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July 29, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Federal government to award funding for security at port

The city and the Maryland Port Administration will receive $3.76 million in federal funding for port security at a news conference today at Baltimore's World Trade Center.

Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will make the presentation and be joined by elected officials, including Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski, both Democrats.

The money is for buying boats, installing lights and fences, and screening cargo. Cummings also is expected to announce that the city and port administration will be eligible to apply for grants from a $125 million allocation in a spending package that passed both houses of Congress last week.

Councilman plans summit to discuss fatal shootings

City and community leaders are scheduled to discuss Baltimore's surge in fatal shootings at a meeting planned for Aug. 6. Third District City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. is organizing the event, which he calls a "solutions summit."

"We must have an emergency summit that forces all of the city's stakeholders to focus on real solutions, instead of being a showcase for speeches," Harris said. "No one will leave the summit until we have a concrete game plan to fight crime."

Harris said State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy has agreed to attend. He is seeking Mayor Martin O'Malley's participation. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the downtown War Memorial Building.

Police call on citizens to report crime tips

As they battle a recent surge in violent crime, Baltimore police are calling on residents to share information -- and reminding them that they can do so anonymously.

People can report information at police headquarters or at any of the city's nine police districts. But those who prefer to remain anonymous can call City Council members, clergy or business leaders, who will forward the information to police, department officials said.

The public also can make anonymous tips to Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888. Crime Stoppers recently established a toll-free number: 866-7- LOCKUP or 866-756-2587. Callers may be eligible for a $2,000 reward if the information they provide leads to the arrest and indictment of a felony suspect.

In Baltimore County

Business award nominations to be accepted until Friday

TOWSON -- Nominations will be accepted until Friday for the 2002 Baltimore County Business Awards.

The awards recognize companies and individuals for customer focus, contributions to their profession and commitment to the community. Awards will be presented Oct. 9 by County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger at Martin's West.

Award criteria and nomination forms are available by calling 410-887-8000 or going to the county Web site, www.baltimore countyonline.info.

Portions of railroad trail to be closed for resurfacing

COCKEYSVILLE -- Starting today, sections of the Northern Central Railroad Trail in Gunpowder Falls State Park will be closed for resurfacing.

Closings on the 19.7-mile trail, from Ashland to the Pennsylvania line, will be from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. All sections of the trail will be open from 3 p.m. to sunset, and on weekends. Resurfacing is expected to continue through early winter.

The most traveled areas of the trail will be resurfaced first so that they will be ready for the fall, when use increases. The new surface will be a crushed stone mix to improve drainage and make the trail more accessible during bad weather. Information: 410-329-6809.

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