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A burglar chiseled his way into a North Howard Street jewelry store during the weekend and stole about $20,000 worth of diamonds and gold items, police said.

The thief broke into the Lovely Nails beauty salon in the 100 block of N. Howard St. by forcing through a second-floor window. He stole $800 worth of items, then broke through an adjoining wall into the Golden Bazaar store, police said. The diamonds were taken from a repair desk and the gold was taken from a box.

Police said both businesses are rigged with alarms but the thief apparently did not set them off during the break-in. No arrests have been made.

Two ministers join effort to defeat city schools deal

Two well-known Baltimore ministers -- the Rev. Frank M. Reid III, pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church, and the Rev. Willie Ray, who crusades against violence -- joined yesterday in the last-ditch effort to scuttle the city education aid-and-reform package before the General Assembly, contending it amounts to a state takeover.

"What does it profit a city to gain $254 million and lose its soul?" Reid asked a rally outside City Hall attended by about two dozen opponents of the legislation.

The legislation would send a quarter of a billion dollars in new aid to the city over five years in exchange for a greatly increased state role in school management.

Thomas Jefferson students to commute to Greenspring

When classes resume Monday after spring break, the nearly 400 students who attend Thomas Jefferson Elementary-Middle School in West Baltimore will travel about 12 miles daily by bus to and from classrooms at Greenspring Middle School in North Baltimore.

The commute was necessitated by noise and dust from renovations at Jefferson.

Although many Jefferson parents were opposed to their children traveling such a distance, they agreed to the commute last week after they toured makeshift quarters at Greenspring, said Savitri Belizaire, school system spokeswoman.

DUNDALK -- A seminar on how to obtain small business loans from a county program will be held at 4 p.m. April 17 at Sparrows Point Country Club, 919 Wise Ave.

County officials will answer questions at the workshop, aimed at attorneys, commercial loan officers, real estate brokers and small- to medium-sized businesses interested in borrowing for real estate, fixed asset and working capital.

Information: 631-9090.

Storybook Weekend set at Towson Town Center


TOWSON -- Storybook characters will come to life Friday and Saturday during Towson Town Center's fourth annual Storybook Weekend to benefit Literacy Works Inc.

Children will have a chance to meet and visit with such characters as the Wild Thing and Waldo. In addition, local celebrities will read stories from 10: 30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. during the weekend.

Other activities include computer work stations for children, a charity book drop, face-painting and entertainment by recording star David Jack. Children also can have breakfast with storybook characters Paddington Bear and the Cat in the Hat on Saturday. Cost for the 8: 30 a.m. breakfast is $5 for children and $7 for adults. Information: 410-494-8800.

University women's group to hear talk on elder law


TOWSON -- "What's New in Elder Law" will be the topic of a meeting of the American Association of University Women at 7: 30 p.m. April 8 at the Women's Club of Towson, 301 Allegheny Ave.

Nomiki Weitzel, a representative of the Maryland Bar Association's Elder Law Council, will be the speaker. Guests are invited. Information: 410-560-2695.

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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