The Week That Was

May 21, 2006

Police officer killed

A Baltimore police officer was killed and another officer was seriously injured when two marked patrol cars collided a block from the Southwestern District station house. Anthony A. Byrd, an 11-year veteran, was pronounced dead at St. Agnes Hospital shortly after the 2:20 a.m. accident near Parksley Avenue and Stafford Street, just off Frederick Avenue.

Waterfront project to begin

Construction is to begin this summer on Harbor Point, the long-contaminated former site of a chromium plant and the largest undeveloped tract along the Inner Harbor. The $725 million project southwest of Fells Point is to include nearly 2 million square feet of offices, homes, hotels and retail.

Ehrlich aide pressed for NAACP audit

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s chief fundraiser asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the NAACP's tax-exempt status shortly after the 2000 presidential campaign, questioning whether the civil rights organization had inappropriately sought to influence the election. The revelation was contained in 523 pages of documents the IRS accumulated to begin its October 2004 inquiry into the Baltimore-based civil rights organization's tax-exempt status.

Scissors-wielding man shot by police

Four Anne Arundel County police officers shot and killed an 18-year-old Glen Burnie man who they said ran toward them with a 9-inch pair of scissors after a half-hour standoff. The shooting - the third involving county officers in one month, sparked a review of police tactics and use of nonlethal force to disarm suspects. The teen, Justin J. Fisher, was a former honor roll student and captain of the lacrosse and football teams at Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore.

Gansler joins attorney general race

Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas F. Gansler announced his candidacy for attorney general, promising to go after Internet criminals and environmental polluters. Gansler, a Democrat, joins a race to succeed J. Joseph Curran Jr., who is not seeking a sixth term. Other candidates who have announced are Republican Scott L. Rolle, the Frederick County state's attorney and Democratic Montgomery County Councilman Thomas F. Perez.

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