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Review panel rejects lighted globe, signs for Lexington Market

The globe didn't fly.

An architectural review committee rejected yesterday a $3 million proposal to add a 45-foot-tall lighted globe and lighted signs to the exterior of Lexington Market. Lexington Market Inc. will return to the city's Design Advisory Panel next month with revised drawings of its proposed face lift of the 218-year-old public market at Lexington and Eutaw streets.

Members of the panel said yesterday they didn't like the glitzy-looking lighted signs for food stores and the digital strip reading "World Famous Lexington Market." They asked market managers to return with plans that would make the facility look more like a traditional market or warehouse building.

Baltimore to appeal ruling on police, firefighter pay

Baltimore will appeal a Circuit Court judge's ruling that upheld a request by city firefighter unions to keep police and fire raises at equal rates.

Mayor Martin O'Malley is hoping to significantly increase pay for police to attract and retain officers in his campaign against crime. O'Malley is challenging parity clauses in the contracts of the Baltimore Firefighters Union and Baltimore Fire Officers Association that require police and fire raises to increase at equal percentages.

Judge John C. Themelis ruled March 31 that the city must negotiate with the firefighters under the contracts. City Solicitor Thurman Zollicoffer said Wednesday that the ruling will be appealed.

Aquarium official is stung by stingray, treated for pain

A National Aquarium official was stung yesterday morning by a Brazilian polka dot stingray while cleaning the Amazon Rain Forest exhibit at the Inner Harbor attraction.

Stuart Keefer, a senior aquarist, was cleaning the exhibit about 10 a.m. when he backed into the stingray, which stung him through his wet suit and on the foot, according to Jill Galloway, an aquarium spokeswoman. Keefer was treated for pain at Mercy Medical Center and released.

The sting's "potentially lethal, but it's not fatal unless you're allergic to the venom," said Galloway. "But it's extremely painful."

Teen is charged as adult in Dec. fatal beating of man

A 17-year-old youth has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of a 53-year-old man who was beaten in a fight Dec. 31 and died of his injuries March 3.

Antoine Belton of the 2200 block of Round Road in southern Baltimore was charged Wednesday at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said. Belton also was charged with first-degree assault in the death of Oran Bolner of the 3900 block of Pascal Ave. in southern Baltimore.

Police believe other people might have been involved in Bolner's beating, but they have not named other suspects. Belton was being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center on an unrelated theft charge when he was charged in Bolner's death.

In Baltimore County

Bone marrow donor drive for boy, 4, planned Sunday

OWINGS MILLS -- A bone marrow donor registration drive will be held from 9: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. Sunday at Beth Israel Congregation, 3706 Crondall Lane.

A donor is needed to help Henry Goldberg, a 4-year-old Washington boy who suffers from Franconi anemia, a rare and life-threatening genetic disorder. The testing, which includes drawing a small blood sample, is free.

Information: Beth Gansky, 410- 653-2265, Ext. 15.

Seminar on managing money for cancer treatment planned

TOWSON -- Adults with cancer and their loved ones are invited to a free workshop April 25 at St. Joseph Medical Center on how to manage money during cancer treatment.

Participants will learn how to design a money action plan and use their financial resources. The workshop starts at noon and a free lunch will be offered.

Registration is required for the program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Endowment for Financial Education. Information: 410-337- 1479.

Spring job fair scheduled April 15 in Randallstown

RANDALLSTOWN -- Liberty Road Business Association and the county Office of Employment and Training are sponsoring a spring job fair for those age 16 and older. Full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs will be available.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15 at the Education Center Building of Northwest Hospital Center, 5401 Old Court Road.

Those seeking jobs should bring resumes if they have them. Admission is free. Information: 410-887-4256.

College basketball players to hold free clinic tomorrow

TURNERS STATION -- Members of the national basketball championship team from the Dundalk campus of Community College of Baltimore County will stage a free basketball clinic tomorrowat Sollers Point/Southeastern Technical High School.

Sponsored by Turners Station Recreation Council, CCBC players will conduct basketball drills and perform an exhibition for area youth starting at 9 a.m.

Athletes participating in the event are enrolled in Black History Learning Community, linking English and history courses with community service.

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