The Week That Was

May 25, 2008

City-church pact to aid homeless

Homeless men and women will continue to sleep in the park at the foot of the Jones Falls Expressway, according to a memorandum of understanding between the city and the St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church. The Baltimore congregation is famous for defying city officials who wanted to eliminate homeless encampments.

Arundel rejects hotel tax rise

The Anne Arundel County Council rejected a proposal to raise the local hotel tax, bowing to pressure from local and state tourism officials and business owners who said the measure would drive away visitors strapped by the depressed economy.

Lyme disease cases soar in Md.

Reported cases of Lyme disease in Maryland doubled last year and more than tripled in Howard County, leading the county health officer to join state officials in warning residents and recommending prevention measures.

City police OT over budget

The Baltimore Police Department has reduced overtime expenses this year, but the city still needs about $19 million to cover the cost of keeping officers on the beat after their shifts end.

Leopold assails governor's veto

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold sharply criticized Gov. Martin O'Malley for striking down a bill that would have required the state to reimburse the county for a $100,000 investigation that found cancer-causing metals in private wells in Gambrills.

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