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7 youths obstruct main entrance at juvenile center

Seven youths in the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center obstructed the main entrance to their residential unit and set a small fire yesterday morning, Department of Juvenile Services officials said.

The incident began after a random search of the center about 9 a.m. As the youths returned to their unit, they threw chairs and tables into the entrance, then set the fire, said LaWanda Edwards, an agency spokeswoman.

Baltimore police and Maryland State Police were informed, and the Department of Juvenile Services' Office of Professional Responsibility & Accountability is investigating. None of the 94 youths in the center was injured, Edwards said.

Hopkins gets $5.85 million to start real estate program

The Johns Hopkins University received a $5.85 million donation to start a real estate education program, school officials announced yesterday.

Edward A. St. John, president of Baltimore-based MIE Properties Inc., donated the money to the university's school of professional studies in business and education to create a full-time master's degree program in real estate. The school now has a part-time program.

St. John is an adviser to Hopkins' real estate department and donated $115,000 in 2002 to the school for the construction of a conference room.

Man sentenced to 10 years in heroin, cocaine cases

A Baltimore man who was found to have 48 capsules of heroin and 52 small bags of cocaine during a traffic stop last year was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison without the possibility of parole in Circuit Court, prosecutors said.

Shawn D. Dean of the 1500 block of Homestead St. pleaded guilty in two drug cases, one related to the traffic stop in December and the other stemming from his arrest in February on a charge of selling a woman a capsule of heroin, prosecutors said.

Dean, 31, pleaded guilty before Judge Joseph P. McCurdy to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin.

Discovery Travel crew begins filming in the city

A film crew from the Discovery Travel Channel began shooting yesterday in Baltimore, which will be featured on the channel's "Once & Future City" series.

The show, which promotes destinations around the world, will highlight city museums, festivals and other attractions. Filming is expected to continue for the next two weeks.

The segment on Baltimore is expected to air early next year.

In Baltimore County

Scholarship to honor slain UMBC student

CATONSVILLE -- The University of Maryland, Baltimore County plans to announce this afternoon the establishment of a scholarship in honor of graduate student Jessica Soto Perez, who was fatally shot June 29.

During a memorial at 3 p.m. in Lecture Hall III of the administration building, university officials will announce the creation of the Jessica Soto Perez University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez-UMBC Graduate School Bridge Fund for students from the school in Puerto Rico to study at UMBC's graduate school. UMBC will also award Perez a posthumous master of science degree in chemical and biochemical engineering.

Perez, who was 26, was shot in the parking lot of the school's Catonsville campus by her husband, who then shot himself, police said.

East-side drive collects supplies for needy students

ESSEX -- School supplies for needy students are being collected by the Essex-Middle River-White Marsh Chamber of Commerce, 435C Eastern Blvd.

Chamber officials are seeking pencils, pens, crayons, erasers, markers, bookbags, composition books, colored pencils and looseleaf binders that will be distributed to east-side public schools. Last year, the chamber provided supplies to six schools.

The chamber office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information: 410-686-2233.

Parks department offers sign language classes

LOCH RAVEN -- The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks' Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services will offer two basic sign language classes for adults and children ages 6 and older.

A six-week program will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning next week, at Loch Raven Recreation Center, 1801 Glen Keith Blvd. Registration deadline is Monday. A five-week program will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, starting July 27, at Woodlawn Community Center, 2120 Gwynn Oak Ave. Registration deadline is Thursday.

The programs will teach the manual alphabet, finger spelling, numbers, basic vocabulary and deaf culture. Information: 410-887-5370; 410-887-5319 for the hearing-impaired.

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