The Week That Was

December 03, 2006

Contractor says he paid bribe

W. David Stoffregen, the former head of a Baltimore construction company, said in federal court that he bribed former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell in a multimillion-dollar scheme that rigged contracts, bilked public institutions and violated laws to protect and promote minority- and women-owned businesses.

Suspect's residency questioned

The man charged in a drunken-driving accident that killed a Marine and his friend on Thanksgiving night is apparently in the country illegally and had received a Maryland driver's license by first obtaining one from North Carolina.

Ethanol boom comes to Md.

A national boom in the use of ethanol has lured eight companies into a race to build Maryland's first factory to convert corn into car fuel.

Court begins Webcasting

Maryland's highest court began live Webcasting of its oral arguments, making the proceedings widely and immediately available for the first time to people outside its courtroom.

Md. argues for Wal-Mart bill

Maryland's attorney general's office argued before a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., to preserve the state's first-in-the-nation statute to force Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to spend more on employee health care, as lawmakers in Annapolis begin looking for other ways to expand health care access.

Md. university shelves tests

Salisbury University will become the first public four-year college in Maryland to allow some prospective freshmen to apply without submitting scores from standardized tests such as the SAT under a pilot program approved by the system's Board of Regents.

Businessman gets port contract

The Ehrlich administration, bypassing the agency that runs the port of Baltimore, has awarded a grant for a study of the port's future to a company controlled by a politically well-connected businessman.

Lawyer aided O'Malley effort

Short on cash in the waning days of the gubernatorial election, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley reached out to John P. Coale, a prominent Washington attorney, for a $500,000 loan that paid for the Democrat's final television commercials.

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