News from around the Baltimore region

July 16, 2005


Bush visits Wednesday to promote Patriot Act

President Bush will visit Baltimore on Wednesday to promote quick action by Congress on an updated version of the Patriot Act, which would make permanent the police powers granted to agencies that fight terrorism.

Congressional Republicans sought this week to place curbs on some of the most sweeping powers in the legislation, which critics say infringes on the civil liberties of U.S. citizens. Bush calls the measure "one of the important tools federal agents have used to protect America."

Among the provisions that would be permanently extended under the measure are those allowing federal authorities to subpoena records from businesses, hospitals and libraries, as well as those letting the government continue to wiretap a suspect who gets a new phone number.


Aberdeen businesswoman appointed to delegate seat

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday appointed Sheryl L. Davis-Kohl, an Aberdeen staffing company president, to the state House of Delegates representing parts of Harford and Cecil counties.

Davis-Kohl, a Republican, will serve the remainder of the term of former Del. Charles R. Boutin, who was named by the governor to the state Public Service Commission.

She was selected for the Assembly office by the Republican state central committees in the two counties. "I look forward to working with her on education, transportation, health care and other important issues we will face in the 2006 legislative session," Ehrlich said in a statement.

Davis-Kohl is an Abingdon resident who earned a bachelor's degree from Albright College in Pennsylvania and a master's in public administration from the University of Baltimore.

-- David Nitkin


Shootings leave man dead and three others injured

Shootings late Thursday and early yesterday in different parts of Baltimore left one man dead and three injured, one critically, according to police.

The first shooting, in the 1900 block of Crestview Road in Northeast Baltimore, occurred about 11 p.m. Thursday. Marquis Blount, 22, and Terrence Robinson, 18, were shot after two men, one armed with a handgun, approached them on the street, police said. Each suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

A second shooting occurred about 20 minutes later in the 2800 block of Prospect Ave. in West Baltimore. Eugene Carr, 23, was riding a bicycle when a man approached him and shot him in the head, police said. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:50 p.m., police said.

Yesterday about 12:30 a.m., Eric Ingram, 20, was shot several times while standing in the 400 block of W. 26th St. in Remington. A man was seen running north on Miles Avenue after the shooting, police said. Ingram was critically injured, police said.

-- Gus G. Sentementes


O'Malley declines to comment on brother's reception at club

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley said yesterday he would not "dignify" with a response questions about his brother's wedding reception at an all-white country club.

The mayor said that he has not and would not hold fund-raising events at the Elkridge Club on North Charles Street. The club was the site of a golf tournament that raised $100,000 for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s re-election campaign last month. African-American leaders have criticized the governor for using the club, which has not admitted a black member in its 127-year history, for the event.

Supporters of the governor have been searching for Democrats who also used the club. This week, news broke that Peter O'Malley, the governor's younger brother and a top political adviser, had his wedding reception there in 2003.

"I have never had a political event at the Elkridge Club," the mayor said yesterday. "I have never held a fund-raiser there, nor would I, knowing what I know now about the nature of the membership.

"As far as the efforts of others to criticize my sister-in-law's wedding plans, I really don't feel I should dignify those attacks with further comment," he said. "It was a location chosen by her parents and they're very nice people. I'm glad to have her as a sister-in-law."

-- Doug Donovan and David Nitkin


Street closures scheduled for today's Caribbean Parade

Street closures and parking restrictions are scheduled for today's Caribbean Parade, according to city transportation officials.

The parade is to begin forming at noon along Park Heights Avenue between Belvedere and Hayward avenues. At 1 p.m., the parade is set to begin, going south along Park Heights Avenue, south on Reisterstown Road, south on Swann Drive, and then into Druid Hill Park.

Park Heights Avenue will be closed to through traffic from noon until 5 p.m. between Rogers Avenue and Park Circle.

Parking will be restricted along the west side of Park Heights Avenue from Northern Parkway to Park Circle from 10 a.m. untli 6 p.m. today.


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