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July 13, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

$500,000 bail set for man charged in 3 traffic deaths

Bail was set at $500,000 yesterday for a Baltimore man charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter in a May traffic accident in Northeast Baltimore.

Prosecutors allege that Michael William Anderson Jr., 31, of the 4300 block of Harford Road had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent - more than twice the legal limit - while he was driving a van that struck several vehicles near Morgan State University before shearing a car nearly in half and leaving three members of one family dead.

After surrendering to police Friday, Anderson had been denied bail at a brief hearing that was delayed until yesterday because his attorney was not present. Circuit Judge Allen L Schwait reduced the bail to $500,000 at a hearing yesterday morning, according to the state's attorney's office.

Nonprofit group donates 30 laptops to academy

Students taking summer classes at Baltimore Freedom Academy will be able to surf the Internet and take tests on 30 laptops donated to the school yesterday by a Baltimore-based nonprofit group.

The computers, which have wireless Internet capabilities, will be distributed among classrooms in the fall, according to the Centre for Management and Technology. The system, paid for by private donations, is valued at $50,000.

Earlier, the Centre created a Web portal for students, parents and faculty at the academy, an innovative public high school that shares a building with Lombard Middle School.

The Centre helps nonprofit groups improve technology and efficiency. Schools and other nonprofits can apply for similar assistance at www.cmat.org.

Council OKs 2 resolutions on enterprise zones

The City Council approved two resolutions last night clearing the way for the expansion of state-sanctioned economic development zones that give tax breaks to companies operating in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

The council's support allows the Baltimore Development Corp., the city's economic develoment agency, to apply to the state for an expansion of the city's "enterprise zones" to include the York Road commercial corridor and Mondawmin Mall's western edge.

BDC and administration officials told the council yesterday that Mondawmin Mall's owner, the Rouse Co., is close to a deal with a food retailer interested in building a new supermarket where the Motor Vehicle Administration has offices on the mall's west side. The MVA would be relocated to another site at the mall. The potential deal, BDC officials said, hinges on that portion of the mall being included in the enterprise zone.

In Baltimore County

School board to discuss scheduling today at session

TOWSON - The county Board of Education is to meet today.

The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. to discuss scheduling matters. A closed session will follow, then the board will resume its open meeting at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting is at the Educational Support Services building on the Greenwood Campus, 6901 Charles St.

Anti-bias laws for business to be discussed at seminars

ESSEX - The county Human Relations Commission will sponsor seminars this week for small businesses on complying with the county's anti-discrimination laws.

The commission will hold two-hour sessions Friday, starting at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The meetings will take place in the meeting room of the Essex branch of the county library, 1110 Eastern Blvd.

Participants are asked to confirm their attendance in advance. Information: 410-887-5917.

Villa Julie to exhibit works off-site of Artscape artists

STEVENSON - Villa Julie College's Art Gallery will house collections from four artists from Thursday to Aug. 7 as part of Baltimore's annual Artscape festival.

The gallery, serving as an "off-festival site" for the juried Artscape Annual visual arts exhibit, will display paintings by Dana Reifler, a Maryland Institute College of Art student, and Alyssa Dennis, a recent graduate. It also will feature mixed-media works by Marie Burns and paper installation works by Renee Van der Stelt.

The gallery is at 1525 Greenspring Valley Road. Admission is free.

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