The Week That Was

June 25, 2006

Duncan withdraws from race

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan dropped out of the race for governor, revealing that he suffered from clinical depression. Duncan, who had been trailing in the polls to Martin O'Malley, endorsed the mayor in the Democratic primary.

Copeland to step down as schools head

Baltimore schools chief Bonnie S. Copeland will step down Saturday, ending a turbulent three-year tenure punctuated by a crippling financial crisis, increased state oversight and political bickering between Mayor Martin O'Malley and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

BGE rates bill veto overridden

The General Assembly overrode Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s veto of a BGE rate bill, capping this summer's increase in electricity bills at 15 percent and firing the members of the Public Service Commission.

Publisher Merrill took his own life

Philip Merrill, the Annapolis-area publisher, philanthropist and former diplomat who disappeared while sailing the Chesapeake Bay on June 10, committed suicide, authorities said.

MSA scores show marginal gains

Pupils across the state showed steady but marginal improvement on their annual Maryland School Assessment, earning little praise from state education leaders.

Sex offenders keep teaching certificates

State education officials failed to revoke the teaching certificates of 11 convicted sex offenders and have not implemented adequate safeguards to prevent convicted criminals from working in schools, according to a legislative audit.

Utech searches carried out

State investigators searched the office of Utech - the minority firm tied to Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon - and the company president's Randallstown home as part of their probe into the firm and its City Hall contracts.

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