Salvation Army's '05 campaign to open
The Salvation Army will kick off its 2005 Red Kettle Campaign today at the Inner Harbor amphitheater. The Salvation Army Band is set to begin playing at 10:45 a.m., and the ceremony will begin about 11 a.m. City Council President Sheila Dixon, the Salvation's Army's 2005 recipient of the Outstanding Civil and Charitable Contributions Award, will place the first "official" donation in the kettle for the 2005 holiday season. The Baltimore District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is being recognized with the group's Outstanding Corporation Contributions Award.
Issues of poverty, race to be discussed
A panel discussion on Hurricane Katrina, "What did Katrina Reveal about Poverty and Race?," is set for today at 5 p.m. at the University of Maryland School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore St. The hourlong discussion will include Kim Alton, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Rep. Elijah E. Cummings; Michael A. Fletcher of The Washington Post; and Jeanne Woods, a professor at the Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.
Baltimore County: Catonsville
Meeting will focus on drug benefits
Baltimore County's Department of Aging and County Councilman Stephen G. Samuel Moxley will sponsor a town hall meeting tomorrow night about changes in Medicare prescription drug benefits.
The forum is at 6:30 p.m. at the Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 Bloomsbury Ave. More information about other presentations designed to explain the program to seniors, caregivers and relatives is listed at baltimorecountymd.gov.
Arundel officials endorse O'Malley
Mayor Martin O'Malley's campaign for governor received endorsements yesterday from several Anne Arundel County officials, who announced their support at an event in Glen Burnie. The campaign said these Democratic officials endorsed O'Malley: state Sens. James E. DeGrange Sr. and Philip C. Jimeno, Dels. Joan Cadden, Theodore J. Sophocleus and Mary Ann Love, County Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle, State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee, Sheriff George F. Johnson IV and former Highland Beach Mayor Ray Langston.
Prince George's: Seat Pleasant
Child porn sentence upheld on appeal
The conviction of a former Seat Pleasant police chief on charges connected to sexually explicit photos he took of a teenage boy enrolled in the department's junior police program was upheld yesterday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. Ronald Forrest was found guilty last year in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt of two counts of sexually exploiting a minor for the purpose of creating child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.