The Week That Was

May 18, 2008

O'Malley signs safety, BRAC bills

Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law bills aimed at improving public safety, including an expansion of the state's DNA database, as well as legislation to prepare the state for growth expected from a nationwide military base realignment.

City gets power to sell vacant lots

Baltimore officials will have broad power to sell city-owned property and acquire new lots under a bill signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley that is intended to address the city's vast collection of vacant property.

MTA to curb rides to games

Fans who ride the Maryland Transit Administration's buses from local park-and-ride lots to Orioles and Ravens games will soon have to find a new way to the stadium under new federal rules that restrict the types of services public transit agencies are permitted to offer.

Teenager arrested in killing

A 17-year-old from West Edmondale was charged in the fatal stabbing and attempted robbery of a man at a Catonsville gas station, hours before the victim's wife gave birth to their first child, police said.

Drug dealer gets life in prison

A Harford County man convicted of drug distribution was sentenced to life in prison after he was linked to the death of a confidential informant.

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