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September 10, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Group told to file new complaint on minority hiring laws

A federal judge hearing the latest challenge to Baltimore's minority contracting goals ordered the Associated Utility Contractors of Maryland Inc. on Friday to file a new complaint detailing how the city's affirmative action efforts have hurt its members.

U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis signaled a willingness, however, to allow the lawsuit by the public works contractors to go forward. A challenge by the same group led to Davis' 1999 ruling that forced Baltimore to stop enforcing a law requiring 23 percent of city contracts to go to businesses owned by minorities or women.

The city responded by adopting more narrowly targeted goals based on a study that found city contracts primarily benefited "nonminority men." The contractors association said in the lawsuit, filed in May, that the new ordinance is unconstitutional.

Marylander Apartments evacuated for 2-alarm fire

The high-rise Marylander Apartments building in Charles Village was evacuated last night because of a hallway fire on the 10th floor.

A resident of the 10th floor - a Johns Hopkins University student who would not give her name - said foam rubber material and cardboard discarded in the hallway appeared to have ignited. The cause was unknown.

A two-alarm contingent of fire apparatus and manpower was sent to the building, where residents were allowed to return one floor at a time early today. No one was reported injured.

3 members reappointed to city schools commission

Gov. Parris N. Glendening has reappointed three members of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.

Camay Calloway Murphy, Dorothy G. Siegel and Samuel C. Stringfield were reappointed to three-year terms. The nine-member board, which oversees the city school system, is jointly appointed by Glendening and the mayor.

Murphy is a cultural development consultant at Coppin State College; Siegel is a retired vice president of Towson University; and Stringfield is a principal research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Organization of Schools.

Police identify body found in industrial park

A woman whose nude body was found last week on the parking lot of a freight company at Fort Holabird Industrial Park was identified yesterday as a 22-year-old from Northeast Baltimore, and asphyxiation was the cause of death, city police said.

Homicide Detective Al Marcus said Tabitha Bruce of the 4000 block of Pinewood Ave. was found dead about 9 a.m. Sept. 6, lying near construction equipment at All Freight Distributing Co. in the 6200 block of Seaforth St.

Marcus said an autopsy revealed that Bruce - identified through fingerprints - may have been stomped about the neck or run over by a vehicle and had been dead several hours.

Center opens for families involved in custody fights

Parents in custody disputes who do not get along can drop off and pick up their children for weekend visitation through a transfer center that opened Friday in a West Baltimore church.

On Friday and Sunday evenings, parents will be able to make the transfer at Providence Baptist Church, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. in the city's Upton section, where volunteer monitors will be present to sit with the children or help to defuse any tension that arises.

Organizers say the Baltimore City Safe Haven Transfer Center, set up in conjunction with the Washington-based Children's Rights Council, will expand to meet demand. Participation may be court-ordered or voluntary. Information: 410-523-7000.

In Baltimore County

Residents sought to take part in survey on land use

TOWSON - Baltimore County planning officials are seeking residents to participate in a survey on future land use in the county.

The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. Residents will be asked their preferences about housing type and density; street layout; pedestrian, bicycle and transit options; open space; and architectural design.

Interested people should make a reservation by calling 410-887- 3495.

More than 90 employers set for college's Job Expo

DUNDALK - More than 90 area employers will participate in a job fair Sept. 21 on the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

Job Expo '01 will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the college's Health Life Fitness Building. Representatives of health care facilities, technology companies, banks and government agencies will accept resumes and provide job applications.

Information: 410-285-9927.

Committee to meet today to discuss special education

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Citizens Advisory Committee for Special Education will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in Room 114 of the school system's Educational Support Services building, 6901 Charles St.

The meeting will focus on issues concerning special education in the county. The public is invited. Information: 410-377-8936.

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