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July 20, 2005

BALTIMORE

Discussions planned today, tomorrow on book `Holes'

Discussions are planned across the city this month for Baltimore's 2005 book selection, Holes by Louis Sachar.

Organized by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks and the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the discussions aim to encourage Baltimore youth to continue reading during the summer.

The next discussion is set for 2 p.m. today at the Mount Royal Recreation Center, 120 W. Mosher St.

Another discussion on the book is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Curtis Bay Recreation Center, 1630 Filbert St.

BALTIMORE

Planning panel hearing set on Mount Vernon renewal

The Baltimore Planning Commission will consider the controversial Mount Vernon urban renewal plan at a public hearing tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens, 100 Cathedral St.

The goal of the plan is to encourage development in Mount Vernon, a historic neighborhood centered around the Washington Monument.

Preservationists and business groups have battled for months over the plan's proposed height limits. The plan would allow buildings as high as 230 feet, though construction in the Washington Monument zone would be limited to 70 feet.

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