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September 18, 2009

Exhibit on Baltimore NAACP opens today at central Pratt

A new exhibition sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People opens today at the Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Titled "97 Years and Counting," the exhibition contains memorabilia from the nearly century-old Baltimore branch of the NAACP. On display are historic photographs, posters and documents from the NAACP's start in 1912 through the civil rights movement and the organization's work today. The exhibit includes the original charter of the branch, letters, awards, and pictures of original members, historical figures such as Thurgood Marshall and Clarence M. Mitchell Jr., and photographs of African-Americans in Baltimore.


Jacques Kelly

Bar fined $2,600 over fight between two employees

The Baltimore Liquor Board fined a city bar $2,600 this week after two of the bar's workers fought over $2 outside the establishment. Half Mile Track, in the 4100 block of Frederick Ave., was found guilty of disturbing the general welfare of a community and not cooperating with police in the incident June 28. It was the second time the bar has come before the liquor board in the past year. "It was totally inappropriate to be fighting loudly on the street after 2 a.m. in the presence of officers," said liquor board Chairman Stephan Fogleman. The chairman also told Half Mile Track's manager to cooperate with authorities in the future. That same night in June and another time in August, police asked the manager, Rodney Brown, to turn down music coming from speakers inside the bar, according to court testimony, and Brown refused. Brown said he believes the officer has a vendetta against him and testified that the officer gave him a criminal citation for putting trash in the street. Brown and the officer had a heated exchange over the ticket, which was not processed. "Even if the officer is dead wrong and gave you a ticket for $2 million, you sign that ticket," Fogleman said. "You can't tell the officer you're not signing."

- Brent Jones

Volunteers needed at National Aquarium

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is conducting interviews for volunteers to work as exhibit guides and information specialists. Volunteers must be at least 18; after receiving training, they work one 3 1/2 -hour shift per week and are provided free parking nearby. The next training class begins Oct. 17. For additional information or to arrange an interview, call 410-576-3886

- Baltimore Sun staff

Free tours of Montebello area offered Saturday

Residents of the Montebello section of Northeast Baltimore are giving free tours of their neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Visitors should meet at 3100 Harford Road. The tour will take participants to Lake Montebello, Clifton Park and homes along 31st and 32nd streets and Chilton Avenue.


Jacques Kelly

Joppatowne High gets grant to expand security curriculum

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $143,000 grant to Harford County public schools for the expansion of the homeland security and emergency preparedness program at Joppatowne High School. The school's magnet program prepares students in science and technology fields and should help the county meet job demands related to BRAC, the nationwide military base expansion that will bring as many as 10,000 jobs to Aberdeen Proving Ground. In announcing the grant, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said Joppatowne High's program helps to "prepare the students of today for the jobs of tomorrow."

- Mary Gail Hare

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