In Baltimore City Break in river pipe caused disruption...

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April 24, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Break in river pipe caused disruption of water service

Divers discovered yesterday that a gaping 3-foot-by-12-foot hole in an underwater concrete pipe was the cause of a temporary service disruption two weeks ago for thousands of city water customers.

But the hole's origins will likely remain a mystery until the 25-year-old pipe is raised from the Patapsco River bottom, said Kurt L. Kocher, spokesman for the Department of Public Works. That has not been scheduled. Water service is being rerouted until a replacement pipe is laid.

The pipe, 6 feet in diameter, runs parallel to the Key Bridge. The area affected by the break April 10 included about 250,000 households and businesses in East and Southeast Baltimore, Perry Hall to Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, and northern Anne Arundel County. It caused a loss of 25 million gallons.

Man found on Presbury St. dies of stab wounds

A young man died of stab wounds late last night after an incident in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, and detectives were questioning several people about the killing.

Western District officers, checking out a report about 10 p.m. of an injured man lying in the 1600 block of Presbury St., found a 21-year-old outside a house and bleeding from chest wounds, police said.

The victim, whose name was not released, died less than an hour later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Homicide Detective Dave Peckoo said several people were taken from the scene for questioning at police headquarters.

1,200 expected to compete in 33rd Special Olympics

More than 1,200 young athletes are expected to compete in the 33rd annual Baltimore City Special Olympics tomorrow and Friday at Homewood Field on the Johns Hopkins University campus - the most in the history of the local event, organizers said.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9:30 a.m., when participants parade into the stadium and recite the Special Olympics Oath before the torch is ignited.

Athletes will compete in track and field events, including softball throw, standing long jump and the wheelchair dash, during the free two-day event.

In Baltimore County

Loyola Blakefield festival to mark school's 150 years

TOWSON - Loyola Blakefield High School will hold a family day celebration, Blakefest, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday as part of the school's 150th anniversary.

The day will feature activities for younger children, a middle school lacrosse game at 10 a.m. and a varsity lacrosse game between Loyola and Calvert Hall at noon. A rugby game will be played at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Tours of the Henry J. Knott Hall, which houses the student commons and athletic facilities, will be given between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and a liturgy will be celebrated on Hargaden Field, the main football field, at 3 p.m. The school's jazz ensemble also will perform.

Poet to visit, read work at Essex campus

ESSEX - Li-Young Lee, an award-winning poet, will present a reading of his work at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Lee will be visiting the campus to work with high school and college students who are interested in the written word. His lecture will be in the College Community Center Theater.

Information: 410-780-6109.

Towson Gardens Day to be held tomorrow

TOWSON - Towson Gardens Day will be held tomorrow at Courthouse Plaza.

The annual event, now in its 16th year, celebrates the greening and flowering of Towson. It features tours of the courthouse garden and Towson's Secret Garden on Baltimore Avenue, about 100 plant, crafts and food vendors, awards to local gardeners and free advice from gardening experts.

The event, which is sponsored by the Towson Development Corp., runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 410-825-2211.

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