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April 15, 2005

MARYLAND

Morgan State protests UB-Towson MBA plan

Morgan State University is trying to block a joint MBA program at the University of Baltimore and Towson University that was scheduled to begin this fall.

In a letter Monday to the state Higher Education Commission, Morgan officials argued that the master of business administration offering would violate an agreement with the federal Office of Civil Rights, in which Maryland agreed to encourage students to attend historically black schools such as Morgan.

About 20 people a year receive an MBA from Morgan. Officials there have declined previous offers to run a joint program with other schools.

Morgan officials also said Higher Education Secretary Calvin W. Burnett, who approved the joint program, failed to assess such criteria as demand for MBAs and minority enrollment in the region.

The 11-member state commission will vote on Morgan's appeal at a meeting in the near future. It is unclear whether the joint MBA program will be delayed while the appeal is heard.

Towson and UB officials have said they believe the joint program will appeal to black students.

Towson and UB officials believe the joint MBA would also fill major needs at each school. Towson does not have an MBA program. UB awards about 160 MBA degrees each year but is trying to increase its enrollment.- Jason Song

BALTIMORE

Former city police officer, 27, convicted of assault

A former city police officer was convicted yesterday of second-degree assault charges, stemming from accusations that he committed felony sexual offenses on a 15-year-old girl, prosecutors said.

Following a five-day bench trial, Circuit Court Judge John M. Glynn acquitted Gerald Goode, 27, of sex offenses and child abuse charges.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 20, and Goode faces up to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said. Goode was a Southern District police officer at the time of his arrest last year. He has since left the force, but police officials said yesterday that they could not disclose details of his departure.

-Ryan Davis

BALTIMORE

Street closings slated tonight to accommodate tax filers

City transportation officials are planning street closings and parking restrictions tonight around the main downtown post office to accommodate taxpayers mailing their returns at the federal deadline.

Postal workers plan to stand along the curbs to accept returns at the facility, at 900 E. Fayette St.

From 5 p.m. until midnight, North High Street will be closed to through traffic between Baltimore Street and Fayette Street. Traffic will be directed east on Fayette to Exeter Street, where motorists can return to Interstate 83 via Baltimore and President streets.

Parking also will be prohibited along both sides of Fayette from Colvin Street to Front Street so the right lanes may be used for dropping off tax returns to postal employees. Traffic enforcement officers also will be in the area.

BALTIMORE

City animal shelter to offer low-cost rabies vaccinations

Baltimore's municipal animal shelter is planning to provide low-cost rabies vaccinations tomorrow at Patterson Park.

The vaccines will cost $6 per animal and will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Two tables are scheduled to be set up at Linwood and Eastern avenues.

Dogs, cats and ferrets must be at least 4 months old to be eligible.

For more information, call the animal shelter at 410-396-4688.

WESTMINSTER

Local teens to participate in `famine' to raise money

More than 15 teens from Sonrise Community Church in Westminster will go without food for 30 hours tonight and tomorrow to raise money for world hunger and ongoing tsunami relief efforts.

The 13th annual World Vision's 30-Hour Famine was created to raise awareness and money to fight hunger overseas and in the United States.

Teens participate through schools, churches, youth groups and civic organizations. The overnight program features live music, sports, games and other activities.

The Sonrise youth group hopes to raise $5,000 while consuming only liquids to find out what it is like to not have food.

Famine Friday will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Players Indoor Field in Westminster. Tomorrow, the group will make blankets for the new women's and children's wing at the Westminster Rescue Mission.

Information: 410-848-0446.

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Role of county principals topic of week's meetings

The Baltimore County League of Women Voters will hold three meetings about the role of principals in Baltimore County schools.

The meetings are at 9:30 a.m. today at Charlestown Retirement Community on Maiden Choice Lane in Catonsville; at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2216 Pot Spring Road, Timonium; and at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the league office, Suite 211, 6600 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

Information: 410-377-8046.

BALTIMORE

District moves first day of school up to Aug. 29

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