In Baltimore County
NAACP to examine diversity in local government agencies
CATONSVILLE -- The Baltimore County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has announced that it will study racial diversity in the county's departments of economic development, police, fire, housing and education.
The studies will examine hiring, appointments and procurement, said Anthony S. Fugett, branch president. "We need to know where we are today to develop programs going forward," Fugett said.
Results of the studies, which are being conducted by committee leaders in the branch, will be announced Jan. 5.
Goodwill Industries to open career development center
RANDALLSTOWN -- Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake will open a career development center today. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11: 30 a.m. at the Villages of Huntington apartment complex on Liberty Road.
Randallstown Learning Center was established at the urging of Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings to help residents who face a long commute to career development resources in the city. The center will offer residents the opportunity to obtain their General Educational Development diplomas through the Literacy Works program, then receive job readiness training from Goodwill.
College students to debate zero tolerance policing
DUNDALK -- A student debate on "Zero Tolerance Policing: Friend or Enemy" will be held at 9: 25 a.m. tomorrow at the Dundalk campus of Community College of Baltimore County.
Several classes will debate the law enforcement concept of arresting suspects for minor infractions in the hope of catching repeat criminals in these sweeps. The event is open to the public.
The debate will be held in the campus college center's student lounge.
Woodlawn-Westview Rotary names top high school principal
WOODLAWN -- Kenneth P. Burch, principal of Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, has been named high school principal of the year by Woodlawn-Westview Rotary Club. Burch was honored at the club's Service Above Self Community Awards Dinner at Martin's West.
In Baltimore City
Groundbreaking ceremony to be held for senior center
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. today for Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center at Gilmor and Baker streets.
The $1.5 million project, which should be complete by next November, will be an 11,000-square-foot senior citizen activity center, said Charles Tildon Jr., chairman of the Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center board of directors.
The two-story complex will be built on the former site of St. Gregory's Roman Catholic Church and was funded through public and private donations.
Police identify city teen as youth shot in robbery try
Robert D. Loney, 17, of the 1600 block of N. Decker St. was identified by police yesterday as the youth who was shot by a gunman during an attempted robbery about 1: 30 a.m. Friday in the 1600 block of N. Wolfe St. in East Baltimore. Loney died about 3 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Historic Brexton building sold for $110,000 at auction
Baltimore's historic Brexton apartment building at 868 Park Ave. was sold at an auction last week for $110,000 to Rajai Zumot, head of a real estate management company in McLean, Va.
Zumot said he plans to restore the building as moderately priced apartments and expects the work to cost about $1 million. He also intends to restore the exterior. He did not indicate a timetable for completing the work.
"The reason I bought it is because I like the facade," he said. Express Auction Marketing Specialists was the auctioneer.
Unidentified woman's body found near railroad tracks
The body of an unidentified woman was found yesterday in a woods near railroad tracks on a dead-end street in West Baltimore, police said.
Detective Bobby Patton said a man walking about 4: 45 p.m. in the 1400 block of Braddish Ave. in Rosemont found the fully clothed body. Patton said the woman had been dead about two days. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and identification through fingerprints.