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City/County Digest

March 02, 2000

In Baltimore City

Estimates board OKs money to upgrade council computers

The Board of Estimates approved yesterday $215,000 in computer improvements for the City Council and council president's office to upgrade a system that officials say is lagging in information technology.

Council President Sheila Dixon said after yesterday's meeting that the council is looking to reduce paperwork and use computer technology more often. She said many council employees, such as secretaries, do not have e-mail or other up-to-date computer capability.

Dixon said the money will allow the council to purchase new computers and other equipment. She said that in the future the council would likely seek lease agreements that would provide for regular computer upgrades.

West Baltimore woman fatally shot on Lanvale St.

A 33-year-old West Baltimore woman was discovered with a gunshot wound early Tuesday in the 1600 block of W. Lanvale St. in Harlem Park and died later at a hospital, authorities said.

Kishia Dixon of the 1200 block of N. Bentalou St. was found about 2: 50 a.m. by police responding to a report of a shooting. Dixon had been shot once.

She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and died about an hour later. Police had no motive or suspects.

Western High Class of 1940 plans reunion next month

A reunion of the 1940 class of Baltimore's Western High School will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 at York Inn Caterers, 10010 York Road in Cockeysville.

Organizers of the reunion are trying to locate as many members of the Class of 1940 as possible to attend. Information: 410-256-5660 or 410-653-3325.

In Baltimore County

Authors to discuss problems affecting teen-agers

TIMONIUM -- Health Educators Linking Parents and Students will present nationally known speakers and authors Charlene C. Giannetti and Margaret Sasgarese at 7 p.m. March 30 in Dulaney High School auditorium.

The speakers will discuss topics including depression, substance abuse, sexual encounters, violence and school failure. Giannetti and Sasgarese are the authors of "The Roller Coaster Years: Raising Your Child Through the Maddening Yet Magical Middle School Years" and "Parenting 911."

Tickets are free in advance or $5 at the door. Information: 410-887-7775.

Revue of Twain characters to be offered in Catonsville

CATONSVILLE -- "Mark Twain and the Laughing River" will be presented at 8 p.m. March 11 at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

The production stars Mark Post, who uses songs and tales to explore Twain's literary characters. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for senior citizens and students with valid identification.

The play will be presented at the Fine and Performing Arts Center theater on the Catonsville campus. Information: 410-455-4508.

Students reschedule dance to benefit Prothero family

COCKEYSVILLE -- Members of Baltimore County Students Against Destructive Decisions have rescheduled a winter dance and fund-raiser to benefit the family of slain county police Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero.

The dance will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Oregon Ridge Lodge in Cockeysville. The benefit, which was to have been held last month, was postponed because of inclement weather.

Information: 410-887-3828.

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