honored by Coca-Cola Co. for artwork after taking part in "The Art of Harmony: An Art Competition" to recognize the artistic talent of high school students.

The students are from Carver Center for Arts and Technology, and Catonsville, Hereford, Patapsco, Loch Raven and Franklin high schools.

Pub Date: 4/26/99

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