The Week That Was

October 01, 2006

Six arrests in arms deal sting

Six South Asian arms dealers were arrested after allegedly paying undercover customs agents in Maryland hundreds of thousands of dollars to ship weapons to Sri Lankan rebels.

Lack of water stops development

State officials have frozen development in Westminster until new sources of water are secured for the rapidly growing Carroll County seat, which is scrambling to keep up with its population growth.

Rosewood Center criticized

Investigators issued a scathing report criticizing the state-run Rosewood Center in Owings Mills, recommending that federal funding be cut off if the staff of the residential center for the mentally disabled does not stop patients from hurting themselves and abusing others.

Home sales were minority-driven

The growth in home sales in the Baltimore region last year - the last hurrah of the housing boom - was driven by minority buyers, according to a new report. Mortgage loans to minorities rose nearly 25 percent in 2005, compared with the year before, while loans to whites dropped about 3 percent.

Utility merger's fate in question

Florida-based FPL Group Inc.'s chief executive told investors his commitment to the merger with Baltimore's Constellation Energy Group will only stretch so far, raising new questions about the fate of the $11 billion utility deal.

Diebold says machine flaw is fixed

Diebold Election Systems Inc. said it has solved a design flaw that caused the state's electronic check-in computers to crash repeatedly during last month's primary. State Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone said she would not be convinced until it passed a daylong test.

Computer viruses threatens benefits

The state was working to rid its social services computers of viruses that have crippled the system that tracks and distributes welfare benefits. Some are worried needy clients won't get their checks.

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