The Week That Was

October 08, 2006

Electronic voter check-in OK'd

State elections officials announced that Maryland's $18 million electronic voter check-in system will be used during the November general election, saying that flaws that snarled last month's primary have been addressed.

Problems at juvenile center

Youths held at the state-run Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center "suffer significant harm and risk of harm" from violence because there isn't enough staff on hand, and behavior management and treatment plans are inadequate, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Boy's mother faces charges

A Baltimore mother who allowed her 11-year-old son to associate with a registered sex offender - a man charged this summer in the boy's killing - was arrested and accused of putting her children in harm's way.

Panel votes against Shore resort

A state commission voted to block a proposed $1 billion golf resort near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, handing a surprise victory to environmentalists.

Partnerships in transportation

Seeking a new way to finance transportation "mega-projects," the Ehrlich administration said it will seek partnerships with private companies to help finance highway and mass transit expansion and share in the benefits.

Oversight of city schools sought

The chairman of the City Council's education committee called for legislation to give city government more financial authority over the public school system in light of a Sun article on the system's use of emergency contracts.

Housing costs burden residents

Rising housing costs are stretching many Maryland households thin as they spend an increasing proportion of their income on rent or mortgages, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Old Army base purchased

A Columbia developer completed the long-delayed purchase of the former Fort Ritchie Army base in Western Maryland. Redevelopment could create 4,500 jobs in the region.

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