In Baltimore City
Kennedy Krieger gets grant to research lead contamination
Kennedy Krieger Institute in East Baltimore has been awarded a $446,231 federal grant to research lead contamination of exterior soil and dust from flaking paint and leaded gasoline exhaust, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday.
Children younger than age 6 are the most vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can result in reduced intelligence and attention span, hearing loss and other problems.
Kennedy Krieger, under lead abatement research director Mark Farfel, will study the lead in outdoor soil in city neighborhoods and examine ways to reduce its concentration.
Police center for youngsters reopens after renovations
About 150 youths attended the reopening of the Hilton Police Athletic League Center in the 2900 block of Phelps Lane in Southwest Baltimore yesterday. The facility had been closed for five months for renovations that include new tennis courts.
A $250,000 grant from the Weinberg Foundation paid for the renovations, said Officer Howard Green, who runs the center with Officer Kesha Thomas and Community Service Officer Angela Braxton.
At the center, which is open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, youths get help with their homework and participate in sports and arts and crafts.
In Baltimore County
Police seek possible witness to sexual attack in cemetery
WOODLAWN -- County police were searching yesterday for a possible witness in the sexual assault of a carjacking victim Sunday morning in Woodlawn.
Police were searching for the driver of a red truck that drove past a turquoise 1997 Kia Sephia between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday at Woodlawn Cemetery, as a woman was being assaulted in the car.
Police said the truck distracted the assailant and allowed the victim to push her way out of the car and run for help. The woman had been carjacked Sunday morning in the 7900 block of Dunhill Village Circle, Woodlawn. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-887-2198.
Business group to begin high school speaker series
ESSEX -- Fourteen business community representatives will talk to the ninth-grade class at Eastern Technical High School this morning as the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education begins its speakers bureau.
The speakers bureau -- announced this month as part of the group's "Achievement Counts" campaign -- aims to have successful young business people talk to students about the relationship between their performance in high school and their prospects in the work force.
The organization, a group of Maryland companies dedicated to supporting education reform, encourages employers to ask high school students and recent graduates for their transcripts in the hiring process.
Groundbreaking to start Deer Park school project
RANDALLSTOWN -- Teachers and pupils at Deer Park Elementary School will celebrate construction of a four-room addition with a groundbreaking today.
The $1 million project is expected to wrap up in the spring and will provide new activity and book rooms. The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. The school is on Lyons Mill Road.