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March 25, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

TB cases in city dropped to 43 in 2003, a record low

Tuberculosis cases in Baltimore hit a record low last year, the city Health Department announced yesterday.

New tuberculosis cases dropped from 71 in 2002 to 43 last year, according to a Health Department spokeswoman. While the number of cases has varied from year to year, it has dropped by 64 percent overall in the past decade.

The announcement was made on World TB Day, which tries to raise awareness of the disease's impact. Tuberculosis annually kills about 2 million people worldwide.

The Health Department attributed the decline to aggressive investigation and monitoring of TB cases, minimizing the spread of infection.

Coalition plans to protest UB plan to replace building

A coalition of students, residents and preservation activists has planned a rally for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the southeast corner of Maryland and Mount Royal avenues to protest plans by the University of Baltimore to demolish the Odorite building to make way for a student center.

The event is scheduled take place one month after the Maryland Advisory Council on Historic Preservation urged the university to incorporate the two-story building, dating to 1915 and formerly home of the Monumental Motor Car Co., into its design for a planned student center on the site, rather than tear it down.

The Coalition to Save the Odorite Building said it is holding the rally to encourage the university to follow the council's advice.

In Baltimore County

Arab journalists' view of U.S. is topic of event

TOWSON - Arab journalists' views of the United States will be discussed today by Al-Jazeera television's Washington bureau chief and other journalists.

The free event will be held at 7.30 p.m. in Heubeck Multipurpose Room on the Goucher College campus, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road.

In addition to Al-Jazeera's Hafez Al-Mirazi, the panel will include National Public Radio's diplomatic correspondent Ted Clark and Donatella Lorch, director of the Knight International Press Fellowship. Goucher President Sanford J. Ungar, a veteran journalist, will moderate.

Basketball game to raise funds for police program

STEVENSON - The Harlem Ambassadors, a basketball entertainment team from Colorado, will play a team from Johns Hopkins Hospital tomorrow in a benefit for the Police Athletic League of Baltimore County.

The 7 p.m. event will be held at Villa Julie College's Student Union Gymnasium, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. Information: 410-887-5892 or 410-887-7709.

Community meeting to address parkland plan

MIDDLE RIVER - The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a community meeting Wednesday to discuss the redevelopment of a parcel of Aero Acres parkland.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Victory Villa Community Center, 404 Compass Road.

Owners of Martin Plaza Shopping Center propose to use part of a county-owned 1-acre parcel for stormwater management and build a boardwalk around it. "Right now, it's not active program space, it's just open space," Robert J. Barrett, the recreation and parks director, said of the land on the north side of Fuselage Avenue, across from a ball field.

Pleasant Plains pupils to present play about bay

TOWSON - Children at Pleasant Plains Elementary will present an original musical, The Legend of the Bay, to the public at 7 p.m. today through Saturday in the auditorium of the school at 8300 Pleasant Plains Road.

More than 130 pupils in grades one through five will be featured in the show, which was written by the school's music teacher, Keith Derrickson. It depicts the adventures of a group of children who accidentally go back to a time when the Chesapeake Bay was cleaner.

Tickets - $3 for Pleasant Plains pupils and $5 for others - may be ordered by calling 410-887-3549.

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