In Baltimore County
UMBC withdraws request to offer major in electrical engineering
CATONSVILLE - The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has withdrawn its request for an undergraduate major in electrical engineering that was opposed by Morgan State University, which was given exclusive rights to offer the discipline in the Baltimore area a decade ago.
The UMBC request, filed with the Maryland Higher Education Commission, had been a point of contention in the assessment of the desegregation status of state schools being conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. The agency emphasized that historically black schools such as Morgan had to have exclusive course offerings to attract students of other races.
"It is clear that UMBC's proposed bachelor of science program in electrical engineering would not be approved in the current environment," UMBC officials said in a statement yesterday.
Gunpowder Falls cleanup to celebrate parks week
CHASE - The Citizens for Stream Restoration Campaign, in partnership with Baltimore County's Pitch in for Progress, is sponsoring a cleanup of Gunpowder Falls State Park Sept. 23 to celebrate National Public Lands Day and Maryland's State Parks Week. The national day offers people of all ages a chance to "give something back" to the country's millions of acres of public lands.
The cleanup will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at five locations throughout the park. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants and sturdy shoes.
Preregistration is required. Information: 410-335-6470.
Adult volunteers sought for nature program
STEVENSON - The Irvine Natural Science Center is seeking adult volunteers for its Natural Connections urban-education program.
Volunteers are needed to help high school students learn more about the natural world and gain leadership experience as nature guides for young children. An orientation session is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at the center at St. Timothy's School on Greenspring Avenue north of Baltimore Beltway Exit 22.
Registration and information: 410-484-2413.
Health club meeting set at Seven Oaks senior site
PERRY HALL - Franklin Square Hospital will sponsor the first meeting of the Good Health Club at 11 a.m. Monday at Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive.
The meeting will deal with medical records and recording family history. Light refreshments will be served.
In Baltimore City
Crash Cafe concept OK'd by advisory panel
Developer Patrick Turner cleared a key hurdle in his efforts to build a crash-themed restaurant on Key Highway yesterday when the city's Design Advisory Panel gave "conceptual approval" to the design.
Turner plans to create the $4.5 million Crash Cafe inside the shell of the old Globe Brewing Co. restaurant at 1321 Key Highway. Under his plan, the tail end of a DC-3 airplane will jut out of one side, as if the plane had crashed into the building.
During a review session, a representative of the Federal Hill South Neighborhood Association warned that some residents believe the design will be "hideous" and "an atrocity." Design panel members asked Turner and his architect, Travis Price, to return with more specific information to obtain final approval.
Ex-city spokesman named papers' associate publisher
Anthony W. McCarthy, who resigned last month as chief of staff and spokesman for City Council President Sheila Dixon, was appointed yesterday associate publisher of the Times of Baltimore Inc., which publishes the Baltimore Times, Annapolis Times, Prince George's County Times and Shore Times newspapers.
Times publisher and chief executive officer Joy Bramble announced McCarthy's appointment, effective Monday.
McCarthy is a former editor in chief of the Baltimore Afro-American. He has also worked as an aide to U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a 7th District Democrat, and former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.
Fair for home-buyers tomorrow at Polytechnic
A home-buying fair for people interested in living in West Baltimore will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, West Cold Spring Lane and Falls Road.
Real estate agents, representatives of lending institutions and community leaders will be available. The fair will feature trolley tours of west-side neighborhoods where properties are available. It is being sponsored by the Live Baltimore Marketing Center, the city and Freddie Mac.
Grants of $3,000 toward a down payment or closing costs are available to the first 50 purchasers who go to settlement within 90 days of the fair. Information: 410-396-3237.
Construction worker dies after beating outside home
Carl Franklin Reynolds, 38, a construction worker who was severely beaten Sept. 9 outside his home in the 1100 block of N. Carrollton Ave. in West Baltimore, died Wednesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Police knew of no motive and had no suspect in the slaying.
Motorcyclist dies in crash on I-695 near Curtis Bay
A motorcyclist was killed yesterday when he was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 695 near Curtis Bay in southern Baltimore.
Kerry Brandt, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority, said the motorcyclist was traveling south in the slow lane and was approaching the Curtis Creek drawbridge about 7:50 p.m. when he struck the jersey barrier, re-entered the slow lane and was run over by the tractor-trailer.
The motorcyclist, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, died at the scene, Brandt said. The accident is being investigated, she said.