The Week That Was

October 22, 2006

NAACP to monitor polls Nov. 7

NAACP President and CEO Bruce S. Gordon said volunteers from the civil rights organization will monitor the polls throughout the state on Election Day. Gordon also called on Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to fix the problems that emerged in the primary, particularly in Baltimore City and Montgomery County.

Three Brothers to remain in business

Three Brothers, the West Baltimore store that for nearly 50 years has offered bus passes, utility bill payment and Social Security check pickup, announced it was going to stay in business. The store was threatened after the bank the owners used shut down its account and those of all other check-cashers. This week the store found another bank to do business with.

Weeping trees elude explanation

Maryland's scientific elite can't agree on why it always seems to be wet under the trees lately when it isn't raining, particularly in the neighborhoods around Patterson Park. They have narrowed the culprit to either natural plant secretions or tiny insects.

Fatal plane crash in Odenton

A single-engine plane crashed soon after taking off from Tipton Airport, killing two people. The plane, a Piper PA 46, crashed in a wooded area and caught fire about a half-mile from the small airport's runway. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Abu Ghraib command structure probed

Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, who was listed as "chief" of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, was not the person that his Army subordinates went to when they had questions about interrogating prisoners. That fact and other details about Jordan's tenure were revealed at Fort Meade, the Odenton base where the Army was holding a hearing on whether to pursue a court-martial against the officer.

Bill Clinton comes to Baltimore

Bill Clinton, long a top fundraiser for the Democratic Party, dropped by Baltimore to lend his celebrity status to Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin's U.S. Senate bid and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's gubernatorial campaign. The former president has headlined more than a dozen political events this month.

Baltimore schools on camera

Baltimore schools officials announced they would use a $550,000 grant to install 280 cameras at 10 schools after a violent week in the troubled school system. There are already 500 cameras in 11 schools.

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