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Council to introduce tax resolutions to help public schools

Two resolutions supporting new sources of revenue for public schools are scheduled to be introduced at tonight's City Council meeting.

Council President Sheila Dixon is sponsoring a resolution that urges Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and the city's delegation of state lawmakers to support the Maryland State Teachers Association's call to raise the state sales tax by 1 percentage point to support public schools.

Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. is sponsoring a resolution that advocates taxing lottery tickets sold in the city to help the city school system pay off its $58 million deficit.

Harris said he has asked state Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, an East Baltimore Democrat, to introduce legislation to allow the city to attach a 5 percent sales tax to lottery tickets. Harris said he attempted a similar measure in 2002 but the bill died in committee. He estimates the tax would raise between $10 million and $15 million.

Emergency contraception to be topic of health forum

Campaign for Our Children of Baltimore will sponsor a forum for health care professionals Friday on increasing emergency-contraception awareness among teen-agers.

The free event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Laurence G. Paquin Middle/High School, 2200 Sinclair Lane. Kirsten Moore of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project in Washington and Wendy Royalty of Planned Parenthood of Maryland will be among the guest speakers.

Information and reservations: 410-576-9015.

In Baltimore County

Educators to discuss No Child Left Behind

TOWSON - Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston will moderate an hourlong roundtable discussion by state educators of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Panel members include Robert L. Caret, president of Towson University; Diane M. Lee, vice provost for undergraduate education and special assistant to the president at University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Kevin J. Manning, president of Villa Julie College; Irving Pressley McPhail, chancellor of the Community Colleges of Baltimore County; and Sanford Ungar, president of Goucher College.

The discussion will be videotaped at 9 a.m. today at the Education Channel studios on York Road for broadcast at a later date.

County executive names new communications head

TOWSON - Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. has named Tori Leonard of Owings Mills as the county's communications director.

Leonard has several years' experience in public relations and journalism. She is executive director of communications and brand management at the state Department of Business and Economic Development. She will replace Damian O'Doherty, who has been named senior adviser to Smith.

Leonard will assume her new post Feb. 17.

Applications accepted for jobs at county beaches

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting applications for positions at Rocky Point and Oregon Ridge beaches and the Loch Raven Fishing Center.

Available jobs are lifeguard, beach assistant manager, park attendant and cashier. All positions are seasonal.

Information: 410-887-3873.

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