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TOWSON -- The County Council approved a...


TOWSON -- The County Council approved a $1.4 million federal grant last night for a new Career Connections program designed to help students from elementary school through community college decide what careers they want. If Congress approves, another $905,000 will be added.

In other action, the council approved the sale for a combined $48,250 of three small houses in east Towson, in the 300 blocks of E. Pennsylvania Ave. and Lennox Ave.

The county paid $24,000 for the three rental houses in 1967, in preparation for a Towson bypass that was not built. The houses are old and in poor repair.

Sheriff asks pay increase for his position after 1998


TOWSON -- County Sheriff Norman M. Pepersack Jr. is asking the county's General Assembly delegation to approve a pay raise to $70,000 for his position. An increase would not take effect until after the 1998 elections.

Pepersack, a second-term Republican, earns $60,000 a year for supervising the deputies and security officers who safeguard the County Courts Building, serve legal papers and round up nonsupport scofflaws. His salary was increased from $55,000 after the 1994 elections.

"There are county police majors making $72,000," he said, adding that some county department heads make more than $80,000. "I want to be within a reasonable framework," he said.

Public hearing scheduled Thursday on school budget


TOWSON -- Parents and other county residents can comment on the Baltimore County school superintendent's proposed 1997-1998 budget at a public hearing before the school board Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Ruxton Center, 6916 Charles St. in Towson.

In addition, school budget officials are scheduled to explain the proposed $630 million spending plan to county and school PTA leaders, principals and other interested parties tonight at 7 p.m. at Cockeysville Middle School, 10401 Greenside Drive in Cockeysville.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the budget Feb. 25 and send it to the county executive for changes. The County Council must approve a final budget by June 1.

Saying Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier hasn't responded to previous informal invitations, the City Council passed a resolution last night formally asking him to publicly address "long-lingering concerns about discrimination" in the police force.

Councilman Martin O'Malley called the resolution "one step shy of a legislative subpoena" he deems necessary because Frazier had not responded to five written requests. The city Community Relations Commission concluded in November that black officers are more likely to be fired or disciplined than their white colleagues.

Frazier has told some council members that discrimination is being investigated.

Bryn Mawr gets $105,800 for Internet, computers

The Sheridan Foundation of Baltimore has awarded a $105,800 grant to Bryn Mawr School, providing funding for Internet access by students and 13 classroom computer systems.

The grant supports a three-year technology program at the school involving the integration of technology in the curriculum of all departments and divisions. The goal, said a school official, is "to instill in our students a high level of computer literacy."

Maryland Science Center to debut IMAX film Thursday

"Cosmic Voyage," the Maryland Science Center's newest IMAX film, will debut Thursday.

The 35-minute film takes the viewer on a ride from Earth through the universe, revealing the tiniest particles of matter and the big-bang explosion. Actor Morgan Freeman narrates the film, which blends live-action footage and computer animation.

Admission is $9 for adults, and $7 for children, senior citizens and members of the military. Information: 685-5225.

Pub Date: 2/04/97

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