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August 18, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

High level of bacteria causing Legionnaires' found at rehab center

After detecting a high level of the bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease in a water tank, Maryland Rehabilitation Center on Argonne Drive sent home 120 disabled clients who live there during the week, and canceled classes for 180 others yesterday and today.

No one has contracted the disease, an acute and sometimes fatal form of pneumonia. The bacteria were detected during a routine check of the water system, and authorities planned to flush the building's water system last night to kill the bacteria. The state facility's 150 employees are reporting to work, officials said.

Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, city health commissioner, said about 10 percent of facilities nationwide have the bacteria at any given time. He said the center was following appropriate steps.

Youth convicted of murder in 1997 shooting of grocer

A 17-year-old Waverly youth has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting of a grocer two years ago in a botched robbery attempt.

Jason Murdock of the 500 block of Rosehill Terrace will be sentenced by Circuit Judge John C. Themelis on Oct. 4. Murdock was convicted Thursday by a Circuit Court jury that deliberated for about five hours. Murdock shot Byong Pak, 45, in the neck and chest during an attempted robbery at Friendly Food Market, 4007 Old York Road, on Nov. 1, 1997.

Operation Chill rewards good behavior with Slurpees

City police will start handing out coupons today for cold drinks to children who do good deeds or exhibit good behavior. The coupons can be redeemed at 7-Eleven stores for free Slurpees.

Operation Chill is a national program that started in 1995 as a way to help reduce crime and encourage relationships between police and youth. The local effort is being announced today at a 7-Eleven store in Northeast Baltimore.

City police will have more than 8,000 coupons to give out.

In Baltimore County

Eastern Technical High plans informal orientation today

ESSEX -- Eastern Technical High School will hold an informal freshmen orientation today, giving freshmen a chance to tour the school and find their classrooms before school opens Aug. 30.

The orientation will take place from 1: 30 p.m. to 2: 30 p.m., and 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

School system wins award for computerized exercise

TOWSON -- The school system has won an award from the State Department of Education for a computerized exercise that teaches students how to get the most from research by using Internet sites.

The Online Research Modules Project, coordinated by the Office of Library Information Services and developed by teams of library media specialists and teachers, has been named one of 10 exemplary technology initiatives, said coordinator Della Curtis.

The Maryland Business Roundtable will include a description of the project in its annual report, and a production company videotaped teachers and students recently as they used the Online Research Modules. The video will be available in December.

Pub Date: 8/18/99

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