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December 16, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Board to consider request for strip shows at nightclub

A dispute over whether a nightclub on downtown Baltimore's west side should be allowed to have adult entertainment is scheduled to return today to the Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals.

Club Bunns, at 606-608 W. Lexington St., wants permission to stage strip shows. The club says it has long held such shows but needs formal permission to continue them. The University of Maryland, Baltimore, among other west-side interests, argues that a legally sanctioned strip bar would not fit efforts to revitalize the area.

The hearing, rescheduled from September, is set for 1:30 p.m. in Room 215 of City Hall. If the zoning board sides with the club, the city liquor board could grant it an adult entertainment license.

Governor makes selection for legislative seat official

Former Baltimore sheriff's Deputy Marshall T. Goodwin was appointed yesterday to a vacant House of Delegates seat in Baltimore's 40th Legislative District by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Goodwin, a 46-year-old Democrat who was recommended by the 40th District State Central Committee a week ago, replaces the late Del. Howard P. Rawlings. A city sheriff's deputy from 1979 until July, Goodwin holds a master's degree in criminal justice and was criminal justice coordinator for the Governor's Office of Justice Administration from 1992 to 1995.

Goodwin, assistant director of public safety at Baltimore City Community College, won the seat over Rawlings' son, Wendell, who had hoped to be his father's successor.

Sarbanes has surgery to remove benign tumor

Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes underwent minor surgery yesterday morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital to remove a benign tumor in his salivary gland, his office announced.

He was to have had the tumor removed a year ago, but the procedure was canceled because of a reaction to anesthesia. The anesthesia problem led to discovery of another benign growth - on the senator's adrenal gland - that was removed in April, according to Sarbanes spokesman Jesse Jacobs.

Sarbanes, 70, a Baltimore Democrat who is Maryland's senior senator, was to remain in the hospital overnight and minimal recovery time was expected, Jacobs said. The surgery was scheduled to coincide with the Senate's recess.

In Baltimore County

School board to discuss rehiring retired employees

TOWSON - The Baltimore County school board will discuss its practice of rehiring retired employees at its regularly scheduled meeting tonight.

Other items on the agenda include a review of the school system's annual financial audit and a report on the proposed county capital budget request for 2005 to 2010.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at 6901 N. Charles St.

Community meeting on renaissance districts

TOWSON - County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss ways the community can remain involved as the county develops new regulations for developments in the planned renaissance districts.

The informal group discussion will take place in the county executive's office on the mezzanine level of the Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Ave., Towson.

Holiday fire prevention is topic of cable TV show

TOWSON - Christmas tree and candle safety will be discussed on Burning Issues, the Baltimore County Fire Department's cable television program.

Fire Capt. Glenn Blackwell will narrate a video that illustrates how quickly a dry tree can ignite and turn into a life-threatening fire, and will talk about the record number of candle-related home fires.

The program, to be broadcast on Comcast Channel 25 through Feb. 6, also will feature a look at Engine 56 and an interview with Lt. Richard Muth, director of the Office of Emergency Management. The program will air at 11:30 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Wednesdays.

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