The Week That Was

December 11, 2005

Wesley Baker is executed

Thirteen years after he was convicted of murdering a woman who was on a shopping trip to a Baltimore County mall with two of her grandchildren, Wesley Eugene Baker was executed by lethal injection. Baker, 47, was the fifth person put to death in Maryland since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.

O'Malley picks Brown as running mate

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has enlisted Prince George's County Del. Anthony G. Brown as his running mate in his campaign for governor. The pairing establishes what many say is a formidable, diverse ticket rooted in two regions critical for O'Malley to win the Democratic primary against Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan.

School board rejects reforms

The state school board rejected the Baltimore school system's updated plan for school reform - a major blow to city school officials. The state directed the school system to hire an outside monitor to come up with a revised plan.

Arson brings 20-year sentence

The alleged ringleader in a brazen act of arson that burned houses in a predominantly black housing development in Charles County was sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison. Two co-defendants who pleaded guilty received substantially lesser sentences.

City approves Cordish tower

The Cordish Co. has won city approval to build a 34-story residential tower atop an underground Metro station on the former site of the Port Discovery HiFlyer balloon.

State gets $1.5 billion boost

With a surging economy and rapidly increasing tax coffers, General Assembly leaders decided that the state can spend nearly $1.5 billion more next year on public services without raising taxes or using reserve funds.

Area home values rise

Defying signs of a slowdown, home values in the Baltimore area bounded upward last month, posting the second-highest average price on record and reversing three consecutive months of decline. The average sales price was $309,291, up from $297,821 a month earlier.

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