The Week That Was

October 02, 2005

O'Malley makes it official

Standing in the heart of a revived East Baltimore neighborhood and before a crowd of supporters, Mayor Martin O'Malley formally entered the race for governor, pledging that the urban turnaround he helped engineer can translate to a better Maryland.

Transfer of juveniles criticized

The Ehrlich administration's plan to send some juvenile offenders to programs as far away as Texas, Minnesota and Iowa drew sharp criticism from Baltimore's top juvenile judge, the Maryland Public Defender's Office and state legislators.

20,000 private jobs predicted

The national military realignment will attract at least 20,000 private jobs to Maryland on top of the more than 6,000 government positions estimated to come, state officials said.

Housing revenue bonanza

The hot housing market is sending hundreds of millions in extra cash into state and local coffers. Maryland's property transfer tax revenue more than doubled, to $236.6 million, in the budget year that ended June 30, from revenue five years earlier.

BGE worker dies in La. crash

A Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. worker died in an accident on a Louisiana interstate while in a convoy of utility trucks assisting in repairs after Hurricane Rita. Killed in the crash was 38-year-old Wilson "Skip" Strong Jr., a Bel Air volunteer fire company official.

GM narrows field to buy plant

General Motors Corp. has narrowed the field of potential buyers for its closed assembly plant in Southeast Baltimore to three finalists, with plans to raze the vast factory and redevelop the 185-acre site as an industrial-office complex that could employ thousands.

Settlement in Unitas dispute

The final chapter of a two-year legal dispute between survivors of Baltimore football legend Johnny Unitas over the lucrative rights to his name and likeness might have been written with a settlement that leaves Unitas' oldest son, John C. Unitas Jr., in charge of the marketing company that he and his father founded.

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