In Baltimore City

2004 homicide toll exceeds last year's with shooting of man

Detectives were investigating yesterday the fatal shooting of an East Baltimore man. The killing Saturday night brought the city's homicide toll for the year to 272, one more than the total for 2003, police said.

The victim, a man in his 30s from the 1200 block of Comet Mews whom police did not identify, was found shot in the head about 9 p.m. in the 2700 block of The Alameda and died about 30 minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

No arrest had been made and police knew of no motive. Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call Detective Bobby Patton at 410- 396-2100.

Flu clinic to be offered tomorrow at senior center

The city Health Department has scheduled a flu clinic from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Edward Meyerberg Senior Center, 3101 Fallstaff Road.

The clinic is open to city residents age 65 or older, and residents younger than age 65 to whom the flu poses a heightened threat because of a medical condition.

Those with Medicare cards are asked to take them. People under 65 should take a doctor's note verifying their condition. Proof of city residency must be shown.

Hopkins official named president of Pa. college

Daniel H. Weiss, dean of the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, has been named president of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

Weiss has been a dean at Hopkins since 2002 and oversees 300 faculty in 23 departments. He has been a faculty member since 1993.

Weiss will begin serving at Lafayette on July 1.

Ripken foundation gives money for field renovation

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation announced last week the donation of $150,000 to the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks for improvements at five youth baseball fields.

The five fields include four at Baybrook Park in Brooklyn and one at Patterson Park in Southeast Baltimore. The work, done by the Brickman Group, included removing turf, laying out an infield, installing and grading a new infield mix, and installing an irrigation system and new sod.

"We are so excited to be able to make a positive impact that will help grow the game of baseball right here in Baltimore," said Cal Ripken Jr., who helped announce the donation during a news conference Friday at City Hall.

In Baltimore County

Holiday celebration set at Marshy Point center

MIDDLE RIVER - Marshy Point Nature Center will hold a holiday celebration from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the center, 7130 Marshy Point Road.

Participants can make decorations and enjoy holiday entertainment.

Information: 410-887-2817.

Funding to help enroll, assist Medicare clients

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Department of Aging has been awarded a $50,000 grant to provide outreach and assistance to county Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes. The goal is to help as many low-income people as possible enroll in the Medicare discount card program and receive the $600 prescription credit, the department said.

The Department of Aging will use the grant from Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to hire temporary, part-time staff to go into minority and low-income neighborhoods to look for eligible clients, consulting with local community leaders, churches and businesses, the department said in a statement.

The department will collaborate with the Korean Resource Center, the Governor's Office on Asian Pacific Affairs, Associated Catholic Charities and Jewish Family Services. Information about prescription discount cards: 410-887-2059.

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