In Baltimore City 1-day strike today to protest lack of...



In Baltimore City

1-day strike today to protest lack of contract at center

Officials of the union representing 104 employees announced a one-day strike today at Ravenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, with picket lines forming at 7 a.m. outside the facility at 501 W. Franklin St.

Larry Rubin, spokesman for Service Employees International Union District 1199C, said Ravenwood is the only nursing home, among 21 in the Baltimore area whose workers are represented by the union, that has not reached agreement with the local on a contract.

Officials of the nursing home, which is owned by a Louisiana corporation, were not available for comment late yesterday.

Rubin said the union had called on state officials to investigate chronic staff shortages and heating and air-conditioning problems at the 300-bed facility. According to recent federal inspection reports, the home is 98 percent occupied.

Registration is tomorrow for breast cancer walk

Registration for this weekend's Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day fund-raising walk to Washington will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Organizations say more than 3,000 walkers, and a supporting crew of about 400, are expected for the walk, which begins at 6:15 a.m. Friday at the convention center and will cover about 60 miles before concluding at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street in Washington.

Walkers pay a $75 registration fee and raise a minimum of $1,900 in pledges to take part in the Avon walk, staged by California-based company Pallotta TeamWorks, which specializes in organizing charity events. Proceeds are to support research and access to care.

Information: 800-825-1000, or

Drug raid at apartment ends with four arrests

Four people were arrested on drug charges early yesterday after undercover officers raided an apartment building in the Kenilworth Park neighborhood where packaging of cocaine for distribution was under way, city police said.

Carrying search warrants, members of the Northern District's drug enforcement unit under Sgt. Troy Cooper entered two apartments in the 1200 block of Woodbourne Ave. about 12:15 a.m. and reported seizing crack cocaine and marijuana with a street value of $5,000, a handgun and $750 cash. A car also was confiscated, police said.

In Baltimore County

Herget elected chairman of board at Villa Julie

STEVENSON - Charles E. Herget Jr. has been elected chairman of the board of trustees at Villa Julie College, effective July 1.

Herget replaces Donald Ratcliffe, who has held the position since 1989. A businessman and community leader, Herget is co-founder, principal and senior consultant with Asset Strategy Consultants, a Sparks-based investment consulting firm that works with endowments, foundations and retirement plans.

Villa Julie is a private, co-educational college with more than 2,300 students.

Talk on democracy's future in Middle East set Monday

TOWSON - Towson University's International Studies Program will sponsor a panel discussion on the future of democracy in the Middle East at 4 p.m. Monday in the Stephens Hall theater.

Panelists will include Benjamin Barber, author of Jihad vs. McWorld and co-author of the 10-part Public Broadcasting Service series "The Struggle for Democracy"; Sheila Carapico, chairwoman of the political science department at the University of Richmond; Michael Hudson of the Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies; and Charles Schmitz, assistant professor of geography and environmental planning at Towson.

The free discussion is open to the public.

Bar Association's Law Day to be celebrated today

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Bar Association's Law Day festivities are planned for noon today at Circuit Courthouse Plaza, 401 Bosley Ave.

Featured speaker will be Warren S. Oliveri Jr., president of the board of directors of the Legal Aid Bureau. The Law Day Award will be presented to A. Owen Hennegan, a settlement judge in the county Circuit Court, in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of law in the county.

Information: 410-337-9103.

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