City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

December 02, 2005

Md. can seek accessibility for Cylburn, court rules

Maryland's Court of Special Appeals resurrected yesterday an effort by the Maryland Commission on Human Relations to force changes at Northwest Baltimore's Cylburn Mansion to make it more accessible to people with disabilities.

The long-running effort - begun in 1997 with a complaint by activist Robert Reuter - argues that several parts of the Cylburn Arboretum and Mansion violate public accommodation laws because they are inaccessible to people who use wheelchairs.

Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks, which operates Cylburn, entered into a settlement agreement to make modifications - but when the city failed to make the changes, the Commission on Human Relations went to court to force those alterations to be made. A Baltimore Circuit Court eventually invalidated the entire agreement, but the city has kept much of the museum closed since 2003 during the litigation.

In yesterday's opinion, the state's second-highest court said the Commission on Human Relations could restart its efforts to demand that the city make accessibility changes on the site.

Anne Arundel: Naval Academy

Policy on gays not on alumni agenda

The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association's board of directors did not consider yesterday an anti-discrimination policy being promoted by a group of gay and lesbian academy graduates. USNA Out, which has pressed the alumni association to recognize it as a private alumni chapter, proposed the policy because its members believe the association is hostile toward gay men and lesbians. But an alumni association spokesman said before the meeting at Alumni Hall that its board would not consider the matter because its agenda was full. The alumni association is a nonprofit organization that says it does not restrict openly homosexual graduates from joining.

Millersville

Destructive device found, man charged

An Anne Arundel man was arrested last night and charged with the manufacture and possession of a destructive device after police removed the object from his pick-up truck. Authorities received a call at 5:33 p.m. warning of a possible bomb on the 8300 block of Elvaton Road in Millersville. The owner of the vehicle, Wayne Milburn of Crownsville, was arrested at the scene. Authorities, who were still at the scene at 10:30 p.m., said the incident was a "domestic" situation, but would not elaborate.

Howard County: Route 32

Car and truck crash head-on; two hurt

A car and a truck crashed head-on yesterday afternoon on Route 32, near Frederick Road, shutting down the two-lane corridor for two hours and sending two drivers to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Howard County police said. Police said Solyi Suh, 18, of Cooksville was driving a Toyota Camry south on Route 32 when she crossed the double-yellow line and hit a northbound Chevrolet truck, driven by Daniel Clarius, 54, whose address was unavailable yesterday. Both drivers were listed in critical condition, police said.

Melissa Harris

Baltimore: Hampden

School to hold Christmas bazaar

St. Thomas Aquinas School at 3710 Roland Ave. in Hampden is holding its Christmas bazaar from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. For sale will be homemade food, baked goods, toys, candy and jewelry. Basket raffles and a trim-a-tree table are planned. Proceeds will benefit the school.

Library

Enoch Pratt to hold its annual book sale

The Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold its annual book sale this weekend at the central library, 400 Cathedral St. The sale will include thousands of used and new books, videocassettes, magazines, maps and compact discs. Some rare materials will be available from the library's Collectors Corner. The sale is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Leakin Park

Nature center offers holiday photo shoot

The Carrie Murray Nature Center will be open for holiday photographs of its birds of prey as well as snakes, lizards and turtles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. The holiday photo shoot - organized by the center and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks - is recommended for adults and children ages 7 and older, with admission $8.50 a person. The center is inside Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, and it features an insect zoo and live reptile and amphibian displays. Information: 410-396-0808.

Brad Olson

Montgomery

1 injured, 2 arrested, 3rd flees after chase

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