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August 03, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

State releases $1.8 million for Hippodrome design

Gov. Parris N. Glendening helped the effort to revive the west side of downtown when he released $1.8 million yesterday to complete the design of the Hippodrome performing arts center.

The renovation of the vaudeville-era theater on Eutaw Street, which is expected to cost $53 million and be completed in 2002, is the centerpiece of an effort to revive a struggling 18-block area that once was the city's main shopping district.

But Glendening said he would not release the money necessary to rebuild the Hippodrome until the city gives the state a "comprehensive strategy" for rejuvenating the theater's neighborhood.

Former Councilwoman Hall endorses Stokes for mayor

Former West Baltimore City Councilwoman Vera Hall endorsed Carl Stokes, a former rival, for mayor yesterday.

Hall, who served on the council from 1987 to 1995, and Stokes made unsuccessful bids for council president in 1995. She is an aide to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

In backing Stokes, Hall said he has a strategy to move Baltimore forward.

German vocal quartet will perform on Aug. 30

The Dresden Vocal Quartet, an ensemble from Germany, will perform a concert at 7: 30 p.m. Aug. 30 at New Waverly United Methodist Church, 644 E. 33rd St.

The quartet's repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant, medieval part-singing, early music of the Renaissance and the Reformation, classical male choir compositions, Romanticism to contemporary music, international folk songs and light music.

There is no charge, but an offering will be taken to defray the group's expenses. Information: 410-366-3767; or the church office, 410-243-2481.

In Baltimore County

Woman's suspicious parcel empties Essex courthouse

ESSEX -- The Essex District Courthouse was evacuated for about 90 minutes yesterday after a woman tried to prevent security guards from opening a suspicious package.

Toni Marie Antoinette Carosella, 62, of the 1600 block of Gail Road, entered the courthouse at 9 a.m., carrying a bag with a cardboard box inside. Saying she wanted a judge to open the bag, Carosella tried to bypass the metal detectors, police said.

The Baltimore County Police Department's bomb squad opened the box by remote control and found a manuscript that Carosella said was evidence in her civil suit, police said. Carosella was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Martial arts competition to be part of world festival

TOWSON -- Hundreds of martial artists from around the world will compete this week in the 1999 Wushu-Kungfu festival and championships at Towson University's Towson Center on Osler Drive.

Competition for internationally ranked titles will feature fighting and weapons demonstrations starting tomorrow. Masters and cultural shows will explain the art's link with the centuries-old form of self-defense and lifestyle.

Information: 410-830-2230.

Catonsville Senior Center seeks drivers for minibuses

CATONSVILLE -- The Catonsville Senior Center is recruiting volunteers to drive its minibuses.

The drivers would take seniors to the center and home either in the morning or afternoon. Information: Helen Bronstein, 410- 887-0900.

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