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Car dealership owner Donahoo says he'll run for mayor

Car dealer Scott Donahoo said yesterday that he will run for mayor in September, promising to improve city schools and reduce the homicide rate.

Donahoo, 47, is president and chief executive officer of Foreign Motors Inc., a Belair Road dealership that he acquired in 1986. The divorced, single father of three sons may face an eligibility issue because he could not say whether he has permanent residence in the city.

"I have properties in Baltimore City and county and in Anne Arundel," Donahoo said. "In the summer I'm mostly in Anne Arundel County on the water. In the winter I tend to spend more time in Baltimore County close to my children's schools."

Prosecutors get $400,000 to fight juvenile gun crimes

The city state's attorney's office has been awarded a $400,000 grant through the Project Safe Neighborhoods program, which will be used to combat juvenile gun crimes, the U.S. Department of Justice announced this week.

The grant, which will fund two prosecutors and support staff, will allow the state's attorney's office to continue aggressively prosecuting juveniles who commit handgun crimes, said prosecutor Janet S. Hankin, project coordinator for the Juvenile Violence Unit. For the past three years, the city's juvenile gun prosecutors were funded with state money.

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement officials aimed at prosecuting crimes related to gun violence. Other grants, including $170,000 to the Baltimore Community Foundation, were announced last week at the Project Safe Neighborhoods conference in Philadelphia.

AIDS awareness event is scheduled for today

Groups dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic in the black community will hold a daylong event, including free HIV testing, today at the Avenue Market, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave.

The program, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include speeches, medical and dental exams, and quizzes on HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

The program is the local observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and is being arranged by the group Sisters Together and Reaching.

In Baltimore County, Grants offered for programs that work to reduce crime

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Police Department is seeking applicants for grants that fund community crime prevention and youth programs.

Beginning Monday, the grants will be available to nonprofit groups, individuals and improvement associations that work to reduce crime. Programs for children living in communities in need also are eligible.

Applications must be returned by March 10. All grants will cover the period from July 1 to June 30, 2004. Information and applications: David Henderson, 410-887-5637.

Hereford High instructor nominee for teaching award

HEREFORD -- John Staley, a teacher at Hereford High School, is one of Maryland's nominees for a national award for mathematics teaching.

Staley received a citation from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. during an awards ceremony late last month honoring his use of technology in instruction.

The 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics will be presented in the spring at the White House.

Help offered to residents who want to quit smoking

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Medical Association is offering help to residents who want to quit smoking.

County residents older than age 18 can receive counseling under a program for those who don't have insurance that covers treatment for nicotine addiction. Funding is provided by the county Health Department using money from Maryland's cigarette restitution settlement with tobacco companies.

Information: 410-296-1232.

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