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April 14, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

51 new police grads to be sent to Eastern and Western districts

Fifty-one Baltimore police trainees will graduate from the academy today and will be immediately moved to the Eastern and Western districts, where crime is the highest, officials said.

It will be the first class to graduate under acting Commissioner Edward T. Norris. His administration is revamping the training academy to give officers a better education in law enforcement and plans to quicken the pace of hiring to fill hundreds of vacancies in the 3,188-member force.

"We are deploying our officers to the areas where they are most needed," said Maj. Stanford Franklin, director of the department's Education and Training Division. The ceremony is scheduled for 9: 30 a.m. at the War Memorial Building on North Gay Street.

O'Malley asks businesses to hire youths for summer

Mayor Martin O'Malley asked city businesses yesterday to hire up to 4,000 youths for summer jobs.

Under YouthWorks 2000, O'Malley said, federal grants will help pay the youths' salaries. "You can make a tremendous impact on a young person's life," the mayor said.

Businesses interested in participating should call 877-680- WORK (9675).

Westside Coalition sets up Web site, e-mail address

The Westside Coalition, a citizens group that opposes wholesale demolition of properties along Howard and Lexington streets for a downtown redevelopment project, has established a Web site and an e-mail address.

The Web site is, and the e-mail address is

The coalition consists of members of Preservation Maryland, Baltimore Heritage and west-side merchants.

Fund-raiser to feature 2-mile run, O'Malley show

Herring Run Watershed Association will hold its sixth annual Spring Migration Festival from 9 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Herring Run Park, Harford Road and Argonne Drive.

The event is a fund-raiser for the association, which works to ensure that the Northeast Baltimore watershed remains environmentally healthy. It will begin with a 2-mile "fun run" sponsored by the Baltimore Road Runners Club and feature a musical performance by Mayor Martin O'Malley at 4 p.m.

Information: Ellen Dontigney, 410-532-0654.

In Baltimore County

Baltimore County man dies when car hits tree, vehicle

REISTERSTOWN -- A Baltimore County man died early yesterday when his car spun out of control and hit a tree along Deer Park Road near the Carroll County line.

County police said David Engles, 31, of the 8800 block of Dogwood Road was driving south near the 9000 block of Deer Park Road about 1: 20 a.m. when he lost control of his car and hit a tree on the opposite side of the road. Engles' car became airborne and hit a parked 1994 Plymouth Voyager, which spun and hit two other parked cars, police said.

Engles was taken to Northwest Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2: 09 a.m. Police said the accident is under investigation.

Lansdowne High is honored with magnet school award

LANSDOWNE -- Lansdowne High School and Academy of Finance has been chosen for a Magnet Schools of America Magnet Schools of Merit Honorable Mention award for the 1999-2000 school year, the only magnet high school in the state to get the award this year.

The selection is based on academic standards, curriculum innovation and other factors. The award will be presented at the group's annual conference in Tucson, Ariz., May 2.

Oakleigh Elementary pupils to donate snacks to the needy

CARNEY -- Oakleigh Elementary School pupils have collected their favorite snacks and school supplies and will donate them to needy children at local shelters for the homeless.

Oakleigh is one of 107 schools nationwide participating in a program called Community Students Making a Road to Service, which is co-sponsored by BJ's Wholesale Clubs and Procter & Gamble Co. The companies gave Oakleigh $200 worth of products to add to the donated items. Schools that complete the project will receive $1,000.

Information: 410-882-1101.

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