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O'Malley signs bills banning dirt bikes, sale of body armor

A bill prohibiting dirt bikes from city streets and another banning the sale of body armor to youths were signed into law yesterday by Mayor Martin O'Malley.

The legislation, sponsored by West Baltimore City Councilwoman Catherine E. Pugh, grew out of two recent incidents.

Two men were killed last month when a dirt bike they were riding crashed into a truck. In April, a 17-year-old male shooting suspect who crashed his vehicle into a police cruiser, killing an officer, was wearing body armor.

$1.3 million in upgrades planned for city streets

Several streets in the downtown financial district will get facelifts beginning this summer under a $1.3 million project, the Baltimore Department of Public Works said.

The streets to be affected are Water Street from Calvert Street to Gay Street; Redwood Street from Calvert Street to South Street; South Street from Lombard Street to Baltimore Street; and Commerce Street from Lombard Street to Baltimore Street.

The work will be done in conjunction with Downtown Streetscape, a beautification program coordinated by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, a business group. Work on Water Street is scheduled to begin Monday. The project is expected to be completed by March 2001.

Housing code enforcement is workshop topic today

A housing code enforcement workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon today at Druid Hill Park Community Center, Druid Park Lake Drive in Druid Hill Park.

Housing Commissioner Patricia J. Payne will attend with housing superintendents, supervisors and code enforcement attorneys to handle questions and complaints about properties in the Northern, Northwestern and Central police districts.

Information: 410-396-3422.

Cause of death sought for man found last week

Police said yesterday that the state medical examiner is seeking the cause of death of a man whose skeleton was found last week near Paquin Middle/High School in the 2200 block of Sinclair Lane near Clifton Park.

Detective John Thanner of the homicide unit said the remains of a white male in his 60s were found by a passer-by about 3 p.m. Wednesday, a few feet from a path in a wooded area off the 2200 block of Sinclair Lane.

Thanner said the condition of the skeleton indicated that the man had been dead nearly a year.

In Baltimore County

Kountz named to board of community college

CATONSVILLE - Charles E. Kountz Jr., a lawyer in the Lansdowne area of southwest Baltimore County, is a new member of the board of trustees of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Born in Hagerstown, Kountz has operated his law practice since 1970. He specializes in family and criminal law. He was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1979 to 1983.

Kountz was appointed last week by Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Department of Aging sets Medicare meeting July 20

TOWSON - Baltimore County Department of Aging is sponsoring a free workshop, "Understanding Medicare," from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 20 at Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave.

The workshop will include information on health maintenance organizations, Medicare Supplemental Insurance and the Maryland Pharmacy Assistance Program.

Information or registration: 410-887-2059.

Fire museum to show `101 Dalmatians' tomorrow

LUTHERVILLE - The Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, will show "101 Dalmatians" tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited, and reservations are suggested.

During the summer, family story time will be presented at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and fire safety tours will be given at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Both programs are free with paid admission. Visitors age 62 and older will receive $1 off general admission on Wednesdays.

Information: 410-321-7500.

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