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No asbestos found in air-quality tests at elementary

DUNDALK - Air-quality tests taken during the weekend at Charlesmont Elementary School in Dundalk show no asbestos has been released in the school, officials said yesterday.

Early last week, officials said no testing would be done, despite repeated complaints from parents that construction dust was making their children sick. Some parents kept children home. Officials changed their mind and conducted tests Friday evening.

"We wanted to do everything we could to allay their fears," said spokesman Charles A. Herndon.

School will open as scheduled today.

Man found unconscious, seriously hurt in house fire

EASTPOINT - A 39-year-old man was in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he was found unconscious in his burning rowhouse and rescued by firefighters from the county's Dundalk station.

The man, whose identity was not released, was found in a second-floor bathroom of his smoke-filled home in the 900 block of Elton Ave. about 7 a.m., said Lt. Vernon Adamson, a county Fire Department spokesman. He was taken to the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, then to Shock Trauma for treatment in its hyperbaric chamber.

Adamson said the fire caused about $50,000 in damage and was under control in 30 minutes. The cause was being investigated, he said.

10 groups receive grants to spruce up business areas

TOWSON - Baltimore County has awarded $57,000 in Commercial Revitalization Action Grants to 10 groups for projects to help rejuvenate older commercial areas.

Projects include planters in Catonsville, trash receptacles in Essex, street banners and landscaping in Dundalk, and a merchants' fair in Overlea-Fullerton.

Grant winners are Arbutus Business and Professional Association; Catonsville Chamber of Commerce; Dundalk Association of Businesses; Essex Business and Professional Association; Liberty Road Business Association; Overlea-Fullerton Business and Professional Association; Parkville Business and Professional Association; Pikesville Chamber of Commerce; Towson Business Association; and Security-Woodlawn Village Business Association.

Meeting to discuss need for prescription coverage

OVERLEA - Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will hold a town meeting tomorrow at Overlea-Fullerton Senior Center to discuss the need for Medicare prescription coverage for the elderly.

The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. The center is at 4314 Fullerton Ave.

In Baltimore City

Man, 19, shot to death on street in Pimlico

A 19-year-old man was found fatally shot early yesterday outside a house a block from his home in the city's Pimlico neighborhood, police reported.

Kim Davon Nichols of the 4900 block of Palmer Ave. was found dead, with gunshot wounds to his stomach and right arm, about 1:20 a.m. by Northwestern District officers, said homicide Detective Sgt. Richard H. Petrey III.

Police did not know of a motive for the shooting. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Chris Jones at 410-396-2100.

Career, computer courses open to single parents

Free computer classes and other programs are being offered by Maryland New Directions, a nonprofit career counseling and job placement agency, through its Starting Over Program.

Orientation will be offered Tuesdays this month at the agency's downtown office at 611 Park Ave., for its basic and intermediate computer classes, and career counseling and job search workshops.

The program is open to parents age 30 or older who are divorced, separated, widowed or single parents. To be eligible, a participant must be a head of household. To schedule an appointment: 410-230-0630.

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