The Week That Was


News From Around The Baltimore Region

July 10, 2005

Craig named Harford executive

David R. Craig, a small-town mayor who fell short in a past election for Harford County executive, was picked by the County Council to take over Harford's top post, filling the position vacated several months early by James M. Harkins.

Bush picks new NSA director

President Bush selected Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the Army's intelligence chief, as director of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade.

Shriners convene in city

Downtown streets were awash in red fezzes as more than 20,000 Shriners held their annual national convention in Baltimore for the first time since 1939. The Masonic group's gathering featured two parades.

Renewal planned for the Mechanic

The parking lot magnate who is the new owner of the shuttered Morris A. Mechanic Theatre has no plans to demolish the complex, one of downtown Baltimore's earliest redevelopment efforts, and has hired an architect to redesign the facade as a first step toward revitalization.

New warden at Central Booking

State corrections officials named a new warden, Mitchell J. Franks, at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center and said they have made improvements at the facility.

Naval Academy prayer opposed

The Anti-Defamation League, arguing that the lunchtime prayer at the Naval Academy violates the separation of church and state, says it will ask Congress and the secretary of the Navy to stop the practice.

Ex-professor pleads guilty

Retired Loyola College professor Donald B. Hofler pleaded guilty to murder in the April 2004 shooting deaths of his estranged wife and stepson in York County, Pa.

$70 million plan for Rotunda

A developer who is buying the Rotunda shopping center is planning a $70 million redevelopment that would include 300 to 500 luxury apartments and add up to 200,000 square feet of shops and restaurants at the North Baltimore site.

Duncan questions hotel proposal

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan sharply questioned the public financing plan for Baltimore's proposed convention hotel, supported by his chief Democratic gubernatorial rival, Mayor Martin O'Malley.

Prisons awash in contraband

A black market bazaar of drugs, pornographic videos, tobacco, cell phones and liquor is routinely being smuggled past security checkpoints and into Maryland's troubled prisons, an investigation by The Sun found.

Rival to buy NeighborCare

NeighborCare Inc., a Baltimore-based pharmacy services company that started with a single drugstore 25 years ago, has agreed to be sold to leading rival Omnicare for $1.8 billion.

School employee pleads guilty

A longtime school employee, Rajiv Dixit, pleaded guilty to defrauding the city school system of more than $4 million over 13 years by conspiring with contractors to fabricate invoices and overcharge for maintenance services.

Officials fight for military jobs

Fighting the proposed relocation of military jobs to Maryland, officials from New Jersey appeared before a commission in Towson and said the move would cost taxpayers billions, endanger troops in Iraq and lead to a brain drain as workers refuse to move south.

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