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WYPR to offer free airtime to arts groups

Baltimore's highest-rated public radio station announced Monday that it would be offering free airtime to local arts and cultural institutions over the next six months.

Beginning with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on April 6, WYPR-FM (88.1) will broadcast spots that highlight the work of 12 Baltimore-area museums, performance groups and cultural institutions. The spots, or "vignettes," will focus on the mission of each group and will be read by such personalities as conductor Marin Alsop (for the BSO) and city schools superintendent Andr?s Alonso (for Port Discovery). Each group's spots, which will be produced free of charge by WYPR, will air at least twice daily for a two-week period.

Also included on the schedule: Walters Art Museum, Baltimore School for the Arts and Baltimore Clayworks.

Chris Kaltenbach

Hartnett hospitalized

Josh Hartnett's publicist says the 30-year-old actor was taken to a Los Angeles hospital with gastrointestinal problems.

Publicist Susan Patricola says Hartnett was transported by ambulance at 1:45 a.m. Monday to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

She says in a statement that he "is under observation but resting comfortably."

Patricola says Hartnett had a flare-up of a gastrointestinal issue that affected him while he was starring in an onstage production of Rain Man in London last year.

No other details have been provided.

Hartnett has appeared in the films Black Hawk Down, Sin City, 40 Days and 40 Nights and The Black Dahlia.

today's birthdays

Actor Richard Chamberlain, 75.

Actress Shirley Jones, 75.

Actor Christopher Walken, 66.

Former Vice President Al Gore, 61.

Musician Angus Young (AC/DC), 54.

Actor Ewan McGregor, 38.

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