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Restoration work closes entrance at Hopkins hospital

The Broadway entrance to Johns Hopkins Hospital was closed yesterday for a restoration project that will give a facelift to the three oldest buildings on the medical campus.

The entrance is expected to be closed for 15 months. Visitors may use an alternate entry through the underground concourse from the Outpatient Center. The Metro entrance also will be open.

The three structures being restored - the Marburg, Wilmer and Billings buildings - are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Billings building includes the Broadway entrance and features the landmark Hopkins dome.

It will be the first major work on the outside of the buildings since their construction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Ivory Coast's first lady visits city to promote ties

Simone Gbagbo, the first lady of Ivory Coast, began a five-day visit to Baltimore yesterday with a stop at City Hall, where a red carpet was unrolled over the cobblestones in her honor.

Gbagbo, who is vice president of her country's National Assembly, is in town to promote economic exchange between the African nation and Baltimore.

She attended a City Council meeting and presented members with small gifts, including coffee from her country. Council President Sheila Dixon received a blue and white kente cloth, which she briefly draped over her business suit. The council presented Gbagbo with a proclamation declaring this week to be "Ivory Coast week" in Baltimore.

City ready to play host to Baltimore marathon

Mayor Martin O'Malley is scheduled to announce at a City Hall news conference today that the city will play host to the Baltimore marathon for the fourth year in a row.

The marathon, officially named the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival, will be held Oct. 16 and will feature $100,000 in prizes. The male and female winners of the 26.2-mile race will each receive $15,000. The two winners of the half marathon will each win $2,000.

Last year, more than 8,000 people participated in the marathon, half-marathon and other races tied to the event. Runners came from all but four of the nation's 50 states and from nine countries, including Ethiopia, Iceland, Kenya, Russia and Tanzania. Officials say the race had a $29 million economic impact on the city and that $1.5 million was raised for charity.

In Baltimore County

Woman dies in fire at Rosedale residence

ROSEDALE - A woman died yesterday in a fire that destroyed a three-unit residence in the 7600 block of Philadelphia Road in Rosedale, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department.

Fire officials did not release her name last night, pending family notification. Two other adults and a child who live in the building were not injured in the fire but need to be relocated, fire officials said.

Fire officials said the fire was reported at 12:03 p.m. and was under control by 1 p.m. It was unclear yesterday how the fire started and how much damage it caused.

School board to discuss scheduling issues tonight

TOWSON - The school board will meet at 5:45 tonight with an open meeting to discuss scheduling matters.

After going into a closed session, the board will resume its open meeting about 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the ESS Building, Greenwood Campus, 6901 Charles St., Towson. The public is welcome to attend all open sessions.

University names head of College of Education

TOWSON - Raymond P. Lorion, professor of psychology in the education division at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named to head the College of Education at Towson University.

Lorion holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and French from Tufts University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester. He will join the university in July.

Of the 16,500 students at Towson, 2,250 are enrolled in the College of Education.

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