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Man's body found in trash container at industrial park

The body of an unidentified man who had been shot in the upper body was found yesterday in a trash container behind a candy-making firm in a Hampden industrial park, city police reported.

Homicide Detective Sean Jones said an employee of a company at the Clipper Mill Industrial Park in the 1700 block of Union Ave. was about to place debris into the 4-foot-high bin about 9 a.m. when he spotted the fully clothed body.

Jones said it appeared the man -- about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 160 pounds -- had been there since late Wednesday. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office.

Anyone with information about the slaying was asked to call Jones or Detective Kevin Hagan at 410-396-2100.

Aquarium breaks ground on $61.8 million expansion

The National Aquarium in Baltimore broke ground yesterday on a $61.8 million expansion that will feature a 35-foot waterfall and Australian river gorge exhibit. Opening is planned for spring 2005.

The new wing will be a 120-foot-tall glass cube and will rise in front of the main triangle-shaped aquarium building that opened on Pier 3 in 1981.

The waterfall will represent Western Maryland's Allegheny Cascades region. The river gorge exhibit will give visitors a sense of fire, flood and drought in Australia's Northern Territory. Outside, the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Waterfront Park will be a tree-lined space open to the public year-round.

The expansion, to be paid for with public and private funds, is part of a $112 million revamping that will also include improvements to the Pier 4 building that houses dolphin shows.

O'Malley press aide leaves for Ruppersberger race

Rick Binetti, deputy press secretary to Mayor Martin O'Malley, is leaving his job to become press secretary for C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger's congressional campaign.

Binetti, 33, was a spokesman for O'Malley's 1999 mayoral campaign and has been with his press office since the start of the administration. His last day with the city is today.

Ruppersberger, the Baltimore County executive, is running for Congress in the 2nd District.

In Baltimore County

Electrical malfunction caused Manor Tavern fire

MONKTON -- Baltimore County fire investigators determined yesterday that the fire that nearly destroyed the Manor Tavern last week was caused by an electrical malfunction.

Construction crews have begun rebuilding the historic tavern that dates to the late 1700s, when it was built as a stable.

The three-alarm fire Aug. 29 severely damaged the oldest section of the restaurant, where the blaze began in a second-floor office area. The 300-seat dining room, bar and terrace have been closed since then. However, catering has continued at nearby locations.

Officials celebrate end of Liberty Road project

RANDALLSTOWN -- State and county officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday to mark the end of a $2.4 million Liberty Road streetscape project that is designed to improve the appearance of its aging commercial district.

The State Highway Administration project extends from Courtleigh Drive in Randallstown to west of Washington Avenue in Milford Mill. Improvements include landscaping; installation of brick accents along sidewalks; repair and construction of sidewalks, curbs and sidewalk ramps; and repair of the road surface.

The work, said County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, is "going to really help in our ongoing efforts to attract quality businesses to the Liberty Road corridor."

Democratic Party to hold rally at post office today

DUNDALK -- An old-fashioned Democratic political rally will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in front of the Dundalk Post Office, 44 Shipping Place.

The event is expected to attract more than 16 candidates for county and state office and will feature free hot dogs and soda. The host and organizer is Ken Canterbery, owner of Ken's Hot Diggity Dogs.

In the event of rain, the rally will be held in the pavilion in front of the Dundalk Eagle on Shipping Place. Information: Ken Canterbery at 410-780-0442.

Safe driving among topics to be on police cable show

TOWSON -- This month's edition of the Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program, Police Report, will focus on safe driving and accident prevention.

The program, which will be broadcast Monday through Oct. 4, also will include segments on scams that target the elderly and neighborhood crime trends. Guests include Officer Fred Denker of the department's traffic management section and Officer Stephen Forster, who reconstructs traffic accidents.

Police Report is broadcast on Comcast Channel 25 at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

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