The Week That Was

August 10, 2008

More health data sought

A state auditor's finding that a private contractor tampered with the numbers in the Family Health Administration's cancer registry has cast a spotlight on the disease registries used to identify and address emerging threats to public health. Experts say the patient data in the nation's cancer registries are vital to their efforts to track trends and focus research and public education.

Permit for juvenile program sought

A Nevada company that recently purchased the grounds of the Bowling Brook Preparatory School - a Carroll County youth lockup that was shuttered last year after a Baltimore boy died there - has applied for a state license to operate a juvenile program. Rite of Passage has been working for months to open a privately run facility for young offenders.

State to increase ethanol pumps

Gov. Martin O'Malley, whose administration has become increasingly focused on energy policy, announced plans to build ethanol pump stations around Maryland so the state's 1,200 flex-fuel vehicles can more easily fill up with the renewable fuel. The state has never been able to meet a goal set more than seven years ago under Gov. Parris N. Glendening's administration that flex-fuel vehicles in the state's fleet use alternative fuels half the time.

Maryland proposes new crane rules

Three months after a fatal crane accident near Annapolis, the state's labor department is proposing new crane safety regulations that would make Maryland's rules among the strictest in the country. Crane operators, riggers and signal people would be required to fulfill uniform training standards under the new regulations, and the state would increase requirements for inspections and accident investigations.

Golf club firm says workers are legal

The company that manages two Anne Arundel County-owned golf courses said it expects to demonstrate that it is not employing illegal immigrants. "We're cooperating with police," said Richard L. Katz, a senior vice president at Casper Golf, which manages the facilities.

Anthrax suspect battled depression

In the months before the 2001 anthrax scare, Bruce E. Ivins had sought help from a psychiatrist, started taking antidepressants and repeatedly told a friend he was frightened by bouts of paranoia and depression. Details about Ivins' mental state in 2000 and 2001 were unsealed by the Justice Department as federal officials sought to establish his guilt in the anthrax killings.

Kidnap suspect might be German

A Connecticut man says he is convinced the mysterious man accused of kidnapping his daughter in Boston and taking her to Baltimore, and also wanted for questioning in the 1985 disappearance of a California couple, was a German student who lived with his family decades ago. A German man also has said that the man known as Clark Rockefeller is his brother.

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