In Baltimore County
Restaurant's roof, kitchen destroyed in two-alarm fire
RANDALLSTOWN -- Employees and patrons escaped injury yesterday afternoon when a two-alarm fire at a restaurant destroyed the kitchen and roof.
Employees reported that the fire began about 1: 35 p.m. in an oven at Hunan Taste in the 8500 block of Liberty Road, and spread when the sprinkler system didn't work, said county Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard. Flames went to the roof, forcing evacuation of the kitchen and dining room, he said.
The state fire marshal is investigating employees' statements that the fire-prevention system failed, Hubbard said. He said the preliminary damage estimate was about $75,000.
County won't collect trash, recycled materials Monday
TOWSON -- In observance of Labor Day, trash, yard waste and recycled materials will not be collected Monday.
Residents whose trash or yard waste normally would have been collected Monday should set it out Monday night to be collected Tuesday. Residents whose recyclable bottles, cans or mixed paper would normally have been collected Monday should hold them until the next scheduled day for those items, Sept. 20.
All refuse and recycling drop-off facilities will be open Saturday but closed Monday.
Employers urged to register for Central Maryland job fair
TOWSON -- Businesses, government, nonprofit agencies and other employers are encouraged to register early for the Central Maryland College Job Fair, which will be held Jan. 20 at Towson University's Towson Center.
Last year, about 160 employers participated in the job fair, and about 2,000 candidates attended from 200 colleges and universities nationwide. The fair provides a cost-effective opportunity for employers to interview college seniors and graduates representing a variety of majors and disciplines, including liberal arts, business administration, engineering and health.
Information on registration, fees and arrangements: Towson University Career Center, 410-830- 4837.
In Baltimore City
After a lackluster Day No. 1, school attendance increases
Seventy-nine percent of the city's public school students in grades one through 12 showed up Monday, the first day of classes, but by yesterday, officials said, attendance was close to normal.
The official count for opening day in grades one through 12 was 75,635, about the same number as last year, said Vanessa Pyatt, director of public relations.
Pyatt said 86 percent, including those in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, were in class yesterday. The most recent state figures said the city's yearly average attendance was 93.6 percent in grades one through six and 81.8 percent in grades seven through 12.
Health care grants benefit programs for uninsured
The Maryland Health Care Foundation has awarded $440,000 to five health projects, two in Baltimore City, to serve uninsured people.
Mobile Eye Care for the Homeless, which will provide eye care for homeless people in Baltimore, received $25,000; and Reverse Referrals, a program to provide primary care to uninsured users of the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, received $90,000. The rest of the money went to programs in Prince George's County, Salisbury and Cumberland.
The foundation was established last year to increase access to and quality of health care in Maryland.
Police identify two victims of fatal shootings this week
Police identified yesterday two men who were fatally shot in unrelated incidents. No arrests had been made in either case, and police knew of no motives.
Dallas Hyman, 24, of the Throg's Neck section in The Bronx, N.Y., was shot several times about 9: 45 p.m. Tuesday in the 1300 block of N. Spring St. in East Baltimore, said Sgt. Frederick H. Bealefeld of the homicide unit.
Leonard Washington, 19, was shot about 8: 20 p.m. Monday in an alley in the 1600 block of Shadyside Road, two blocks south of his home in the 1500 block of Argonne Drive in Northwood, Bealefeld said.