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'Enough is Enough' rally to honor Kenneth Harris

Community leaders in Northeast Baltimore will hold an "Enough is Enough" rally in front of the New Haven Lounge in the 1500 block of Havenwood Road at 6 tonight to commemorate the death of former city councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr., who was fatally shot there early Saturday morning. "We are remembering Ken Harris and his work on behalf or our community," wrote Shirley Byron, executive director of the Northeast Development Alliance. Also, the first of two public viewings for Harris will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Huber Memorial Church, 5701 York Road, Baltimore. The other viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow , at Morgan State University, Murphy Fine Arts Building, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore. It will be followed immediately by the funeral.

Annie Linskey

City worker found guilty in theft of $5,325

A city employee was found guilty Monday of stealing $5,325 from a petty cash fund at the city's War Memorial Building. Nikki Cooper, 35, of Glen Burnie will be fired from her $29,000-a-year position as a War Memorial Commission secretary, said Sterling Clifford, a city spokesman. A Baltimore District Court judge gave her a five-year suspended sentence, ordering that she repay the city. The theft was investigated by the city's inspector general, Hilton Green, who said that Cooper "admitted ... that she took the money and was apologetic for her actions." Cooper could not be reached for comment yesterday. A city employee since 1996, Cooper had access to the commission's checkbook and wrote 21 checks to herself between August and December 2007, according to charging documents. The theft was uncovered when two checks bounced.

Annie Linskey

Balto. Co. school board rejects teacher pay plan

The Baltimore County school board voted unanimously last night to reject a mediation panel's recommendation to give teachers a 2 percent cost-of-living increase at the end of the school year. "There was a strong sentiment among the board, given the financial climate," to reject the panel's nonbinding decision, school board President JoAnn C. Murphy said after last evening's work session. The mediation panel was formed after an impasse in negotiations with the county teachers union. County and school officials had said budget constraints prevented them from providing teachers with more than step increases for the current school year. Cheryl Bost, the union's president, said she was "quite disappointed" with the board's vote, particularly as the recommendation was a compromise.

Arin Gencer

Teen gets 50-year term in Owings Mills assault

An Owings Mills teenager was sentenced in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday to 50 years in prison for trying to rape a 63-year-old woman whose home he robbed. Loren D. White, 18, was convicted in June of attempted first-degree rape for the January attack. The woman was returning home from grocery shopping when White forced his way into her Owings Mills townhouse, pointed what appeared to be a handgun at her and ripped off her clothing, prosecutor Robin S. Coffin said. He stole her purse and tried to rape her, but the woman fought back, even getting the weapon - which turned out to be a pellet gun - away from him. White then pushed her down the basement stairs, took her car keys and fled in her car. The teenager was caught several hours later when a police helicopter looking for suspects in the assault spotted White and some friends running from a vacant house in which a real estate agent had found them drinking, the prosecutor said. The victim's stolen car was parked in the garage of the empty house that was burglarized. Judge John G. Turnbull II sentenced the defendant to life in prison, suspending all but 50 years of that term.

Jennifer McMenamin

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