The Week That Was

September 25, 2005

City Council OKs new hotel

The City Council gave final approval to plans to build a downtown convention center hotel. The proposal had divided the council for months and forced Mayor Martin O'Malley to compromise on other spending issues to win support.

Steele calls for justice

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee apologized to Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele after two staffers gained access to his credit report. Federal officials are conducting a criminal investigation, and Steele called for those responsible to be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Ehrlich shucks oysters plan

The Ehrlich administration is shelving a proposal to expand motorized dredging for oysters in the Chesapeake Bay because of widespread opposition from the public and scientists.

High-tech parking meters

Baltimore officials are proposing to replace nearly half of the city's traditional parking meters with new high-tech machines that allow coins and credit cards. The machines have been tested in Fells Point and in parts of downtown.

Md. native is killed in Iraq

A 28-year-old soldier who grew up in Fallston, Staff Sgt. William A. Allers III, was killed in Iraq when his Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb.

Hybrid buses on the horizon

Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan approved the purchase of 10 hybrid electric buses for the Maryland Transit Administration and said that if those are successful, he expects to replace the agency's entire fleet with the fuel-saving vehicles.

Alsop to be a MacArthur fellow

Marin Alsop, whose appointment as the next music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra generated international headlines, was selected to be one of 25 MacArthur fellows for 2005. The "genius grant" comes with a no-strings award of $500,000.

Lockheed needs cleanup

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. has found toxic chemicals, including PCBs, solvents and metals, in the soil and groundwater of the company's sprawling Middle River property, including an undeveloped parcel envisioned as the keystone to Baltimore County's waterfront renaissance.

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