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Body found in Inner Harbor near Maryland Science Center

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Baltimore police found a man's body Tuesday morning in the Inner Harbor near the Maryland Science Center. Police said there were no visible signs of foul play on the body, which was discovered about 5:45 a.m. and is the latest in a string of bodies surfacing in the Inner and Northwest harbors this year, including a man found near the paddle boat pier off the Pratt Street Pavilion on March 19. Police also found the body of a 26-year-old bartender near the Broadway Pier in Fells Point on March 9, a body near Thames Street in Fells Point on March 22 and a body near Fort McHenry on March 27. A police spokeswoman said Tuesday that none of those cases had been ruled a homicide.

- Brent Jones

Pikesville man arrested in fatal beating of 84-year-old

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A 35-year-old Pikesville man was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his home on a warrant charging him with the fatal beating of an 84-year-old man whose body was found Sunday behind a gas station near the city-Baltimore County line. The accused, Hector Jose Posado of the 200 block of Church Lane, was taken into custody by members of the Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force and taken to police headquarters, where he was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lucio Solarzano, whose address was not available, said Agent Donny Moses, a Police Department spokesman. Solarzano's body was found about 7 p.m. Sunday behind a Texaco service station in the 7000 block of Reisterstown Road in the Fallstaff community. Solarzano was pronounced dead at the scene by Fire Department medics, and his body bore signs of head injuries. Moses said Posado was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center. Detectives were attempting to determine a motive for the slaying.

- Richard Irwin

Open meeting on Senator scheduled for tonight

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A public meeting on the beleaguered Senator Theatre is set for tonight at the North Baltimore landmark. The meeting, called by state Sen. Joan Carter Conway, will address such topics as the city's decision to assume the theater's mortgage, the coming auction, the state's financial position with regard to the Senator and the recent decision by Baltimore's Committee on Historical and Architectural Preservation to seek landmark status for the building's interior. Last week, the city Board of Estimates approved Mayor Sheila Dixon's call to assume the theater's $950,000 mortgage from 1st Mariner Bank. The theater would be put up for auction, with the city taking possession if no one is willing to pay at least the amount of the mortgage. Also last week, CHAP approved a request that the theater's interior be protected, giving the board the authority to review all proposed alterations. The meeting, which state and city officials have been invited to attend, is set for 6 p.m. at the Senator, 5904 York Road.

- Chris Kaltenbach

Maryland man nominated for a top job at EPA

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President Obama plans to nominate Robert Perciasepe, a former state and local government official in Maryland and Baltimore, as deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the White House announced Tuesday. An EPA official in the Clinton administration, Perciasepe is chief operating officer of the Audubon Society.

- Paul West

Anne Arundel detention chief to leave post

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The superintendent of the Anne Arundel County Department of Detention Facilities is stepping down to pursue a job in the private sector, county officials announced Monday. Robin Harting, a 28-year veteran of the department who rose to the top job in 2006, will take a job with Texas-based MGT of America Inc. to audit the handling of immigration and customs inmates.

- Nicole Fuller

Stadium authority agrees to cut city museum's rent

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The Maryland Stadium Authority has agreed to reduce the rent paid by Geppi's Entertainment Museum for space at Camden Station, near Camden Yards, officials confirmed Monday. The reduction, first reported by The Daily Record, would lower annual payments by 31 percent, from $367,820 to $255,435. Geppi's museum has recently struggled to pay its rent. Its neighbor, the Sports Legends Museum, also struggled to make rent payments because of lower-than-anticipated gate receipts. That led the stadium authority to lower the museum's rent in June 2007 and to forgive more than $400,000 in debt. The state Board of Public Works, which must approve the reduction, is scheduled to consider the issue today.

- Brent Jones

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