City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

December 10, 2005

UM system: Board of regents

Campuses ordered to spend on repairs

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents voted yesterday to require all its colleges and universities to set aside a larger percentage of their operating budgets to handle a backlog of building maintenance. With the university system needing an estimated $1.5 billion in repairs, the regents decided to force each campus to set aside an additional .2 percent of their operating budgets for the fiscal year beginning next July. At College Park, where chemistry professors have built canopies to protect their research from ceiling leaks, that will mean about $3 million more spent on maintenance next year.

Baltimore: Charles Village

Minister's death ruled a homicide

Baltimore police said yesterday that the death of a well-known minister whose body was found in a Charles Village alley on Thanksgiving Day has been ruled a homicide. Lorenzo C. Handy, 67, was found dead behind West 25th Street. He had suffered head injuries, and the state medical examiner's office ruled that he died from blunt force trauma. Police are investigating a possible motive for the killing. Handy directed the male chorus at Union Baptist Church in West Baltimore, where he also served as an associate pastor. A funeral service is planned today at 10 a.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.

Gus G. Sentementes

City Hall

Holiday open house scheduled tomorrow

The City Hall holiday open house is set for tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Rotunda, Ceremonial Room and Executive Conference Room. Mayor Martin O'Malley will host the event, which will include entertainment, music and light fare.

Inner Harbor

Lady Baltimore back in business

The Lady Baltimore resumed operations along the Inner Harbor yesterday, more than four months after a fire put the popular party boat out of commission. More than $1.5 million in repairs were performed on the three-story, 111-foot-long vessel.

Baltimore County: Catonsville

Public asked to help find robbery suspect

The FBI is asking for the public's help in locating a man who authorities believe robbed a Catonsville bank yesterday. Authorities identified him as Anthony Dwayne Doler, 33. The FBI described him as a white male, about 5 feet 9 inches and weighing about 170 pounds. He has green eyes and a goatee. Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI at 410-265-8080.

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