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In Baltimore County

Pupil hurt in fall from bus upgraded to fair condition

The Old Court Middle School pupil who fell out the emergency door of a moving school bus Tuesday was upgraded to fair condition yesterday at Sinai Hospital.

Sedrick Alexander Bailey, 11 and a seventh-grader, had been in serious condition.

Police and school officials said yesterday that they do not know whether Sedrick accidentally fell, jumped or was pushed out of the bus shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Windsor Mill section of Baltimore County. They have said the pupils on the bus were so rowdy that the driver apparently was not aware that Sedrick had fallen out.

Administrator named Hairston's chief of staff

TOWSON - A veteran administrator for Baltimore County schools has been promoted to be Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's chief of staff.

Rita Fromm's appointment to the position was approved by the county school board Wednesday night. She has served as the school district's executive director of planning and support operations for the past three years, after a long run as the system's transportation director.

She will be paid a salary of $135,200, and will be responsible for coordinating the school system's administrative activities. Fromm replaces Merle Audette, who retired in the spring.

Villa Julie to break ground for more student housing

OWINGS MILLS - Villa Julie College will break ground for more student residences and celebrate the grand opening of its student garden apartments in Owings Mills at noon today at 100 Campus Circle Drive, behind the Boulevard Corporate Center.

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and James C. "Chip" DiPaula Jr., the state secretary of budget and management, will speak at the ceremony.

Today's groundbreaking comes about a month after the first students moved into the college's new garden apartments, which are designed to house 200 people. Villa Julie College's projects at the Owings Mills site include additional housing and a 90,000-square- foot academic center, according to a statement by the college.

Crash course in Judaism will be offered Sunday

PIKESVILLE - A free crash course in Judaism, designed as an introduction for those with little or no previous Jewish education, is being offered Sunday at the Hilton Pikesville.

During the two-hour Jewish Speed Learning course, participants will sample Hebrew reading for absolute beginners, Yiddish, Jewish art and prayer, Bible and Rabbinic commentary as well as other religious and cultural experiences. Each 18-minute session will be punctuated by the blowing of the shofar, a ram's horn.

The event - from 10 a.m. to noon at the hotel on Reisterstown Road just south of the Beltway - is being organized by the adult education department of the Center for Jewish Education and is meant to encourage further exploration of Jewish learning. Information: 410-735- 5010 or visit www.jewishlearning

In Baltimore City

Run to honor 9/11 victims is planned tomorrow

Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli is scheduled to start the St. Joseph Medical Center's Run to Remember slated for 8:45 a.m. tomorrow.

The 5K and one-mile walk/run will begin at Baltimore police headquarters at 601 W. Fayette St. It pays tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks and raises money for equipment for the city fire and police departments. St. Joseph Medical Center and Charm City Run are sponsoring the event.

City police bought 60 defibrillators for patrol cars with $120,000 raised during the first two runs. The defibrillators are used to revive heart attack victims.

To register, go to Charm City Run's Web site at www.charm or call 410-561-3570.

Ehrlich to be honored by Pride of Baltimore

The Pride of Baltimore Inc. will honor Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. as its PRIDE Person of the Year for his environmental protection initiatives tonight at its annual fund-raising event.

The nonprofit group manages Maryland's tall ship, Pride of Baltimore II. Ehrlich signed legislation on the ship last spring to try to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

The Pride also will be participating in Defenders' Day festivities marking the 190th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, and it will be open to free public tours tomorrow and Sunday at the Fort McHenry dock. Tickets and information: 410-539-1151.

Live Baltimore to hold homebuying fair tomorrow

The Live Baltimore Home Center and the city's Department of Housing and Community Development will hold a homebuying fair and neighborhood tours tomorrow.

The fair will introduce people to neighborhoods in the eastern region of Baltimore and includes guided tours and open houses. Advice will be available from 25 exhibitors.

The first 50 participants in the fair who close on houses within 90 days in selected neighborhoods will receive $3,000 closing cost grants from the city. The education session begins at 9 a.m., followed by the fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at City College, 3220 The Alameda at 33rd Street. Information: 410-637- 3750.

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