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November 14, 2009

Group plans fundraiser for police horse unit

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Volunteers from the Northwest Baltimore public safety group Shomrim of Baltimore will hold a fundraiser for the Police Department's mounted horseback unit Sunday at Northwestern High School, an event that will feature a flag football game between Shomrim members and police officers. Shomrim pulled off an upset last year, beating the police squad, 40-13. Pregame festivities start at 1 p.m. Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III and Mayor Sheila Dixon are scheduled to attend.

- Justin Fenton

Md. inmates, some workers to get swine flu vaccine

The swine flu vaccine will be given to inmates in state correctional facilities who fall into target groups, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which received 1,900 doses of the vaccine. About 600 of the doses will go to the facilities' health care workers. The agency sought to have correctional officers also put into priority categories, but because supplies are limited, the state will be following the guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and providing the vaccine only to pregnant women, youths, those under 65 with underlying health conditions and the health care providers.

- Meredith Cohn

Awareness week aims to combat childhood hunger

"Maryland Hunger Awareness Week" starts Monday, part of the state's continued push to end childhood hunger, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday. Last November, O'Malley and Share Our Strength announced a partnership to combat hunger, and in the ensuing school year, about 21 percent of Maryland's schoolchildren received school breakfast, a 7 percent increase credited to the initiative.

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