The Week That Was

November 26, 2006

City smoking ban advances

A Baltimore City Council committee approved a measure that would ban smoking in bars and restaurants by January 2008. The council is expected to pass the legislation, but Mayor Martin O'Malley has not said if he will sign it.

Fraternity on probation

The Johns Hopkins University placed the Sigma Chi fraternity on social probation until January 2008 in response to a "Halloween in the Hood" party held last month. The party prompted a polarizing debate over racial relations on the campus.

Annapolis High security to increase

Anne Arundel County school officials plan to increase security at Annapolis High School after a series of fights and the shooting of a student at the Westfield Annapolis mall.

Safety chief Saar to retire

Maryland Public Safety Secretary Mary Ann Saar announced she is retiring, making her the first in what is expected to be a stream of high-level state officials who step down as Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s term in office ends.

Rhodes scholars named

Two college seniors with ties to Maryland - Naval Academy Midshipman Sean A. Genisand and Casey N. Cep, a Harvard University student from the Eastern Shore - were among 32 Americans selected 2007 Rhodes scholars.

Bear organ smugglers plead

Three Marylanders pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to illegally importing animal parts after they were caught with nine gallbladders from bears shot in Canada last year. Federal authorities said the organs were to be sold for medicinal purposes.

Baltimore home values rise

Baltimore's home values continued to rise over the summer, even as housing demand weakened in Maryland and elsewhere and the median sales price in the U.S. slid by 1.2 percent, the National Association of Realtors said.

Taping police sessions urged

The Baltimore City Council is reviewing a bill that would require the videotaping of police interrogations of witnesses or suspects in violent crimes - a measure opposed by police but endorsed by public defenders.

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