The Week That Was

November 20, 2005

High court rules against state

An Annapolis youth accused of killing a businessman near the State House will not face state charges after the Supreme Court threw out the prosecutors' appeal. The court passed on an opportunity to clarify one of the so-called Miranda warnings that govern police interrogations.

Mayor picks city health chief

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein was named Baltimore's health commissioner. Mayor Martin O'Malley picked Sharfstein, a pediatrician, to replace Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, who resigned to run for Congress.

Apparent arson kills two in city

A West Baltimore apartment was set ablaze, killing a man and a woman who had been homeless until a few months ago. Police are calling the fire, in the 2100 block of Garrison Blvd., an apparent arson and double homicide.

Steele attacks are denounced

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman used an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press to urge top Democrats across the country to repudiate what he called vicious and racist attacks on Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, a candidate for U.S. Senate.

Under Armour debuts with top IPO

Under Armour Inc., the Baltimore maker of athletic wear, had one of the best debuts for a recent public stock offering, closing up 95 percent from its IPO price of $13 a share.

City's downtown billed as `emerging'

A Brookings Institution study of 45 downtowns in the nation says that Baltimore's downtown is "emerging," or on the brink of becoming a full-fledged urban powerhouse.

Plan aims to reduce air pollution

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said the state plans to impose rules that will compel coal-fired power plants to reduce mercury air pollution by 70 percent within five years.

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