In Baltimore City
Three-day convention devoted to Africa gets under way today
More than 1,000 politicians, academics and others will launch a three-day convention devoted to Africa at the Baltimore Convention Center today.
Trade, security and human rights will dominate seminars and speeches of the meeting organized by the National Summit on Africa, a Washington-based institute.
"We are trying to mobilize and energize an activist pool to be more supportive of Africa," said Leonard H. Robinson, National Summit director. The meeting will include speeches from Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Kweisi Mfume, president of the NAACP.
26 police officers promoted by Frazier
Baltimore Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier promoted 26 officers during a ceremony at the downtown headquarters building yesterday, filling low- and mid-level supervisory ranks on the 3,200-member force.
Promoted from sergeant to lieutenant were Marcus L. Brown, James V. Kelly, Michael D. McDonald and Michael A. Pristoop. Twenty-two officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant, and five civilian employees were given higher-level jobs.
Cabdriver shot in Forest Park remains on life support
A 32-year-old cabdriver who was shot in the head Tuesdaynight in Northwest Baltimore's Forest Park neighborhood was on life-support yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, authorities reported.
Robert Michael Young, who works for Diamond Cab and lives in the 700 block of E. 34th St. in Waverly, was shot minutes before midnight in the 3000 block of Howard Park Ave. near the Forest Park Municipal Golf Course. He was listed in critical condition.
Police said they did not know if anything had been stolen, and would not say whether the attack occurred inside or outside the cab. Diamond owner Barry Bartholow said the cab's protective shield was up, and that Young had been shot in the face, possibly through the windshield or side window.
In Baltimore County
2 sisters to return to school after residency is resolved
LANSDOWNE -- Two girls barred from entering Lansdowne High School after their mother moved to Anne Arundel County are expected to return to school today.
Jessica and Heather Seigle, 16-year-old twins, missed the first six days of their sophomore year after school officials challenged their legal residency. Children must live with a parent or legal guardian to attend school in Baltimore County.
The girls' mother, Debra Seigle, who moved from Baltimore County to Anne Arundel County last year, has agreed to give up legal guardianship of her daughters to their grandmother so that they can continue to attend Lansdowne High. A court order signed by a judge awarding guardianship to the grandmother is expected within 30 to 90 days.
Council agrees to extend lease for health office
TOWSON -- The County Council has approved a three-year lease to continue housing the Department of Health's Bureau of Substance Abuse offices in the First Financial Group Building at 401 Washington Ave. in Towson.
The county will pay $265,072 over three years to 401 Associates Limited Partnership to rent 5,598 square feet of space for the bureau's administrative offices, the employee-assistance program and drug prevention programs.
The county has rented space in the building since 1990.
County officials hire agency to research historic sites
TOWSON -- County officials have hired a Chevy Chase company to survey some of the 1,100 historic sites in Baltimore County listed in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties that have yet to be thoroughly analyzed.
EHT Traceries Inc. was awarded the $100,000 contract Tuesday to research and conduct on-site examinations of sites selected from the state list by county planners.
The firm was selected after a review of contract bids submitted to county officials earlier this year by five firms. The contract is for a one-year period.