City Council endorses hotel

The Baltimore City Council gave preliminary approval to a $305 million publicly financed convention hotel center downtown. The 9-6 vote is expected to remain unchanged when the council takes its final vote next month.

Correctional officers indicted

A Baltimore grand jury indicted three correctional officers with second-degree murder in the stomping death of a 51-year-old man at the Central Booking and Intake Center. The death spurred federal and state investigations and cast a glaring spotlight on troubles this spring at the beleaguered facility.

Copeland compensation detailed

Baltimore schools chief executive Bonnie S. Copeland will receive a compensation package of at least $272,700 this school year, an increase of more than $40,000, under terms of her new contract - and she is eligible for a bonus that would bring the package to above $300,000.

First Md. female combat death

Army Spc. Toccara Green, 23, of Rosedale became the first reported Maryland female combat death in Iraq when explosives detonated near her supply convoy in Al Asad.

Palmeiro returns from suspension

The Orioles' Rafael Palmeiro played for the first time since returning from a 10-day suspension for violating baseball's steroid policy. Palmeiro received a mixed greeting from fans in a 7-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays before 30,954 at Camden Yards.

GOP lawmakers may skip hearings

Republican lawmakers say they will not participate in hearings on Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s personnel practices if the inquiry becomes overly partisan. They are threatening to walk out of the proceedings if majority Democrats don't play fair.

Md. filmmaking industry revives

Maryland's $75 million-a-year filmmaking industry is bustling after a six-month lull. Three movies, including Sarah Jessica Parker's Failure to Launch, are filming with three more on the way. With TV's The Wire added to the mix soon, local film-crew workers have gone from famine to feast.

Norris debuts as talk-show host

Former Baltimore police Commissioner Edward T. Norris received a warm welcome from callers as he made his debut as a radio talk-show host for WHFS-FM.

Homeowners sent faulty letters

The city government's routine annual effort to register new Baltimore landlords resulted in faulty letters being sent to hundreds and possibly thousands of homeowners. The letters accuse the homeowners of failing to register their rental units and threaten them with criminal charges and fines if they don't comply. Housing officials have apologized.

Board voids inactive bar's license

The Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners voided a bar license that had been inactive for about three years. State law prohibits licenses from going unused for more than 180 days, or 360 with a hardship extension, and the action was seen as part of a crackdown on dozens of dormant licenses.

Price of Md. farmland rises

Dairy cows and other livestock in Maryland graze on the sixth-most-expensive farmland in the country, according to a survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fueled by the red-hot market for development, the average price of an acre of Maryland farmland is up nearly 38.6 percent from last year.

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