The Week That Was


News From Around The Baltimore Region

July 31, 2005

Juvenile center being investigated

The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into claims of mistreatment of youths, inadequate staffing and other problems at the state-run Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, state officials confirmed.

Third of bay called `dead zone'

More than a third of the Chesapeake Bay was found to be a low-oxygen "dead zone" during monitoring this month, meaning the nation's largest estuary is on pace to have one of its most unhealthy summers on record.

Ranking Md. children's well-being

Maryland has seen a slight increase in teen deaths and babies with low birth weights, while posting significant gains in the prevention of child poverty and births to teen mothers, according to an annual report by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Redevelopment fund proposed

Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon revealed a proposal to create a multimillion-dollar community redevelopment trust fund, an idea she hopes will persuade skeptical council members to back plans for a publicly financed convention center hotel.

Hecht's stores to become Macy's

The 148-year-old Hecht's name will disappear next year, and anchor stores in three Baltimore-area malls will close under Federated Department Stores Inc.'s plan to convert most of the stores it is acquiring from May Department Stores Co. to the Macy's nameplate.

Bus route plan modified

The Ehrlich administration will move forward in October with Baltimore-area bus route changes affecting more than 100,000 riders a day, but it has dropped or postponed many of the most controversial service cuts in its original restructuring plan.

Greyhound bus crashes on I-95

A Greyhound bus skidded off Interstate 95 in East Baltimore and overturned, sending the 34 people aboard the bus to area hospitals. Most were released after treatment.

Sex offender registry flawed

Nearly one in five convicted sex offenders might not live at the addresses listed for them on the state registry designed to inform communities about rapists, child predators and other such criminals in their midst. Public safety officials said they will ask state lawmakers to require that more offenders check in with local police.

Comcast lawsuit dismissed

The Orioles are clear to broadcast their games on a regional cable network starting in 2007 after a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge dismissed a lawsuit by Comcast SportsNet claiming the regional network was created in violation of Comcast's contract with the Orioles.

Arundel firefighters' cancer risk

Anne Arundel County firefighters have a greater cancer risk than the general public, although the health problems of 17 firefighters with cancer could not be directly linked to training methods that include exposure to cancer-causing PCBs, a Johns Hopkins University public health study says.

Landlord's license is revoked

After years of trying to stanch drug dealing and gun violence at the Pall Mall Apartments in Northwest Baltimore, the city's trying a new approach: It's going after the landlord. In a rare move, city housing officials decided to revoke the 31-unit building's multifamily-dwelling license after determining it had become a drug nuisance.

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