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Week in review: 2/11/11

Casino enjoys strong month

Hollywood Casino Perryville’s revenue has rebounded after the holiday months caused gamblers to spend elsewhere. The state’s first casino reported it made $7.7 million in January, its most since its October, its first full month of operation. Casino at Ocean Downs reported $3 million after opening Jan. 4.

Council calls for hearings

The Baltimore City Council unanimously approved Monday a resolution calling for investigative hearings into the projected $1.8 billion development known as The New East Baltimore. The resolution calls for leaders of East Baltimore Development Inc. to appear before the council to answer questions about the project being behind schedule and the expenditure of more than $564 million.

BGE wants rate hikes

Baltimore Gas & Electric, which in December received permission to raise its electric distribution rate, will seek more increases, according to its parent company, Constellation Energy Group. Constellation’s president and CEO, Mayo A. Shattuck, says the company needs money for a five-year plan to improve its infrastructure.

False-arrest lawsuit

David Harris, who spent 29 days in jail on assault and robbery charges, even though the alleged victim said the East Baltimore man was not involved in the incident, settled his suit against the arresting officers this week for $75,000.

Gas tax hike proposed

A bill sponsored that would increase the tax on gasoline by 10 cents a gallon and raise vehicle registration fees has the support of a third of the state’s senators. A constitutional amendment in it would protect transportation funds from raids by budget-balancing governors and lawmakers.

Same-sex marriage debated

Supporters of permitting same-sex marriage in Maryland clashed with opponents Tuesday in a legislative battle in which neither side was willing to discuss civil unions or other intermediate options.

Bernstein wants space

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein complained in his first report to the city Criminal Justice Coordinating Council on Wednesday that for the sake of efficiency, his prosecutors need their office space changed so that all of them are on the same floor.

Injured woman files $2M suit

An Anne Arundel County woman filed a $2 million federal lawsuit Monday against Gyrus AMCI, a medical device manufacturer, claiming that part of the forceps used during her hysterectomy broke off and remained in her pelvis for more than a year.

Madoff lawsuit revived

A decision Wednesday by the Court of Special Appeals has partially revived a lawsuit brought by an investment manager and his firm for $10 million in losses related to the scheme that led to Bernard Madoff going to prison.

Dog DNA tester sells assets

The owners of MetaMorphix Inc., which makes DNA tests for dogs, will auction off their assets March 8 in Wilmington, Del. The Calverton-based biotechnology company has been in bankruptcy for more than a year.