City/County Digest


October 01, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Bill that honors slain Dawson family wins House approval

WASHINGTON - A bill that honors Baltimore family members who were killed for "snitching" on neighborhood drug dealers passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a voice vote yesterday.

Introduced by 7th District Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Dawson Family Community Protection Act would provide up to $1 million annually to Baltimore and other cities with severe drug-related crime. The money could be used for more police officers, anonymous tip lines or other drug-fighting tools.The measure still must clear the Senate.

The bill was named for Angela and Carnell Dawson and their five children, who died from injuries sustained in an arson fire at their East Preston Street home in October. Darrell L. Brooks, a 22-year-old neighbor sentenced to life in prison for the arson, testified in August that he set the blaze to punish the family for "snitching" on drug dealers.

City weighs deal to buy homes for east-side renewal

City officials are expected to approve the purchase of 34 homes today for an East Baltimore redevelopment plan centered around a biotech park.

The Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition is offering the properties to the city for $1 apiece. The Board of Estimates will consider the deal at a meeting today. The homes are on a number of streets, including the 2400 block of E. Eager St., 2100 block of Jefferson St. and 800 block of N. Bradford St.

The project will involve hundreds of new and renovated houses in addition to the biotech park. Large-scale acquisition of properties is expected to begin early next year.

Cummings pushes for funds for Blacks in Wax Museum

WASHINGTON - Attempting to win about $15 million in federal funds for the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings testified before a House subcommittee yesterday on behalf of his bill that would authorize the cash.

Cummings introduced the National Great Black Americans Commemoration Act in June to develop and expand the exhibits and educational programs at the museum at 1601 E. North Ave. A companion bill, introduced by U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, passed the Senate after its introduction in June.

The state and city have contributed more than $5 million to the planned $60 million museum expansion.

Drawing of City Hall brings in $2,100 at auction

A one-of-a-kind drawing of Baltimore's City Hall, believed to have been done by the architect of the 1870s landmark, sold for $2,100 in an auction Monday night.

The drawing, attributed to George A. Frederick, was among a number of items put on the block by Baltimore Equitable Insurance, a 209-year-old company that decided to sell much of its historic cache after moving out of its longtime headquarters. Auctioneer Chris Bready said he doesn't know what the buyer, a Roland Park man, plans to do with the drawing.

A city directory listing George H. Ruth Jr. - better known as Babe Ruth - as a ballplayer living on Conway Street was bought for $450 by the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. A previously unknown 1850s map of the city sold for $900.

In Baltimore County

Body of man found in creek identified as city resident, 71

CHASE - Baltimore County police identified yesterday the body of the man found Monday in Seneca Creek.

Police identified him as John Earnest Sr., 71, of the 5400 block of Bucknell Road in Northeast Baltimore. Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman, said an autopsy determined Earnest died of accidental drowning.

A person in the neighborhood saw Earnest working on his boat on Seneca Creek late Monday morning, police said. Earnest's body was found in the creek, about 100 yards from the boat, about 1:20 p.m. by a resident of the 900 block of Seneca Park Road, Vinson said.

Sheppard Pratt sets classes on avoiding drugs, alcohol

TOWSON - Registration for the fall session of Sheppard Pratt Health System's substance abuse education program is open to preteens, teens and parents.

Sheppard Pratt's Office of Substance Abuse Education runs Drug-Free Kids, a four-week program that teaches children how to handle pressure to use alcohol and drugs from their peers. A fifth week is devoted to educating parents.

The fall session will begin Oct. 16. Classes will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the conference center on the hospital campus on Charles Street. Information and registration: 410-938-3100.

Pickersgill's fair to feature antique cars, bluegrass band

TOWSON - Pickersgill Retirement Community, 615 Chestnut Ave., will hold its annual country fair Saturday.

The free fair will feature a new attraction - antique cars - and old standbys such as a children's petting zoo and a bluegrass band.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open to the public, and proceeds will go to Pickersgill. Information: 410-842-0420.

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