Special session on electric rates
City Council OKs modest tax cut
Despite efforts by some members of the Baltimore City Council to secure deep reductions in the city's property tax rate, the council approved a more modest tax cut proposed by Mayor Martin O'Malley.
QB McNair joins Ravens
School closing postponed
In a reversal that could jeopardize millions of dollars in state funding, the Southwestern High School complex in Baltimore will not close this summer as scheduled under a proposal presented by the city school board chairman.
Mayor Martin O'Malley said the Archdiocese of Baltimore would be allowed to demolish the Rochambeau, a 100-year-old apartment building that shares a Mount Vernon block with the Basilica of the Assumption.
Howard County smoking ban
Howard County became Maryland's fourth jurisdiction - and the first in the Baltimore area - to approve a smoking ban in all bars and restaurants with a 3-2 vote by the County Council.
Housing slowdown continues
The slowdown in Baltimore's housing market continued into May, with sales dropping as homes lingered longer on the market and listings piled up.
Lobbyists pushed resort project
The developers of a $1 billion golf resort and housing development near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore hired 10 prominent State House lobbyists and paid them at least $125,000 in a successful fight against restrictions on the project, records show.