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City/County Digest


In Baltimore City

Hopkins symposium opens tonight with talk by Linda Chavez

The Johns Hopkins University's 35th annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium opens at 8 o'clock tonight in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus with a talk by conservative columnist Linda Chavez, a former U.S. Senate candidate in Maryland and one-time nominee for labor secretary.

Established in 1967 to honor the university's eighth president, the symposium is a student-organized lecture series that is free and open to the public. The symposium, running through Dec. 8, addresses the theme, "Changing Times: Who Are We? An Introspective Look at American Identity in the 21st Century," and will include a debate, book signings, exhibits and a film series.

Chavez's lecture is titled, "The Melting Pot: Cultural Assimilation in Modern America."

The second speaker is to be actor and activist Edward James Olmos at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27, showing his documentary film, Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, and presenting a lecture on that topic.

Information: 410-516-7683, or

$2 million judgment upheld against city police officer

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld yesterday a $2 million civil judgment against a Baltimore police officer accused of beating a man, leaving him paralyzed and then filing false charges against him in a 1997 incident.

The city is obligated to pay the judgment because Officer Joseph Tracy, a seven-year veteran of the force, was working in a law enforcement capacity at the time.

Tracy was found liable in December 2000 in Baltimore Circuit Court for malicious prosecution and for violating the rights of Horace Muhammad.

Muhammad, who is now paralyzed from the waist down because of the injuries, sued Tracy, other police officers and two paramedics. The others were cleared of wrongdoing in Circuit Court. Both Tracy and Muhammad appealed the decision.

Man, 25, is fatally shot standing next to his car

A 25-year-old man was fatally shot yesterday afternoon while standing next to his car on a street in West Baltimore.

The victim, James M. Palmer Jr. of the 1100 block of N. Linwood Ave. in East Baltimore, was seen standing outside his late-model Lincoln Town Car in the 2200 block of W. Pratt St. about 3:20 p.m. when he was shot several times by an unknown assailant, said Detective Darren Sanders.

Palmer was pronounced dead at the scene. Police know of neither a motive nor suspect, and asked that anyone with information about the shooting call Sanders at 410-396-2100.

Museum director to discuss festival of railroading

The Fair of the Iron Horse, centerpiece of a world festival of trains that will be held in Baltimore next summer, is the subject of a forum at noon tomorrow at the Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Fayette streets.

Courtney Wilson, director of the B&O; Railroad Museum on Pratt Street, will discuss the event, which has been described as the largest festival of railroading ever planned.

The free forum, sponsored by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, is open to the public.

In Baltimore County

Police begin investigating money missing from PTA

EDGEMERE - Baltimore County police said yesterday they have launched an investigation into missing money from a Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School PTA checking account.

Richard Petrey, the PTA president, reported last week that thousands of dollars were missing from the account, which is used to buy library books and pay for school assemblies. PTA officials were unsure how much money had disappeared.

In addition to interviewing people with access to the account, detectives will review PTA bank statements and other financial documents, said Cpl. Ron Brooks, a police spokesman.

Milford Mill Road to close for 2 weekends to fix bridge

MILFORD - Milford Mill Road, from Old Court Road to Mayfield Avenue, will be closed for the next two weekends while the 14-foot Windsor Mill Road bridge is repaired.

The closings will be in effect from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, and from 7 p.m. Sept. 27 to 5 a.m. Sept. 30. Traffic will be detoured to Mayfield Avenue, Carlson Lane and Old Court Road.

The bridge, built in the 1930s, will receive a new deck and support structure at a cost of about $150,000.

Bear Creek group meets today on cleanup plans

DUNDALK - The Bear Creek Watershed Association will meet at 7 p.m. today in Room 401A of the college center, Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

The association is leading the state, county and private-sector cleanup of the creek to rid it of trash dumped overboard by boaters.

Information: 410-477-678.

Lecture on lepidoptera scheduled for this evening

CHASE - Arabella Dane, author and expert on butterflies, will be guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. today at Marshy Point Nature Center, 7130 Marshy Point Road.

Dane, author of the recently published Through the Eyes of a Butterfly, will speak about the annual winter migration to Mexico of butterflies.

Information: 410-887-2817.

An article in yesterday's City/County Digest incorrectly identified a Baltimore County road that will be partially closed the next two weekends. Windsor Mill Road, from Old Court Road to Mayfield Avenue, will be closed to traffic because of bridge repairs.
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