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September 08, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Two men die in unrelated shootings in city

Homicide detectives were investigating the fatal shooting last night of an unidentified man on the city's west side.

Police were unable to say immediately the name or even age of the victim, who died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and became the city's 200th homicide victim for this year.

They said the shooting was reported about 9:45 p.m. in the 800 block of W. Fayette St., but had no details by early today.

Meanwhile, police also were investigating a fatal shooting late Monday outside a Northwest Baltimore drugstore. The victim - a man who also was unnamed - was found shot several times and lying in a Rite Aid parking lot in the 3800 block of Liberty Heights Ave. about 10:20 p.m. by officers responding to reported gunshots.

New food pantries open on east side, west side

Two new food pantries have opened, one in East Baltimore and another in West Baltimore, according to the city agency and a nonprofit group supporting the effort.

The pantry at the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition Youth Opportunity Center, 1212 N. Wolfe St., operates from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays.

The other, at the Westside Youth Opportunity Community Center, 1510 W. Lafayette Ave. (Gilmor Street entrance), operates from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to noon Fridays.

Supported by the Mayor's Office of Employment Development's Youth Opportunity Movement and the Center for Poverty Solutions, the pantries provide emergency food to people facing hunger and offer training in nutrition and healthful meal preparation.

Prayer service to honor Jamaica-bound bishop

A public prayer service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen to honor Bishop Gordon D. Bennett, who will be installed as bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica, on Sept. 26.

Pope John Paul II named Bennett to the position in July. He will succeed Bishop Paul M. Boyle.

Bennett, 58, entered the Society of Jesus at age 17. He served as president of Loyola High School in Los Angeles in 1996 before being appointed an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and urban vicar in 1998. A reception will be held after the prayer service in the cathedral school auditorium.

In Baltimore County

Police seek man in pair of county bank robberies

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are seeking a man who they say robbed two area banks this summer. The first robbery occurred July 28 at the Provident Bank in the 8600 block of Liberty Road in Randallstown. The second robbery occurred Aug. 20 at M&T Bank in the 7900 block of Harford Road in Parkville.

The robber is described as black, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a medium build and a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a white or tan T-shirt, dark sunglasses and a white construction hat.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410- 307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

Muslim Council to hold `United We Stand' dinner

BELMONT - The Baltimore County Muslim Council will hold a "United We Stand" dinner and town hall meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, 6631 Johnnycake Road, near Security Square Mall.

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will be the keynote speaker. His topic will be "Diversity of Baltimore County." The council is a nonprofit organization established in 2001 to promote understanding of the Muslim-American community.

The public is welcome. Information: Shahab Qarni, 410-935- 0073; or Akbar Ansari, 443-850- 5600.

Watersedge Fall Festival begins tomorrow

DUNDALK - The Watersedge Recreation Council will hold its Watersedge Fall Festival tomorrow through Sunday at Watersedge Water Front Park at the end of Dundalk Avenue.

Hours are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. The event features carnival rides, live music and crafts. Proceeds benefit Watersedge Recreation Council programs for young people.

Information: 410-282-1139 or 410-285-8090.

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