The Week That Was

May 11, 2008

Gay rights at a standstill

Gay-rights activists say they feel sidelined by Gov. Martin O'Malley after a lawsuit to force the legalization of same-sex marriage failed in state courts - the latest disappointment for activists - and O'Malley stayed out of the debate over legal recognition for same-sex unions, which fizzled this year in the General Assembly.

Howard considers rent increase

After almost four decades of charging families a fraction of their income to live in Howard County's largest public housing complex, county officials are considering rent increases.

Teen convicted in death of girl, 4

A Baltimore jury found 16-year-old Ronald Hinton guilty of murdering and raping a 4-year-old girl he baby-sat in June 2006.

Abrupt departures at Market House

Four stalls at the Market House in Annapolis, all owned by the same operator, vanished overnight from the historic market, which has been the site of plenty of turmoil in recent years.

Immigration becomes arrest issue

Frederick County sheriff's deputies are the first Maryland law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of people they arrest, a move authorities say is a necessary tool for policing, but one that has sparked an outcry from advocates who say the policy is costly and encourages ethnic profiling.

Court denies Islamic divorce

Saying "I divorce thee" three times, as men in Muslim countries have been able to do for centuries when leaving their wives, is not enough if you're a resident of Maryland, the Court of Appeals ruled.

Ruling on victims' law

The Court of Appeals ruled that while Maryland law may require notification to victims for court hearings, it doesn't give the victim standing to demand a new hearing if that notice isn't received.

Towson school on 'fast track'

A day after the Baltimore County school board recommended the construction of an elementary school to deal with overcrowding in Towson, system officials said that they are in "fast track" mode, with the planning and design phase expected to take only half as long as usual.

City launches 911 health program

Baltimore announced a program to cut down on repeat callers to the 911 system and provide the callers with better health care. Called Operation Care, the approach will help the patients get health insurance and connect them with other services.

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