The Week That Was


News from around the Baltimore region

March 20, 2005

City Council probe closed

Federal prosecutors said they have closed their 18-month probe into the financial practices of the Baltimore City Council without filing any criminal charges. The end of the well-publicized inquiry lifts a cloud of suspicion that had been hanging over city officials and several business leaders.

Navy drops island bombing plan

The Navy has backed off a plan to resume bombing, strafing and live-fire military exercises on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. The decision means the Navy will continue to conduct aerial maneuvers and electronic testing over Bloodsworth Island, as it has since it halted bombing practice there in 1996.

New water standards proposed

The Ehrlich administration is proposing water quality standards that would let the state classify some waterways as too polluted to justify the expense of cleanup. Officials say the proposal strikes a balance between environmental goals and business needs, but it is drawing protests from environmentalists.

City to manage school buildings

City agencies will begin managing the day-to-day maintenance of Baltimore's public school buildings under an agreement approved by the city's school board. The agreement also calls for the city to provide an infusion of $3 million in funds.

Mfume to run for Senate

Kweisi Mfume, the former National Association for the Advancement of Colored People president and Baltimore congressman, said he is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Paul S. Sarbanes.

Towson, UB get MBA program

Maryland's higher education secretary has approved creation of a new joint master of business administration program at the University of Baltimore and Towson University, clearing the way for the first classes this fall.

Legislature wary of ICC funding

The Ehrlich administration's plan for financing construction of the Intercounty Connector is in trouble in the General Assembly. Lawmakers in both houses are drafting alternatives to the administration's proposal to use $1 billion in bonds backed by future federal aid to help pay for the highway.

Mayor giving up his rock band

Mayor Martin O'Malley is giving up his Irish rock band, O'Malley's March, saying that he wants to concentrate on public service. Known for appearing in sleeveless shirts, O'Malley drew cache from his hip image.

Service honors slain nun

Four weeks after gunmen killed Dorothy Stang, an American nun in Brazil, a memorial service was held for her in Baltimore County. It was organized by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, an order with a major presence in Baltimore and in some of the most hostile corners of the world.

`Wire' OK'd for 4th season

With its future hanging by a thread for several weeks, HBO's The Wire was renewed for a fourth season, during which it will explore education in Baltimore city schools. The decision by the cable network will save 125 jobs in the local film industry while pumping millions into the Maryland economy next year.

Shooting prompts gun policy

Baltimore County police officers will be barred from outside work involving the retail sale of firearms under a policy that was drafted after officials learned that the weapon in last month's fatal shooting at Towson Town Center was bought in a gun shop owned by a county officer.

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