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CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 03, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Charles St. traffic flow near Johns Hopkins changes starting today

Traffic flow along Charles Street near the Johns Hopkins University will be changed starting this morning, city transportation officials announced yesterday.

The southbound traffic lane on Charles Street, between University Parkway and 29th Street, will be closed permanently to traffic starting at 7 a.m. It had typically been open during morning rush hour. The southbound service lane adjacent to the campus will remain open, officials said.

Transportation officials said drivers who typically use southbound Charles Street during the morning rush hour are encouraged to use St. Paul Street as an alternate. Some lane closures may be put in place along 31st and 32nd streets to help the flow of traffic, and traffic officers will be posted at some intersections.

O'Malley named chairman of League of Cities panel

Mayor Martin O'Malley has been appointed chairman of the International Task Force of the National League of Cities, the organization announced this week.

The goal of the task force is to educate cities about the benefits of international engagement - including commerce, trade and culture - and to ensure that international agreements enhance local governance. The Washington-based League of Cities has a membership of 1,600 cities and towns.

The task force will hold its first meeting March 14 during the league's annual Congressional City Conference in Washington.

12-week English classes to begin this month

The Greater Homewood Adult Literacy and ESOL program will hold 12-week English classes for non-native speakers beginning the week of Feb. 21.

Registration for the classes - which cost from $20 to $220 - will be held Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students must register and be tested to enroll, and class space is limited.

Registration and classes will be held at 3501 N. Charles St., in the lower level of University Baptist Church. Information: 410-261-3524.

In Baltimore County

State approves $618,000 for Cromwell Valley Park

ANNAPOLIS - The state Board of Public Works approved $618,000 in Program Open Space funds yesterday for bridge construction and road improvements at Baltimore County's 370-acre Cromwell Valley Park.

Improvements at the park will include relocating a low bridge spanning Minebank Run on the main entry road to replace a makeshift crossing over a tributary. This change will provide a safe emergency route for the Merrick area and allow better access for park vehicles, officials said.

A new bridge will be built over the 100-year flood plain to replace the old low bridge, and the existing dirt road that runs between the Sherwood and Merrick areas will be paved.

Man, 24, is arrested in attack on neighbor

MILFORD MILL - A 24-year-old man was arrested in the city yesterday by Baltimore County police on charges stemming from an attack on a female neighbor in the Milford Mill area, authorities reported.

Lamont Maurice Better, 24, of the first block of Korado Court was charged with assault, false imprisonment and use of a deadly weapon in connection with the Jan. 27 incident in which the victim was cut on the hand and face with a knife during a struggle in her apartment, police said.

Better - arrested by members of the joint Warrant Apprehension Task Force - also was being held on a separate warrant charging him with attempted second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault in an attack on his girlfriend in October.

Senior center to offer presentation on Du Bois

COCKEYSVILLE - A living history presentation of the life of W.E.B. Du Bois will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Road,

Du Bois, a scholar and political activist whose work examined the role of blacks from Reconstruction to the civil rights movement, was the first African-American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University, according to the program's organizers. He died in 1963.

The event will include a meal. Reservations are required by today. Information: 410-887-7694.

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