BRIEF ENCOUNTER

THE NEW AIDS OFFICIAL FOR THE URBAN LEAGUE SUDDENLY QUITS.

Arrington says he now believes that B-A-PAL/Care is financially stable enough to use the money paid to the Urban League to move out on its own and hire its own administrator.

In the meantime, the state health department, which gives B-A-PAL/Care $25,000 a year for AIDS education under a grant obtained by Arrington, wants to address concerns about leadership of the Urban League's AIDS program.

"I plan to call interested parties together in January to talk about it," says Jean Finn of the epidemiology division, which administers the grant. "We try to help the community-based organizations solve their problems. I've heard from Steve Arrington about his concerns. Now I want to talk to everyone else."

Franklin was hired in early December after working for the military for 26 years as a counselor and instructor. She has a bachelor's degree in social work, a master's in human behavioral psychology and a doctorate in theology.

The week before she resigned, Franklin said she planned to "hit the ground running." Apparently, that was in the opposite direction of the Urban League.

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