The Week That Was

February 04, 2007

Barbaro is euthanized

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who fractured his right hind leg at the Preakness eight months ago, was euthanized at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square.

O'Malley delivers address

Gov. Martin O'Malley used his first State of the State address to strike a cooperative tone with lawmakers. He called for more corrections officers for a beleaguered prison system and for a program to help small businesses find affordable health coverage, while reiterating his pledge to push for $400 million in school construction funds.

PSC chief steps down

Kenneth D. Schisler, the Public Service Commission chairman who has faced intense criticism for his handling of BGE rate increases and for his ties to industry, resigned, giving Gov. Martin OMalley effective control of utility regulation in Maryland. Meanwhile, Constellation Energy Group warned that in coming years it might need to seek more frequent increases in the utility's delivery charge.

Vaccination bill being withdrawn

A state Senate bill that would require middle-school girls to get a new vaccine against a sexually transmittted virus that causes cervical cancer is being withdrawn over concerns that children already have a tough time getting all the required immunizations.

Harris hopes to head council

Kenneth N. Harris Sr., the city councilman who has been an outspoken critic of Baltimore's Police Department, announced that he is running for council president.

A suicide in prostitution case

Brandy Britton, a once-promising sociologist who was scheduled to go on trial on prostitution charges, apparently hanged herself in her Ellicott City home, police said.

Voting overhaul might be delayed

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he could not support an overhaul of the state's paperless voting system until 2010 in light of anticipated budget shortfalls and a hectic election season in Baltimore.

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