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Baltimore & Region

November 30, 2005

Ala. official is new head of UM University College

The University System of Maryland said yesterday that a Troy University vice chancellor will be the new president of the largely online University of Maryland University College. Susan Aldridge replaces Gerald Heeger, who stepped down in August after six years as president of UMUC to lead a new for-profit international university. At Troy University, Aldridge's job as vice chancellor included overseeing the Alabama school's University College and distance-learning sections. Troy's online program is the second-largest in the nation behind UMUC. "She has greatly impressed everyone she has met with her energy, her dynamism, her vision for the future for online and distance-learning education," said system Chancellor William E. Kirwan. Under Aldridge, Troy had grown into University College's No. 1 competitor, he said. "She certainly got our attention from the success she has enjoyed at Troy." UMUC has an online enrollment this year of 143,000.

Liz Bowie

Baltimore: Courts

City man sentenced for role in drug gang

Anthony Chandler of Baltimore was sentenced to 24 years in prison yesterday for his activities as a member of an East Baltimore drug gang called "Jigga" that sold heroin and crack cocaine in 2003 and 2004. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz imposed the sentence on Chandler, 27, who had pleaded guilty to selling drugs on Aisquith, Lanvale, Holbrook, Ensor and Hoffman streets. The gang's leader, Darrell Altson, 42, was convicted by a jury Sept. 13 of conspiracy to distribute drugs and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison; his hearing is scheduled for today.

Charges dropped in firebombing case

Baltimore prosecutors dropped attempted first-degree murder and arson charges yesterday against Antonio Newsome, a 17-year-old who had been charged as an adult in the Jan. 15 firebombing of a community activist's home in North Baltimore, said Margaret T. Burns, a spokeswoman for the city state's attorney's office. "There was insufficient evidence to proceed," Burns said. The youth had been held on state charges because of his age. State charges against another youth were dropped in April. Four adults facing federal charges in the case are to go on trial next month; three other adults have agreed to plead guilty in federal court and testify. Newsome had been held for about a year in the Central Booking and Intake Center and was in the process of being freed last night, Burns said.

Donations

Mitten tree to help children in need

Baltimore's 32nd annual mitten tree collection begins today at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 Holliday St. From now until Dec. 15, city employees and residents are encouraged to hang mittens, gloves, hats and scarves on the tree. The items will be distributed to children in need. Donations also may be mailed to the Baltimore Department of Public Works, Office of the Director, 600 Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 Holliday St., Baltimore 21202. Today's event - which will feature the first mittens being hung on the tree - will include music from the Department of Public Works/Department of Transportation Employee Band and Singers.

Baltimore County: White Marsh

Woman, 21, killed in head-on crash

A 21-year-old Baltimore woman died Monday when a pickup truck hit her car head-on in White Marsh, Baltimore County police said. About 11:30 p.m., Jennifer Lee of the 400 block of Overview Ave. was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse east on White Marsh Boulevard near Interstate 95 when a 2001 Ford Ranger traveling west crossed into her lane, police said. Lee died at the scene. The driver of the pickup, Wayne Brennan, 30, of the 9000 block of Howard Ave. in Fort Howard, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

Nick Shields

Schools

Boy, 11, charged with carrying knife

An 11-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with possession of a weapon after he brought a small knife and several bullets to Seven Oaks Elementary School in Perry Hall, police said yesterday. On Monday afternoon, a fifth-grader showed a knife to another child, who told a teacher, said Cpl. Mike Hill, a Baltimore County police spokesman. Students found carrying pocket knives may be suspended or assigned to an alternative program, according to the school system's student handbook.

Nick Shields and Liz F. Kay

Catonsville

Open mic night scheduled Dec. 5

An open mic night for writers, poets, musicians, artists and other performers is scheduled Dec. 5 at the Catonsville library branch, 1100 Frederick Road. The event begins at 7 p.m.

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