The Week That Was

November 25, 2007

Voters to decide on slots next year

Lawmakers gave final approval to a referendum on slot machines for the November 2008 ballot. If approved at the ballot box, the measure would allow thousands of slot machines at five locations throughout the state.

Priest removed after abuse allegation

The Rev. Michael Salerno has been removed as pastor of St. Leo Roman Catholic Church in Little Italy because of a claim that he sexually abused a teenage boy 30 years ago.

Tax increases are on the way

Marylanders soon will be feeling a pinch in their pocketbooks under the plan approved during the special session that includes $1.3 billion in tax increases.

Pair charged in 2006 killing

Two men have been charged in last November's barroom slaying of a federal witness in East Baltimore after a crackdown on a violent drug gang.

Slots may face zoning challenge

Communities could block slot machines even if Maryland voters approve them in next year's referendum because of regulations that essentially give localities final say, a lawyer in the state attorney general's office says.

Maryland homes sales stumble

Maryland's third-quarter home sales dropped 30 percent from the same period last year, the nation's fourth-worst decline. October home sales in Baltimore and its five surrounding counties dropped about 32 percent from the same month last year.

Afro American editor dies

Frances Louise Murphy II, the granddaughter of the Afro American Newspaper chain's founder and the publisher of its Washington edition, dies at age 85.

A different route for biking/hiking path

After months of wrangling, residents in the Mount Washington neighborhood have offered a different trail route.

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