In Baltimore City Youth Forum planned April 20 to...

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April 13, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Youth Forum planned April 20 to discuss community programs

The Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a citywide Youth Forum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at the Poly/Western complex at Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane.

The event is intended to give young people a voice in community programs that affect them. They will speak on subjects such as drug abuse, crime, teen child-raising, education and conflict resolution. After panel discussions, participants will attend workshops.

Registration deadline is tomorrow. Information: 410-396-7010.

Police rule woman's death in February a homicide

Police have ruled the death in February of a 19-year-old southern Baltimore woman a homicide, the city's 78th of the year.

Chrontrell Sample was found asphyxiated Feb. 12 at her home in the 2300 block of Round Road in Cherry Hill, police said. They said yesterday they knew of no motive or suspect.

Community group to offer mentors to struggling school

Southeast Community Organization (SECO) announced yesterday a mentoring program for pupils at a struggling elementary school.

The program for Commodore John Rogers Elementary, 100 N. Chester St., will seek to address academic and emotional needs of at-risk pupils, said Stephanie Lightfoot, a SECO community organizer.

Lightfoot said several groups will provide mentors, including Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and Ralph J. Young Recreation Center at 2301 Fayette St. To volunteer: Stephanie Lightfoot, 410-327-1626.

Attorney general to speak at victims' rights conference

A daylong victims' rights conference will be held tomorrow in the auditorium of the University of Maryland Medical School, 655 W. Baltimore St. Registration begins at 7: 30 a.m.

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. will be the keynote speaker.

Topics will include child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and victims' rights. The event -- free and open to the public -- is part of National Victims' Rights Week. Information: 410-706-1408.

In Baltimore County

Crime experts to discuss ways to make the city safer

TOWSON -- Local and national crime experts will participate in a panel discussion Tuesday at Towson University on how Baltimore City can be made safer.

The session, from 3: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. at University Union, will focus on Mayor Martin O'Malley's plans to reduce crime. Speakers will be: Peter Saar, executive director of the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice, and Marcus Felson of Rutgers University, author of "Crime and Every Day Life: Business and Crime Prevention."

Also on the panel are Keith Harries of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, author of "Geographic Factors and Policing," and Henry Brownstein of the University of Baltimore, author of "The Rise and Fall of a Violent Crime Wave." Admission is free.

Overlea High choir wins first place at festival in Va.

OVERLEA -- The Overlea High School choir won first-place honors in the high school choir division during the Music in the Parks festival this month in Williamsburg, Va.

The competition included bands and choirs from six states.

Students participating in the competition were: Carla Alarcon, Latrice Baker, Mike Banks, Melissa Bayne, Jason Calvert, Andrea Finch, Jenny Forrester, Khiara Frierson, Robert Friess, Trena Jerry, Navata King, Brian Kinlein, Trish Koch, Chris Mullahey, Cindy Onu, Kevin Raymond, Aubrey Scheppske, Kia Scruggs, Colene Sipes, Mike Van Den Elzen, Rachel Wheeler, Ashley Williams, Sarah Williams and John Witherspoon.

CCBC chancellor honored for work in black community

CATONSVILLE -- Irving Pressley McPhail, chancellor of Community College of Baltimore County, has received the Pioneer Award from the National Council on Black American Affairs.

The council noted McPhail's contributions on "behalf of the economic development interests of the African-American community."

The group said it chose McPhail, at CCBC since 1998, for his research and writing on issues affecting African-American learning, and his efforts to enhance and ensure educational opportunities.

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