City/County Digest


March 24, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Optimists pledge $920,000 to Hopkins for cancer research

The volunteer organization Optimist International is pledging $920,000 to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center for research on childhood cancer, Hopkins officials said yesterday.

The gift, to be formally announced today, will endow a research fellowship in pediatric oncology and hematology at the cancer center, located on Hopkins' medical campus in East Baltimore.

Optimist International comprises more than 4,000 local Optimist clubs with 126,516 members throughout the United States and around the world that work on service projects oriented to children. Much of the money for the Hopkins donation was raised by the Maryland-South Delaware District Optimist Childhood Cancer Campaign.

Board asked to OK purchase of devices for harbor search

The Baltimore Fire Department will ask the city's Board of Estimates today to belatedly approve the purchase of two sophisticated devices that helped locate three bodies after Seaport Taxi's Lady D capsized in high winds March 6.

In the midst of its 10-day search in frigid, murky waters off Fort McHenry, the department made two purchases. One was a sonar system with a remote-control underwater camera, bought for $32,000 from VideoRay of Exton, Pa. The other was a $33,000 "splash-proof system" that protects the sonar, made by Marine Sonic Technology of White Marsh, Va.

Department officials purchased the equipment with emergency approval from city Finance Director Peggy Watson. It is asking the board to ratify the purchases.

18-year-old identified as victim in shooting

A man who was found fatally shot Monday in the 2800 block of Boarman Ave. in Northwest Baltimore has been identified as 18-year old Dionisio Perez, police said.

Witnesses told police that Perez, of the 2600 block of Rosewood Ave., was walking on Boarman just after 10 a.m. when he was approached by a man who asked Perez about purchasing marijuana, according to police spokesman Officer Troy Harris.

Perez continued walking, Harris said, and the man pulled out a handgun and fired once, striking Perez in the back of the head. No arrests have been made, Harris said.

In Baltimore County

UM professor to lecture tomorrow on Islam, politics

CATONSVILLE -- Charles Butterworth, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, will offer a free lecture at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 800 S. Rolling Road.

Butterworth, who has lived, studied and taught extensively in the Middle East and North Africa, will deliver a lecture, "Islam and Politics: Here and There." The lecture is in room 100 on the ground level of Building K.

Information: 410-455-6905.

Hereford Middle spotlights accomplishments of pupils

HEREFORD -- With a spotlight lighting the evening sky and beckoning visitors, Hereford Middle School pupils will showcase their accomplishments, starting at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Parents and visitors will get a glimpse of students' daily activities through Powerpoint presentations and displays.

More than 1,200 people participated in this showcase last year. A shuttle will operate every 15 minutes from the parking lot of Hereford High School.

Villa Julie events to mark desegregation ruling

STEVENSON -- Villa Julie College will offer two events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision that led to the desegregation of public schools.

Howard University professor Richard L. Wright will speak about how those changes affected people's lives at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in the college's art gallery, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road.

U.S. District Court Judge Marvin J. Garbis will discuss how law protects equality at 12:15 p.m. April 25. That event will be held in the Inscape Theatre on the campus. Information: 410-486-7000.

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