The Week That Was

February 25, 2007

Army recruiter, soldiers disciplined

The Maryland National Guard's top general has stripped his senior Army recruiter of his command and disciplined 13 additional soldiers after an internal investigation found members of the recruiting battalion misappropriated $40,000 in training funds and, in at least two cases, signed up soldiers who were ineligible to serve.

Dixon dismisses fire official

Mayor Sheila Dixon dismissed the head of the city's fire training academy, Kenneth Hyde Sr., but let the fire chief keep his job after an investigation into the death of a recruit during a training exercise revealed a series of safety violations that has sullied the department's credibility.

Tougher oversight urged for agency

Gov. Martin O'Malley and legislators say that stronger oversight and new management are needed at the Maryland Stadium Authority, but officials at the agency said reports by auditors of hundreds of thousands of dollars in severance packages paid to former employees without proper oversight were overblown.

Woman gets 30 years for killing

Iletha Murdaugh, 44, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the killing in March of correctional officer Gregory Lloyd Rollins. Rollins, known as "Roc," escorted shackled defendants through the hallways of the Baltimore Circuit Courthouse.

O'Malley speaks against death penalty

Gov. Martin O'Malley appeared before two General Assembly committees to make a forceful call for repealing the death penalty. O'Malley told lawmakers that the death penalty does not deter crime.

Ehrlich, aides to open law firm

One month after stepping down as Maryland's first Republican governor in a generation, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and several of his top aides are opening a Baltimore-area office of a major North Carolina law firm.

Sparrows Point up for sale - again

For the third time in as many years, Sparrows Point is up for sale. The Justice Department wants the plant to be under new ownership within 90 days to ensure that its current boss, Mittal Steel Co. NV, does not have too much control over the market for tin plate used to make cans for foods, aerosol sprays, paints and other products.

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