The Week That Was

February 26, 2006

Kimmie Meissner finishes sixth

16-year-old Kimmie Meissner of Bel Air finished sixth in women's figure skating at the Winter Olympics, one spot down from her standing after the short program.

Plan to lift fishing ban dropped

The Ehrlich administration is dropping its proposal to end a 17-year moratorium on the commercial fishing of yellow perch in two Eastern Shore rivers. Environmentalists and sport fishermen had opposed the measure.

City ozone monitoring was halted

The Ehrlich administration stopped monitoring ozone pollution in Baltimore almost three years ago, despite the city's chronically bad air and the presence of the state's largest concentration of people with asthma.

`Unbiased' audit would be welcome

Baltimore police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm told the City Council that he and Mayor Martin O'Malley would welcome an "unbiased" audit of crime statistics.

Navy athletes accused of rape

The quarterback who led Navy's football team to a bowl victory in December has been accused of raping a female midshipman at the Naval Academy. In a separate incident, another football player has been accused of sexually assaulting a classmate in Washington.

Port director explores options

The head of the port of Baltimore said he was exploring options to replace a Middle Eastern firm that might become a major cargo handler at the port. But Port Director F. Brooks Royster III told lawmakers in Annapolis that the backup plan might not be needed.

Ex-NBA star invests in project

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the basketball player-turned-development player with an eye for urban possibility, announced plans to invest in a $34.6 million housing and retail center about to be built in Mount Vernon.

Ravens won't tag Jamal Lewis

The Ravens have decided not to place the franchise tag on Jamal Lewis, which could signal the departure of the team's all-time leading rusher.

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