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October 28, 2006

City approves Irby payment to settle suit

Baltimore's Board of Estimates approved payment this week of $56,344.48 to former liquor board executive secretary Nathan C. Irby Jr. under a settlement of a lawsuit he filed challenging his dismissal.

The amount is equal to the full salary and benefits Irby would have received between late January, when he was removed from his post, and the end of September. As part of the agreement, Irby, who was the top administrator at the agency since 1997, dropped his claim and tendered his resignation.

Irby had claimed in a civil complaint filed in Baltimore Circuit Court that his dismissmal was unfair because he was never told why he was being fired and because liquor board member Edward Smith Jr. was prejudiced against him.

Eric Siegel

Baltimore: Pratt Street

Section to close for holiday lights

A section of East Pratt Street that runs by Baltimore's Inner Harbor will be closed today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. so that city workers can install holiday lights. Crews will work even if it rains. The project is part of the buildup to the Nov. 18 arrival of the city's official Santa at the Harborplace Amphitheater. Also today, workers will assemble the Santa House.

Stadium

Navy game forces traffic changes

Baltimore's Department of Transportation has announced several traffic modifications to ease backups before and after today's football game between the Naval Academy and Notre Dame, which is being played at M&T Bank Stadium. Tailgating begins at 8 a.m. and the game begins at noon. The ramp from Interstate 95 to Russell Street will be open. Two lanes on northbound Russell Street will open starting at 7 a.m.; three lanes on southbound Russell will open starting at 1 p.m.

Sanitation

Waste drop-off set today, tomorrow

Baltimore residents who need to dispose of hazardous waste products can drop them off today and tomorrow at Polytechnic Institute, Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane. The drop-off site will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Proof of city residency must be presented. For a complete list of what can and cannot be dropped off, call 311.

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