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California surgeon first woman to head Hopkins departments

Dr. Julie A. Freischlag, a California vascular surgeon, has been named to head the surgical departments at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Hospital.

Freischlag, who will start work March 1, will be the first woman to serve in either position in the school's 110-year history. She is now professor and chief of surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine.

"A 'triple threat' surgeon, Julie excels in teaching as well as research and patient care," said Dr. Edward D. Miller, dean and chief executive of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. John Cameron, who has headed the departments since 1984, will continue as a faculty member and surgeon.

Man found fatally shot in possible carjacking

A 67-year-old Edmondson Village man was found fatally shot yesterday, lying on the front steps of a Northwest Baltimore rowhouse -- possibly the victim of a carjacking, police said.

Three brothers, ages 12 to 16, riding in a car past the site in the 2300 block of Orem Ave. about 3:30 p.m., spotted the man and tried to awaken him. When he failed to respond, they rode home and told their mother, who went to the scene and called police from her cell phone, said Detective Vernon Parker.

Pronounced dead at the scene from a bullet wound to the right chest was Hughey David Chisholm Jr. of the 800 block of N. Woodington Road. Police were seeking his four-door, teal 1996 Buick Skylark with tags EZE 613. Anyone with information was urged to call Parker or Detective Thomas Martin at 410-396-2100.

Man charged in warrant in fatal stabbing of wife

City police have obtained a warrant charging a man with first-degree murder in the stabbing early Saturday of his wife in their Waverly home.

Officers responding to a report of an injured woman in a house in the 3800 block of Greenmount Ave. about 9:40 a.m. found Darcelle Smith, 34, bleeding from multiple stab wounds. She was rushed by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and died there about 40 minutes later, police said.

The husband, identified as Tracy Smith, age unknown, was being sought. Anyone with information about his whereabouts was asked to call Detective Blane Bucci at 410-396-2100.

Ex-Gilman headmaster to discuss book tomorrow

Former Gilman School headmaster Archibald R. Montgomery IV will discuss his new book, Hank, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the auditorium of the school at 5407 Roland Ave.

The book deals with the social pressures facing a young boy growing up in contemporary America. Montgomery, now headmaster of Asheville School, a private boarding school in Asheville, N.C., was Gilman's headmaster from 1992 until 2001. Hank is his first novel and is to be part of a trilogy.

The presentation is sponsored by the Parents Council of Greater Baltimore, a coalition of parents representing 30 private schools. It is free and open to the public.

Oblate Sisters to celebrate founder with Mass tonight

The Oblate Sisters of Providence will commemorate the 121st anniversary of the death of their founder, Mother Mary Elizabeth, with a Mass at 7 tonight in the chapel of St. Frances Academy, 501 E. Chase St. in East Baltimore.

Lange, a native of what is now Haiti, came to Baltimore in the early 19th century to teach French-speaking black immigrants and founded the Catholic Church's first order of African-American nuns. Members of her order are preparing to petition Rome to have her canonized a saint.

The Oblate Sisters of Providence are celebrating their 175th anniversary, which will be officially commemorated next year, with two years of events, including tonight's Mass.

In Baltimore County

School board to discuss 2003-04 budget tomorrow

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County school board will hold a work session at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow to discuss Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's proposed $856.9 million operating budget for 2003-2004.

Board members are scheduled to discuss the budget and receive information on specific requests. The meeting is open to the public, but no opportunity for public comment will be offered.

The board meets in the Educational Support Services building, 6901 Charles St.

Section of Greens Lane to close starting today

RANDALLSTOWN -- Greens Lane will be closed between Old Court and Liberty roads from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning today because of storm drain construction.

Traffic will be detoured to Liberty and Old Court roads. Baltimore County officials say the closures will remain in effect until March 3.

An article in Monday's editions about the incoming chief of surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Hospital incorrectly reported her previous positions. Dr. Julie A. Freischlag was chief of vascular surgery and director of the Gonda Vascular Center at UCLA in California. The Sun regrets the error.
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