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Mosquito spraying will begin tonight in Rosedale area

ROSEDALE -- Responding to the discovery of two West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes and a two-year history of West Nile activity in the Rosedale area, the Maryland Department of Agriculture will begin a two-week spraying program tonight.

The department will spray all streets south of 35th Street, north of U.S. 40, west of Chesaco Avenue and east of Hamilton Avenue. Residents should stay indoors while the trucks are spraying.

The spraying will take place over the next two weeks, between 8 and midnight two nights a week. Information: 301-927-8357 or 877-425-6485 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Public's input sought on school renovations

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Board of Education is asking the public for input in determining which schools will need renovations and additions over the next six years.

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 114 of the Educational Support Services Building at 6901 Charles St. Sign-up for public comment is to begin at 6 p.m.

The public's comments will help the board formulate its capital budget request, which it is expected to approve Oct. 9. The request will go to the County Council and Maryland State Department of Education for approval. Capital budgets involve funding for construction, renovation and major maintenance projects.

Officials to attend event recognizing New Town High

OWINGS MILLS -- State and local officials will join community leaders, educators and parents today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially recognize completion of New Town High School.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, state Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick, County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and others will attend. The $35.3 million school, which includes eight science labs, three music rooms, four technology classrooms and a 600-seat auditorium, welcomed its first students Aug. 25.

The ribbon-cutting will begin at 10 a.m. The school is at 4931 New Town Blvd.

In Baltimore City

Man, 19, pleads guilty to heroin distribution

A guilty plea to one count of heroin distribution has ended the trial of a 19-year-old Baltimore man in a case that involved the shooting of a police officer.

Elliott Reed of the 3600 block of W. Belvedere Ave. changed his plea to guilty a few hours into his trial Friday, and was sentenced by Judge John M. Glynn to 20 years, with 10 suspended, and five years of supervised probation.

On Wednesday, Reed's cousin, Neil Glover, also 19, of the 2000 block of N. Fulton Ave., pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and distribution of heroin in the case. On July 2 last year, Glover shot city Officer Christopher Houser in the 3500 block of W. Belvedere Ave. as Houser was arresting Reed, prosecutors said. The officer and other police were conducting a drug raid.

Houser is still recovering from his injuries. Glover is expected to be sentenced Sept. 25.

Tenant group taps Graziano as commissioner of year

A national public housing tenants organization has named Baltimore's housing commissioner, Paul T. Graziano, as Commissioner of the Year.

The National Public Housing Resident Association, which is made up of tenant leaders from 35 states, including Maryland, gave Graziano the award Friday during a conference of 600 of their members at the Hyatt Harborside Hotel in Boston.

Anna Warren, chairwoman of the event and a public housing resident of Claremont Homes in Baltimore, said the organization picked Graziano because he has encouraged programs that help public housing residents, such as computer classes, day care and job counseling.

City expands locations for citizen trash drop-off

Baltimoreans will have an easier time and shorter waiting lines when dropping off trash at five collection yards, thanks to a new city garbage yard expansion project, public works officials say.

The city Department of Public Works will be expanding citizen trash drop-off locations at the Eastern Sanitation Yard on Bowleys Lane after Jan. 1. Later in 2004, the Western Sanitation Yard on Reedbird Avenue and the Quarantine Road Sanitary Landfill will be expanded. The Northwest Transfer Station on Reisterstown Road and the Northwest Sanitation Yard on Sisson Street have been expanded.

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