The Week That Was

November 19, 2006

Hoyer elected House leader

Democrats defied Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi by boosting Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland to House majority leader after a bitter fight that exposed divisions within the party even before it takes charge in Congress.

Building of bay islands planned

The Maryland Port Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers are proposing to spend more than $1 billion to rebuild two islands in the Chesapeake Bay - the government's latest plan to use dredge spoil from shipping channels to enhance the environment.

Bishops seek to minister to gays

Seeking to send a more welcoming message to gay Roman Catholics, the church's U.S. bishops meeting in Baltimore adopted guidelines that still emphasized the requirement of celibacy. The statement on pastoral care for "persons with a homosexual inclination" - which labeled same-sex attractions as "disordered" - was denounced by advocates for gay Catholics.

Navy delayed giving urine tests

Naval Academy officials acknowledged that they waited more than two months to administer urine tests to five football players who admitted to using steroids - a delay that experts said would have allowed any trace of the banned drug to disappear. Two other players were suspended for play in the 2005 season after testing positive for androstenedoil. Lawmakers in Washington called for an investigation.

O'Malley could face fiscal trouble

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley will face fiscal problems nearly as dire as those endured by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., with state spending expected to outpace tax receipts by more than $1 billion a year in the future without major policy changes, General Assembly analysts predicted.

Man admits killing Hopkins student

The man accused of strangling Johns Hopkins University senior Linda Trinh pleaded guilty to the killing. As part of a plea deal, defendant Donta Maurice Allen, 28, will be sentenced to life in prison - with the possibility of parole.

Storms, heavy rain hit area

A line of storms packing heavy rains with high winds soaked much of Central Maryland, flooding roads and cutting power to about 25,000 homes. Wind gusts reached 45 mph, and rain exceeded 5 inches an hour in some areas.

Two dead in workplace shooting

A meeting between a worker and his supervisor ended with gunfire and both men dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a biotechnology company office in Sparks, said Baltimore County police.

Dixon gets head start on campaign

Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon, soon to succeed Martin O'Malley as mayor, has more money on hand for a 2007 mayoral campaign than nearly a dozen other potential candidates combined.

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