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November 27, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Water restrictions end at Hopkins after Legionnaires' tests

Johns Hopkins Hospital has ended water restrictions in its Comprehensive Cancer Center that had been prompted by discovery of a trace of the Legionnaires' disease bacteria -- apparently after tests found no additional traces, spokesman Trent Stockton said yesterday.

The restrictions, which included prohibitions on showers, tub bathing and drinking from water fountains, were instituted Oct. 24 after a trace of the bacteria was found during routine testing of the water supply for the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, which houses the center.

The restrictions were lifted Tuesday afternoon after the hospital took steps to eliminate the bacteria. Although Hopkins did not provide specifics, such procedures commonly include draining pipes, superheating water and using heavy doses of chlorine. No case of the potentially fatal disease was reported.

Man found tied to tree died from stab wounds

An unidentified man whose body was found Tuesday morning tied to a tree in a wooded area of Cherry Hill died from multiple stab wounds, a city homicide detective said yesterday.

The victim, who appeared to be in his early 20s, was found tied to a tree in an "out-of-the-way wooded area" about 8:45 a.m. by a maintenance worker off the 2200 block of Round Road near Veronica Avenue, behind an apartment complex, Detective Shawn McKnight said.

How long the man had been dead and whether he had been killed at the site has not been determined. Anyone with information about the death was asked to call McKnight at 410- 396-2100.

Events planned to mark World AIDS Day

Health Education Resource Organization Inc. of Baltimore will observe World AIDS Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday with events including a seminar on growing old with HIV.

The seminar will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. A health fair offering HIV, cholesterol and blood pressure tests will be held at HERO headquarters, 1734 Maryland Ave., and the observances will end with a 4 p.m. vigil in its garden.

World AIDS Day is observed every year on Dec. 1. HERO's focus this year will be on AIDS/HIV awareness and education. Information: 410-685-1180.

In Baltimore County

Annual tree lighting, caroling planned Monday

TOWSON -- Baltimore County will hold its annual tree lighting and caroling festival at 6 p.m. Monday at the Courthouse Plaza.

County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will preside over the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the Chesapeake Barbershop Quartet, the Towson High School Brass Choir and the Harbor City Chorus. Hot chocolate and cookies also will be available.

Participants are asked to bring a new pair of mittens for the needy and to hang them on a tree inside the plaza entrance to the courthouse. Free parking is available in two county garages on Susquehanna Avenue. Information: 410-825-1144.

Public meeting to focus on education issues

TOWSON -- The Thornton Commission funding plan for public schools, the federal No Child Left Behind Act and other education issues will be discussed Wednesday evening at a public meeting sponsored by the Central Area Education Advisory Council and the PTA Council of Baltimore County.

Speakers will include Esther Parker, the Maryland PTA president, and local elected officials. Those in attendance also will be able to discuss education, safety and health concerns.

The meeting will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dumbarton Middle School, 300 Dumbarton Road. Free child care will be provided for school-age children.

Workshops for homebuyers interested in loan program

DUNDALK -- Workshops for prospective homebuyers looking to qualify for low-interest mortgages begin next week.

The meetings will be held Wednesday, and Dec. 11 and 17. Attendance at one session is required to participate in the Baltimore County Settlement Expense Loan Program and a low-interest mortgage program offered by the state through the Community Development Administration.

The meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Suite 302 of the Atrium Offices at Eastpoint Mall, 7835 Eastern Ave. Reservations are required. Information and reservations: 410-284-9861.

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