City/county Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

September 19, 2006

Episcopal Bishop Robert W. Ihloff of the Diocese of Maryland announced plans to retire in April, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

Ihloff, 65, has served as bishop for 11 years and is choosing to leave next year for personal reasons, said spokeswoman Sharon Tillman.

"He has spent nearly 40 years in service to the church," she said. "He feels it's time to devote more time to family and personal pursuits."

Ihloff also plans to teach and write, according to a statement on the diocese's Web site.

He chose April 10 - the Tuesday after Easter - as his last day so he can lead vigil services at St. John's Parish in Hagerstown and daytime services at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore.

A standing diocesan committee will select an interim replacement, Tillman said.

Baltimore: City Council

Call made to reopen inquiry into death

Baltimore's City Council introduced a resolution yesterday calling for police to reopen the investigation into the death of Robert Lee Clay, a prominent Baltimore businessman and advocate for minority businesses whose death was ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner's office. The nonbinding resolution, introduced by Councilwoman Belinda Conaway, follows questions that have been raised by Clay's family about the cause of his death last year. Del. Jill P. Carter, a longtime friend of Clay's who attended the council meeting, has in the past called Clay's death suspicious.

John Fritze

Johns Hopkins

Forum to explore youth in America

Harry Belafonte is set to speak today at the Johns Hopkins University as the first participant in the annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium. The talk from the entertainer and activist - scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Shriver Hall Auditorium, 3400 N. Charles St. - is part of this year's symposium theme, "Finding Our Voice: The Role of America's Youth." The symposium aims to explore issues of importance to youth in America. The talk is free and open to the public, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. It is expected to last about 45 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer period. Information: www.jhu.edu/mse.

BCCC

Former president to be honored

Former Baltimore City Community College interim President Richard M. Turner III is set to be recognized with an honorary degree and the title of president emeritus during the school's fall convocation ceremony from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Liberty campus physical education center, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. College President Carolane Williams will deliver an address. Turner was the college's interim president from August 2004 until Williams began in July.

Baltimore County: Politics

Debate scheduled for tomorrow

A debate with candidates for Maryland attorney general and the 3rd District congressional seat is set for 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Park School, 2425 Old Court Road. Sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council and its Politically Connect Program, the debate also will include a discussion about the November election with Audra Miller, a spokeswoman for the state Republican Party, and David Paulson, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party. Information: 410-542-4850.

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