The Week That Was

January 07, 2007

Deadly trend continues in city

Baltimore remained one of the deadliest cities in America last year, with 275 homicides recorded in 2006, up slightly compared with the number of killings in 2005.

Miller backs tougher emissions

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller threw his support behind legislation to require tougher emissions standards for new cars sold in the state. Meanwhile, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler pledged at his swearing-in ceremony to do battle with those who spoil the environment, signaling a more aggressive approach for the agency.

Mitchell to run for mayor

Baltimore City Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. said he is running for mayor. The three-term councilman plans a formal announcement Jan. 19.

Ground rent meeting

Key lawmakers said they plan to meet before the Maryland General Assembly session opens this week to try to reach a consensus on phasing out the state's arcane system of ground rents.

Students still lack shots

Some Maryland students were sent home from schools for lack of compliance with chickenpox and hepatitis B vaccination requirements, and thousands more have a deadline of Jan. 20 to comply or face suspension.

No transfer of teaching aides

Bowing to mounting public pressure and the threat of litigation, the Baltimore school system reversed course and notified about 150 teaching assistants that they will not be transferred to other schools as scheduled. The transfers were being made to meet a provision of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Mercy offers to move home

Mercy Medical Center has offered $400,000 to spare one of a row of historic downtown homes and rebuild it in a city museum, but preservationists have rejected the hospital's offer. They insist the historic rowhouses be preserved on site.

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