The Week That Was

April 29, 2007

Girl, 2, dies after rowhouse fire

A 2-year-old girl died in a rowhouse fire in West Baltimore Monday despite desperate attempts by city firefighters to rescue her. A firefighter found the girl suffering a heart attack, but she died upon reaching a nearby hospital.

O'Malley signs 178 bills

Felons who complete their sentences will be able to register to vote in Maryland under a new law signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley. Also among 178 measures receiving his signature are laws to require stricter emissions limits on new cars and for protection of the diamondback terrapin.

Burns convicted in killing

Charles Eugene Burns, 35, a Harford County laborer accused of attacks on several women near Aberdeen, was convicted in the killing of an Elkton woman, ending a trial that foreshadowed possible charges in other killings.

Ehrlich raises money for office

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is raising money to keep his campaign office open and to "confront the ultra-liberal bosses in Annapolis." In an April 20 letter to his supporters, he slams Gov. Martin O'Malley and promises to lead those "who have not given up on Maryland."

Hopkins to stop loan advice

Johns Hopkins University officials announced the school will stop recommending loan companies to students and parents, and adopt a student loan code of conduct established by New York's attorney general.

Two charged in stabbing death

Two men were charged with killing an 18-year-old Reisterstown man, who was stabbed Thursday inside a McDonald's restaurant near Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Ocean City business could close

After entertaining generations of beach-goers, Ocean City's signature boardwalk business - Trimper Rides - could be headed for its 117th and final season. Members of the family that runs the company say skyrocketing tax assessments, along with disputes among shareholders, could force them to close after this summer.

Mistakes were made, fire report says

Mistakes and safety violations contributed to the death of a Baltimore firefighter as he battled a blaze on Macon Street in October, a draft investigative report says, revealing more problems for a department still struggling after a recruit died in February. The final report is to be made public in several weeks.

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