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May 02, 2012

Maryland authorities have stopped collecting DNA samples from suspects arrested on violent crime and burglary charges after the state's highest court ruled the crime fighting tool that has helped solve dozens of cold cases unconstitutional. On Friday, officials from law enforcement agencies across the state said they were acting on advice from Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler to stop the practice, pending a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gansler has not said whether he intends to appeal. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled 5-2 on Tuesday that collecting DNA samples from someone arrested but not convicted violates the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. BALTIMORE SUN

The Johns Hopkins Hospital began transferring patients from their aging hospital building to a towering $1.1 billion facility next door on Sunday. The facility, the largest hospital project in Maryland history and in the works since the 1990s, will change the way Hopkins practices medicine, and improve visitor and patient experiences with increased space and technology. BALTIMORE SUN

More restaurant owners in Baltimore County could get liquor licenses under a measure passed in Annapolis that's set to take effect within the next few months. The legislation, sought by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, is meant to gradually open up more licenses over the next five years. Kamenetz pushed for more sweeping changes, but current license holders opposed them. The bill was written to allow the license transfers to start May 1, but Gov. O'Malley is not expected to sign it by then. BALTIMORE SUN

The mother of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student murdered in 2010, filed a $30 million civil suit Thursday against the onetime boyfriend and fellow U.Va. lacrosse player convicted of killing her, George Huguely V. Sharon D. Love's suit, filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court, charges that Huguely acted negligently and with "utter disregard" for the safety of Love, who was found dead in her off-campus apartment by a roommate shortly before she and Huguely were scheduled to graduate. Huguely, 24, was convicted in February of second-degree murder and grand larceny in Love's death. BALTIMORE SUN

The Secret Service is examining a new report of alleged misconduct by agents at an El Salvador strip club before a trip there last year by President Barack Obama, senior lawmakers said Thursday. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan is looking into the report but so far has not found anything "credible" to back it up, said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. The report comes in the aftermath of the prostitute scandal in Colombia. BALTIMORE SUN

Digit: $90 million: the award amount the Johns Hopkins University is using to to form an institute that will help the U.S. Army develop lightweight materials to better protect soldiers and vehicles, university officials said Wednesday. The new building is to be completed in 2014.

Quote: "Since it happened to me, I'm in a better position to stand by a family as time goes on. It happens every day. Somebody goes missing. Somebody gets killed. I've been through it and I know how the family will feel." Bryan Barnes, on his decision to become a Baltimore police officer. Barnes' half-sister Phylicia, was found dead in the Susquehanna River last April after visiting family in North Baltimore in 2010. Michael Johnson was arrested Thursday, he was the last person to see her alive. BALTIMORE SUN

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