City/County Digest

City/County Digest

October 18, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Man, 23, found shot on east side dies at Hopkins Hospital

A 23-year-old man found shot Wednesday evening on a street in East Baltimore died early yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, city police reported.

The name of the victim was withheld because police were notifying family members. He was found by Eastern District officers, lying in the 900 block of E. Eager St. about 7:15 p.m. with several bullet wounds. He died shortly before 3 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Detective Vernon Parker at 410-396-2100.

4,000 volunteers collect 727 tons of trash in city

Results are in from Saturday's cleanup in Baltimore. City officials said 4,000 volunteers from nearly 200 communities collected 727 tons of trash.

Although less than the 1,093 tons collected by the same number of volunteers during a cleanup April 20, Department of Public Works officials are pleased. "The drop-off in the amount of trash collected clearly indicates that DPW and the general public are doing a better job of keeping Baltimore clean every day," said DPW Director George L. Winfield.

On Saturday, the city targeted 640 "hot spot" locations, including back yards of vacant homes, identified by residents.

Union leaders campaign for corporate accountability

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, union leaders in Maryland and others will meet tomorrow to underscore their demand that candidates for office take a stand against corporate greed.

The event, at 9 a.m. at the Baltimore Teachers Union, 5800 Metro Drive, is part of the AFL-CIO's "national days of action" campaign for corporate accountability.

Activities will include walks and distributing leaflets at work sites.

In Baltimore County

University to hold debates, forums for local candidates

TOWSON -- Towson University has planned public forums and debates next week for candidates in key local political races.

Two events involve candidates in the 42nd District. On Monday, a community forum will be held featuring the candidates for the three seats in the House of Delegates: Republicans Susan L.M. Aumann, William J. Frank and John G. Trueschler; Democrats Matthew Joseph, Stephen W. Lafferty and Del. James W. Campbell; and Green Party candidate Rich Kunkel.

On Thursday, candidates for the Senate seat, Republican Del. Martha S. Klima and Democrat Jim Brochin, will debate. Both events will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Potomac Lounge in University Union.

The university also plans a debate between the two candidates for the 2nd Congressional District seat -- Helen Delich Bentley, a Republican, and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat -- on Oct. 28. Information: 410-704-2230.

County libraries rate 4th in 2002 national ranking

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Public Library is fourth best among the nation's largest libraries, according to Hennen's American Public Library Ratings.

The 2002 ratings, which appeared this week in American Libraries magazine, are based on several factors, including volumes per capita, reference activity, expenditures per capita and circulation. Because Baltimore County has a population of more than 500,000, the library was judged against the 76 largest libraries in the nation.

Other Maryland libraries acknowledged for excellence by HAPLR include Montgomery County Public Library, rated ninth among the largest libraries, and Howard County Public Library, rated 10th among libraries serving 100,000 to 249,999.

Department of Aging seeks volunteer ombudsmen

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Department of Aging is seeking volunteers to become nursing home ombudsmen.

Volunteers will help residents advocate for themselves and serve as a voice for those who are unable to do so. Ombudsmen must be 21 years old, able to visit a nursing home from two to four hours per week, and willing to make a six-month commitment.

Training sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 at Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave. A meeting also will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Sherwood House, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road. Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory for those wishing to volunteer. Information: 410-887-4200.

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