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March 18, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Prayer vigil held for girl, 12, beaten at birthday party

A prayer vigil was held yesterday in honor of Nicole Townes -- the 12-year-old girl who was brutally beaten by a group of women and girls at a birthday party Feb. 28.

Nicole, who awoke from a coma last week, is breathing on her own but still unable to speak, said the Rev. Durrell Williams of the Full Gospel Deliverance Church, 1053 N. Milton Ave. She is listed in fair condition at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Five people -- two women and three teens -- were charged in the incident. One of the women encouraged the others to beat Nicole after a boy kissed her on a dare, police said.

At the vigil yesterday, held a few steps away from the West Baltimore house where the attack took place, Nicole's grandmother, Jerelean Wilson, prayed for her recovery. Some of those who attended the vigil gave teddy bears and cards to Wilson for her granddaughter.

2 brothers hurt in shootings less than 24 hours apart

City police investigating the shootings of two brothers within 24 hours and less than a block from each other are attempting to learn if the incidents are related. No arrests have been made.

About 2 p.m. Sunday, Brian Brown, 39, was seated in a car in the 600 block of Whitmore Ave. when an unknown assailant shot him in the back, said Western District Detective Karen Manns. Shortly before 3 p.m. the next day, Brian's brother, Dwayne Brown, 42, was arguing with another man in the 2500 block of Loretta Ave. when the man shot Brown in the right leg, Manns said.

The brothers are in fair condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Manns said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Manns at 410-396- 2477.

Jackie Robinson's daughter to speak at Pratt library

The daughter of Jackie Robinson, who broke race barriers when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, will speak to students about her new book, Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America, at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Sharon Robinson will discuss her book with about 70 students from Lombard Middle School and Hamilton Elementary and Middle schools. The book describes her father's youth in Georgia and his rise to become major-league baseball's first African-American player.

Sharon Robinson is director of educational programming for Major League Baseball and manager of the league's character education initiative.Each student who attends the event will receive a book, thanks in part to a donation from the law firm of Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz. Information, 410-396-5283.

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