BGE and governor strike a deal

A deal struck by BGE and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. would hold electric rate increases to 19 percent this summer. But those who participate in the plan would see bills rise sharply a year later and face a heftier charge if a proposed merger fails. Some legislators called for a special session of the General Assembly to revisit the issue.

Property tax cut is approved

The Board of Public Works approved a property tax cut that will save the average Maryland homeowner $40 a year. The cut partially undoes the property tax increase passed during Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s first year in office.

Wheelchair athlete wins round

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the Howard County school system that allowed a wheelchair athlete from Atholton High School in Columbia to compete at track events at the same time as her other teammates.

Volvo Ocean Race boats arrive

Sailboats competing in the Brazil to Maryland leg of the Volvo Ocean Race arrived in Baltimore. The boats will be docked in Maryland until they resume the round-the-world race in early May.

Rare whale was likely killed at sea

A rare whale that turned up dead in Baltimore's Patapsco River likely died when it was hit by a cargo ship in the Atlantic Ocean and then was dragged into the Chesapeake Bay, scientists said.

Groundbreaking for biotech project

The Johns Hopkins University broke ground on a $800 million, 80-acre biotechnology park project that supporters hope will transform East Baltimore.

Miss USA crowned at arena

Tara Elizabeth Conner, Miss Kentucky, was crowned Miss USA 2006 at a nationally televised pageant held at the 1st Mariner Arena.

Early voting stirs dispute

Maryland Democrats and Republicans appear to be on a legal and political collision course over a plan to allow early voting in November, with the GOP mobilizing to force a referendum to overturn an election bill the General Assembly passed in January over the governor's veto.

Workers checked for exposure

For the third time recently, Aberdeen Proving Ground employees were checked for exposure to lethal substances. Four workers escaped injury in the latest incident, which involved phosgene.

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