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Police seek identity of man fatally shot in Seton Hill

Police were seeking the identity of a man fatally shot early yesterday in the Seton Hill neighborhood, near downtown Baltimore.

About 2:40 a.m., a caller to 911 reported that a man had been shot and was sitting on the front steps of a house in the 500 block of Orchard St. When police and an ambulance arrived, they found him unconscious.

The victim - believed to be in his mid-30s - had multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body and died about 30 minutes later at Maryland General Hospital, police said.

FOR THE RECORD - A City/County Digest item in Monday's editions misspelled the name of Martina Efeyini, a Walbrook High Uniform Services Academy graduate who won a Gates Millennium Scholarship for college. The Sun regrets the errors.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call Detective Eric Sharp at 410-396-2100.

Section of Hamilton Ave. to close starting today

A portion of Hamilton Avenue in Northeast Baltimore will be closed starting today for work as part of a yearlong, three-phase storm water and sewer pipe installation project, the city Department of Transportation has announced.

Phase One of the Moore's Run Storm Drain Improvements Project will begin today and necessitate the closure of the section of Hamilton between Cedonia and Hazelwood avenues for about three months, officials said.

Local access will be available to residents through marked detour routes.

Iraq-Vietnam parallels to be discussed tonight

A panel discussion on "Parallels Between Iraq and Vietnam" will be presented at 7:30 tonight at the Progressive Action Center, 1443 Gorsuch Ave.

The round-table discussion will be followed by an open business meeting of the Baltimore Coalition to End War and Terrorism, sponsor of the event. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Information: A. Robert Kaufman, 410-728-8611.

Two area graduates win Gates scholarships

Two Baltimore-area high school graduates have been awarded Gates Millennium Scholarships, two of 1,000 winners nationwide this year.

The scholarships, which cover the full cost of college tuition for one year, are renewable annually.

The winners are Martina Efvini, 17, of Walbrook High Uniform Services Academy in Baltimore, who will attend Pennsylvania State University; and Brittney Cobbins, 18, of Pikesville High School, who plans to attend Spelman University.

In Baltimore County

Body of man who jumped from Key Bridge recovered

SOLLERS POINT - Maryland Transportation Authority Police retrieved from the Patapsco River yesterday the body of a Northeast Baltimore man who jumped from the Key Bridge on June 4.

Authorities said Dennis L. Heath, 38, of the 3500 block of Ailsa Ave. in the city's Hamilton neighborhood, was being approached by police when he leaped from the bridge.

Katie Leahan, a Transportation Authority Police spokeswoman, said the body was found about 300 yards from a fishing pier near Authority Drive, not far from the bridge.

`Farmers' market checks' available to county seniors

TOWSON - Distribution of "farmers' market checks" to eligible county residents age 60 and older will begin today at senior centers. The free books, which contain five $3 checks, can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at authorized markets in Maryland until Nov. 30.

The books are limited to one per family, and income restrictions apply.

Information: 410-887-2594.

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