Dixon holding budget forum
Mayor Sheila Dixon will host a "mayor's night in" forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the Curran Conference Room on the fourth floor of City Hall to discuss the process for developing next year's city budget. The city expects that significant spending cuts will be necessary in the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, but details will not be announced tonight.
Woman charged after protesting foreclosure
A Southeast Baltimore woman who broke into her former home last week as part of a demonstration against foreclosures surrendered to police and was criminally charged in connection with the incident, police said yesterday. Donna Hanks was being held at Central Booking, a day after the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now activist who helped her by breaking a padlock on the door was charged with fourth-degree burglary. ACORN organizer Joe Cox said the charges against Hanks, who owed more than $260,000 when a bank foreclosed on the home, were "not unexpected" and that the group will assist her with the criminal case and post bond, if necessary.
Eagle's nest near runway is dismantled
A federal biologist dismantled an eagle's nest close to the runway at Glenn L. Martin State Airport in Essex yesterday, destroying the nest's single egg in the process. Officials expected the casualty; they concluded the nest had to go because the eagles' movements had become a hazard to aircraft operations. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Craig Koppie said the egg's shell may be tested for thickness and contaminants. The birds are expected to move quickly to another nest site and lay more eggs.
Frank D. Roylance
Outbreak of flu-like illness closes school
Immaculate Conception School in Towson will be closed for the rest of this week because dozens of students and some staff have been out with flu-like symptoms, an official with the Archdiocese of Baltimore said yesterday. The elementary school will be cleaned during that time "to make it as germ-free as possible," said Sean Caine, director of communications for the archdiocese.
Md. college savings program meetings set
The College Savings Plans of Maryland program will hold parent information night meetings at several Baltimore County public middle schools for Baltimore County parents considering a college education for their children. Meetings are at 7 p.m. as follows: today at Old Court Middle, 4627 Old Court Road, Randallstown; March 4 at Loch Raven Academy, 8101 LaSalle Road, Towson; March 11 at Stemmers Run Middle, 201 Stemmers Run Road, Middle River; March 25 at Franklin Middle, 10 Cockeys Mill Road, Reisterstown. Information: 888-4MD-GRAD.
Balto. Co. school panel sets boundary meeting
The Baltimore County Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed boundary change for Chesapeake Terrace and Edgemere elementary schools at 7 p.m. today at Sparrows Point High School, 7400 North Point Road. A presentation on the proposed boundary, with other boundary and demographic information, will be made. Information: 410-887-4126.