The Week That Was

November 13, 2005

40 percent of 10th-graders fail test

More than 40 percent of Maryland's 10th-graders failed a new statewide English test that will soon be required for graduation. Passing rates were particularly low in the state's poorest areas.

Charges from poker raid are dropped

City prosecutors said they would throw out the gambling charges against 80 poker players swept up in a recent police raid at a South Baltimore club. They said officers had used the wrong subsection of law in filling out the citations.

DNA gets inmate, 71, a new trial

A 71-year-old man who has spent two decades in prison will get a new trial, a judge ruled, because a lab determined that genetic evidence from the victim is not his. It is the first city murder conviction to be overturned by DNA testing. Robert C. Griffin was found guilty in 1986 of stabbing and strangling a 20-year-old woman.

Elkridge Club admits black member

The Elkridge Club, the exclusive golf venue where Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. held a much-criticized fundraiser this year, has admitted a black member - developer Theo C. Rodgers - for the first time in its 127-year history.

Towson MBA program advances

A state commission cleared the way for Towson University to begin offering an MBA program, rejecting protests by Morgan State University, which argued that students should instead get their graduate business degrees at the historically black college.

Palmeiro's defense is disputed

A House committee report undermines former Orioles star Rafael Palmeiro's contention that his positive steroids test was accidental and provides an alarming glimpse at life inside the team's clubhouse, which one lawmaker called "a mess."

Moyer re-elected mayor of Annapolis

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer won a second term with 46 percent of the vote, holding off challenges from two opponents.

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