The Week That Was


News from around the Baltimore region

April 10, 2005

Two killed in shooting spree

A shooting spree that began in Laurel, Del., and ended 45 minutes later in Salisbury left six people shot, two fatally, and a Delaware man, Allison Lamont Norman, in jail charged with first-degree murder and handgun violations.

New trial for Blackwell

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge granted a new trial to Maurice Blackwell, the former West Baltimore Roman Catholic priest convicted of molesting a one-time choirboy. The judge ruled that improper testimony from police investigators about other alleged victims was heard by the jury.

UB to admit underclassmen

The University of Baltimore will begin admitting freshmen and sophomores next fall. State university system regents approved a shift in mission for the traditionally upper-level downtown campus that will make more use of its classrooms.

O'Malley to add lead funding

Ending a heated dispute over funding for Baltimore's lead-paint program, city officials said Mayor Martin O'Malley plans to add to his budget the $375,000 that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. cut from lead-paint enforcement funds.

City history center planned

If an agreement can be reached with city officials, Baltimore's vacant Peale Museum would be turned into the Baltimore City History Center, a cultural attraction where people can learn about Baltimore history.

Camille Cosby gives endowment

Camille Cosby, the wife of entertainer Bill Cosby, has announced that she will give a $2 million endowment to pay for the tuition of more than a dozen students at St. Frances Academy each year.

Judge dismisses Clark lawsuit

Former Baltimore police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark's $120 million lawsuit against Mayor Martin O'Malley was dismissed by a Circuit Court judge. In addition to seeking millions in damages, Clark, who contended he was wrongfully terminated, was asking to return to his old job.

Juvenile Services criticized

The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services faces a new round of criticism from legislators and advocates because an anticipated $16 million budget shortfall has forced cuts in programs.

Liquor board allegations

Baltimore's chief liquor inspector accused four members of the city's Board of Liquor License Commissioners of engaging in political collusion and corruption to protect some bar owners on The Block from sanctions.

Housing talks break down

A judge said court-supervised settlement talks have broken down over ways to remedy the federal government's discrimination against black public housing residents in Baltimore. A second trial will be held in the 10-year-old case to decide on court-ordered remedies that could involve providing more opportunities for black public housing residents to move to the suburbs.

Gang members sentenced

Five more members of a notorious East Baltimore drug gang called the North Avenue Boys were sentenced in federal court to prison sentences ranging from 25 to 40 years.

City bill expands ban on fliers

Those fliers and advertisements that businesses stick on people's homes and often end up littering streets could be curbed in Baltimore. Councilman James B. Kraft's bill aims to prevent businesses from putting advertisements on residences without the owners' permission.

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