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Baltimore arts school picks longtime dean to be acting director

Leslie Shepard was named acting director of the Baltimore School for the Arts yesterday, replacing Stanley Romanstein, according to the downtown school's Board of Overseers.

Shepard, who has been with the school since 1979, has served as dean of arts since 1983. Romanstein, the second director since the school was founded in 1979, moved to Minnesota after recently getting married.

In 1990, the school was named one of the nation's top five arts schools by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Two officers injured during arrest attempt

Two officers were injured yesterday when a group of West Baltimore residents beat them as they tried to arrest a man for loitering, police said.

Western District Officers Laurence M. Adams, 25, and Frankie K. Wilson, 25, both in uniform, were trying to arrest a man about 1:20 p.m. in the 500 block of N. Monroe St., but the man resisted, and several residents attacked the officers, police said. Adams suffered a fractured facial bone and Wilson torn leg ligaments, police said. Both were in fair condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Wilson's police radio was taken during the fight, and it took the officers several minutes to call for help, police said. More than a dozen officers restored order and arrested two people, who were being held last night.

Police seek cause of death for man in apartment fire

Police were trying to determine yesterday the cause of death of a man who was found in his burning Northeast Baltimore apartment. Investigators said he might have died of a gunshot wound or another type of head trauma.

Firefighters discovered the man about 7:20 a.m. in the apartment in the 5200 block of Frankford Ave. when they responded to a report of a fire. They had to force their way inside; a deadbolt lock was fastened from the inside.

The man was on a couch as three small fires burned. The unidentified man, in his 60s, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead soon after. Police said they found a gun in the apartment but are waiting for an autopsy to determine whether he was shot.

In Baltimore County

240 artists to display work at 27th Catonsville festival

CATONSVILLE - The 27th Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

Frederick Avenue will be closed downtown, and 240 artists and crafters will display their work. Two stages will have music; the children's area has been expanded. Historic buildings will be open for tours.

Information: 410-744-4169.

African-American center at Towson to show photos

TOWSON - Towson University's African-American Cultural Center will be the host of an exhibit by photographer Bob Houston from Monday through Oct. 31.

Houston's works have been featured in many exhibitions, including "Seeing is Believing: The Photography of the Civil Rights Movement" at the National Museum of American History in 1994. And he did still work for the 1994 feature film "Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored."

The exhibit, in Room 317 of the University Union, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Information: 410-830-2641.

Gunpowder Falls cleanup to mark State Parks Week

CHASE - A cleanup will be held at Gunpowder Falls State Park from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 to mark National Public Lands Day and Maryland's State Parks Week.

Co-sponsored by the Citizens for Stream Restoration Campaign and Baltimore County's Pitch In for Progress, the cleanup will focus on five areas of the park. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

Registration is required. Registration and information: 410-335- 6470.

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