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In Baltimore City

House votes to rename post office for sportswriter

WASHINGTON - Sam Lacy, a 96-year-old sportswriter whose articles pushing for the integration of sports won him a spot in baseball's Hall of Fame, is a step closer to having a Baltimore post office named after him.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted 412-0 to rename the building in the 900 block of W. 34th St. the "Samuel H. Lacy Sr. Post Office Building." The bill now goes to the Senate.

Lacy, who lives in Washington, said he had not known about the bill, sponsored by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat. "It's a surprise," he said. "I feel quite honored." Lacy began working as a sportswriter for the Afro-American newspaper in Baltimore in 1944. He won his spot in the Hall of Fame in 1998 and still writes a twice-weekly column for the Afro-American.

Charles Village man, 22, arrested in fatal shooting

A Charles Village man has been arrested in the fatal shooting on March 15 of Kevin Johnson, 20, in front of the victim's home in the 1500 block of E. 36th St.

Gregory L. Harper, 22, who was charged June 22 in a warrant with first-degree murder, was arrested Tuesday, police said.

Harper, of the 300 block of Ilchester Ave. was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center, pending a bail review hearing today, police said. Police knew of no motive for the shooting.

City man, 24, is dead in west-side shooting

Carlos Harrison, 24, of Baltimore, was shot several times around 5 p.m. yesterday at Dukeland Street and West Lafayette Avenue on the west side, said Detective Donald Kramer.

He said Harrison, whose address was withheld by police, was pronounced dead at 5:39 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police knew of no suspects or motive for the shooting.

Man charged with robbery of hotel parking garage

A 38-year-old Northwest Baltimore man was arrested and charged with armed robbery after a security guard interrupted an alleged holdup of the Harbor Court Hotel's parking garage, police said.

Harold C. Vine, of the 5900 block of Doverdale Drive was apprehended by the security guard about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after a man who implied he was armed robbed the garage. Police, who then arrested the suspect, were in the area investigating a string of similar robberies.

Vine was denied bail yesterday and was being held at Central Booking and Intake Center. Detectives are also investigating whether he might be linked to any of the seven other robberies of downtown parking garages this summer, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman.

In Baltimore County

Crossing guards sought for coming school year

TOWSON - The Baltimore County police department and public schools are seeking crossing guards for the coming school year.

Guards typically work one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon and are required to be outside in all kinds of weather. They are paid $10.15 an hour; uniforms are provided by the police department.

Applicants must be 18 years old, have reliable transportation and pass a background investigation and physical examination. Information: Officer Karen Nizer at 410-887-5822, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Catonsville Middle teacher honored for her work

CATONSVILLE - Michelle S. Razzi, who teaches autistic children at Catonsville Middle School, has been awarded the Professionally Recognized Special Educator certificate by the Council for Exceptional Children.

Certificate recipients must have earned professional degrees or endorsements in special education, have at least three years experience in their area of expertise and follow the council's code of ethics and standards of practice.

Wife of ex-schools chief aids Kenwood High fund

ESSEX - The wife of former county schools Superintendent Joshua R. Wheeler has donated $20,000 to an education foundation to provide scholarships for graduates at Kenwood High School.

Ruth Wheeler decided to establish a scholarship at Kenwood because her husband served as principal there from 1952 to 1960. The award will be given out annually to students who plan to pursue a de gree in education.

Wheeler donated the money to the Baltimore County Public Schools Education Foundation, an organization that works with the Board of Education.

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