In Baltimore CountyOfficials confident efforts will minimize...


In Baltimore County

Officials confident efforts will minimize any Y2K problems

TOWSON -- The county has hired 13 contractors and 10 consultants and spent $9 million to minimize trouble from the Y2K bug, which could disrupt computers in 2000.

Officials released a report yesterday on efforts to deal with the millennium bug. Most computer systems use two digits to keep track of the calendar year and experts say that without modifications, many computers will read 2000 as "00" and malfunction when the New Year begins.

After four years of Y2K drills, the county is confident of meeting the challenge. County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger said he is planning for 2000 as if it were a major "weather event," with supervisors assigned to work through New Year's Eve as if a hurricane had struck.

Library officials seek public's view of system plan

TOWSON -- County library officials are seeking residents' help in putting together a 10-year facilities plan that could result in a new era of library renovation and construction.

The next in a continuing series of community meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. todayat the Towson Library's meeting room, 320 York Road.

Other meetings will be held from 10 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow at the Rosedale library meeting room, 6105 Kenwood Ave.; from 2 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m. tomorrowat the Catonsville library meeting room, 1100 Frederick Road; from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the North Point library meeting room, 1716 Merritt Blvd.; and from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pikesville library meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road.

Pikesville High to dedicate refurbished football field

PIKESVILLE -- Pikesville High School will dedicate its new stadium tonight, with opening festivities beginning at 6 p.m.

The four-year project, titled "Lights Over Pikesville," refurbished the football field, adding new sod, stands, press box and lights. Former football coach Curt Boushell, for whom the stadium is named, is expected to attend.

The football game against Franklin High will start at 7 p.m.

In Baltimore City

Black business owners endorse Stokes for mayor

A group of black business owners endorsed Carl Stokes for mayor yesterday, saying he would help minority firms survive in Baltimore.

The Presidents' Roundtable, which represents businesses with combined assets of $500 million and more than 10,000 employees, said Stokes, who has run his own business, knows the issues facing minority-owned firms, such as obtaining government contracts.

Stokes had the support of an organization leader, Raymond V. Haysbert Sr., former president of Parks Sausage Inc., who is honorary chairman of Stokes' campaign. The group also includes developer Otis Warren, financial consultant Nathan A. Chapman Jr. and contractor Roger R. Blunt.

Police link homicide to sale of tainted drugs

A 34-year-old man killed Wednesday night in Northwest Baltimore was shot by another man who apparently was upset over being sold tainted drugs, police said yesterday.

Keith Cooke of the 2900 block of Springhill Ave. was shot in the head and pronounced dead in the 3800 block of Towanda Ave. shortly after 10 p.m., police said.

No arrest has been made, but Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a police spokeswoman, said detectives are searching for a man with the nickname of "Wolf." Police said the man complained about the purchase to Cooke, was beaten up and returned a few minutes later.

Man accused in homicide is arrested near his home

A Northwest Baltimore man wanted in a homicide was arrested yesterday on the street where he lives, after a brief chase by police.

Sgt. Scott Rowe said Officer Albert Lemon was in the 3700 block of Oakmont Ave. about 4: 30 p.m. when he saw a man who had been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the May 22 shooting of Lowell Ringgold, 31, of the 5200 block of Denmore Ave.

As Lemon approached, the man ran and broke through the front door of a neighbor's house, Rowe said. He came out the back door and entered his residence, from which he led Lemon and other officers on a brief chase before he was caught. Quincy Hammonds, 22, was being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center, Rowe said.

Firefighters to collect for muscular dystrophy

City firefighters will collect donations at major intersections today and tomorrow as part of the annual "Fill the Boot" Labor Day fund-raiser in conjunction with the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Jerry Lewis telethon.

MDA is a nonprofit agency working to overcome 40 neuromuscular diseases through research.

The campaign, in which motorists will be asked to drop money into a firefighter's boot, is sponsored by Baltimore Fire Fighters Local 734 and Baltimore Fire Officers Association Local 964.

Hispanic businesses to hold a mayoral candidates forum

The Mayor's Committee on Hispanic Affairs will sponsor a mayoral candidates forum at 7 p.m. today at the Broadway branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 301 N. Broadway.

Pub Date: 9/03/99

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