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Man seriously burned while pumping fuel from boat in Canton

A man was seriously burned last night when a fire broke out about 8: 15 p.m. on his 40-foot cabin cruiser in Canton while he was pumping gasoline into fuel drums.

Roger Lavine, 45, of New Hampshire suffered second- and third-degree burns over 36 percent of his body and was in serious condition in the burn unit of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, said Battalion Chief Reese Wingate of the Fire Department.

Wingate said Lavine was pumping gas from his boat, the Nightingale, into fuel drums at Lighthouse Point Marina in the 2600 block of Boston St. when the fire erupted. Crewmen on a nearby yacht and Bruce R. Andrews, a marina employee, helped firefighters extinguish the fire, preventing it from reaching other boats, Wingate said. Lavine's boat was destroyed.

Man dies in alley, another in Inner Harbor

Police continued yesterday to investigate the deaths of two men this week.

About 10 p.m. Monday, Sean Noble, 38, of the 1500 block of N. Durham St. was found in an alley near his home, police said. They said the body showed no signs of violence but ruled Noble's death suspicious pending an autopsy.

Sunday morning, the body of a homeless man known as Earl or Will was found floating in the Inner Harbor near the Constellation, police said. They said he was seen climbing a barrier at the edge of the Pratt Street promenade Saturday afternoon and theorized he fell or jumped into the water. The death was ruled questionable until the investigation is complete.

Health fair for men to offer free checkups Saturday

A health fair for men will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the parking lot at 1900 N. Howard St. near North Avenue. Refreshments and prizes will be offered.

Sponsored by the Baltimore Department of Social Services, the fair will include free checks of blood pressure, cholesterol, dental hygiene and hearing, among other medical services. Information: 410-361-2002.

Police Athletic League sets teen summit on violence today

The Baltimore Police Department is sponsoring a teen summit on violence from 6 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. today at Walbrook High School, 3000 Edgewood St.

The event is sponsored by the Police Athletic League and is open to city high school and middle school students. Groups need to register by calling 410-396-2166.

In Baltimore County

Historical trust offering grants for preservation

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Historical Trust Inc. is accepting applications for its grants program to stimulate and assist preservation activities in the county. The trust will make grants to individuals and groups that restore or improve a historic property, enhance or promote the interests of historic preservation or research the history of a structure or site.

Grants ranging from $100 to $1,000 will be awarded. The deadline for applications is July 15.

For information or to receive an application package, send a request to Baltimore County Historical Trust Inc., P.O. Box 10067, Towson 21285-0067, or call its voice mail, 410-832-1812.

Villa Julie to graduate 230 at commencement today

STEVENSON -- Villa Julie College will hold commencement exercises this afternoon, with about 230 graduates expected to receive degrees, including six from the college's master's in advanced information technology program.

The event at 4 p.m. will be the first in the gymnasium at the college's Green Spring Valley campus. Villa Julie, founded in 1947, is a private, coeducational college with more than 2,000 students.

Parkville High's new wing will be dedicated today

PARKVILLE -- A 600-seat classroom addition at Parkville High School will be dedicated today in an afternoon ceremony at the school on Putty Hill Avenue.

The $6.7 million addition contains 55,358 square feet and has 28 classrooms, a library/media center, a satellite dining area, administrative offices and workrooms.

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