The Week That Was

March 05, 2006

City projecting large surplus

The once-explosive city real estate market has left Baltimore government with a $60.6 million budget surplus this year, officials said.

Restaurant closes after arrests

Kawasaki, a three-star Japanese restaurant near downtown Baltimore, closed after its owners were arrested on federal charges of employing illegal immigrants and stealing their tips.

J. Tyson Tildon dies at 74

J. Tyson Tildon, whose low tolerance for mediocrity propelled him to lead the city's school board through often contentious reform, died of cancer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 74.

Firm linked to Dixon scrutinized

Baltimore's minority business office has ruled that a company employing the sister of City Council President Sheila Dixon is no more than a telephone and a mailbox, and should be expelled from the city government's minority subcontracting program.

Driver gets five-year sentence

As more than 300 people watched and wept, Linda Lee Nichols was sentenced in Anne Arundel County Court to five years in prison for killing two teenagers when she drove drunk and crashed her speeding pickup truck into the rear of a car stopped at a red light.

Funeral home law challenged

A state law that limits funeral home ownership to licensed funeral directors is being challenged by a Virginia law firm on behalf of five entrepreneurs who say Maryland's law restricts competition and hurts consumers by driving up funeral costs.

O'Malley wins labor backing

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley beat out his Democratic rival for governor for the endorsement of the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO, the state's largest umbrella union.

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