The Week That Was

August 20, 2006

Bromo tower plan advances

The long-discussed plan to convert downtown Baltimore's signature Bromo Seltzer Tower into studios for artists advanced as city officials approved a financing plan for the $1.9 million project. Artists reacted enthusiastically to news that the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower could open by March.

Route 3 overhaul moves along

State highway officials say they hope to secure approvals this fall to overhaul a 9-mile, traffic-choked portion of Route 3 between Gambrills and Bowie, which would mark the first major movement on the $700 million project in four decades.

Homes planned near base

An Annapolis developer has proposed building at least 1,600 homes on a major undeveloped tract near fast-growing Fort Meade, but some Anne Arundel County officials and residents worry about the project's impact on crowded roads and schools.

Preservation pioneer dies

James Clark Jr., a former state senator, civic leader and longtime Howard County farmer who was a pioneer in land preservation, died of cancer at his Ellicott City home. He was 87.

Schaefer misses meetings

Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer has missed more than half of the last 18 meetings of a powerful committee that guides the state pension system's investments, records show.

City school battle heats up

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley continued to bicker over one of the gubernatorial campaign's hottest issues, with each leader accusing the other of having failed Baltimore's schools and offering different visions as the answer to the education system's woes.

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