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January 06, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Navy hospital ship to depart today for duty in Indian Ocean

Several hundred crewmembers boarded the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort yesterday afternoon, bidding goodbye to family members and friends as they prepared to aid in a possible war in Iraq.

The 1,000-bed ship -- last deployed for war during Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991 -- was set to sail at 9 a.m. today. It has been readying for duty at the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia as part of a broad mobilization of air, land and sea forces for a possible invasion of Iraq.

Snow fell as sailors and medical staffers boarded the mammoth ship painted white with huge, red crosses.

On board, Executive Officer Jim Pellack gave orders to the crew, and asked for volunteers to sweep snow off the flight deck. He joked with those who boarded without jackets, asking if they were anticipating a "summer cruise."

Community groups offered grants for `green' projects

The Parks & People Foundation, a Baltimore nonprofit group, is offering grants of up to $1,000 to community groups in the city that are considering planting trees, cleaning parks and other "greening" projects.

Groups must work with a Parks & People staff member to plan a project and complete an application. They also are strongly encouraged to attend a two-hour training session at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 or Jan. 22 at the foundation's offices, at 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 10.

Information or applications: 410-448-5663, Ext. 103, or aman da.cunningham@parksandpeo ple.org. The deadline for grant applications is Feb. 4.

Scholars and journalists to discuss Mideast, coverage

A panel of African-American journalists and scholars will participate in a discussion on the Middle East and news coverage.

The free event, open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

The discussion will be moderated by television newsman Barry Simms of WBAL-TV (Channel 11). Speakers will include journalist Donnie Glover; Anthony McCarthy, associate publisher of The Baltimore Times; and Max Hilaire, chairman of Morgan State University's political science department.

In Baltimore County

Man found fatally shot in Pikesville complex

PIKESVILLE -- The body of an unidentified man was found shot yesterday evening in the basement laundry room of an apartment building in Pikesville by county officers investigating reported gunfire, police said.

About 6 p.m., a man believed to be a resident of the Warren Park Apartments flagged down police cars responding to the shooting report and led them to the laundry room at 20 Warren Park Drive, said Sgt. Vickie Warehime of the Garrison Precinct. There, the officers found the body lying on the floor.

The man had been shot in the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene, Warehime said.

County to begin collecting Christmas trees today

TOWSON -- Curbside collection of Christmas trees from single-family homes and townhouses in Baltimore County begins today and continues until Jan. 25. To ensure collection, trees should be placed at the roadside by Jan. 19.

Discarded trees should be bare and not wrapped in plastic and should be left at the curb, not in alleys. Collection will occur on a continuing basis. Trees will be chipped and used for compost and mulch.

Residents who live in apartments or condominiums should follow their property manager's instructions for tree disposal. Information: 410-887-2000.

Anti-tobacco group plans meeting on uses for funds

TOWSON -- Baltimore County's Community Coalition for Tobacco Cessation will hold a public meeting Wednesday to gather recommendations on how money from the Cigarette Restitution Fund should be used in the 2003-2004 fiscal year.

County residents and representatives of community organizations are invited. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the conference center at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, 6501 N. Charles St. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

Attendance is free, but anyone who plans to attend should call 410-887-3395.

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