The Week That Was

June 01, 2008

Zoo says goodbye to famed 'Lady'

Gretchen, age 22, a giraffe at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, was euthanized after her lifelong problems with arthritis gradually worsened. Staff members offered tearful goodbyes to a sweet, inquisitive animal many had come to call "The Lady of the House."

BikeJam draws thousands

Organizers estimated that about 5,000 people took part in BikeJam 2008 at Patterson Park. It featured nine divisions of races, a 12-mile recreational ride that looped through downtown Baltimore, a demonstration by a professional stuntman and vendors selling items ranging from food to sculptures made from spare bicycle parts.

Makeover proposed for Merriweather

Merriweather Post Pavilion - the summertime stage for music since the days of Jimi Hendrix and one of Columbia's most-visited sites - is at the center of what could be the initial test in the planned community's $350 million makeover.

Miami Beach reopens after 7 years

Miami Beach on the Chesapeake Bay in eastern Baltimore County, reopened after being closed for seven years because of concerns about water quality. The public beach drew a small crowd, but with gas hovering at $4 a gallon, officials are predicting its popularity will increase as residents decide against driving to the Eastern Shore.

Man convicted of intimidation

A 29-year-old Howard County man was convicted on charges that he assaulted a man, then ordered him to "stop snitching" and commissioned his beating after they both ended up at the same Anne Arundel County jail. David Thomas Leaken Jr. of the 9000 block of Old Scaggsville Road in Laurel pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and a misdemeanor charge of inducing or inhibiting testimony.

Youths fuming over cigar ban

Reacting to city officials' proposal to ban the sale of individual small cigars - commonly called blunts or Blacks - Baltimore youths expressed anger and skepticism, saying it probably wouldn't dissuade them or their friends from using tobacco products.

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