In The Region

March 20, 2009

Body found floating in Inner Harbor

The body of an unidentified man was found last night floating in the Inner Harbor off the Pratt Street Pavilion at Harborplace, authorities said. Shortly before 6:30 p.m., an employee of Harborplace called 911 and reported a man's body was seen floating in the water off the Pratt Street Pavilion in the 400 block of E. Pratt St., said Agent Donny Moses, a city Police Department spokesman. Police reported that the body bore no obvious signs of foul play. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and possible identification through fingerprints.

Richard Irwin

Plan for Zappa statue in Fells Point advances

A sculpture honoring eccentric musician and Baltimore native Frank Zappa could be placed in Fells Point in the coming months, under a plan supported by Baltimore's Public Art Commission. On Wednesday, the commission endorsed a site at the foot of Broadway on the south side of Broadway Market. The location is subject to approval by Fells Point community groups before the statue of the rock music innovator, who died of prostate cancer in 1993, can be erected, said Tracy Baskerville, director of communications for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts. Commission members and staffers considered several locations for the statue, including the Station North Arts and Entertainment District and the Mount Royal Cultural District, before settling on Fells Point. The statue, valued at about $50,000, is a gift from a Zappa fan club based in Lithuania. The approved design calls for a bronze cylinder topped with a bust of Zappa.

Edward Gunts

Seminar to cover the financial basics

A seminar on financial health will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia. Sessions are planned for adults and for students in college, high school and middle school. An introductory session will be offered for elementary school children. Speakers will discuss ways to create a budget, get out of debt, improve a credit rating and achieve financial goals. To attend, please contact Black Student Achievement Program Specialist Patricia Branner-Pierce at or Towanda Mitchell at 301-317-0616.

2 at Hopkins get grant for environment study

Two Johns Hopkins University researchers have received a $500,000 federal grant to assess how environmental protections have reduced people's exposures to harmful pollutants and whether their health improved as a result. The three-year study, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, will be done in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Thomas A. Burke, an associate dean at Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health, said he and co-investigator Mary A. Fox are working with New Jersey environmental data because that state has been tracking toxic substances in water, air and soil since the 1970s, improving the prospects of seeing trends.

Timothy B. Wheeler

Crime prevention, other grants available

The Baltimore County Police Department is taking applications for community crime prevention and youth activity grants through March 24. Nonprofit groups, community organizations and individuals can apply for funding for programs such as Citizens on Patrol, whose mission is to reduce crime, and for youth activities aimed as early intervention and behavior modification for at-risk youth. For application packets, call 410-887-2261.

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