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Incidence of syphilis declines 65 percent, health officials say

Since the mid-1990s, when the incidence of syphilis skyrocketed in Baltimore, the number of cases continues to drop dramatically, health officials reported yesterday. In 1997, 667 cases were reported, compared with 234 cases last year, a 65 percent decrease.

Health officials credit the hiring of additional staff at clinics, physician and public education and outreach efforts. Syphilis is a bacterial disease spread mainly by sexual contact. When treated in its early stages, it is easily cured. The disease can be spread from pregnant women to their babies.

The city's free clinics are Druid Health District, 1515 W. North Ave., 410-396-0176; and Eastern Health District, 620 N. Caroline St., 410-396-9410.

Republican Senate hopefuls to take part in forum tonight

The eight Republican U.S. Senate candidates are expected at a forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University.

Paul H. Rappaport, Ross Z. Pierpont, Robin Ficker, Rob Sobhani, John Stafford, Kenneth Timmerman, Howard Greyber and Ken Wayman are on the ballot for the primary March 7.

The winner is expected to face incumbent Democrat Paul S. Sarbanes in November's general election.

Bootleg music crackdowns earn awards for authorities

The Baltimore Police Department and the city state's attorney's office were honored yesterday by the record industry for investigations that have resulted in the seizure of more than $1 million in bootleg albums and tapes since 1996.

Sgt. David R. Dull and Officer Kenneth Driscoll of the Central District Major Crime Unit and Assistant State's Attorney Patricia Deros each received a Golden Record award for their work. Police routinely have raided downtown shops and confiscated pirated recordings.

"The illegal duplication of audio devices results in economic losses for the city of Baltimore," said Frank D. Waters, director of investigations for the Recording Industry Association.

In Baltimore County

Towson University to honor life of King on Thursday

TOWSON -- Towson University will celebrate the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Thursday at Stephens Hall Theater.

Rosalyn M. Gaines, an actress, playwright and director, will give recitations from King's lesser-known speeches. The Baltimore-based Sankofa Dance Theater will perform an African dance concert of original works.

The event is sponsored by the university's African-American Cultural Center. Information: 410- 830-2641.

County planning board cancels meeting Thursday

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Planning Board meeting tentatively scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.

The board will meet March 16. The advance agenda for that meeting will be issued March 8.

Workshop on tax credits for restorations is planned

PIKESVILLE -- A workshop for homeowners wishing to obtain tax credits for rehabilitation, restoration and renovation of historic properties will be held from 7: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. March 23 at the Bedford Elementary School library, 7407 Dorman Drive.

The event, sponsored by the Maryland and Baltimore County historical trusts and Historic Sudbrook Park, is free. Registration is encouraged.

Registration: 410-832-1812. Information: 410-580-0342 or 410- 484-0549.

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