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Westgate man fatally shot outside doorway of home

Although wary enough to carry a gun when he checked out a knock at his front door, a 26-year-old man was fatally shot late Sunday at his Southwest Baltimore home, police said.

Wayne Little Jr., 26, died early yesterday at St. Agnes HealthCare about an hour after the shooting outside his home in the 5300 block of Carriage Court in the Westgate section, police said.

Police said a witness told them that Little was carrying a gun when he stepped outside to investigate the knock. Police said he did not fire the weapon.

The city's homicide toll this year is 30, compared with 28 at this time last year, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

City Council chambers named for Du Burns

Local elected leaders honored Baltimore's first African-American mayor last night by naming the City Council chambers after the late Clarence H. Du Burns.

"He always believed there was greatness in his neighbors," Mayor Martin O'Malley said in joining Council President Sheila Dixon, Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes and several council members in dedicating the ornate City Hall meeting room to Burns. "I would consider myself a very successful person if I could touch a fraction of the people he touched in his life."

Burns, who died early last year, became mayor in 1987, ascending from his position as council president after Mayor William Donald Schaefer was elected governor. A plaque unveiled last night reads: "This room is dedicated in memory of Clarence "Du" Burns, 1919-2003."

"There is no one who can fill his shoes," said Councilwoman Paula Johnson Branch, whom Burns mentored through his Eastside Democratic Organization.

In Baltimore County

Baltimore County police OK one-year contract

TOWSON - Baltimore County police voted yesterday in favor of a one-year contract that would give all officers $2,500 raises and two more days of holiday pay, union officials said.

The contract, which is expected to cost the county $4.4 million, will take effect July 1.

Cole Weston, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4, reported a vote of 1,134 for the contract and 67 against it.

Black History Month event scheduled for tomorrow

WOODLAWN - The Baltimore County Police Department, the FBI and the Social Security Administration will sponsor a Black History Month observance at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Social Security complex, 6401 Security Blvd.

The theme is the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Keynote speaker will be retired Brig. Gen. Clara L. Adams-Ender, author of the book My Rise to the Stars: How a Sharecropper's Daughter Became an Army General.

Representatives of the county and federal governments will attend, and local youth groups will perform. Information: Officer Gary Doucett, 410-887-5933.

Mock presidential debate set for tonight at Goucher

TOWSON - Representatives from the major Democratic campaigns are expected to attend a mock presidential debate at 7 o'clock tonight at Pearlstone Student Center at Goucher College.

Surrogates for presidential candidates will answer questions on issues such as health care, domestic security and energy policy. Questions from the audience will be accepted. The debate is sponsored by the Central Baltimore County Democratic Club and the Goucher College Democratic Club.

The state's new touch-screen voting machines will be demonstrated from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and at 8:30 p.m., after the debate.

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