The Week That Was

March 26, 2006

Pressure for housing, vouchers

Civil rights lawyers will press a judge to order the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to create 3,000 low-income housing units and 3,750 housing vouchers, chiefly in suburban areas with access to quality schools and jobs.

Admission standards questioned

Western High School, Baltimore's prestigious all-girls public high school, has lowered its admissions standards to accept 125 freshmen who would have been rejected in years past, outraging students and parents.

Former senator Beall dies

J. Glenn Beall Jr., a member of a well-known political family who represented Maryland in the U.S. Senate from 1971 to 77, died Friday. The Western Maryland native was 78.

Dixon speaks out on probe

Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon broke her silence over an investigation into her ties to two city contractors by saying the state probe is "trying to destroy" her character.

State complex to be developed

The 25-acre state office complex in Baltimore will be redeveloped into a hub of offices, shops, housing and a hotel with Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse as lead developer, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced.

Contributions to Steele reviewed

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from board members for four nonprofit organizations he selected to receive more than $250,000 in state grants, a campaign finance review shows.

Cut in energy tax proposed

Six Baltimore City Council members said they support reducing or eliminating a city tax on energy, hoping to provide relief in the face of steep rate increases expected this summer.

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