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One man killed, one wounded in west-side shooting

Two men were shot, one of them fatally, early yesterday in West Baltimore, police said.

Police responded to a call for shots fired about 1:20 a.m. in the 1300 block of N. Stricker St., said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Officers found two men lying near the sidewalk.

One, who had been shot in the head, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:52 a.m. He was 37. Police withheld his name pending notification of his family, Harris said.

The other victim suffered several gunshot wounds and was also taken to Shock Trauma, where he was in critical condition yesterday, police said. Harris did not release his name because the man was a witness to the shooting.

The homicide was the city's 12th in the first 12 days of this year.

Schools chief Copeland is released from hospital

Baltimore schools chief Bonnie S. Copeland was released from Mercy Medical Center late yesterday morning, a day after she was hospitalized for chest pains and shortness of breath.

Copeland, 55, underwent several medical tests and received a "clean bill of health," said Vanessa Pyatt, a school system spokeswoman. Copeland is taking the rest of the week off and intends to return to work Monday, Pyatt said.

The schools chief spent the night in the hospital after complaining of feeling ill during a school board meeting Monday evening at the system's headquarters. She walked out of the boardroom 2 1/2 hours into the televised meeting and was attended to by paramedics in her office.

Board delays action on sale of land for hotel

The city's Board of Estimates delayed action yesterday on a plan to sell a small piece of land near Camden Yards for a hotel development.

City officials said the deal needs further review by the comptroller's office and Baltimore Development Corp. the city's development arm. They declined to elaborate but said they expect the issue to come before the board again in a week or two.

The plan calls for selling a triangular-shaped lot near Camden Yards to developers who plan to build a 126-room, limited-service hotel.

The city would sell the land, at the northeast corner of Washington Boulevard and Greene Street, for $609,000 to Camden Square LLC, an entity created by Robert Meeks, an associate broker for Next Realty Mid-Atlantic LLC of Alexandria, Va., and Duane Taylor, a Baltimore developer.

Operator of group homes doesn't have to repay state

Netcon & Earthkins, a Baltimore operator of group homes for the developmentally disabled that was shut down last summer, does not need to repay government funds, a state audit has concluded.

In August, then-Health Secretary Nelson J. Sabatini ordered financial audits of Netcon & Earthkins and Autumn Homes, which were paid millions of dollars by the state to care for severely disabled residents and were shut down after state findings of abuse and neglect.

An audit of Autumn Homes continues, said Diane K. Coughlin, director of the health department's Developmental Disabilities Administration. She said both operators still must provide attendance records to the state.

City's last flu shot clinic of the season tomorrow

The Baltimore health department has announced its last flu shot clinic for the season, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St.

Proof of city residency is required, and to receive the vaccine one must meet one of several qualifications, including: being age 50 or older; children ages 6 months to 18; having an underlying long-term disease; women who will be pregnant this season; health-care workers; and people caring for an infant under 6 months of age.

Anyone with Medicare coverage should bring the card, and those younger than 50 with a chronic illness should have a doctor's note as verification.

In Baltimore County

Hannah More School head wins national award

REISTERSTOWN - Mark Waldman, president of Hannah More School in Reisterstown, has been named executive of the year by the National Association of Private Special Education Centers, the school announced this week.

Hannah More is a private school serving 135 students in grades six through 12 with emotional disabilities or autism. NAPSEC is a national nonprofit association that represents private special-education centers and their leaders. It will honor Waldman Jan. 20 at its annual conference in Naples, Fla.

Waldman, nominated for the award by the staff at Hannah More, has led the school for more than 20 years. According to a statement from the school, his accomplishments include securing money to enable the school to expand, working to provide students with job skills training and introducing a mediation program that allows students to help each other.

Gardina to address Perry Hall group today

PERRY HALL - County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Democrat who represents the area, will speak at the Perry Hall Improvement Association meeting at 7 p.m. today in the Perry Hall High School auditorium, 4601 Ebenezer Road.

Issues to be discussed include Gardina's position on the number of students assigned to Perry Hall High School and recent zoning decisions.

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