The Week That Was

September 24, 2006

3 Md. cases linked to spinach

Health officials have linked three cases of potentially fatal E. coli in Maryland to the nationwide outbreak caused by tainted spinach. They also were investigating a possible link in several other cases, including one death.

Frustrated Raynor resigns

Gene M. Raynor resigned as director of the Baltimore Board of Elections, one week after major glitches in the state's primary.

Tower plan progresses

Developer ARC Wheeler closed a deal on an Inner Harbor parcel that could become site of the tallest skyscraper in Baltimore. The $300 million project will have luxury condominiums and a boutique hotel with street-level shops.

Men get 2 life terms in killings

Ignoring the cries of innocence from one of the two relatives convicted of brutally slashing and strangling three children, a Baltimore judge sentenced the men to two consecutive life sentences without parole and an additional 30 years in prison.

Martin plant auction ends

The historic Martin aircraft plant in eastern Baltimore County sold for $37.5 million, far above what was expected, after a three-month online auction that drew international attention. The winner was identifiable only by the screen name "believe1," leading to speculation it might be a local buyer.

Convention Center traffic down

Attendance at the Baltimore Convention Center dropped 25 percent in the first three months of this year, its lowest level in three years, and overnight hotel stays in Baltimore declined by almost 2 percent compared with a year earlier.

Md. unemployment rate dips

Maryland's unemployment rate fell last month to 4.1 percent from 4.3 percent in July as employers added 1,000 jobs.

DeStefano calls it quits

Frank DeStefano left his position as deputy chief academic officer, the No. 2 academic official overseeing Baltimore middle and high schools. His resignation was effective Sept. 15, said school system spokeswoman Edie House.

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