The Week That Was

April 30, 2006

BGE rate plan approved

Barely two hours after being berated by consumers angered and confused by a BGE rate deferral plan negotiated by the governor, the Public Service Commission reconvened in a private session and swiftly approved, by a 4-1 vote, the measure with one key change: It dropped a 5 percent interest charge.

Exxon sued for gas leak

In the biggest environmental enforcement action recently in Maryland, the state filed a lawsuit seeking nearly $12 million in penalties from ExxonMobil Corp. and a local service station operator for a large gasoline leak that officials say has contaminated well water in the Jacksonville area of Baltimore County.

Duncan chooses Simms

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Douglas M. Duncan has chosen former Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms, 55, as his running mate, a move aimed at digging into rival Mayor Martin O'Malley's voter base in the state's largest city.

5 public garages in need of fixes

Baltimore will spend thousands of dollars to renovate five popular city garages that do not comply with federal disability laws, prompting questions about why the buildings were not properly designed in the first place.

Enhanced teacher pension signed

Worried that Maryland is losing top educators to other states, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signed into law an enhanced pension benefit for teachers and other state employees, elevating what workers said was one of the worst retirement plans in the nation.

School board elections sought

Expressing its displeasure with the current leadership, the Baltimore branch of the NAACP called for the majority of the city school board to be elected, rather than appointed.

Owens to face court-martial

Lamar Owens, Navy's former standout quarterback, will face a court-martial for allegedly raping a female midshipman, the U.S. Naval Academy announced. The charges could bar him from graduating and result in a life sentence.

2 more leaving BSO top ranks

Philip D. English, chairman of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's board of directors, and Karen Swanson, vice president and general manager, said they plan to leave their positions in June. The changes follow the sudden resignation of James Glicker as president and chief executive officer in January.

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