In Baltimore County Judge upholds suspension of senior...

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February 16, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Judge upholds suspension of senior at Towson University

TOWSON -- A Circuit Court judge refused yesterday to overturn the suspension of a 23-year-old Towson University senior facing drug charges.

Brett Berkman was suspended from school for a year in December after police found cocaine during a search of his Towson apartment. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and three counts of drug and drug paraphernalia possession, police said.

Michael G. DeHaven, Berkman's attorney, argued before Judge Dana M. Levitz that the suspension violated his client's right to due process. But Levitz disagreed, saying that the school's hearing was fair and Towson officials were within their rights in suspending Berkman.

Community college appoints technology, planning official

CATONSVILLE -- Ronald C. Heacock has been appointed vice chancellor for technology and planning for Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), a post he held on an interim basis for two years.

Heacock will direct the system's strategic operational planning and will oversee CCBC information technology.

Recently, he helped install an integrated library computer system and upgraded instructional computing with the installation of 1,500 computers.

Kidney foundation to offer free early evaluation at mall

WHITE MARSH -- The National Kidney Foundation-Maryland will hold a free kidney early evaluation screening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at Center Court in White Marsh Mall.

The screening identifies those most at risk for chronic kidney failure. Studies have shown that uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure are associated with increased risk of renal failure.

The screening is open to anyone age 18 or older. Information: 410-494-8545.

Lecturer will discuss Islam's relation to West

TOWSON -- Towson University will sponsor a lecture by John O. Voll, associate director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, at 3: 30 p.m. tomorrow in Room 313 of Linthicum Hall.

Voll will speak about "Islam and the West: Civilizations at War?" He is the author of "Islam: Continuity and Change in the Modern World," and co-author of "Islam and Democracy" and "The Contemporary Islamic Revival." He is also past president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Information: 410-830-2923.

In Baltimore City

Grant program is accepting applications for arts money

Applications from nonprofit cultural groups and artists are being accepted for the CityArts 2000 Grant Program, sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture.

The grants, more than half of which are awarded to arts education programs for children, are awarded for visual, performing and literary arts. The program is subsidized by the Abell Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 28. Information: 410-396-4575.

Woman burned in house fire dies of injuries at hospital

A woman severely burned during a fire Monday at her East Baltimore rowhouse died yesterday, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Helena Davis, whose age was not available, suffered second- and third-degree burns over 70 percent of her body in the fire in the 1700 block of E. Eager St. Davis died about 5: 30 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she had been in critical condition, said Michael Maybin, assistant public information officer.

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