City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

November 14, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Terrorist attack on subway station to be simulated

The Marine Corps and fire departments from the city and surrounding counties will simulate a domestic terrorist attack on the Baltimore Metro subway's Johns Hopkins station this weekend.

The training exercise, Operation Down Under, will involve a chemical being released into the station by explosive and aerosol devices, with 250 "victims" in need of decontamination and treatment.

FOR THE RECORD - An item in the City/County Digest in yesterday's editions of The Sun contained an incorrect time for a performance of Into the Woods at Notre Dame Preparatory School. The play will be performed at 3 p.m. tomorrow. There is no 3 p.m. performance today.
The Sun regrets the error.

Broadway will be closed to traffic near Johns Hopkins Hospital Saturday night as people assemble with equipment, and the "attack" will begin about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, after the subway closes. It will conclude in time for the subway's 5 a.m. reopening, said city fire spokesman Michael Maybin.

The city says the goals for the exercise - which will involve the Marines' Chemical and Biological Incident Response Force - include testing the regional departments' ability to communicate with involved organizations, decontaminate a large group of victims, identify the chemical used and find and rescue victims trapped in the station.

City's public high schools to hold fair tomorrow

Baltimore's 33 high schools will provide prospective students a look at their programs at a high school fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.

The second annual school fair will be held at the Polytechnic Institute-Western High School complex, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane.

Eighth-graders from private, parochial and public schools, and their parents are invited to meet representatives from each of the schools.

Chief of police detectives will step down next month

The chief of the Police Department's detective division told his staff yesterday that he will step down by the middle of next month to spend more time with his family, police officials said.

Chief Edwin Day, 52, who was a longtime New York City police officer, joined the Baltimore department in March and had been leading a series of reforms in the way detectives handle their cases. He said in an interview that it was too difficult splitting his time between Baltimore and his wife and two sons in New York.

Maj. Antonio Williams, Day's executive officer and commander of the homicide unit, will lead the division until Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark names a replacement.

Mass Sunday to honor priests killed in 1989

The annual memorial Mass commemorating the 1989 killings of six Jesuit priests and two of their companions in El Salvador will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, Calvert and Madison streets.

The Rev. Dean Brackley, a Jesuit who taught at the University of Central America in El Salvador, where the slain priests were faculty members, will deliver the sermon. A reception and panel discussion will follow the service.

In Baltimore County

Notre Dame Prep students to present `Into the Woods'

TOWSON - Notre Dame Preparatory School students will perform Into the Woods, a Tony Award-winning musical that explores the bright and dark sides of fairy tales, today through Saturday in the school auditorium, 815 Hampton Lane.

Performances are at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, and at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Information and reservations: Barbara Barr at 410-825-6202.

Home school association to hold spaghetti dinner

LOCH RAVEN - The Immaculate Heart of Mary Home School Association will hold its annual spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door. The dinner will be held in the school hall, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd.

Information and reservations: 410-668-8466.

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