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February 05, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City, U.S. officials investigate fire at Jewish center

City and federal fire investigators continued to search yesterday for the cause of a suspicious weekend fire in upper Park Heights that heavily damaged a Jewish center, including hundreds of volumes of sacred religious texts.

The fire broke out sometime before 8 a.m. Saturday at Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Studies in the 3700 block of Fords Lane.

Arson investigators from the city fire and police departments and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating - normal protocol for a fire in a religious institution since a rash of church burnings in the South in 1996, said Lt. Michael M. Maybin, a Fire Department spokesman.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Fire Department at 410-396-5680.

Amount of water drawn from river for city doubles

The amount of water being drawn from Susquehanna River by the city was doubled yesterday to protect the drought-depleted supplies in its reservoirs.

Up to 100 million gallons of river water is flowing into the city's water system daily, as planned. Department of Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher said he has heard of no complaints about the taste since pumping began last week.

Officials have not gauged the impact of appeals for water conservation. The city's reservoirs stood at 58 percent of capacity Feb. 1 - down from 61 percent Jan. 1.

Discussions to follow film about gay Orthodox Jews

Two public events will be held this week in connection with Trembling Before G-d, a documentary about gay Orthodox Jews playing through Friday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St.

After the 7 p.m. screening today, a panel discussion geared to young adults and college students will be held. The discussion, which will begin about 8:30 p.m., is co-sponsored by Hillel of Greater Baltimore, The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center of Baltimore & Central Maryland, and Lambda Chai, the gay, bisexual and transgendered Jewish network of Baltimore.

After the 7 p.m. screening Thursday, there will be an interfaith panel featuring Rabbi Steve Greenberg of New York, the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi; the Rev. Harris Thomas of Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore, a predominantly African-American gay and lesbian church; and Linda McCullough of New Ways Ministry.

In Baltimore County

Police rule out foul play in death of man in park

MILFORD - Baltimore County police ruled out foul play yesterday in the hanging death of a man whose body was found Saturday in a park.

Police identified the man as Joseph Seymer Jr., 41, of the 2600 block of Gwynndale Ave. in Baltimore. A man walking his dog in Villa Nova Park off the 3600 block of Essex Road found Seymer's body hanging from a tree.

The condition of the body indicated that it had been in the woods for a long time, police said.

Police, FBI, SSA to hold Black History Month event

WOODLAWN - Baltimore County Police Department will join the Baltimore office of the FBI and the Social Security Administration to present a ceremony today to mark African-American History Month.

The theme of this year's program is "The Color Line Revisited: Does Race Still Matter?" Speakers will be members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the segregated squadrons of black World War II aviators.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. in Altmeyer Auditorium at the Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Blvd.

Police TV show to feature Black History Month events

TOWSON - Activities marking Black History Month and profiles of the Parkville and White Marsh precincts are featured on the February edition of Police Report.

Police Report airs four times a week on Comcast Channel 25 in Baltimore County: 8:30 p.m. Monday, 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. Friday.

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