The Week That Was

November 12, 2006

O'Malley, Cardin are elected

Acknowledging that even the large number of absentee ballots could not bring about reversals, Republican incumbent Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. conceded the gubernatorial election to Democratic Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, as did Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his unsuccessful U.S. Senate race against Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin. Statewide, Democrats were elected as attorney general and comptroller.

Absentee votes lift Leopold

John R. Leopold, a 25-year Republican veteran of Anne Arundel County politics, appeared to win the race for county executive after a tally of absentee ballots gave him a margin of nearly 4,000 votes over Democrat George F. Johnson IV.

6 life sentences for Malvo

A tearful Lee Boyd Malvo told a Montgomery County courtroom that he was ashamed of his role in the sniper rampage that terrorized the Washington area in 2002 and claimed six lives, and that he'll never be able to forgive himself. The judge then pronounced sentence -- six consecutive life terms in prison with no possibility of parole.

Talks on `superblock' fail

Talks between the city and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to resolve a standoff over the long-stalled "superblock" project have ended, and Baltimore will move to condemn foundation-owned property in the six-block area critical to west-side redevelopment, city officials said.

Giant's parent to sell unit

Dutch food company Ahold NV said it will sell Columbia-based U.S. Foodservice, the nation's second-largest food wholesaler. It will keep its Giant Food grocery chain and try to revive it with an "everyday low price" strategy."

Coppin president leaving

After four years as head of Coppin State University, President Stanley F. Battle will leave Baltimore to become chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro.

PSC orders changes in power buys

The Maryland Public Service Commission, which Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley has pledged to fire over its handling of electricity rates, ordered changes in the bidding system that utilities use to purchase power from wholesalers, in hopes of avoiding another rate shock to consumers.

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