City Council backs hotel plan

The Baltimore City Council narrowly supported Mayor Martin O'Malley's plan for a publicly financed convention center hotel plan. The council support, which still requires two more rounds of voting, came after the announcement of a $59 million affordable-housing fund.

Cabbie accused of terrorist links

Federal authorities arrested a cabdriver who lives in Baltimore and accused him of conspiring to help the armed wing of a Pakistan-based religious organization. They alleged that Mahmud Faruq Brent attended an overseas terrorist camp as part of his effort to help the group, labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

Man arrested in girl's killing

A convicted rapist wanted in the killing of his 13-year-old stepdaughter in Essex on July 25 was captured by Baltimore County detectives after a brief foot chase through city streets. The search for him focused attention on problems keeping track of the whereabouts of those on the state's sex-offender registry.

Prosecutor is probing liquor board

The state prosecutor's office launched an investigation of the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners, which has been racked by infighting and allegations of corruption.

Jessamy to seek new term

Holding her annual birthday fundraiser, Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy told cheering supporters she will seek re-election to the job as the city's top prosecutor next year.

100th defendant in flipping probe

The 100th defendant in a years-long investigation into property flipping in Baltimore was sentenced as authorities announced that such schemes have largely ended. They attribute the decline to prosecutions and a real estate market that makes the schemes less appealing.

Palmeiro suspended for steroids

Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro was suspended for violating Major League Baseball's steroids policy. The action came five months after Palmeiro told a congressional hearing that he had not used steroids. Meanwhile, the Orioles fired manager Lee Mazzilli, replacing him with coach Sam Perlozzo.

Sci-fi film to be shot in Baltimore

Starting late next month, Baltimore will once again stand in for Washington as another Hollywood production takes up residence in the city. Invasion, the story of an alien presence among us, will star Nicole Kidman.

Video used to ID witnesses

Baltimore police used images from a surveillance video to identify witnesses to the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man. It was the first time that the cameras, which are being installed throughout the city, have helped in a homcide investigation. Police said a witness seen on the tape provided information that led to an arrest.

MARC apologizes for lateness

In an e-mail to riders, the state's MARC commuter train service apologized to its Penn Line passengers for "major service disruptions" as a result of malfunctioning locomotives.

Judge denies motion for new trial

A Circuit Court judge denied a motion for a new trial in the case of a Baltimore man convicted in 1998 in a case that hinged on gunshot residue evidence that his attorneys say is unreliable. The ruling means that Tyrone Jones will not be retried on his conviction for conspiracy to commit murder.

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