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In Baltimore City

Edison Schools advocate named to education panel

David J. Stone, who helped bring the for-profit Edison Schools to Baltimore's struggling school system, will sit on the city Board of Education as a commissioner, Gov. Parris N. Glendening announced yesterday.

Stone, a school partnership coordinator at Kennedy Krieger Institute, will replace Michele B. Noel on the nine-member New Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. Noel stepped down in June after two terms. New York-based Edison Schools Inc. manages three low-performing city schools under a contract to improve test scores. Many city board members have openly expressed their displeasure with Edison's involvement in the schools.

Glendening also reappointed Chairwoman Patricia L. Welch and Kenneth A. Jones to the board yesterday.

Parents can ask officials about key issues in schools

Parents of Baltimore public school students will have the chance to ask questions of top school administrators about several key issues tomorrow.

The meeting, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lake Clifton/Eastern High School, is being held to help explain recent developments in the school system, including the promotion and retention policy, ninth-grade transition classes and the opportunity for students in failing schools to transfer to other schools.

The meeting is sponsored by Baltimore's PTAs and the school system. Information: Baltimore City Council of PTAs, 410-243-7611.

Richard Simmons scheduled at health expo

Visitors to the Healthy Living Choices Expo this weekend can sweat to the oldies with fitness expert Richard Simmons at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Free screenings for diabetes and other health problems and exercise classes will be offered. The expo is sponsored by the Washington-based Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation.

The free expo will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Simmons will lead an exercise class at 1 p.m. Sunday. Information: 877-633-3976.

In Baltimore County

2 suspects held in robbery of $187,000 from home

TOWSON - Two men were being held yesterday at the county Detention Center on charges of robbing a 66-year-old restaurant owner at knifepoint of $187,000 that was kept in a safe at his home.

Carl O. Lowery, 34, of the 2500 block of Yorkway in Dundalk and Timothy K. Thornton, 35, of the 3400 block of E. Baltimore St. in Baltimore were arrested Wednesday night and charged with armed robbery. Lowery was denied bail. Thornton is being held on $150,000 bail.

Detectives traced the two men using a license plate number on the blue Dodge Shadow police said they were driving Tuesday night, when the victim was forced to empty a safe in the basement of his home in the 7300 block of German Hill Road in Eastpoint. "Investigators are not sure if the victim knew the suspects," said Cpl. Ron Brooks, a police spokesman.

Fair at UMBC will explore teaching as a new career

CATONSVILLE - Local and state education officials will hold an information fair tomorrow at University of Maryland, Baltimore County for people contemplating a career switch to teaching.

Sessions will be held on three topics - general information about the profession, teacher certification and incentive programs. Each session will last 45 minutes and be repeated throughout the day.

The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ballroom on the Catonsville campus.

Hospital receives grant for child-abuse prevention

WHITE MARSH - Franklin Square Hospital Center has received a $21,000, one-year grant to help prevent child abuse in eastern Baltimore County.

Part of the money will be used to give parents of newborns information about shaken baby syndrome. The parents will then be asked to sign an affidavit that they understand the materials.

The rest of the money, provided by the state-run Maryland Children's Trust Fund, will be used to provide parent education and tips on how to recognize child abuse by day care providers.

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