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Owings Mills woman found fatally beaten in home is identified

OWINGS MILLS -- The 42-year-old woman found dead in the basement of her home in the 300 block of Kendigs Mills Road on Tuesday was identified yesterday as Sheryl Anne Purpora, Baltimore County police said.

An autopsy completed yesterday also showed that Purpora had been fatally beaten in the head, police said. She was discovered with a plastic bag over her head by police after a housekeeper found the home in disarray when she arrived for work and called 911, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

Purpora's two children -- ages 7 and 9 -- were staying with neighbors yesterday. Her husband and the housekeeper have been questioned by detectives.

Cardin sets meeting to talk about issues in Congress

TOWSON -- Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will hold a town meeting at 11 a.m. Monday at Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave.

Cardin, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, will discuss his plan for prescription drug coverage for seniors and other issues before Congress, including Social Security.

The event is free and open to the public. Information: 410-433- 8886.

Annual 4-H Fair to offer animals, exhibits, auctions

TIMONIUM -- Baltimore County's 38th annual 4-H Fair begins today and will run through Sunday at Maryland State Fairgrounds. The event will feature educational activities, exhibits, animal demonstrations and community service projects.

Today's highlights will include livestock judging at 8 a.m., a beef steer and heifer show at 2:30 p.m., and a cake auction at 7:30 p.m. A livestock auction will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Admission and parking are free. Information: 410-666-1025.

In Baltimore City

Hampden police station sale to developers OK'd

Baltimore officials approved yesterday an agreement that will allow the sale of the former Northern District Police Station in Hampden to developers proposing to spend $4.7 million to turn it into offices and restaurants.

A joint venture led by Stanley Keyser and Wendy Blair will pay the city $225,000 for the ornate 1890s-era Victorian building at 3355 Keswick Road, which served as a police station until the city built a new station more than a year ago.

The developers plan to transform part of the building into a bank with a drive-through, according to Baltimore Development Corp., the city's development arm.

Tall ship Danmark to make return visit to Baltimore

The tall ship Danmark, a frequent visitor to Baltimore over the years, will return to port next week and invite the public aboard for tours. The 253-foot vessel will arrive in the Inner Harbor on Wednesday afternoon and stay for 10 days.

Free dockside tours will be given from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 18; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 19; 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 20; and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 21. Visitors are asked not to bring packages onto the ship.

Built by Denmark in 1932 as a training vessel, the three-masted ship was turned over to the United States temporarily during World War II to prevent its capture by the Nazis.

5K benefit race to be held Sept. 11 in honor of victims

A 5K race in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be held on the anniversary of the attacks. The race, "Run to Remember," will start at 7 a.m. at Baltimore police headquarters at 601 E. Fayette St. and continue to Rash Field.

Entry fee for the race, sponsored by St. Joseph Medical Center and presented by Charm City Run, will be $25 before Sept. 1, and $30 after that date through race day. Net proceeds will benefit the Baltimore City Police Foundation and Fire Department.

Registration: 410-377-8882.

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