Alongside our top 20 stories of the year series, selected by the editorial staff, that runs in Friday’s paper, we thought we would also give you the top 10 stories that you found most interesting in 2010. Using web analytics and statistics, we found the top 10 stories that were read the most this year, and they are…
1. Two Maryland banks closed by regulators – by Ben Mook, July 9
Two Maryland banks were closed by federal regulators earlier this year—Lutherville-based Bay National Bank and Baltimore-based Ideal Federal Savings Bank. The two banks become the fourth and fifth Maryland banks to be closed in the last two years.
2. Settlement terms revealed in wrongful arrest cast — by Brendan Kearney, December 21
Violin teacher Yakov Shapiro never expected to be arrested for molesting two young boys taking Bar Mitzvah lessons. That’s because the police arrested the wrong man when an officer failed to thoroughly confirm the suspect’s full name. Shapiro sued the city of Baltimore and eventually settled for $200,000 — terms that the city tried to keep quiet.
3. Former Md. lawyer gets 99-year prison term for securities fraud – Associated Press, February 18
Edward S. Digges Jr., formerly a lawyer in Maryland, was sentenced to 99 years in prison in February for defrauding 130 investors—most elderly—in Texas out of at least $10 million. Texas’ securities commissioner said he had a long history of defrauding citizens and the lengthy sentence “ensures that he will never again do so.”
4. Baltimore’s FiOS chances getting slimmer – Staff and wire reports, March 26
The entry of Verizon FiOS into the cable TV scene has lowered cable prices for cities fortunate enough to be wired for it. But as Verizon worked bring cable to cities like Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia, cities like Baltimore and Boston were left out.
5. This puppy’s not property in divorce case – by Steve Lash, July 6
When a Calvert County couple with a Lhasa apso divorced in June, the judge took issue with the Maryland law stating that family pets are jointly owned marital property. Since the couple could not agree on who would keep their dog, Lucky, the judge decided that the two would split custody, spending six months with each party.
6. Dire warnings on Baltimore’s proposed living wage law – by Nicholas Sohr, July 21
A living wage law proposed for Baltimore City retailers in July by Mary Pat Clarke prompted a wave of dire warnings from the business community. The bill would apply to stores of chains with more than $10 million in yearly sales and require them to pay their employees at least $10.59 per hour.
7. Clarke closes deal for Fells Point Recreation Pier – by Robbie Whelan, March 12
J. Joseph Clarke, husband of Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, said in March that he closed on a deal to buy property at Baltimore’s historic Recreation Pier from tugboat company Moran Towing Corp. He planned to build a hotel in the Fells Point landmark.
8. Parents file $20M lawsuit for wrongful birth – by Danny Jacobs, June 21
A Baltimore couple filed a wrongful birth lawsuit in June after their baby was born prematurely with a hole in his diaphragm, among other complications. A lawyer for the child’s father said that it would cost $20 million to take care of the child, and that had the couple known, they would have made the difficult decision to terminate the pregnancy.
9. Wells Fargo loses class action lawsuit – Associated Press, August 11
A federal judge in California ordered Wells Fargo & Co. in August to change what he called “unfair and deceptive business practices” that lead customers into paying multiple overdraft fees, and to pay $203 million back to customers. The judge accused Wells Fargo of “profiteering” by changing some of its policies.
10. Rawlings-Blake names 151 to transition team – by Robbie Whelan, January 22
Following the trial and conviction of former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon, former city council president and current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake began her transition into office. A couple of weeks prior to becoming mayor, Rawlings-Blake named 151 civic and business leaders to comprise six transition committees to review city operations.