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Job fair for homeless, needy set for today at Convention Center

More than 3,000 poor and homeless people are expected to attend the third annual Opportunity Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Baltimore Convention Center.

Ninety service providers will offer help in areas such as employment, the law, education and health in the form of clinics, counseling and training. The needy will receive bus rides to the fair, free clothing and a turkey dinner.

The job fair is held the day before the General Assembly opens to remind state legislators that they represent all Marylanders, including poor ones, said Ann Ciekot, director of advocacy and public affairs for the fair's sponsor, the Center for Poverty Solutions.

Boyfriend of dead woman is charged in her killing

The boyfriend of a woman found dead in her West Baltimore home Sunday was charged with first-degree murder yesterday, police said.

Detective Marvin Sydnor said members of the Regional Auto Theft Team were in the 4200 block of Park Heights Ave. about 3 p.m. when they spotted the 1993 Mercury Sable owned by Deborah Compton, 43, of the 300 block of N. Carey St. and arrested the driver.

Freddie G. Edwards Jr., 42, Compton's live-in boyfriend, was charged last night with first-degree murder and was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center, Sydnor said.

AIDS awareness drive raises more than $11,000

Organizers of the area's first AIDS awareness holiday tree said their yearlong drive raised more than $11,000 for Chara House in Northwest Baltimore, a foster home for children -- newborns to 3-year-olds -- stricken with human immunodeficiency virus.

The Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants sponsored a monthlong Tree of Compassion at Lyric Theatre. Contributors purchased tree ornaments and placed the names of people with acquired immune deficiency syndrome on them, Timothy Parker, a project organizer, said Friday.

In Baltimore County

Young gunshot victims focus of Kiwanis chapter donation

REISTERSTOWN -- A local chapter of Kiwanis International is scheduled to donate a check for $3,850 tonight to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center's trauma department in an effort to save the lives of young gunshot victims.

The civic group will present the check at its club at 246 Main St. at 6: 30 p.m. The money will be presented to Asia Weaver, a 4-year-old Baltimore girl who, with the help of Hopkins' doctors, survived an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound. Asia was 2 when the incident occurred.

Over the past four years, nearly 100 children -- virtually all from Baltimore -- have been treated at the Hopkins pediatric trauma unit for gunshot wounds. Four of those children died.

Project '98 to meet Jan. 19 to set forth growth concerns

TOWSON -- Project '98, a group of community organizations and activists started in 1996 to address issues of growth in the county, will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 19. at the Towson Business Association conference room, 23 W. Chesapeake Ave. The group compiled a notebook of legislative issues last year. Now the organization is setting priorities for those issues and developing strategies for implementing them.

Community leaders and county residents are invited to attend. Information: Carroll Holzer, 410- 825-6961, Lou Miller, 410-252- 3444 or Ruth Baisden, 410-668- 2580.

Christmas tree pickups continue through Jan. 29

TOWSON -- County residents who wish to recycle their Christmas trees should put them out at curbside as soon as possible.

Tree collections will continue until Jan. 29.

Residents whose trees are not collected by Jan. 29 should call the county Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.

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