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July 17, 2005

ICC to take southern path

The Intercounty Connector linking Gaithersburg to Interstate 95 will be built along a southerly route that state and local officials have backed for decades, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced. Federal officials have warned of environmental disruption.

Housing average tops $300,000

The average price of a house in the Baltimore area raced across the $300,000 mark for the first time last month. The average price hit $309,090 last month, a jump of more than 17 percent compared with last year.

Port security prompts hearing

The chairman of a key legislative panel said he would conduct a hearing into security shortcomings at the port of Baltimore, while a top Maryland transportation official said the state would tighten some procedures at the terminals it owns.

Region's employment hub shifts

Baltimore County is now the region's dominant employment hub, with 371,900 jobs, compared with 358,100 jobs in Baltimore City. The switch happened last year as the county was enjoying strong growth, and the city continued to lose ground.

Van Hollen out, Hollinger in

Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced that he won't run in 2006 for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes. State Sen. Paula C. Hollinger announced her candidacy for the House of Representatives to replace Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is running for Sarbanes' seat.

Agency sued over tot's injury

A woman who alleges that her toddler son suffered permanent brain damage because of physical abuse in a foster home filed a $34 million lawsuit against the Baltimore Department of Social Services.

Probation officer convicted

A 33-year-old former state probation officer pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of extortion after prosecutors said she accepted payments from people under her supervision to skip probation.

Supervising sex predators

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said he would push for legislation that would require lifetime supervision of violent sexual predators and a more proactive approach of notifying residents that an offender is about to move into their community.

Alsop may be next BSO leader

New York-born conductor Marin Alsop, 48, music director of the Bournemouth Symphony in England, is expected to succeed Yuri Temirkanov with the Baltimore Symphony, sources close to the BSO say.

Reservations about hotel proposal

A proposal for a privately financed convention center hotel in Washington is raising questions about the public financing plan for Baltimore's proposed convention center hotel.

Meth ring exposed in Md.

Seven suspects faced charges of operating several home-based methamphetamine labs, exposing what law enforcement experts describe as a rare phenomenon in Maryland.

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