The Week That Was

July 23, 2006

Wal-Mart wins federal lawsuit

A federal judge struck down Maryland's first-in-the-nation law that effectively required Wal-Mart to spend more on employee health care. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz ruled that only the federal government could impose such employee mandates.

Owens acquitted in rape case

Former Naval Academy quarterback Lamar S. Owens was acquitted of rape but convicted of two lesser charges stemming from a late-night encounter with a fellow midshipman in her dormitory room earlier this year. The jury spared him any punishment, but his graduation and future in the Navy remain in doubt.

Poll shows Ehrlich gaining

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has gained significant ground in his re-election bid over the past year, though his Democratic opponent, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, continues to hold the lead, thanks to strong support from the state's most populous areas, according to a Sun poll. Meanwhile, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin and former representative and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume remain locked in a virtual tie in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, with more than a third of those polled saying they were undecided.

Area sweats out a hot week

Scores of people sought temporary reprieve in air-conditioned "cooling centers" scattered across Baltimore as the region endured several days in which the temperature flirted with 100 degrees. Three heat-related deaths were reported in Maryland during the heat wave.

`Hairspray' to film in Toronto

The movie-musical version of Hairspray, the John Waters fable about racial desegregation and dance-floor equality set in 1960s Baltimore, will be filmed entirely in Toronto because the Baltimore area lacks soundstages big enough to meet the demands of shooting a big-budget musical.

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