In Baltimore County Fire destroys truck marked...


October 29, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Fire destroys truck marked `radioactive'; vehicle was empty

NORTH POINT -- A truck parked on North Point Boulevard was destroyed last night by a fire that brought the county Fire Department's hazardous materials unit to the scene because of a sign on the vehicle that said "radioactive."

The specialists found the truck contained no hazardous material -- and was empty. No injuries were reported and the few nearby homes were not evacuated, said a department official.

The vehicle, about the size of a long-body rental truck, was discovered burning between the boulevard and Cove Road about 9:30 p.m. Firefighters from the Eastview station noticed the sign and immediately summoned the hazardous materials unit from the Brooklandville station.

The intersection and the Cove Road ramp from the Beltway were closed until it was determined that the truck was empty, and the fire was extinguished late last night. The cause of the fire was being investigated.

Executed spies' son to give talk against death penalty

TOWSON -- Robert Meeropol, whose parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed as spies against the United States in 1953, will speak against the death penalty in a talk at 7:30 p.m. today at Goucher College.

Meeropol, whose lecture is titled "Fatally Flawed: The Death Penalty from the Rosenbergs to Mumia Abu Jamal," will speak at Alumnae House on the campus, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is presented by Goucher's peace studies and communications and media studies departments.

Anthrax information session planned at college tomorrow

STEVENSON -- Villa Julie College, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, will present an information session on anthrax at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow in the St. Paul Pavilion.

Vivi-Anne Griffey, program director and assistant professor of medical laboratory science, will lead the session, which is open to the public.

Information: 410-602-7213.

Caregivers Conference set Saturday in White Marsh

WHITE MARSH -- Baltimore County Department of Aging's fifth annual Caregivers Conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Boumi Temple, 5050 King Ave.

The conference will offer workshops on memory loss, community resources, and legal, medical and financial issues.

The conference is free, but lunch will cost $5. Information and reservations: 410-887-2594.

In Baltimore City

Public hearings to be held on school reorganizations

The Baltimore school system will hold public hearings in the next two months to discuss creating more combined elementary-middle schools and closing and building other schools.

The hearings will be held Nov. 15 at Polytechnic Institute; Nov. 28 at Southern High School; Nov. 29 at Southwestern High School; Dec. 3 at Lake Clifton High School; and Dec. 5 at Northwestern High School. All hearings will begin at 6 p.m. A final hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at Polytechnic Institute.

U.N. mediator, author to speak at Friends School

Pat Patfoort, a mediator with expertise in inter-ethnic conflict, will speak in Baltimore tomorrow about options for responding to the Sept. 11 attacks. She will address the question: How can we defend ourselves without provoking a counterattack?

In the past decade, Patfoort has conducted reconciliation talks with the Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo, and with Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda. She has also worked in Russia, East Congo and Senegal, and written three books about nonviolence that have been published in six languages. She is currently working in Africa for the United Nations.

Her free lecture is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St., on the campus of Friends School. It is sponsored by Stony Run's Peace and Social Order Committee and will begin after a 7 p.m. potluck dessert. Information: Susan Rudy, 410-661-4790.

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