City/county Digest


September 08, 2006

Court upholds cryptologist's life sentences in '93 deaths

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals yesterday upheld the life-without-parole sentences for a former National Security Agency cryptologist whose two previous death sentences in the 1993 killing of his former fiancee and her friend had been overturned.

The families of victims Betina "Kristi" Gentry, 18, and her friend, Cynthia V. Allen, 22, had asked Anne Arundel County prosecutors not to pursue death sentences against Darris Alaric Ware (now 35) after they were erased twice on appeal.

In 2004, Ware was sentenced to two life sentences without parole for murder in Gentry's home and 20 concurrent years for gun violations.

Past court proceedings had been marked by problems, including a ruling that a prosecutor had withheld information from the defense and Ware's sudden request to be sentenced by a jury instead of a judge, for which his lawyers were unprepared.

Andrea F. Siegel

Baltimore: Recognition

D.C. group honoring cardinal and rabbi

An organization dedicated to continuing the legacy of Pope John Paul II will honor Cardinal William H. Keeler and a rabbi who worked together to promote dialogue between Catholics and Jews.

The District of Columbia chapter of the Friends of the John Paul II Foundation Inc. will present awards to Keeler and Rabbi Jack Bemporad, director of the New Jersey-based Center for Inter-religious Understanding, at a ceremony Saturday at Georgetown University in Washington.

The archbishop became known for working with different religions as part of his work with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Keeler was moderator of Catholic-Jewish relations and "has a real track record and has been very successful in moving that kind of dialogue, communication and respect for the religious community," said Raymond Glembocki, president of the Washington chapter.

Keeler and Bemporad have worked together for years, so the group chose to honor them both, Glembocki said.

Liz Kay


Clayworks opens fall registration

Baltimore Clayworks is accepting registration for its fall schedule of classes, which are set to begin Sunday. Children and adults can learn about pottery and ceramic sculpture at the Mount Washington campus, 8707 Smith Ave. A work-study program is available in which hours of work at the center can be substituted for registration fees. Scholarships are available. Information: 410-578-1919.

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