The Week That Was

July 09, 2006

Court rules in favor of PSC

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that the current members of the embattled Public Service Commission can keep their jobs until the court issues a formal opinion. The decision halts some parts of a law passed by the General Assembly but does not affect electric rates charged by BGE.

`Itchy Man' faces life term

Solothal "Itchy Man" Thomas, the West Baltimore hit man whose ability to avoid conviction turned him into a symbol of the endemic problems troubling state courts in Baltimore, was found guilty in federal court of murder for hire. He faces a mandatory life sentence.

More Md. workers getting hurt

Maryland corrections officers, juvenile services counselors and other public workers are getting hurt on the job in record numbers, documents show, straining state finances at a time when a savings fund to pay for workplace injuries has been depleted to help balance the budget.

Check-cashing stores closed

The state ordered A&B Check Cashing, a chain of Baltimore stores, to cease operations in late June because of debts owed to a money-order business and three Maryland banks.

Md. home prices still rising

Only four other states and the District of Columbia had higher appreciation in home prices than Maryland in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2005, according to a government report.

Aberdeen may tap the bay

Short on water and facing significant population growth, Aberdeen might tap into the Chesapeake Bay. It is considering building a desalinization plant at an unused Aberdeen Proving Ground pumping station.

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