The Week That Was

December 10, 2006

Aberdeen annexation rejected

Growth-wary Aberdeen voters rejected the annexation of more than 500 acres, a proposal city officials had aggressively promoted amid opponents' complaints that the plan had been hastily arranged and would strain municipal services.

Scientist pleads guilty

A senior government scientist originally from Baltimore pleaded guilty to accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in undisclosed fees from the same drug manufacturer whose public-private research collaboration he oversaw. Pearson "Trey" Sunderland III, chief of the geriatric psychiatry branch of the National Institute of Mental Health, is expected to receive a sentence of two years' probation.

Orioles in big-screen dispute

The Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority were in disagreement over the size and payment specifics of a new DiamondVision board at Oriole Park to replace the existing JumboTron.

Demolition approval challenged

Baltimore granted Mercy Medical Center a permit to tear down a row of historic downtown houses for its $292 million expansion, but preservationists delayed any demolition action by mounting a legal challenge based on open-government violations.

Panel backs expanded gambling

A City Council committee approved a bill that could double the number of video poker games in Baltimore bars and restaurants, and expand the types of establishments that can have the games to include convenience stores.

Md. revenue short of forecasts

Gov.-elect Martin OMalley is set to inherit the only state government where all major taxes are failing to meet projections, according to a report by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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