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JHU buys Stafford for $2 million, plans to use it for dorms

The Johns Hopkins University has bought the Stafford Apartments in Mount Vernon for about $2 million and will spend millions more converting the 11-story building to dormitories by summer's end.

The Stafford has been empty since low-income residents had to move, with some help. Students at the nearby Hopkins-owned Peabody Institute will get first dibs on the 96 units, said David McDonough, senior director of development oversight in the Hopkins real estate office. The seller, Denver-based AIMCO Inc., will manage the building for Hopkins.

Mount Vernon activists have long said low-income housing was not a good use of the Stafford. In 2002, the state's congressional delegation helped end a requirement for public housing put in place when a previous owner made it federally subsidized housing. All told, Hopkins will spend more than $5 million, McDonough said.

Man gets 21-year term for injuring girl in crash

A 19-year-old West Baltimore man was sentenced to 21 years in prison yesterday in city Circuit Court for speeding from a shooting scene and causing a car crash that left a 2-year-old girl with severe brain damage.

Terrell A. Johnson of the 500 block of Milton Ave. was driving a car June 13 last year when one of his passengers opened fire on a crowd of people on McElderry Street in East Baltimore. Johnson sped away from the scene and hit a parked car, which jumped a curb and injured the girl, who was on her way to her parents' wedding.

A jury convicted Johnson on April 30 of two counts of second-degree assault and one count of failure to remain at the scene of an injury accident. He was sentenced by Judge John C. Themelis. The prosecutors were Assistant State's Attorneys Bill Cecil and Lisa Leith.

Hippodrome's cafe closes for at least the summer

The show won't go on at the Hippodrome Theatre's Hipp Cafe, at least for the rest of summer. Yesterday, the new cafe on downtown's west side ended lunch and dinner because of weak sales."We're just not quite doing the summer business we thought we were going to do," said John Sadler of Spectrum, the company that handles restaurant and catering at the theater's France-Merrick Performing Arts Center.

Sadler said that pretheater business has been "tremendous" and that the cafe will open for the Irish Tenors show July 16. He said resumption of lunch and dinner will be considered when The Phantom of the Opera opens Aug. 11. A reopening would cheer west-side advocates, who are eager to see more dining options.

Unidentified man fatally shot on street

An unidentified man was fatally shot early yesterday on a street in Northwest Baltimore, city police reported.

Officers investigating a reported shooting in the area shortly before 3 a.m. arrived to find paramedics treating the victim alongside a parked car in the 3900 block of Lewiston Ave., police said. The victim was pronounced dead later in the day at Sinai Hospital.

Several witnesses were taken to police headquarters for questioning, but investigators were still trying to ascertain the victim's identity last night, a spokesman said.

In Baltimore County

Two chambers form electricity cooperative

OWINGS MILLS - The Pikesville Chamber of Commerce and the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce have formed a buying cooperative designed to allow businesses to save money on electricity in a deregulated market.

Consultants hired by the chambers will help businesses choose between competing providers to find the best rates. Businesses can join the cooperative for $250.

Four informational meetings will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Owings Mills before the Aug. 6 enrollment deadline. The first is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 13.

Discounted parking available in Towson

TOWSON - Discounted parking fees are available in downtown Towson all day Saturdays and Sundays and on weekdays after 5:30 p.m.

Visitors can park in four county garages for $1. Two garages are on Susquehanna Avenue, one on Ware Avenue and one next to the Towson Library. On-street meters continue to be free after 6 p.m.

The "park for a buck" program is sponsored by the county Revenue Authority and the county government.

Perry Hall group sponsors summer concerts Sundays

PERRY HALL -For the fifth season, the Greater Perry Hall Community Alliance will sponsor free summer concerts, at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at Perry Hall Middle School.

This year's concerts include the Maggie's Farm Celtic group July 11; the country band Detour on July 18; the Upper Chesapeake Chorus of the Sweet Adelines on July 25; and the Shades of Blue big band Aug. 8.

Information: 410-529-7723.

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