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Boy, 8 months, found on street with cord around his neck

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An 8-month-old boy was found on a West Baltimore street with a cord wrapped around his neck and a rat-tailed comb lodged in his throat early yesterday -- an incident that is being investigating as child abuse, city police said.

The infant, Shelton Miller, was in serious condition and breathing with the help of a ventilator at University of Maryland Medical Center's pediatric intensive care unit, police said.

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At 6:07 a.m., police received a call reporting that a baby had been abandoned in the 1400 block of Mountmor Court. When officers arrived, the baby was being comforted by an unidentified person who had found him and removed the cord. Police initially took the baby to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the comb was removed. The baby had been in the care of his 64-year-old grandmother. No charges had been filed as of last night, police said.

Enterprise Foundation gets $50,000 to aid communities

The Enterprise Foundation has been awarded $50,000 by the St. Paul Cos. Maryland Foundation to assist community organizations working in low-income neighborhoods of Baltimore.

Enterprise will use the funds to support the Druid Heights Community Development Corp., Sandtown Habitat for Humanity, Garwin Oaks Housing Resource Center, Tri-Churches Housing Inc., Bon Secours Foundation of Maryland, Coppin Heights Community Development Corp. and Community Building in Partnership Inc.

Since 1982, Enterprise Foundation has partnered with community-based organizations to rebuild low-income communities. The St. Paul Cos. Maryland Foundation is a not-for-profit private foundation operated by the St. Paul Cos., which provides commercial property-liability insurance and asset-management services.

In Baltimore County

Ramp from Timonium Road to I-83 to reopen tomorrow

TIMONIUM -- The entrance ramp from westbound Timonium Road to southbound Interstate 83 will reopen at midnight tomorrow, the State Highway Administration has announced.

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About 7 p.m. tomorrow, single-lane closures will begin along Timonium Road to allow crews to shut the temporary ramp and traffic signal that have been in place during construction of the refurbished I-83 bridge over the road. In the event of inclement weather, the changes will be made Wednesday night.

The changes are part of the $2.8 million rehabilitation and widening of the I-83 bridge. The project is scheduled for completion in the fall.

Library offers free access to career practice exams

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Public Library offers a new service that provides free and unlimited access to practice tests to help patrons reach school and career goals.

Called Learn-a-Test, the online database features more than 200 practice tests, including the SAT, General Educational Development and the firefighter, police officer, paramedic, postal worker and real estate sales agent and broker exams. The database can be reached through the library system's home page at www.bcpl.info and clicking "Articles, encyclopedias ..."

Test-takers receive immediate results and explanations for all answers. The service also can be reached from home using a library card.

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Exhibit space is available for Senior Expo in October

TIMONIUM -- Exhibit spaces remain for the Baltimore County Department of Aging's 17th annual Senior Expo, to be held Oct. 8-9 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

Space also is available for nonprofit organizations that wish to participate in the Volunteer Fair on Oct. 8, and for businesses that want to be part of the Job Fair on Oct. 9.

More than 8,000 senior adults, their families, business owners and professionals are expected to attend the two-day event. Information: 410-887-2002.


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