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October 18, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Pope endorses preservation plan for Basilica

Pope John Paul II gave his blessing yesterday to a multimillion-dollar plan to preserve and modernize Baltimore's historic Basilica of the Assumption.

"May God bless the efforts you are now making to restore this historic shrine as a worldwide symbol of religious freedom," the pontiff said, meeting with nearly a dozen Baltimoreans who traveled to St. Peter's Square in Rome to seek his endorsement of the plan by the Archdiocese of Baltimore to restore the basilica - mother church of Catholicism in North America - by summer 2005.

The pope recalled his visits to the basilica in 1976 and 1995 and met briefly with each of the visitors. "They're walking on air right now," Cardinal William H. Keeler, who led the delegation, said by phone from Rome after the meeting.

Firefighters discover burning body of man

Firefighters responding to what was reported as a brush fire found the burning body of an unidentified man in a vacant lot in the Moravia section of Northeast Baltimore last night, city police said.

Homicide Detective Robert Cherry said the man - whose body was severely burned and was lying face down in weeds - was found about 8 p.m. The body was apparently dumped and set ablaze in the debris-filled lot off the 6000 block of Moravia Park Drive, about 30 feet from an abandoned road near the edge of Moravia Park Primary Center.

The body was the third found by city firefighters since Sept. 30 - the others turned up in burning cars on the west side. It was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Anyone with information was asked to call Cherry or Detective Darren Sanders at 410-396-2100.

Dental records identify man found dead in Infiniti trunk

A man whose charred body was found Sept. 30 in the trunk of a friend's burning 1997 Infiniti Q45 on Winchester Street in West Baltimore was identified through dental records yesterday as Ramon Brown, 27, of the first block of Venus Court in the Hillendale section of Baltimore County, city police said.

The cause of death remains unknown but has been ruled a homicide, said Detective Mike Glenn.

Brown's death has not been linked to that of Marlin B. Hopkins, 26, of the 5900 block of Franklin Ave., Woodlawn, who was shot several times and left in the trunk of a1997 Infiniti Q45 found burning Oct. 3 in the 1300 block of N. Hilton St., also on the city's west side. No arrest has been made and no motive was known in either case, Glenn said.

Baltimore police also identified yesterday the man found fatally shot in a car Tuesday in the Hollins-Payson community. The victim, Darryl Dennis, 31, of the 300 block of S. Catherine St., had been shot shortly after 7:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Hollins St.

In Baltimore County

Prescription benefit for elderly topic of talks

TOWSON - Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin has scheduled two town meetings this month to talk about the need for a Medicare prescription benefit for the elderly and the prospects for congressional action.

The first session will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road. The second meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road.

Cardin, a Democrat, represents the 3rd District.

Maryland Permanent Bank is providing free flu shots

OWINGS MILLS - Maryland Permanent Bank will offer free flu shots tomorrow to the community on a first-come, first-served basis.

The shots will be available from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the bank branch at 9612 Reisterstown Road. Information: 410-356-4411.

Groups can ask for grants for anti-smoking programs

TOWSON - Baltimore County Department of Health is offering $360,000 in grants to education, community and faith-based organizations that have, or are planning, programs to prevent smoking or help people quit.

Each organization can apply for up to $24,000. Programs must begin by June 30. The grants are available through the state's Cigarette Restitution Fund settlement.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, with winners chosen by an independent selection committee. The deadline for grant proposals is Oct. 26. Applications and information: 410-887- 3456.

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