In Baltimore CityFoundation to begin $2.1 million...


In Baltimore City

Foundation to begin $2.1 million initiative for youth programs

The Baltimore Community Foundation will begin a $2.1 million three-year initiative today to increase after-school programs in the city.

The programs, which would serve 2,300 youths, will be called "A-Teams," with a focus on arts, academics and athletics. The first round of grants, which will total $600,000, is to be distributed today to 23 nonprofit groups.

About $1.6 million will be provided by the Fund for Populations at Risk, funded by Suzanne F. Cohen, a Community Foundation board member.

Opportunity Fair to offer free health, human services

The Center for Poverty Solutions will hold its fourth annual Opportunity Fair for homeless and low-income people from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Baltimore Convention Center, Pratt and Charles streets.

The event will feature more than 100 free health and human services, from legal and employment assistance to medical care and clothing. Supervised activities will be available for children.

Information: 410-366-0600, Ext. 429.

Group that works to improve public transit elects officers

Rose A. Fleming of Southwest Baltimore and Yvonne Mathews of Baltimore County have been elected co-chairwomen of the Transit Riders League of Metropolitan Baltimore.

Selma Rozier of Baltimore was re-elected secretary in a vote held March 25. Elected to the steering committee were Amy Menzer, Anna Borders, Mark Perry, Simona McLee and Charles Thomas of Baltimore; Michael Bayer, Crosby King and Meryl Shecter of Baltimore County; Diane Tunstall, representing Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.; Nate Butler of ADAPT, a disability rights group; Ralph Moore Jr. of the Center for Poverty Solutions; and Thomas Christian of Workforce Solutions.

The league is dedicated to improving public transit. Information: 410-539-1369, Ext. 221.

In Baltimore County

Teen whose body was found in Woodlawn is identified

WOODLAWN -- Police have identified the body found Sunday in a cornfield off Dogwood Lane as that of Justin Brooks, 17, of the 3400 block of Vargas Circle.

Police said yesterday they have ruled the death a homicide. An autopsy by the state medical examiner's officer concluded the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

Police said they have no suspect in the shooting and know of no motive. They ask anyone with information to call 410-887-2198.

York Road traffic rerouted after natural gas line break

TIMONIUM -- Traffic along York Road was rerouted yesterday after a backhoe broke a natural gas line at a construction project in a parking lot at Maryland State Fairgrounds, said a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman.

The break, which occurred about 9 a.m., emitted a strong odor of gas, but posed no danger and resulted in no injuries, said Jessica Atwood.

Police set up detours between Timonium and Padonia roads, Atwood said, as work crews repaired the line, which extends under York Road. Crews remained at work yesterday evening. Atwood said the backhoe belonged to DeGarmo Excavating Co. of Upperco.

Public hearing is scheduled tonight for rezoning requests

LANSDOWNE -- A public hearing on requests to rezone land in the county will be held at 7: 30 tonight at Lansdowne High School.

The hearing is part of the comprehensive rezoning process, which occurs every four years. Zoning changes will be made final by the County Council in October.

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