City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 16, 2006

UB receives final approval to become a 4-year school

The University of Baltimore received final approval yesterday to become a four-year college and to begin admitting freshmen in the fall of 2007.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission approved the plan that will allow freshmen and sophomores to attend the school, which now admits juniors, seniors and graduate students.

The change is expected to help meet a need for more spaces for college students in Maryland. UB President Robert L. Bogomolny said that in the Baltimore area alone, there are an estimated 10,000 fewer spots at public universities than needed. He expects "the intellectual life of the campus to be enhanced" by the energy of freshmen and sophomores.

UB's typical student is 31 and is attending classes at night. The new students, Bogomolny said, are likely to be somewhat younger and may include those who have just graduated from high school. If they attend during the day, he said, it will allow the university to better use its buildings.

UB, founded in 1925, was a private four-year institution until it became part of the University System of Maryland in 1975.

Liz Bowie

Baltimore: Metro

Track repairs may cause delays

Commuters who use Baltimore's Metro should expect delays today around the State Center Station, near Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the 5th Regiment Armory building, while emergency track repairs are made. Trains will be forced to use a single track along a 3.5-mile stretch starting where the trains go underground and ending at the station. Walter Hayes, a spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration, said repairs are needed on 100 feet of track ties damaged by water leaks, made worse by melting snow from this past weekend's storm. Repairs are expected to be completed tomorrow about 4 a.m.

Robbery

Police name suspect killed in chase

Baltimore police released the identity yesterday of a suspected armed robber who was fatally wounded by officers after he fired at them during a foot-chase last week. Police said Eric Garrison, 33, of the 1100 block of Dlong Road in Catonsville, was shot by officers after a robbery at a Radio Shack in Northeast Baltimore on Friday afternoon. Soon after the robbery, police spotted a suspect driving a stolen minivan in West Baltimore, police said. The man sped away and eventually abandoned the vehicle on Martin Luther King Boulevard, tried to flee and fired at officers pursuing him, police said. He was shot and collapsed at Howard and Read streets, and he died later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police have not released the names of the officers involved in the incident.

Gus G. Sentementes

Parking

Officials to monitor handicapped spaces

Baltimore City transportation officials are planning to crack down today on drivers who illegally park in spaces reserved for people with disabilities. The enforcement effort, called "Disabilities Parking Awareness and Enforcement Day," calls for Department of Transportation parking control agents to focus on areas of Baltimore where the most violations tend to occur. Citations will be issued to people who stop in reserved spaces even for a minute, officials said.

Carroll County: Westminster

State funds will go to Hospice House

The state Board of Public Works will provide Carroll Hospice with $600,000 to help pay to build and equip a residential treatment facility that will include a bereavement and life care center, a chapel and a memorial garden, officials said yesterday. The estimated $3.5 million Hospice House, the first facility of its kind in Carroll County, will offer care to terminally ill patients and support for their families. Initial plans call for a 20,000-square-foot brick building with suites. Construction is set for the corner of Washington Road and Stoner Avenue in Westminster.

Mary Gail Hare

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