The Week That Was


News from around the Baltimore region

July 24, 2005

Bush visits Baltimore port

President Bush came to the port of Baltimore to deliver a forceful defense of the USA Patriot Act, contending that the law - adopted by Congress with near-unanimity in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks - has led to much of the progress made in counterterrorism efforts since then.

6 schools designated `dangerous'

The state school board voted to designate six Baltimore middle schools as "persistently dangerous," the only schools in Maryland to receive the label. The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires states to compile such information.

$1 billion state budget surplus

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced that the state has a surplus of more than $1 billion for the fiscal year that ended last month.

Towson dorm is not in plans

Towson University will not house students as part of a development planned for downtown Towson, school officials announced. The decision pleases residents who don't want a dormitory in the heart of the county seat.

Alsop meets BSO musicians

Marin Alsop was officially introduced as the next music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She met with players, some of whom had questioned the hiring process, stating her commitment to them and asking for their support.

Carbon monoxide claims 3 lives

A father and two stepdaughters were killed in Essex, apparently from carbon-monoxide poisoning that might have be caused by a misaligned vent pipe from a water heater.

Gradual change for bus routes

Stung by a public outcry, the Ehrlich administration is backing off many of the most controversial changes it had proposed in May as part of a sweeping restructuring of Baltimore-area bus routes and will adopt a more gradual approach to overhauling the system.

Islamic museum planned in city

Maryland Muslims announced plans for a museum of Islamic art and culture to promote greater understanding of the religion and its adherents. The Islamic community center - which would include a mosque - is to be built inside a former bank building at 240 N. Howard St.

New bay-crossing ideas studied

More than a half-century after the first Bay Bridge span opened, a 19-member state task force is taking tentative steps to find another crossing to and from the Eastern Shore.

Colts great Parker dies at 71

Jim Parker, the Hall of Famer who anchored the Colts' offensive line during the club's glory years, died of congestive heart failure and kidney disease in Columbia. He was 71.

Big band leader Barron dies

Blue Barron, who led a big band dance orchestra known nationally for its sweet-sounding music, died at his longtime North Baltimore home. He was 91.

Milford Mill man guilty of murder

A Milford Mill man was found guilty of first-degree murder in a killing that prosecutors said was planned by four friends to prevent a 15-year-old girl from testifying against one of them in a statutory rape case.

Workers' comp payments up

Workers compensation payments grew nearly three times faster in Maryland than the national average in 2003, according to a report by the National Academy of Social Insurance.

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