In Baltimore City
Man, 53, shot Feb. 2 dies, becoming 11th homicide in 12 days
A man who was shot early this month a few feet from his West Baltimore home died yesterday at University of Maryland Medical Center -- the city's 11th homicide in 12 days, police said.
The victim, James Jenkins, 53, had talked to police from his hospital bed, shortly after being shot in the chest the night of Feb. 2 in the 3300 block of Brighton St. He told officers he was stepping out of his car about 9:45 p.m. when he was approached by a gunman between 17 and 20 years old, police said.
A struggle ensued, and Jenkins was shot in the chest. It was not known if the gunman intended to rob Jenkins, police said.
Police said Jenkins remained in critical condition before dying about 8 a.m. yesterday without providing more details. Anyone with information was urged to call Detective Kerry Snead at 410-396-2100.
National Aquarium to give information on programs
The National Aquarium in Baltimore will offer information about youth programs, summer jobs, career opportunities and volunteer positions this evening.
Beginning at 5 p.m. -- when the admission price will drop to $5 -- visitors will be able to meet divers and dolphin trainers, as well as the aquarium's directors of exhibits and marketing.
Information will also be available about the aquarium's many youth programs, including Henry Hall Youth Scholarships, named for a West Baltimore man who used his collection of freshwater exotic fish to help raise funds to build the aquarium.
Atlanta professor to speak at church's Men's Day event
The Rev. Robert M. Franklin, a professor at Emory University in Atlanta, will be the speaker Sunday morning at the 10th annual Men's Day celebration at historic St. James Episcopal Church, at West Lafayette and Arlington avenues.
The theme for the 9:30 a.m. event is revitalizing the spiritual health of the church and neighborhood.
St. James was established in 1824, becoming the first African-American Episcopal Church south of the Mason-Dixon line.
In Baltimore County
Red Cross lifeguard course planned for next month
ESSEX -- The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold an American Red Cross lifeguard course next month at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.
The class will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays from March 7 through April 4. Cost is $75, and enrollment is limited.
Participants must register by Feb. 27. Information: 410-887-3873.
Librarian helping S. Africa start online service
TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Public Library, which helped launch Maryland's AskUsNow! online information service last year, is helping librarians in South Africa start a service of their own.
By invitation of the U.S. State Department, the library's Joe Thompson, who coordinates the Maryland effort, was one of three Americans who took part in a video conference this week with colleagues from the Gauteng Environs Library Consortium. Others assisting the South African librarians represent the Library of Congress and George Washington University.
Maryland's live 24-hour information service can be accessed at www.askusnow.info.
Panel to discuss group homes Tuesday
PIKESVILLE -- A five-member panel will discuss group homes in northwest Baltimore County at a meeting Tuesday of the Northwest Area Advisory Council at Wellwood International Elementary School, 2901 Smith Ave.
Panel members are Sen. Delores G. Kelley; Dels. Adrienne A. Jones and Robert A. Zirkin; community activist Ella White Campbell; and Jean Satterfield, director of special-education instruction for the county school system.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.