The Week That Was


News from around the Baltimore region

March 27, 2005

Mayor proposes $2.32 billion budget

Mayor Martin O'Malley proposed a $2.32 billion budget for the next fiscal year, a 6.7 percent increase in spending. The plan includes pay raises for municipal employees and small enhancements in services. It also features a modest reduction in Baltimore's property tax rate.

Man arrested in Hopkins killing

A 27-year-old Baltimore man, whose attorney described him as the ex-boyfriend of Linda Trinh's sorority sister, was arrested and charged with murdering Trinh, a Johns Hopkins University senior. The crime shook the campus of the elite college and prompted security upgrades.

Steele considers Senate run

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele says he is seriously considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Paul S. Sarbanes in 2006 and will make further announcements about his plans in the coming weeks.

Ehrlich backs land amendment

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. unexpectedly threw his support behind a constitutional amendment to help protect Maryland's parks and open spaces. The amendment was first proposed by Democrats troubled by an aborted administration proposal to sell preservation land.

Councilman seeks smoking ban

If a bill introduced by City Councilman Robert W. Curran is successful, smoking will be banned in bars, restaurants, hotels and other enclosed public spaces throughout Baltimore. The proposal is drawing intense lobbying from all sides.

`Wall Street Week' run to end

After years of struggling to regain the audience and underwriters it lost after firing Louis Rukeyser, Maryland Public Television announced that it will cancel Wall Street Week with Fortune, bringing an end to its 35-year-old franchise.

Harborplace to open 4 restaurants

Four restaurants will open in Harborplace, as management tries to make the Inner Harbor a dining destination. Downtown officials hope that the plan will help make Harborplace more of a regular attraction for area residents.

Video required at mall lots

Many Baltimore County shopping centers will have to install video surveillance of their public parking areas under legislation unanimously approved by the County Council. The bill also calls for a task force to study security issues at malls.

Senate OKs partner registry

The state Senate passed a bill to give medical-decision-making rights to unmarried couples who sign a domestic registry. The 31-16 vote was seen as a victory for the gay and lesbian rights community.

Fire damages landmark carryout

A landmark Catonsville-area carryout, known since the 1950s for its ice cream, steak subs and onion rings, was damaged by fire, and the owner of Mr. G's Fast Lane said he's unsure when the restaurant will reopen.

Carroll airport expansion OK'd

A $58.8 million expansion at the Carroll County Regional Airport to accommodate larger corporate aircraft, add jobs and increase revenues was approved by county officials.

ACLU calls school policy illegal

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is calling for the Baltimore County school system to back away from punishment levied against athletes at Dulaney High School for attending a party where citations for underage drinking were issued. The ACLU says the school policy violates state law.

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