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Applicants are sought for seat on City Council

The City Council is accepting applications to fill the 13th District seat vacated by Paula Johnson Branch.

Branch resigned from the council, effective Friday, after more than 15 years as a member.

Those interested in the position should send a resume, a copy of their photo identification with proof of age and address, and a copy of their voter registration card to Jennifer Coates, director of the Office of Council Services, 100 N. Holliday St., Room 415, Baltimore 21202; or fax the information to 410-545-7596.

Applicants must have lived in the district for at least one year.

The application deadline is 10 a.m. March 21.

The council's nominating committee will hold a public hearing for eligible applicants at 5 p.m. March 22 at City Hall. The nominating committee will then recommend a choice to the full council for confirmation.

Baltimore: Chess

Elementary school wins state title

Dr. Rayner Browne Elementary School won the statewide chess championship for primary schools in a competition at Towson University over the weekend.

More than 60 four-student teams from public and private schools participated in the Maryland Chess Association's Scholastic State Team Championship.

Students from Browne defeated the reigning primary school state champions from Montgomery County in the varsity portion of the competition.

Another city school, Cross Country Elementary, won the junior varsity championship for primary schools. Cross Country's chess team is in its first year.

Hampstead Hill Elementary/Middle won the junior varsity championship for middle schools.

Baltimore, which sent teams from nine schools to the tournament, won more trophies in more divisions than any other school system.

Sara Neufeld

Hispanic affairs

Governor's panel to meet Wednesday

The next meeting of the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs is set for Wednesday at St. Frances Academy, 501 E. Chase St. The meeting will include an overview of the school and its services, as well as a discussion by the commission of projects for 2007. All meetings of the 17-member commission are open to the public. Information: 410-767-7857, or www.

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