The Week That Was

August 27, 2006

Rulings on early voting, Perez

In separate rulings, the Maryland Court of Appeals canceled five days of early voting and removed one of three Democratic candidates for attorney general, Thomas E. Perez, from the ballot.

Test scores improve

More than 70 percent of last year's ninth-graders who took state proficiency tests in algebra, government and biology passed the exams. Across the state, the pass rates rose in every county and in Baltimore.

Hornsby indicted

A federal grand jury indicted former Prince George's County schools Superintendent Andre J. Hornsby on charges that he orchestrated an elaborate scheme to award school contracts to financially benefit himself and worked vigorously to ensure he was never caught. The indictment includes charges of mail and wire fraud, evidence and witness tampering, and obstruction of justice.

Prisons chief steps down

The commissioner of the Maryland Division of Correction, Frank C. Sizer Jr., retired amid continuing turmoil over the state's troubled prisons and the killings of two correctional officers.

Ballot wording questioned

The Ehrlich administration has revised the General Assembly's suggested wording of a high-profile ballot question restricting state land sales in a way that legislative leaders and environmentalists say appears designed to confuse and mislead voters. The governor's office counters that it is the job of the secretary of state to draft the wording, and administration officials say the governor wants the referendum to pass.

UM sells field naming rights

The University of Maryland will receive $25 million over 20 years to give a new name to Byrd Stadium -- Chevy Chase Bank Field. The money will help fund the school's planned stadium expansion.

Lena K. Lee dead at 100

Lena K. Lee, an educator and attorney who was one of the first African-American women elected to the Maryland General Assembly, died in her sleep at her Baltimore home. She had celebrated her 100th birthday last month.

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