The Week That Was

January 21, 2007

O'Malley takes oath as governor

Martin O'Malley was sworn in as the state's 61st governor. He promised "a new day in Maryland" marked by bipartisan respect and a fresh resolve to improve the lives of state residents.

Dixon sworn in as mayor

Pledging to deliver a more cohesive government to City Hall and cleaner streets to city neighborhoods, Sheila Dixon was formally sworn in as Baltimore's 48th mayor in an inauguration that celebrated recent progress but repeatedly acknowledged the daunting challenges ahead.

Harford fire kills five

A fire engulfed a Harford County home, killing a couple and three of their grandchildren who lived in the house. All the victims died of smoke inhalation and burns, the state fire marshal's office said.

BGE slows rise in rate

Electricity bills for customers of BGE are projected to rise by a less-than-expected 47 percent, or about $550, for the year starting in June based on bids the utility received from wholesale energy suppliers.

Panel urges school closures

About two-thirds of Baltimore's middle schools would close in coming years under a proposal recommended by a city education committee. At the same time, dozens of elementary schools would be expanded to serve students through eighth grade. The school board is expected to vote on the plan next month.

Tunnel upgrades pushed

A transportation security bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would provide $43 million to upgrade and possibly replace the antiquated Amtrak tunnels that run under Baltimore.

Wal-Mart ruling upheld

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that Maryland's attempt to compel giant retailer Wal-Mart to spend more on employee health care is unfair.

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