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May 22, 2000|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

4 candidate forums for city schools chief set through June 5

The first of four forums at which the public can meet the finalists for chief executive officer of the city school system will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Polytechnic Institute-Western High School complex, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane.

All forums will be held at the same time and place. Carmen Varela-Russo, an associate superintendent in Broward County, Fla., will appear at tomorrow's forum, and A. Skipp Sanders, Maryland's deputy schools superintendent, at Wednesday's.

The other forums are set for June 1 for Richard A. DiPatri, superintendent of a New Jersey school system, and June 5 for Bonnie S. Copeland, executive director of the local Fund for Educational Excellence.

Fire in high-rise trash chute forces evacuation of 700

A fire in a fifth-floor trash chute forced the evacuation last night of more than 700 residents from a high-rise apartment building in North Baltimore. No major injuries were reported.

The fire broke out about 9: 30 p.m. at the 11-story Marylander Apartments in the 3500 block of St. Paul St., said Battalion Chief Dennis Howell of the Fire Department, and smoke filled several floors. He said the fire was caused by discarded smoking material in trash may have become stuck in the chute.

Howell said residents were evacuated from the 500-unit building while firefighters extinguished the fire by flooding the trash chute with water. A female resident cut her hand when she fell descending a stairway leading to the lobby, he said.

Spokeswoman named head of public affairs for police

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a nine-year veteran, has been named director of public affairs for the Police Department.

Cooper, whose promotion takes effect Wednesday, has worked for several years in the public affairs office as a spokeswoman, dealing mostly with the media on breaking crime stories. As director, she will supervise the office and work closely with Commissioner Edward T. Norris on presenting the department to the public.

To assume her new duties, Cooper, who earns $41,000 a year, will have to resign from the force and be rehired as a civilian. She will get a raise -- to $64,000 -- and will be the first woman to run public affairs. She replaces Maj. Michael Bass, the interim director who took over in February.

Community policing meeting to open in Baltimore today

The Baltimore Police Department and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Community Policing Institute open a national conference on community policing today.

The National Conference on Advancing Community Policing begins with an address by Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore. During the next three days, officers from across the region will address issues of racism, marketing, technology and domestic violence committed by officers. About 500 officers and others are expected to attend at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel downtown.

In Baltimore County

Special education teacher elected president of union

TOWSON -- Patricia A. Foerster, a special education, English and reading teacher on leave from Dumbarton Middle School, has been elected president of the Maryland State Teachers Association.

Foerster -- who has been vice president of the state's largest teachers union since 1993 -- succeeds Karl Kirby Pence, who was not eligible for another term.

Clara Floyd, MSTA's treasurer since 1993 and a middle school teacher at T. W. Pyle Middle School in Montgomery County, was elected vice president to replace Foerster.

Dodgers manager Lasorda to speak at Oak Crest Village

PARKVILLE -- Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda will speak to Oak Crest Village retirement community residents Thursday morning as part of the Pastoral Care division's monthly breakfast series.

The talk, "Baseball and Life," will take place at the invitation of Oak Crest resident Ed Libertore, a retired scout for Brooklyn Dodgers teams of the 1950s.

County libraries to offer DVD rentals starting today

TOWSON -- All 15 full-service branches of Baltimore County Public Library will have digital videodiscs available for circulation beginning today.

The DVDs will be available for two-day loans at a cost of $2.50, the same price as videotapes. A total of 900 discs will be distributed throughout the county, representing 67 titles. The initial supply includes films such as "The Thomas Crown Affair," "Austin Powers," "Big Daddy" and "Dogma."

New titles will arrive weekly.

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