City/County Digest



In Baltimore City

Disc jockey acquitted in 2003 killing of Morgan State student

A popular Baltimore disc jockey was acquitted yesterday by a city Circuit Court jury of murder charges stemming from the stabbing last year of a Morgan State University student.

Damon Anthony Williams, 24 -- also known as DJ Action -- of the 600 block of N. Eutaw St. was found not guilty in the death of Rasheed Tolliver. A native of New York, Tolliver, 22, was scheduled to graduate from Morgan State last year.

FOR THE RECORD - A City/County Digest item in yesterday's editions incorrectly spelled the name of Rashed Tolliver, a Morgan State University student who was killed last year. The Sun regrets the error.

Tolliver was killed April 26 last year in front of a nightclub after he became involved in a fight that included as many as 15 people. Williams' lawyer, Kenneth W. Ravenell, said that during the melee, it was unclear who had the knife, and who stabbed Tolliver.

City Council to discuss police budget today

The City Council is scheduled to examine the Police Department's proposed budget for the next fiscal year during a 4 p.m. public hearing at City Hall today.

The hearing is the first to focus on specific agencies and will be followed next week, starting on Monday, by a series of other major city departments. The fiscal year begins July 1.

On May 24, the council will hold Taxpayers Night -- giving the public a chance to comment on Mayor Martin O'Malley's proposed $2.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2005, which faces a projected $40 million shortfall. O'Malley aims to balance the budget by increasing or imposing new taxes on cell phones, energy and real estate purchases.

Howard St. closures set for today and tomorrow

The southbound lanes of the Howard Street bridge will be closed for construction from 7 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. tomorrow, according to city transportation officials.

Southbound Howard Street will be closed to traffic between North Avenue and Dolphin Street during the roadwork.

Baltimore architecture to be forum topic today

A new book about Baltimore architecture will be the subject of a forum at noon today at the Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center at Charles and Fayette streets.

Architecture in Baltimore: An Illustrated History will be published this month by the Johns Hopkins University Press as a successor to the 1953 book Architecture of Baltimore: A Pictorial History by Richard Hubbard Howland and Eleanor Patterson Spencer.

The new book includes eight chapters by different authors that focus on architecture in the city from 1752 to 2000. The forum is sponsored by the Baltimore Architectural Foundation.

Open Society Institute to hold talk on discipline

Bernadine Dohrn, a law professor and director of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University in Chicago, will speak this morning about effective discipline for students, parents and teachers at an event sponsored by the Open Society Institute.

Dohrn will focus on alternatives to "zero discipline" policies and discuss ways to reduce violence and improve learning.

The talk -- the fourth in the Open Society's 2003-2004 series on school discipline policies -- will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Open Society Institute, 201 N. Charles St., Suite 1300.

Community health fair planned for today at UMB

The University of Maryland, Baltimore will sponsor a community health fair from 1:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today in and around the School of Nursing, in the 600 block of W. Lombard St.

Free health screenings and seminars on health and legal issues will be offered at a number of kiosks and at the University of Maryland's Breathmobile and the Wellmobile.

The event coincides with a conference on helping people without health insurance. Information: 410-706-7820.

In Baltimore County

State police to honor fallen at ceremony today

PIKESVILLE -- Maryland State Police will honor the 39 troopers who have died in the line of duty at a ceremony at 11 a.m. today at the Fallen Heroes Memorial, 1201 Reisterstown Road. Col. Thomas E. "Tim" Hutchins will speak.

Sue Nickerson, president of the Maryland chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, also will speak. Her son, Centreville police Officer Michael Nickerson, was killed in the line of duty. She will be introduced by her other son, Phillip Nickerson, a Maryland state trooper.

Chesapeake Concert Band to perform tonight

COCKEYSVILLE -- A free concert by the Chesapeake Concert Band will be presented at 7 o'clock tonight at the Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Road.

The concert will celebrate National Senior Center Week. Information: 410-887-7694.

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