The Week That Was

May 04, 2008

Crane accident prompts safety review

A construction worker died Wednesday after being crushed in a crane above a building near Annapolis. State officials said they are looking for ways to tighten safety regulations for such heavy equipment.

City Council looks to restore tax cut

Baltimore City Council leaders said Thursday that they are looking for ways to restore a 2-cent property tax rate cut that Mayor Sheila Dixon's administration pulled from its budget proposal last month.

Howard police shoot 62-year-old woman

Howard County police shot a 62-year-old woman in a senior citizens complex Wednesday. Police said the woman lunged at an officer with a knife, but the woman's husband said police overreacted.

Man created night blasts, police say

Baltimore County police arrested a 59-year-old Pikesville man Tuesday, accusing him of creating loud bangs and flashes in the middle of the night because he was "mad at his neighbors."

Friends School receives major gift

A couple from Calvert County gave the Friends School $1.28 million, the largest gift in the Baltimore school's history. The money will endow scholarships for two 4-year-old African-American children for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Two new students will receive scholarships every six years.

Farm bill may help Chesapeake

Congressional negotiators reached a deal that adds $380 million to the federal farm bill for programs to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The money, to be spent over 10 years, is part of a broader $280 billion federal proposal.

Md. receives `F' for child secrecy laws

A report released Tuesday by two national child advocacy groups gave Maryland an "F" grade for its "misguided and secretive policies" that restrict disclosure of information about deaths and serious injuries resulting from abuse or neglect. Maryland was one of 10 states to get the grade.

Arundel proposes lean budget

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold unveiled a $1.2 billion operating budget proposal for the next fiscal year. School officials are upset the budget only partially funds pay and benefits for system employees, and Leopold also calls for an increase in the county's hotel room tax.

Md. energy assistance on the rise

The state's energy assistance program is expected to run $12 million over budget this year. Maryland officials blame soaring demand from residents who can't afford their utility bills, noting a 14 percent increase in applications to the Electric Universal Services Program.

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