CLARIFICATION: An article in some editions of The Sun...

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September 21, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

CLARIFICATION: An article in some editions of The Sun yesterday omitted the date for a walk in Baltimore to benefit juvenile diabetes research. The article should have made clear that Baltimore's 4-mile "Walk to Cure Diabetes" will take place tomorrow at the Baltimore Zoo, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. A companion 3-mile walk in Howard County is planned for today, with registration at 8 a.m. at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.

In Baltimore County

Discussion, prayer set at open house of Islamic Society

CATONSVILLE - The Islamic Society of Baltimore is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at its mosque at 6631 Johnnycake Road that will include discussion of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, and prayer for the thousands who died.

The society purchased an advertisement in today's editions of The Sun inviting the public, while noting its condemnation of the attacks, a call to bring those responsible to justice and gratitude to the police and fire personnel and volunteers taking part in rescue efforts.

Umar Mustafa, the society's president, noted that Muslims were among the victims of the terrorists, but that members of the area's Muslim community were afraid that they would wrongfully singled out for blame. "They don't have any place to go back to," Mustafa said, adding that the United States "is their home."

Glendening names Kelly to husband's House seat

ANNAPOLIS - Gov. Parris N. Glendening appointed Melissa J. Kelly yesterday to fill her husband's seat in the House of Delegates representing a Towson-area district.

Del. James M. Kelly, a Republican, resigned last month to take a job at the White House. Melissa Kelly's appointment was automatic after the Towson Catholic High School biology teacher was nominated for the seat by the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee. Kelly, 38, and her husband live in Towson with their four children.

The prospects for the single-member subdistrict are unclear after next year because it is expected to be affected by legislative redistricting.

Man is arrested in Fla. in Woodlawn killings

TOWSON - A Severn man wanted in the fatal shooting of two friends in July in Woodlawn has been arrested in Florida, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Baltimore County police and FBI agents arrested Douglas Starliper, 21, of the 7800 block of Citadel Court on Wednesday after they received a tip that he was staying in a trailer park in Ocala, Fla. Starliper, charged with two counts of first-degree murder, is being held without bail in Florida pending extradition to Maryland.

Starliper is accused of shooting Douglas Hebron, 20, and Lavonne K. Hall, 19, during a dispute July 26 in the parking lot of the Clark Manor apartments in the 2000 block of Summit Ave.

Area foster grandparents to be honored at dinner

PIKESVILLE - Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland will honor the Baltimore area's foster grandparents at a dinner tonight at The Forum.

This is the 28th year of the Foster Grandparents Program, in which people age 60 and older act as surrogate grandparents to Baltimore-area children. The program's 73 volunteers work with Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Johns Hopkins Cuddler Program, Harford Heights Elementary School, St. Bernardine's Head Start Program, Bon Secours Family Support Center and other locations.

Information: 410-366-1980.

In Baltimore City

Resident finds ordnance in home; dozens evacuated

Dozens of people were evacuated from homes in the city's Ramblewood neighborhood yesterday after a woman discovered two shell-like pieces of military ordnance behind her washing machine, authorities reported.

City fire crews were called about 1:30 p.m. to the woman's home in the 5700 block of Leith Walk Road, where items the size of loaves of bread were found behind the washing machine in a wall opening, officials said. After evaluation by a hazardous materials team from the Maryland Department of the Environment, firefighters ordered neighbors to evacuate about 3:30 p.m.

Many residents sat in a Maryland Transit Administration bus taken to the area as a temporary refuge while ordnance specialists from Aberdeen Proving Ground traveled to the scene. By 7 p.m., the experts had removed the items for disposal and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Man gets life term for killing ex-fiancee

A 23-year-old man was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to life plus 15 years in prison for killing his former fiancee, whose body was found inside a sofa bed in Northeast Baltimore last summer, the city state's attorney's office announced.

The defendant, Ricardo Patrick Ashton, was convicted last month in a jury trial, presided over by Judge Kaye A. Allison, of first-degree murder and theft in the death of Valeka Diggs, 21, of Temple Hills. She was a former Morgan State University student who had hoped to continue her education and become a teacher.

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