City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

June 09, 2006

Web site aims to offer services to nation's poor

Mayor Martin O'Malley shared a stage yesterday with Sen. Barack Obama, an Illinois Democrat and rising political star, to unveil plans for an Internet site geared toward the nation's poor.

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, O'Malley said the site would offer education, health and emergency services.

The initiative, the Public Internet Channel, is led by a Washington-based nonprofit organization, One Economy Corp., which brings technology to residents of affordable housing.

"If we expect our citizens to compete and to win in this new economic environment, we have to make sure that they have the tools necessary to do so," O'Malley said. "Access to the World Wide Web is no longer some sort of modern convenience; it's essential."

As part of yesterday's event, O'Malley said the city will invest $33,000 in a fund created last year that offers low-interest loans for computer purchases. Private and nonprofit contributions to the fund will bring overall investment to $100,000, he said.

John Fritze

Maryland: Fishing

Need for license waived tomorrow

Marylanders are permitted to fish without licenses tomorrow, one of the state's three free fishing days. The event is part of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation's National Fishing and Boating Week, according to Baltimore's Department of Public Works. The other free fishing days this year include last Saturday and July 4.

Baltimore: Fundraiser

Tarrant to kick off campaign for House

Democrat Shawn Z. Tarrant, president of the Ashburton Area Association, is set to kick off his campaign for the House of Delegates' 40th District tomorrow with some high-powered support: Mayor Martin O'Malley and Del. Salima S. Marriott, a district incumbent,.

O'Malley's campaign confirmed that the mayor is set to appear at Tarrant's fundraiser, but that his presence is not an official endorsement.

The district is represented by Marriott, Marshall T. Goodwin and Catherine E. Pugh, all Democrats. Marriott and Pugh are running for the district's Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Ralph M. Hughes. Goodwin, who was appointed to his seat in 2003, is running for election.

Tarrant, 40, is seeking one of the two open seats along with several other Democratic candidates: Frank M. Conaway Jr., son of the city's clerk of courts; Antonio Hayes, an aide to City Council President Sheila Dixon; and Sarah Matthews, a member of the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee.

Doug Donovan

Health

First Greater Harvest to offer health fair

A health fair is set for tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m. at the First Greater Harvest Church, 1508 N. Fulton Ave. The fair - held by the church's Nurses and Ushers Board and Comcast - will include a variety of health information as well as games and activities for children and families. Information: 410-523-4900.

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