The Week That Was


News from around the Baltimore region

September 11, 2005

Arundel schools chief quits

After disagreements with the school board and teachers union, Anne Arundel County schools chief Eric J. Smith announced that he is resigning, effective in November.

Ehrlich, oil executives meet

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said it's "intolerable" that Maryland's gasoline prices are among the highest in the nation, but after huddling with oil industry executives, he still had no answers for the steep prices or a plan for lowering them.

Juvenile center under probe

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division began to look into allegations that educational and other programs at the state-run Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center are lacking and that some youths have been improperly held in seclusion for lengthy periods.

Liquor board gets tough

With Baltimore's inspection of bars under increasing scrutiny, the city's liquor board said it is requiring all inspectors to work an eight-hour day - and to file reports on all bars they visit.

City plans special ed spending

The Baltimore school system is making plans to spend up to $10 million to give special education students nearly 90,000 hours of makeup services they should have received last school year and during the summer.

New Orleans students here

More than 80 students expecting to attend college in New Orleans began classes instead at Baltimore's Loyola College, which offers tuition-free transfers to those deprived of higher education by Hurricane Katrina.

School-construction costs on rise

With higher prices for steel, petroleum-based materials, fuel and labor - even before Hurricane Katrina - school construction costs have soared 20 percent or more, forcing Maryland school systems to delay, trim and retrench on plans as they begin their annual quest for more funding.

Pimlico cuts announced

The Canadian owner of Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course said it would operate the track for just 18 days next year to cut costs and boost purse money, but some politicians fear the move could be a prelude to closing the facility and pulling the Preakness Stakes out of Maryland. In response, leaders in the House of Delegates are working on a plan to subsidize horse racing in Maryland without legalizing slot machines.

Edison schools make progress

Three Baltimore elementary schools run by the for-profit Edison company are making progress, but it's costing more to run them than other city schools that have seen bigger jumps in test scores, according to an Abell Foundation report.

Troopers set ticket record

State troopers issued a record number of speeding tickets - more than 20,000 - during the Labor Day weekend, even as some motorists said they kept a light foot on the gas pedal to conserve fuel.

Grievance filed on Ponson's behalf

The Major League Baseball Players Association formally filed a grievance against the Orioles and baseball on behalf of waived pitcher Sidney Ponson, levying charges of collusion and improperly obtaining information from the club's medical staff.

Unregistered sex offenders found

The Maryland State Police said it has located dozens of criminals who moved to the state without reporting to authorities in charge of its sex offender registry.

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