City / County Digest


December 02, 2006

Baltimore: Federal court

Judge won't dismiss suit against police

A federal judge yesterday rejected attempts by the Baltimore Police Department to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The lawsuit alleges a broad pattern of police abuse regarding arrests in Baltimore, and it also names as a defendant the state-run city jail.

Lawyers for the city had sought a summary dismissal of the case. But U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake concluded that the plaintiffs had presented enough evidence to merit further hearings on the lawsuit.

A status conference is scheduled in the case for Dec. 18.


Road closures for Christmas parade

Several streets will be closed in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood for the mayor's annual Christmas parade tomorrow. The parade is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at Falls Road and Coldspring Lane, travel north on Falls to 36th Street, onto Chestnut Avenue and onto 37th Street. The Falls Road exit from Interstate 83 will be closed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists will be detoured onto Northern Parkway. Falls Road from Hillside Road to West 36th Street will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be no parking from noon to 5 p.m. on Falls Road from Hillside Road to West 36th Street; 36th Street from Falls Road to Chestnut Avenue; Chestnut Avenue from 36th to 37th streets; and Hillsdale Road from Falls to Ivy Lane.

Pratt library

Poet Clifton speaks tomorrow

The former poet laureate of Maryland, Lucille Clifton, is to appear at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library tomorrow as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of workshops for African-American poets. Clifton, a National Book Award winner and author of Blessing the Boats, is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium at the library, 400 Cathedral St. Several other readers will join Clifton at the event. A reception and book signing will follow in the Edgar Allan Poe Room. It is free and open to the public. Information: 410-396-5494.


Station name honors firefighter

The city's Department of Transportation is closing two streets in Northwest Baltimore today for a ceremony in which a fire station will be named in honor of retired firefighter Littleton B. Wyatt Sr., who was a member of the fire academy's graduating class in 1954, the second class that included African-Americans. He retired in 2001 after 47 years of service and died in 2002. Park Heights Avenue from Coldspring Lane to Reisterstown Road will be closed from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. so that Engine Co. 29 can be renamed in Wyatt's honor. Parking will be restricted from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Park Heights Avenue from Quantico Avenue to Coldspring Lane and on Quantico Avenue from Park Heights Avenue to Reisterstown Road. Detours will be marked.

East side

Jingle Bell Parade set for today

Several streets in East Baltimore will be closed or have traffic restrictions for the annual Jingle Bell Parade that is to begin at 10 a.m. today. The following streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Lakewood Avenue from Monument to McElderry streets; McElderry Street from Lakewood Avenue to Glover Street; and Monument Street from Washington Street to Lakewood Avenue. Parking restrictions will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following streets: Monument Street from Castle Street to Lakewood Avenue; Lakewood Avenue from Monument to McElderry streets; Collington Avenue from Monument to McElderry streets; and McElderry Street from Lakewood Avenue to Glover Street. Traffic on Monument Street will be detoured north onto Washington Street, east onto Ashland Avenue, south onto Kenwood Street and east back onto Monument.

Eager Street section closes

Baltimore's Department of Transportation is closing East Eager Street from Broadway to North Wolfe Street from Monday until May 1 so that work crews can install new utilities. Motorists traveling east on Eager Street will be detoured north to Broadway, east on Chase Street, south on Wolfe Street and back to Eager. Westbound traffic on Eager will be detoured north onto Washington Street, west onto Chase Street, south on Broadway and back to Eager.

Fells Point

Skater Meissner to help light tree

The lights on the Fells Point Christmas tree are set to be turned on by figure skater Kimmie Meissner at 5 p.m. today on Broadway Square. The holiday celebration in Fells Point is set to begin at 9 a.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus by tugboat at the Broadway Pier.

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