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In Baltimore City

Roman Catholics are asked to back 'smart gun' plan

Maryland's Roman Catholics will be asked to support Gov. Parris N. Glendening's proposed "smart gun" legislation, the auxiliary bishop of Baltimore said yesterday.

The governor wants Maryland to be the first state to require gun manufacturers to make weapons that only the owner or a registered user can fire.

Bishop Gordon D. Bennett, S.J., the urban vicar of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which has more than 484,000 congregants, said Catholic doctrine, which urges respect for all human life, supports the idea of safer guns.

Police seek suspect in fatal shooting of 16-year-old boy

A 16-year-old boy, who was shot about a block from his Northeast Baltimore home Sunday night, died early yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

Jason Michael Jones of the 1600 block of Chilton St. in Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello was found by police about 11: 30 p.m. in an alley behind the 1500 block of E. 33rd St. He was shot at least once in the right side and died at 1: 08 a.m. at Hopkins.

Police said they had yet to determine a motive for the shooting and knew of no suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Vernon Parker at 410-396-2100.

Baltimore-D.C. maglev link will be focus of session

A public information meeting on the feasibility of connecting Baltimore, Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Washington using magnetic levitation technology will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Constellation Room of the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St.

Maglev is an advanced transportation technology that lifts, propels and guides vehicles over specially designed guideways at speeds up to 240 mph.

The meeting is sponsored by the state Mass Transit Administration, the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.

Briefing planned on event for Martin Luther King Jr.

In preparation for Greater Baltimore's 25th annual breakfast on Jan. 14 to honor slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the YMCA of Central Maryland and the King's Landing Women's Service Club will give a briefing on the event at 10 a.m. today at Cross Keys Inn, 5100 Falls Road.

The Jan. 14 breakfast will be held at Martin's West at the Beltway and Security Boulevard. Information: Don Struke, 410-837- 9622, ext. 224.

In Baltimore County

Council seeks to tighten rules on residential garages

TOWSON -- Saying garages should match the homes next to them, the Baltimore County Council asked last night for stricter regulations on the construction of accessory buildings in residential areas.

Some council members said they were disturbed by a recent rash of steel-sided garages -- some bigger then the homes they serve -- sprouting in some communities. The buildings are of a style more commonly seen at auto-repair shops and self-storage facilities, and have sparked outrage because of their incompatibility in residential areas.

At the council's request, the county planning board will review rules on garage construction and make recommendations.

Cable TV program features news of community college

CATONSVILLE -- A cable television program featuring news and features from the Community Colleges of Baltimore County began this month, with the system's chancellor, Irving Pressley McPhail, as host.

The first show of the "LearningFirst" series highlights discussions with Gena Proulx, president of the Dundalk campus, and R. Wayne Branch, president of the Essex campus. A feature on the campus theaters at Dundalk and Essex and a critique of a recently published book are also featured.

The program will run on two separate cable channels on a staggered schedule throughout the week. Information: 410-869-7153.

Woodlawn High to raise money to build stadium

WOODLAWN -- Faculty and students at Woodlawn High School are trying to raise $500,000 to build a 3,000-seat stadium and track to be completed by May 2002.

"The school's track and field has not been updated since the school's inception in 1963," said Assistant Principal Al Porter, who hopes that the community will pitch in to meet the goal.

Checks can be made payable to Woodlawn High School Stadium Project, and sent to 1801 Woodlawn Drive, Baltimore 21207. Information: 410-887-1309.

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