The Week That Was


News from around the Baltimore region

July 03, 2005

Hickey School to close

The state will close the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, the prison-like youth facility in Baltimore County for Maryland's toughest juvenile offenders. Lawmakers, government inspectors and advocates for children have long complained of unsafe conditions and ineffective rehabilitation at the facility.

Raises OK'd for city teachers

The Baltimore school board and the teachers union reached a two-year contract agreement that would give employees their first pay raises in three years: an immediate 2 percent increase, followed by a raise of 1 percent in January and a 5 percent increase in the 2006-2007 school year.

Plans aim at improving schools

The staffs at three Baltimore schools are being forced to reapply for their jobs as part of plans by state and city educators to reverse years of low student performance. In a separate court order, a federal judge is moving toward greater state control over the city schools' special-education system.

Doctor sentenced in drug case

A federal judge sentenced former Towson diet doctor Robert M. Keenan to seven years in prison for conspiring to manufacture the drug Ecstasy, rejecting prosecutors' call for three decades behind bars and a $2 million fine.

Accused 13-year-old has record

A 13-year-old boy accused of murder in a dispute last weekend has a juvenile record that includes at least seven arrests in the past two years - charges that include assault. Baltimore prosecutors are considering charging the boy as an adult with murder.

Clergy angry over plans for hotel

Angry religious leaders descended on City Hall to demand Baltimore leaders spend city dollars to end blight, not on a $305 million convention center hotel.

Harborplace turns 25

Baltimore's Harborplace celebrated its 25th anniversary. The signature showplace transformed the city's downtown, turning it into a showplace for tourists and spreading development along the waterfront. Almost since its inception, Harborplace has been seen as a symbol of Baltimore's potential.

Cab fares go up in city, county

Taxicab fares went up in Baltimore City and Baltimore County for the first time in seven years. A five-mile ride costs $10.15, up about 20 percent from previous rates. The increases are pushed by rising costs for gasoline, insurance and repairs.

City seeks to sue Central Booking

Baltimore City sought to join a lawsuit against the Central Booking and Intake Center, accusing the state of mismanaging the crowded facility and hampering police efforts to reduce crime. In a court motion, city lawyers blamed the state for the long-standing problems.

Shooting at NFL players' party

A party at a Gambrills mansion that ended with a shooting was being hosted by Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington and another professional football player. Anne Arundel County police said neither Arrington nor San Francisco 49ers linebacker Julian Peterson, the co-host, was involved in the shooting.

U.S. attorney for Md. confirmed

The Senate voted to confirm Rod J. Rosenstein of Bethesda as Maryland's next U.S. attorney.

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