City/county Digest


February 10, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

School board OKs salary increases for lowest-paid workers

The Baltimore school board approved labor contracts yesterday with two unions that grant a 5 percent raise over two years to some of the school system's lowest-paid employees.

The approval came after more than a year of negotiations with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 44, the union that represents janitors, bus drivers, groundskeepers and food-service workers.

The other contract approved by the board was with the City Union of Baltimore, which represents clerical staff and school police officers.

In addition to a 2.5 percent raise that is retroactive to July last year, members of the two unions will receive another 2.5 percent pay raise this July, said Glenard S. Middleton Sr., president of Local 44.

Md. seeks high court ruling on self-incrimination shield

Maryland's attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that extends the protection against self-incrimination to the parent of a missing child.

The agency asked the Supreme Court this month to review a ruling in October by Maryland's Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, which upheld the reversal of a contempt finding against a woman who refused to tell authorities where her son was.

In the case of Baltimore City Department of Social Services v. Teresa B., the mother was jailed for contempt after she refused to reveal where her son was after she removed him from foster care in September 2000 and disappeared for months. The boy was found without his mother's cooperation in September 2002 and was placed in foster care.

City offices close tomorrow for Lincoln's birthday

Baltimore City offices and departments will be closed tomorrow in observance of President Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

Residential waste, bulk items and recyclables will not be collected, according to city public works officials. Trash transfer stations and the landfill will be closed.

However, motorists must still feed parking meters on the city holiday.

`Great Blacks' wax museum awarded $150,000 grant

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Victor L. Hoskins presented the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum with a $150,000 Community Legacy award check yesterday.

The money is to help the East Baltimore museum with expansion plans, which include three large gallery additions, more exhibit space and a 250-seat multimedia theater. The exhibiting facility also is being renovated, state officials said.

The Community Legacy Program aims to help local governments and nonprofit groups with community revitalization plans.

In Baltimore County

Arbutus firefighters get $85,455 federal grant

ARBUTUS - The Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $85,455 grant from the Department of Homeland Security under its Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin announced yesterday.

The department will use the funds to install a sprinkler system and an exhaust-mitigation system in its station at 5200 Southwestern Blvd.

The grant is part of the Operations and Firefighters Safety Program, which helps fire departments upgrade fire stations and facilities.

Job fair set for tomorrow at Towson University

TOWSON - The Central Maryland College Job Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Towson University's Towson Center.

The event is expected to draw more than 130 regional employers and about 2,000 students and alumni of local colleges, organizers said.

Information: asp-new. careerfair/.

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