The Week That Was

May 14, 2006

Curran will not seek re-election

Ending months of speculation, Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said he will not seek re-election, bringing to a close a political career spanning the last half-century. The Democrat, a former lieutenant governor and state senator, has served as attorney general since 1987.

Utech banned from city projects

The city Board of Estimates banned Union Technologies, or Utech, a company with ties to Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon, from qualifying for most city work for two years.

Juvenile jails are assailed

The state's independent monitor issued a scathing report about conditions inside Maryland's juvenile detention centers, describing them as crowded, understaffed and the scene of gang fights by youths who have too few activities. Juvenile Services Secretary Kenneth C. Montague Jr. lashed out at the monitor for releasing the information, saying she was disrupting services for children.

Judge muzzles BGE for now

A Baltimore judge ruled that BGE must halt its efforts to tell customers about an electric rate deferral plan negotiated by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. -- permitting city officials to move ahead with their challenge of the Public Service Commission's approval of the rate plan. The commission filed an emergency request asking Maryland's highest court to reverse the ruling.

Cause of electrocution is found

The exposed tip of a metal fence post came into contact with an underground electrical cable on a Druid Hill Park softball field, apparently leading to the electrocution May 5 of a 14-year-old girl, city officials said.

Local FBI agents are under probe

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into whether FBI agents in Baltimore committed perjury during the investigation into the mysterious death of federal prosecutor Jonathan P. Luna.

Local housing market is cooling

The housing market in the Baltimore area showed broad signs of cooling in April, the first month of the crucial spring selling season. Year-over-year price appreciation dipped to its lowest level in more than two years.

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