City/county Digest


September 14, 2006

Grant to help revitalize Morgan community

Morgan State University will receive a $600,000 federal grant to help revitalize neighborhoods around its Northeast Baltimore campus, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this week.

Morgan will use the money to create a community revitalization plan, help develop a neighborhood charter school and convert a 200-year-old grist mill on campus into a "community welcome center," said university spokesman Clinton Coleman.

The grant is part of $10.4 million allocated this year by HUD's Office of University Partnerships to 13 historically black colleges and universities.

Historically black colleges are often in underserved neighborhoods, said Darlene Williams, assistant secretary for policy development and research at HUD, which is why they are targeted for assistance.

"Historically, they are in areas where there's been some significant shifting in the demographics over time," she said. "But black colleges and universities have also been a key economic engine for revitalizing the community that surrounds them."

Previous community-revitalization grants in Maryland include $500,000 in 2001 to Bowie State University and $550,000 in 2004 to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for converting an abandoned 4.5-acre clam factory into a youth recreation center.

Gadi Dechter

Carroll County: Westminster

Toddler hurt in fall from moving car

A 15-month-old boy suffered head injuries yesterday afternoon when he was dragged 85 feet after falling out of a moving car and getting caught on a seat belt, police said. The toddler was in guarded condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, according to Capt. Randy Barnes of the Westminster Police Department. The boy and his 16-year-old mother were passengers in the car being driven by another 16-year-old, who was making a left turn about 12:30 p.m. in downtown Westminster when the rear passenger door opened and the child -- who was not in a car seat -- fell from the vehicle. Names of the car's occupants were not divulged.

Associated Press


Restrictions set for Ravens game

The Baltimore Department of Transportation is warning motorists of parking restrictions and lane modification to accommodate fans going to the Ravens home opener Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Two lanes of northbound Russell Street and one lane of southbound Russell Street will be open, starting at 8 a.m., until game time. At the start of the fourth quarter, three lanes of southbound Russell Street will be open until 5 p.m. Parking restrictions will be in effect in neighborhoods around the stadium, and illegally parked cars will be ticketed and towed. The city's impound lots will be open for two hours after the end of the game.

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