City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

September 22, 2005

Md. to run instruction at juvenile center

The Maryland education department is taking over responsibility for teaching young suspects held at the state-run juvenile jail in Baltimore.

Department officials said some teachers who had been assigned to the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, much of which is closing, will be moved to the Juvenile Justice Center.

They will teach subjects including language arts, mathematics and computer literacy.

The center houses about 100 teenage boys awaiting trial.

The U.S. Justice Department has been investigating complaints that youths at the center have been mistreated and that educational programs have been lacking.

Anne Arundel : Davidsonville

Four hurt when car hits school bus

A 34-year-old woman and three middle school pupils were taken to hospitals after the woman rear-ended a school bus in Davidsonville yesterday, police said. Heather C. Kometsoulis of LaPlata was driving her 2001 Honda Civic when she hit the bus as it slowed down abruptly to pick up a student waiting on the side of the road at Route 214 near Aspen Court, police said. Kometsoulis was taken to Prince George's Hospital, where she was treated for a concussion. A 10-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy were treated at Bowie Health Center for minor injuries, police said.

Annie Linskey

Baltimore County: Towson

MVA Express office at new site Monday

The state Motor Vehicle Administration will close its Towson Express office at The Shops at Kenilworth at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow and reopen at a new location Monday. The MVA, which lost its lease at Kenilworth after 16 years, said it plans to provide the same level of service at a new Loch Raven/Parkville Express office at North Plaza Shopping Center, 8946 Waltham Woods Road. The office, which opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday, will provide services such as driver's license renewal, vehicle tag return and issuance of identification cards.

Hunt Valley

Shopping center sets a curfew for kids

A curfew for youngsters in the common areas of the new Hunt Valley Towne Centre takes effect tomorrow, the shopping center's developers announced. Anyone 17 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is 21 or older while in the shopping center's outdoor plazas, sidewalks and surrounding parking areas after 9 p.m., under the policy. Young shoppers may visit stores with extended hours. The Youth Escort Policy was implemented by Greenberg Commercial Corp., the owner and manager of the center, after discussions with students, parents and teachers, according to the company.

Schools

Construction fund requests reviewed

The Baltimore County school board reviewed 50 requests totaling more than $117.9 million in state funds for school construction yesterday. Board members will vote to forward the requests to the state at its meeting next month. The projects also would require almost $60 million in county funds, which will be considered later this year.

Liz F. Kay

Dundalk

Author to speak at CCBC program

Author Mark Reutter will speak at 7 p.m. today at the Community College of Baltimore County Labor Studies program, "Bethlehem Steel: Gone But Not Forgotten." Reutter will discuss Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, owner of the International Steel Group, a Dutch-based company of 14 steel facilities, including the former Bethlehem Steel's plant at Sparrows Point. Mittal owns steel mills in Poland, Kazakhstan, Algeria and South Africa. The program will be held in the student lounge at the college, 7200 Sollers Point Road. Information: 410-285-9563.

Maryland

Commission favors paper trail in voting

In a report issued Tuesday, a national bipartisan commission led by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III advised that state voting machines should provide a paper trail. The suggestion puts new pressure on Maryland officials who have maintained that the state's Diebold machines, which do not provide a printed record, are reliable. Through a spokesman, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said he "is receptive to the idea of a paper trail." The state has contracted with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Maryland, College Park to study whether the verification is necessary.

Associated Press

Baltimore: Mount Vernon

Streets to be closed for book festival

The Baltimore Department of Transportation is warning motorists of street closures in the Mount Vernon neighborhood for the city's 10th book festival that runs Friday through Sunday. East and West Mount Vernon Place will be closed from St. Paul to Cathedral streets from today through 4 p.m. Monday. Charles Street will be closed from Centre Street to Read Street from 10 a.m. today until 6 a.m. Monday. Madison Street will be closed from St. Paul to Cathedral streets from 10 a.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday. Detours will be marked.

Inner Harbor

Aquarium seeking volunteer workers

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is seeking volunteers to serve as exhibit guides and information specialists. Officials said they will need extra help when the Australia exhibit opens Dec. 16. People wishing to volunteer must be at least age 18 and out of high school. No expertise is required, and training will be provided. Anyone interested in becoming a guide should call the aquarium's volunteer office at 410-576-1015 by Sept. 28. The next training class starts Oct. 15.

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