The Week That Was

August 06, 2006

Sex offender held in child's death

After a daylong manhunt, Melvin L. Jones Jr., a registered sex offender, was arrested in the killing of an 11-year-old boy whose family he had befriended. A series of caretakers and others knew that he associated with the boy but repeatedly failed to take steps that could have taken the man off the streets and away from children.

Heat wave kills six in Maryland

The worst heat wave in four years scorched the region, including three days when the temperature hit 100 degrees or more in downtown Baltimore. Six deaths in Maryland were blamed on the heat, which led to record power consumption.

Mothers' convictions tossed out

Maryland's highest court threw out the convictions of two Eastern Shore women who were sent to prison after their babies were born with cocaine in their systems, likening the prosecutions to going after mothers who smoked, failed to exercise or went horseback riding while pregnant.

NAACP considers Prince George's site

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will consider moving its headquarters to a new $2 billion office and hotel complex rising along the Potomac River in Prince George's County. President Bruce S. Gordon said the Baltimore-based organization wants to move to Washington but also will explore relocating to Washington's Maryland suburbs.

Funding uproar over UMB school

A behind-the-scenes battle over funding has thrown the establishment of a new University of Maryland, Baltimore school of public health into turmoil, according to internal documents and interviews. It would be the first new school on the downtown campus since 1961.

State faces shortage of medical staff

The state's hospitals are facing increasing shortages of therapists, technicians and other staff needed to take X-rays, guide rehabilitation and manage ventilator patients, the Maryland Hospital Association reported.

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