The Week That Was


News From Around The Baltimore Region

August 28, 2005

Base realignment panel votes

A federal panel on military bases voted to recommend the move of thousands of jobs from facilities around the county to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County and Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County. It also voted to move Washington's historic Walter Reed Army Medical Center to Bethesda and to shift eight Air National Guard C-130J cargo aircraft from Martin State Airport in Middle River to Rhode Island and California.

High-schoolers slip on tests

Maryland high school students lost ground in biology and algebra, and barely improved in government in the latest batch of standardized tests. Nearly half of all students would be out of luck if a passing score were required for a diploma now.

Md. has $1.2 billion surplus

Maryland finished the last budget year, which ended June 30, with a $1.2 billion surplus, according to the comptroller's office, providing the governor and state lawmakers with the best news they've had since taking office in January 2003. At the time, a financial downturn prompted a state hiring freeze and program cuts.

New bishop ordained

The Rev. Denis J. Madden, a licensed clinical psychologist and Benedictine priest, was ordained at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen as auxiliary bishop and urban vicar, overseeing 50 parishes in Baltimore as well as archdiocesan schools and hospitals.

Liquor board investigated

A city grand jury has subpoenaed thousands of documents from the Baltimore liquor board, including inspection reports for Power Plant Live and Norma Jean's, a strip bar on The Block, according to court documents and interviews.

Rolling Stones in Baltimore

More than 35 years after the Rolling Stones last played in Baltimore, Mick Jagger and his aging band mates announced they will perform at 1st Mariner Arena in February. It will be the British rockers' first Baltimore appearance since 1969, when Jagger was 26.

Schools panel official named

A longtime Carroll County schools administrator, Harry T. Fogle, will head a team of managers with far-reaching powers to overhaul the city school system's troubled special-education program, state schools officials announced.

Orioles pitcher Ponson arrested

Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson was arrested on drunken-driving charges for the second time in seven months.

Prison health firm short on staff

A for-profit company the state brought in to provide medical care to Maryland prison inmates has hired far fewer employees than required. St. Louis-based Correctional Medical Services Inc. serves as primary medical care provider for Maryland's 27,000 prisoners and is required under its contract to have 603 full-time staff. State officials acknowledge the company currently has a staff of only 425.

Under Armour Inc. plans IPO

Under Armour Inc., the Baltimore sportswear company whose gear has carried it from an unknown basement operation to a highly recognized name, began proceedings to become publicly traded. The company filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission requesting to sell as much as $100 million in common stock in an initial public offering.

Library cards for the youngest

Children age 6 and younger will be eligible to receive library cards and will be exempt from overdue charges at Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library under a campaign to encourage reading at the earliest ages.

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