The Week That Was

July 30, 2006

Corrections officer killed in Jessup

Two inmates were charged with murder in the stabbing death of 42-year-old corrections officer David McGuinn at the Maryland House of Correction. It was the fourth killing in the Jessup prison this year.

Judges to hear same-sex lawsuit

The debate over same-sex marriage was reignited in Maryland when the state's highest court agreed to hear a case that seeks to overturn a state law that defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman. The Court of Appeals plans to hear arguments in late November or early December.

Steele calls Bush his `homeboy'

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, who criticized the Bush administration in a background session with reporters that soon became public, said he would welcome help from President Bush - whom he described as his "homeboy" - in his campaign for U.S. Senate. He played down as joking his comment in the interview that running as a Republican this year was akin to wearing "a scarlet letter."

Two soldiers, sailor killed in Iraq

Two Maryland soldiers, Cpl. Matthew P. Wallace of St. Mary's County and Staff Sgt. Christopher Swanson of Anne Arundel County, and a sailor, Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Austin Koth of Towson, died of injuries sustained in separate incidents in Iraq.

Staff cuts at historical society

The Maryland Historical Society, the state's oldest cultural institution, announced sweeping staff reductions to help ease a $1.2 million budget deficit.

Maryland Guard called to border

The Maryland National Guard will send 120 soldiers to Arizona in August to aid President Bush's effort to shore up the nation's border with Mexico.

Former Park teacher accused of abuse

A former teacher at the Park School in Baltimore County has been accused of sexual abuse by a student who said she came forward because she learned that Stanley V. Ashman had returned to teaching in another state.

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