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February 08, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Hopkins student found dead; victim of apparent suicide

A Johns Hopkins University sophomore was found dead in his dormitory room yesterday after apparently committing suicide, city police said.

The body of Dominic Ferrara, a 20-year-old sophomore from Doylestown, Pa., was discovered about midnight in Wolman Hall, according to police. Authorities said there was no sign of foul play.

Ferrara is the second Hopkins student to die in the past three weeks. Police are investigating the killing of senior Linda Trinh, who was found in her off-campus apartment Jan. 23. Police have ruled her death a homicide.

Police said the cases are not related.

Retired colonel to speak about Tuskegee Airmen

Retired Air Force Col. George A. Henry Jr. will talk about his experiences as one of the Tuskegee Airmen tonight at Loyola College as part of the campus observance of Black History Month.

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-American pilots who flew combat missions during World War II, becoming one of the most decorated aviation units.

The talk - "The Tuskegee Airmen Story" - is free and open to the public. It is set for 6 p.m. in the Andrew White Student Center's fourth-floor program room.

Minorities, women urged to register their businesses

Minority and female business owners are encouraged to register with the city's Bureau of Purchases in order to be included in pre-bid and proposal conferences.

The bureau, which coordinates procurement activities for the city, advertises all formal bids of $25,000 or more. Informal bids and quotes are not advertised, but registered businesses will be notified of applicable bid solicitations.

Businesses must file for certification as minority- or woman-owned with the Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office. Certification information: 410-396-4355. Registration information: 410-545-6532.

Dunbar High band to play for Black History Month

A free performance by the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Band will be held tomorrow morning at the Charles Center Metro station as part of Black History Month.

The performance, set for the Calvert Street side of the station, is planned from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The Maryland Transit Administration has scheduled performances for all four Wednesdays in February. Next Wednesday afternoon, the Frederick Douglass High School Choir will sing at the Mondawmin Metro station.

In Baltimore County

Man charged in robberies after tip from woman

TOWSON - Acting on a tip from a Riderwood resident, Baltimore County police arrested a Rodgers Forge man and charged him in five robberies, police said.

On Jan. 21, a woman became suspicious when she noticed a man sitting in a parking lot on West Joppa Road, and she wrote down a description of his car and its tag number, police said. When she received an e-mail about recent robberies in the area from a community group, she concluded that the description of the suspect in those cases matched the man she saw, and she called police.

Police said they had the man's home under surveillance Sunday when a call came in for an armed robbery at a florist shop in the Dulaney Plaza shopping center. Kenneth Harry Hood, 41, of the 200 block of Stanmore Road, was arrested when he arrived home, police said.

He was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 bail, police said.

30-year-old man killed in single-car accident

NORTH POINT - A 30-year-old eastern Baltimore County man was killed yesterday morning after he lost control of his Jeep Wrangler and hit a pole, county police said.

The driver, identified as Coy Harrison Condon IV of the 2300 block of Lodge Farm Road, had been traveling south on North Point Road near Bauers Farm Road when he lost control of the vehicle, which hit the pole and overturned, police said.

Condon was pronounced dead at the scene about 6 a.m.

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