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In Baltimore City

Despite ad's wording, property tax rate won't rise

Some readers of a newspaper advertisement yesterday might have thought that the City Council is proposing an increase in the property tax rate. It's not.

The property tax rate will remain at $5.82 per $100 of assessed value, officials said. But under a "constant yield tax rate" provision in the law, the city is required to notify the public of any increase in property tax revenues, even if the increase stems from increased assessments.

This year's property assessments will increase by an estimated 1.2 percent, which will bring in an additional $5.7 million. City officials could have dropped the tax rate to $5.75 per $100 of assessed value to offset the increase in revenue but have decided to keep the rate the same as it was last year.

Man fatally wounded during argument at house

A man was fatally shot yesterday during an argument in a house in Northeast Baltimore.

The victim was shot in the upper torso about 5 p.m. in a rowhouse in the 2700 block of Fenwick Ave. near Clifton Park. He died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Detective Chris Graul. The identity of the victim, a masonry worker, was withheld pending notification of relatives.

Graul said a friend of the victim was arrested at the scene and was being interviewed at police headquarters last night. Police recovered a shotgun that might have been used in the shooting.

Disabilities league to hold health fair

The League for People with Disabilities will hold a health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the organization's Wellness Center, 1111 E. Cold Spring Lane.

Vendors, games, prizes, educational information, health screenings and gifts will be featured. Participating organizations include Maryland General Hospital, Weight Watchers, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Arthritis Foundation.

Information: 410-323-0500.

In Baltimore County

Two shot in car after being followed from restaurant

FULLERTON -- A teen-ager and his companion were shot in a car yesterday by two men who followed them from a restaurant.

The shooting occurred about 3 a.m. near Walther and White Marsh boulevards. The victims were found by a police officer. The driver, Darrell Lingerfelt, 17, of the 2200 block of Coralthorn Road, was shot in the neck, and Louis Hernandez, 22, of the 200 block of Kingston Road was shot in the head. Neither wound was life-threatening, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

The victims told police they were at Valentino's Restaurant in the 6600 block of Harford Road when two men warned them, "Stay off our turf." The victims left, and the assailants followed in a white Chrysler Concord and shot them, Lingerfelt and Hernandez told police.

Local professionals sought for India exchange trip

TOWSON -- Rotary Club members in the Towson area are seeking four professionals to visit India in January and February next year as part of the Group Study Exchange program of the Rotary Foundation.

In the program, professionals exchange visits between paired areas to promote international understanding and goodwill.

Applicants should have been employed full time in a recognized business or profession for at least two years. Applicants must live or work in Rotary District 7620, which encompasses Maryland and the District of Columbia. Information: Pete Hartman, 410-433-1249.

Community group plans brunch with talk show host

ESSEX -- Essex-Middle River Community in Action will hold a brunch with WCBM Radio talk show host Zoh Hieronimus at 11 a.m. June 11 at Sheraton Baltimore North, on Dulaney Valley Road in Towson. Tickets are $20 and are available by reservation only from Eve at 410-817-4440.

The group is a grass-roots effort dedicated to preventing Senate Bill 509, Waterfront Renewal/Condemnation, from becoming law in Baltimore County. The bill seeks $22 million in state funds for economic redevelopment in Essex-Middle River, Dundalk and Randallstown and calls for demolishing hundreds of working-class and low-income apartments. Information: 410-828-6202.

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