City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

November 17, 2005

Thanksgiving parade to close some streets downtown

Temporary street closures and parking restrictions are planned for Saturday's Best Buy Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Baltimore, according to city transportation officials.

The parade will begin assembling at 8 a.m. along Camden and Eutaw streets. Starting at 11 a.m., it will proceed north on Eutaw, east along Pratt Street, and then disband at Market Place. The reviewing stand will be at West Pratt and Eutaw.

Planned street closures include:

From 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Camden Street from Russell to Howard streets; Eutaw Street from Camden to Lombard streets; and Market Place from Pratt to Water streets.

From 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Pratt Street from Paca to President streets.

From 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., northbound Russell Street will be reduced to two lanes of traffic from Camden to Paca streets.

City transportation officials encourage motorists to look for alternate routes during the parade.

Baltimore: Trial

Man is convicted in killing of wife

A Baltimore man was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife. Carl Emerson-Bey, 41, of the 2300 block of Aiken St. was accused of shooting Jennie Emerson-Bey, 51, six times in the face and head in September 2004 in her home in the 2400 block of E. Biddle St. Carl Emerson-Bey, who is scheduled to be sentenced in January, was on parole for second-degree murder and robbery convictions from 1982.

Downtown

Streets to close while movie films

Some street closures are planned for tomorrow and Saturday downtown to accommodate filming of the movie The Visiting, starring Nicole Kidman, according to city transportation officials. From 6 p.m. to midnight tomorrow, Baltimore Street will be closed to through traffic from Charles to Calvert streets. Motorists will be directed north on Charles Street, east on Lexington Street, south on Guilford Avenue, and then east onto Baltimore Street. From 6 a.m. to midnight Saturday, St. Paul Street will be closed from Fayette to Baltimore streets. As a detour, motorists will be directed east on Lexington Street, south on Guilford Avenue, west on Lombard Street, and then south onto Light Street.

Education

BCCC board to meet at Liberty Campus

Baltimore City Community College's board of trustees is set to meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the student life area of the college's Liberty Campus Main Building, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. The meeting will include a president's report, faculty update and discussion of the college's strategic plan, as well as board committee reports on academic affairs, finance, personnel and the continuing presidential search. The board also is expected to go into closed session during the meeting. Information: 410-986-5450.

Arts

Screenplays sought for competition

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts is holding the first Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. The competition - which is open to all screenwriters - seeks original feature-length screenplays that can be filmed in Baltimore. Scripts will be judged by local screenwriters and film industry professionals, and prizes are available for the top finishers. The early application deadline is Monday, with a $35 entry fee, and the final deadline is Jan. 17, with a $50 fee. Information: baltimorefilm.com or 410-752-8632.

Enoch Pratt

Central library plans book celebration

The Enoch Pratt Free Library's central library at 400 Cathedral St. in Baltimore will hold a celebration for Children's Book Week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be arts and crafts, magic shows and live pet bunnies. There also will be a musical performance based on the children's book, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss. Other library branches also will have activities this week. Information: 410-396-5494 or www.epfl.net.

Maryland: Court of Appeals

Baker's lawyers seek stay of execution

Turned down this week by the Harford County Circuit Court, where their client's original case was tried, lawyers for death row inmate Wesley E. Baker filed yesterday a new round of appeals and an emergency request for a stay of execution with Maryland's highest court. Baker, 47, was convicted in 1992 of killing Jane Tyson, a 49-year-old teacher's aide, in front of two of her grandchildren on the parking lot of Westview Mall in Catonsville. After the Court of Appeals rejected Baker's last round of legal challenges, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signed a warrant scheduling him to be put to death during the week of Dec. 5.

Jennifer McMenamin

Baltimore County: Reservoirs

EPA honors county for water protection

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