In Baltimore City

Brooklyn man, 21, dies at hospital after shooting

A 21-year-old Brooklyn man died yesterday after being shot outside a house in the city's Westport section, becoming Baltimore's 36th homicide victim this year, police said.

Southern District officers responding to a 911 call of a man shot in the 2300 block of Sidney Ave. shortly after 7:30 p.m. found the victim, Antwan Taylor of Hyden Court, lying in the street, bleeding from at least one gunshot wound, police said.

Taylor was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died less than an hour later, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call homicide Detectives Michael Johnson or Charles Bealefeld at 410-396-2100.

Forum set for minority, female business owners

Minority and female business owners are encouraged to attend a forum this morning to hear about the latest financial opportunities related to the East Baltimore Development/Biotechnology Park Project.

The $800 million urban renewal project includes an agreement that ensures participation by companies owned by minorities and women.

The forum - sponsored by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings - will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Johns Hopkins University Downtown Center Auditorium, 10 N. Charles St.

In Baltimore County

Fork church celebrates arrival of its new organ

FORK - Fork United Methodist Church celebrated the arrival of a new organ yesterday with a dedication service and a choir performance that organist Gary Van Essen described as "glorious."

More than 100 people packed the country church to hear the new organ, purchased for $32,000 from Allen Organ Co. in Macungie, Pa., and the 26-voice choir performance that included singers from Towson University and Waugh United Methodist Church.

The new organ replaces one that was installed in 1959, Van Essen said. The congregation of about 70 people set aside $13,000 to buy a new organ several years ago. They raised another $19,000 recently to cover the cost of the instrument, which was installed in November.

Associated Builders seeks apprenticeship applicants

TOWSON - The Baltimore chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors is accepting applications for its apprenticeship program.

Apprentices will be accepted in carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, sheet metal, sprinkler fitting, insulation and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.

Individuals may apply in person at 1220B E. Joppa Road, Suite 322, Towson. Applications are accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Information: 410-821-0351.

Open house today to boost black AIDS/HIV awareness

TOWSON - Baltimore County health officials will hold an open house from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today to observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The event will feature free HIV testing and counseling, presentations on HIV and AIDS in the black community, and information about other health issues, such as smoking cessation and cancer prevention. Testing will be offered between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., with results available within an hour. No appointments are necessary.

The open house, which is sponsored by the county Health Department's Bureau of Medical Social Work and the Distinguished Advocates Client Advisory Board, will be held at the Towson Health Center, 1046 Taylor Ave.

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