Morgan State gets $1 million from UPS executive

The Baltimore Sun

Morgan State University will announce today a $1 million gift by Calvin E. Tyler Jr., making the retired UPS executive the largest individual donor in the 140-year-old public college's history.

The donation, which will be used to endow need-based student scholarships, follows two $500,000 gifts by Tyler and his wife, Tina, in 2005 and 2006.

"We have not forgotten where we come from and the importance of helping others," Tyler said in a statement. "Tina and I have been truly blessed and feel an obligation to reach back."

The announcement is to be made by Morgan President Earl S. Richardson today at the Tylers' home in Las Vegas during a 65th birthday party for Calvin Tyler.

In July, Morgan announced that it had exceeded it's six-year fundraising goal of $25 million, raising $31 million.

Tyler grew up in West Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1960. After studying business administration at Morgan State for two years, he left to become one of UPS' first drivers in Baltimore.

After 34 years and a steady rise up the managerial ranks, Tyler retired from UPS as senior vice president of operation.

Gadi Dechter

Baltimore County

: Timonium

Man fatally shoots wife, then himself

A Timonium man fatally shot his wife before taking his own life about 7 p.m. yesterday, Baltimore County police said.

Police discovered a woman with a gunshot wound to the chest in the yard of a home in the 1900 block of Cranbourne Road. She was taken to Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A man found in the home with a gunshot wound to the head was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Cpl. Patrick Wilhelm.

Some children and another adult relative had left the home shortly before the shots were fired, he said.

Police did not immediately identify the man and woman because their relatives had not been notified.

Julie Scharper

Anne Arundel

: Annapolis

School remains closed after spill

A Catholic high school in Annapolis was closed for a second day yesterday while a hazardous-materials team cleaned the area affected by a spill in the chemistry laboratory.

Classes at St. Mary's School's elementary school resumed, but cleaning crews were working in the high school, where unidentified chemicals stored in the lab inadvertently interacted, creating heat and smoke. School officials have not determined how that occurred.

Staff members arriving Thursday morning detected a haze and an unpleasant odor, and called city fire officials. Duke of Gloucester Street was closed, and staff members and the approximately 1,500 students were turned away.

High school classes will resume when the Anne Arundel County fire marshal has inspected the building and authorized its use, said Christine Bervid, a St. Mary's spokeswoman.

She asked parents and staff members to check the school's Web site,, for the latest information and to find out whether activities have been changed or rescheduled.

St. Mary's Church was not affected by the incident and is adhering to its regular Mass schedule.


: Ravens game

New traffic patterns near the stadium

Traffic officials are warning Ravens fans planning to attend tomorrow's home opener against the New York Jets at M&T; Bank Stadium that some roads will have new traffic patterns.

Because of a construction project that has restricted traffic on Russell Street, two lanes will open northbound and one lane southbound from noon until the 4:15 p.m. kickoff.

At the start of the fourth quarter, traffic crews will open three lanes of Russell Street to southbound traffic.

The city's Department of Transportation is urging fans to use public buses and the light rail to reach the stadium. They warn that parking restrictions in neighborhoods, where parking is banned to nonresidents during stadium events, will be strictly enforced.

City impound lots will remain open for two hours after the end of the game. Anyone with questions about a towed vehicle may call 410-396-3050.

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