The week that was

June 11, 2006

Special session on electric rates

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced that he would call a special session of the General Assembly to develop a new electric rate deferral plan.

City Council OKs modest tax cut

Despite efforts by some members of the Baltimore City Council to secure deep reductions in the city's property tax rate, the council approved a more modest tax cut proposed by Mayor Martin O'Malley.

QB McNair joins Ravens

Quarterback Steve McNair, the NFL's co-Most Valuable Player in 2003, was traded by the Tennessee Titans to the Ravens for a fourth-round draft pick.

School closing postponed

In a reversal that could jeopardize millions of dollars in state funding, the Southwestern High School complex in Baltimore will not close this summer as scheduled under a proposal presented by the city school board chairman.

Rochambeau demolition

Mayor Martin O'Malley said the Archdiocese of Baltimore would be allowed to demolish the Rochambeau, a 100-year-old apartment building that shares a Mount Vernon block with the Basilica of the Assumption.

Howard County smoking ban

Howard County became Maryland's fourth jurisdiction - and the first in the Baltimore area - to approve a smoking ban in all bars and restaurants with a 3-2 vote by the County Council.

Housing slowdown continues

The slowdown in Baltimore's housing market continued into May, with sales dropping as homes lingered longer on the market and listings piled up.

Lobbyists pushed resort project

The developers of a $1 billion golf resort and housing development near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore hired 10 prominent State House lobbyists and paid them at least $125,000 in a successful fight against restrictions on the project, records show.

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