City/county Digest


May 03, 2004

In Baltimore City

O'Malley to kick off national Democratic media campaign

The Democratic National Committee has chosen Mayor Martin O'Malley to kick off the organization's media campaign today countering the Republican Party's publicity push for President Bush's efforts against terrorism.

Bush campaign officials have launched a "Winning the War on Terror" bus tour through the Midwest to point out positive elements of the Bush administration's policy. The tour also is raising questions about the military and national security record of Sen. John Kerry, Bush's presumptive Democratic rival in the November presidential election.

O'Malley is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Homeland Security Task Force and frequently criticizes Bush for not fully funding local efforts to prepare for terrorist attacks. The DNC asked O'Malley to hold a conference call with reporters today to discuss the financial challenges cities face with such preparations.

15-month-old child hurt in fall from window

A 15-month-old boy was hospitalized after falling from a second-story window onto a wooden deck about 5 p.m. Saturday at a Southwest Baltimore rowhouse, city police reported.

The circumstances of the fall in the 2600 block of Lehman St. were under investigation, said Southwestern District Officer Lisa Riaj.

The names of the baby and any adults in the home were not released. The boy was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In Baltimore County

Business loans assist company with relocation

ROSEDALE - Towel Specialties, a promotional products factory, is using loans from two economic development funds to help complete its move to Baltimore County, the county Department of Economic Development announced.

A $250,000 loan from the county's Revolving Loan Fund and a $250,000 loan from the Small Business Loan Fund are helping the company to complete its purchase and renovation of a vacant warehouse in Rosedale, according to the department's announcement.

The Revolving Loan Fund provides below-market-rate loans to encourage economic development, and the Small Business Loan Fund is a community loan pool that combines private and public lending resources, according to the announcement. Towel Specialties, which employs 90 people, expects to add up to 40 jobs in the next three years, the county said.

Brooklandville school wins mock-trial competition

BROOKLANDVILLE - A team from Park School won the Maryland State Bar Association's mock-trial competition, the bar association announced.

With Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals presiding, the Park School team was declared the winner in a championship match last week against a team from Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County.

The competition drew more than 1,800 students from 141 high schools.

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