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Court overturns conviction in death of 7-month-old girl

An appellate court overturned yesterday the second-degree murder conviction and 30-year prison term of a Southwest Baltimore man who was convicted last year of killing his girlfriend's infant daughter.

A three-judge panel of the Court of Special Appeals ruled that Charles Donnell Johnson is entitled to a new trial in the fatal beating July 18, 2000, of 7-month-old Destiny Way while he was baby-sitting, according to court papers.

The court said the prosecutor's closing arguments were improper.

Housing fair, tour focus on west side tomorrow

The city Department of Housing and Community Development and the Live Baltimore Marketing Center are sponsoring a west-side Buying into Baltimore Homebuying Fair and Neighborhood Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane.

The event offers prospective homebuyers guided tours of neighborhoods in the city's western sections, and a chance to view listings and open houses and get advice from more than 40 exhibitors, including real estate agents, mortgage lenders and community-based, nonprofit organizations.

The first 50 participants to close on a house in the targeted neighborhoods within 90 days of the fair will be eligible for a $3,000 grant from the city housing authority toward down payment and closing costs.

Another fair, focused on the east side, is planned for September.

`Save the Children' theme of youth rally tomorrow

More than 400 young people are expected at a United Youth Rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Eastside District Court complex, 1400 E. North Ave.

Sponsored by Baltimore City Community College, Maryland Cash and Carry and Elks Lodge 1043, the theme of the event is "Save the Children" and is free to kids ages 7 to 14. It will feature African drumming, poetry, food and music.

Organizers said the theme was inspired by recent news accounts of brutality against city children. Information or donations to the event: Robert A. Jones, 410-262-6661.

Roland Park school to hold annual May Mart tomorrow

Roland Park Elementary/Middle School will hold May Mart, an annual event to support the PTSA, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 5207 Roland Ave.

The fair will feature booths, food, rides, a raffle and gifts for mothers. Admission is free.

In Baltimore County

Central committee seeks applicants for legislature

PIKESVILLE - Members of the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee are soliciting resumes of people to fill the vacancy created by Del. Michael J. Finifter's appointment as a Circuit Court judge.

Applicants must be at least age 25, registered voters and residents of the 11th Legislative District for at least six months. Members of the district's central committee will interview applicants at a place and time to be announced.

Resumes should be sent to Mike Glaser, 4521 Hawksbury Road, Pikesville 21208. Information: 410-363-9930.

Fitness classes for children with disabilities scheduled

PARKVILLE - Baltimore County Department of Parks and Recreation will hold fitness classes for youngsters with disabilities.

The first class will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow at Oakleigh Elementary School, 1900 White Oak Ave. Morning classes also will be offered May 18 and 25 at Loch Raven Recreation Center, 1801 Glen Keith Blvd. The program will focus on flexibility, strength and aerobic conditioning.

The cost is $15. Information: 410-887-5370 or 410-887-5319 for the hearing-impaired.

Business association plans annual job fair tomorrow

RANDALLSTOWN - Liberty Road Business Association will sponsor its third annual job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Organizers expect 15 to 20 local businesses looking for applicants for part- and full-time jobs.

The fair will be held in Northwest Hospital Center's education building at the rear of the hospital, off Liberty Road. Information: 410-655-7766.

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