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July 16, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

City Council fails to vote on plans to reduce its size

Baltimore's City Council passed up a chance last night to vote on four plans to shrink the 19-member panel, leaving one more opportunity for any to pass before next month's deadline.

If none of the plans wins council approval to get on the November ballot, it could be easier for a fifth resizing plan - proposed by a community and labor coalition - to prevail with voters.

Council President Sheila Dixon said none of the plans had the 10 votes needed to pass. Dixon and Councilman Robert W. Curran said they would try to rally support for one of the council plans before Aug. 12.

The plans proposed by council members would reduce the council by between two and four members. The community plan would cut four members and create single-member districts.

Young man fatally shot on east-side street

A young man was fatally shot early yesterday morning on a street in the Middle East section of East Baltimore. Police said they knew of no motive for the killing and had made no arrest.

Eastern District police said the man, whose identity was being withheld pending notification of his family, was found about 3 a.m. lying in the 2000 block of E. Madison St. He had been shot several times.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by the crew of a city Fire Department ambulance. His body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to contact Detective David Peckoo at 410-396-2100.

AME Bishop McKenzie to have book-signing today

Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie, the former Baltimore pastor who two years ago was elected the first female bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will read and sign her book, Journey to the Well, at 6:30 tonight at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., in Baltimore.

McKenzie was pastor of Payne Memorial AME Church in West Baltimore. She has been assigned since her election in July 2000 to a district in southern Africa encompassing churches in Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland.

In her latest book, McKenzie uses the Biblical story of Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman at a well, as well as her personal experiences, to draw lessons for the spiritual transformation of women.

Insurance agency to offer information session Aug. 5

The Maryland Insurance Administration, an independent state agency, offers monthly sessions for consumers with questions or complaints about their insurance.

The next session is scheduled from 10 am. to 2 p.m. Aug. 5 in Room 206 of the State Office Complex, 301 W. Preston St. Appointments are not required.

Information: 800-492-6116.

In Baltimore County

Two-alarm fire damages house in Rosedale

ROSEDALE - A two-alarm fire yesterday evening extensively damaged a house while the owners were vacationing in New Jersey. A spokesman for the county fire department said the cause of the fire and an estimate of the damage were not available. No injuries were reported.

John Parham, the spokesman, said the fire in the 5600 block of North Lane, near Kenwood Avenue, was reported at 5:35 p.m. and quickly went to two alarms. At least 40 volunteer and professional firefighters responded with nine pieces of apparatus from several stations.

During the height of the blaze, Parham said, a large portion of the roof collapsed. The fire was declared under control at about 6 p.m.

Fire Museum to hold community night Friday

LUTHERVILLE - The Fire Museum of Maryland will hold a community night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

More than 20 modern fire engines will be on display in the parking lot, complementing the permanent collection of 40 antique engines. There will also be demonstrations of a working fire alarm office, exhibits on the Baltimore Fire of 1904 and an interactive display of a 1938 fire engine in the children's Discovery Room.

Admission is $4 for visitors ages 3 and older. The museum is at 1301 York Road. Information: 410-321-7500.

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