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In Baltimore City

O'Malley to sign bill creating Department of Transportation

Mayor Martin O'Malley is scheduled to sign legislation today to create a city Department of Transportation.

The agency will oversee towing, street lighting, highway maintenance and engineering. Many of its functions formerly were handled by the Department of Public Works, then the city's office of transportation.

2 meetings set this week to discuss solid-waste plan

The Public Works Department has scheduled two community meetings this week to discuss updating the city's 10-year solid-waste management plan.

They will be held from 6 to 7:30 tonight at Dunbar Senior High School and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Edmondson-Westside Skills Center.

Information: 410-396-8450.

Researchers seek groups in quality-of-life study

Researchers working for the Baltimore Community Foundation are looking for accounts of people and groups that have successfully devised strategies affecting people's decisions to move into the city and remain.

The study undertaken by Carton Donofrio Partners Inc. is intended initially to produce an investment guide to help potential corporate and individual donors decide where to target funding in addressing quality-of-life issues affecting people's decisions to move to Baltimore.

Quality-of-life topics include: a welcoming and diverse community; quality, affordable housing in safe neighborhoods; variety of cultural, entertainment, recreational and retail amenities; open spaces; reliable and rapid public transit; and a strong support network for families, including libraries, schools and recreation centers.

Groups that have had success in implementing strategies are asked to contact Jamie Rice this month at 410-223-3506 or

In Baltimore County

Man found fatally shot on lawn in Turners Station

TURNERS STATION -- A 27-year-old man was found fatally shot last night on the front lawn of a home on Main Street, and county police were seeking two men seen fleeing the area.

The victim -- whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives -- was found bleeding from wounds to his back about 5:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Main St. by officers investigating a 911 call reporting gunshots, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman.

Vinson said the victim was seen running from two men moments before he was shot and died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 410-307- 2020.

Fire extensively damages American Legion Post 148

ESSEX -- A two-alarm fire caused extensive smoke and water damage to American Legion Post 148 on South Marlyn Avenue, an official with the post said yesterday.

The fire, reported about 1:45 a.m., apparently started in a nearby shed, said Ray Bonham, the post's adjutant. People in the post lounge got out safely, he said.

Fire officials said the blaze was under control by 3:30 a.m. Bonham said it was too early to tell how severe damage to the building was, and that he was waiting to learn the cause.

12 county police officers to be promoted at ceremony

TIMONIUM -- Twelve members of the Baltimore County Police Department are scheduled to be promoted at 2 p.m. today during a ceremony at Maryland State Fairgrounds.

Officers being promoted and their assignments are: Sgt. Jackie R. Goodman, to lieutenant, assigned to the Essex Precinct; Cpl. William J. Cordwell, sergeant, Operations Bureau; Cpl. Patrick B. Kamberger, sergeant, Towson Precinct; Cpl. Helen M. Miller, sergeant, Woodlawn Precinct; Cpl. Michal J. Sansosti Jr., sergeant, Woodlawn Precinct; Cpl. Christopher S. Wrzosek, sergeant, Garrison Precinct.

Also, Officer Kenneth J. Busic, corporal, Garrison Precinct; Officer Joseph W. Donohue, corporal, North Point Precinct; Officer Anthony S. Johns, corporal, Garrison Precinct; Officer Paul E. Lee, corporal, Wilkens Precinct; Officer Michael J. Malone, corporal, White Marsh Precinct; and Officer Vincent C. Munchel Jr., corporal, Operations Bureau.

Fair on changing careers, joining teaching scheduled

CATONSVILLE -- The second Career Changers Fair, which provides information on how to become a Maryland public school teacher, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Information will be offered on requirements for becoming a Maryland teacher and obtaining certification. Those who attend can meet people who have changed careers and entered teaching.

Those with expertise in math, the sciences and technology are needed by public schools. Information: 410-841-2101.

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