The Week That Was

March 19, 2006

Probe opened on city contract

The state prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the Baltimore City Council's computer services contract.

Rate phase-in gains support

A plan to limit Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. rate increases to 15 percent this summer with the remainder of the 72 percent increase phased in over three years gained momentum among legislators reacting to a public uproar over the end of rate caps.

Ehrlich proposes tuition freeze

Tuition rates at Maryland public universities would be frozen next year under a plan unveiled by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., giving parents and students a break after years of increases in the cost of higher education.

T. Rowe Price chairman to retire

T. Rowe Price Group Inc. Chairman George A. Roche announced his retirement after a 40-year career that paralleled the rise of mutual funds. Roche orchestrated the company's debut on the stock market.

Man kills assailant in Cross Keys

A man who was attacked by would-be robbers at the upscale Village of Cross Keys shopping plaza in North Baltimore fatally shot one of the assailants in a parking lot, city police said.

WBAL dropping Limbaugh

Radio station WBAL-AM is canceling Rush Limbaugh's conservative talk show in favor of more local news and talk programming, station executives said. WBAL is the first station to cancel Limbaugh, heard in nearly 600 markets. The show will go off the station June 1.

Researcher to enter plea

A former staffer for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee who used the Social Security number of Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele to fraudulently obtain his credit report has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that will allow her to avoid jail time. Lauren Weiner, 25, a former committee researcher, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor, her attorney said.

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