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Week in review: 3/4/11

Taking stand against algae

Maryland will become the first state March 21 to ban felt-soled fishing boots that spread an invasive algae from stream to stream. The ban has consumers scrambling to replace gear and retailers left with boots they can’t sell.

Sparrows Point sold

The Sparrows Point steel mill is getting a new owner and possibly a new lease on life under a deal announced Wednesday. The plant and two others owned by OAO Severstal were acquired by the Renco Group Inc. for $1.2 billion. RG Steel LLC, a newly formed subsidiary that will take over the mills, said it had reached a new collective bargaining deal with the United Steelworkers union. Members have not voted on the deal.

Rosecroft gambling

Penn National Gaming Inc. settled on its acquisition of Rosecroft Raceway on Monday. The next day, it reaffirmed that it wants to bring gaming to the harness racing track, and will work with legislators for a long-term plan to keep it open.

State bars partnership

Presidential Partners-New East Baltimore Partnership, the minority development partnership that has co-headed the $1.8 billion redevelopment in East Baltimore, has been barred from doing business in Maryland by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation because of unpaid taxes.

Power line stopped

The three-year effort to prove the need for a new, $2.1 billion regional high-voltage power line between Maryland and West Virginia ground to a halt Monday. PJM Interconnection said the outlook for a slower economic recovery led to the decision.

Court backs ex-punter

Tom Tupa, a former Washington Redskins punter who suffered a career-ending back injury during a preseason practice, can collect workers’ compensation from the team under Maryland law, the Court of Special Appeals ruled Monday.

Police misconduct claims

Two months into 2011, verdicts or settlements of lawsuits alleging misconduct by Baltimore police officers have cost the city more than $800,000. The latest is a $95,000 payout to a man who says police used a stun gun on him twice after handcuffing him.

Bull riders open bar

PBR Baltimore, a country-themed bar, was to open Friday at Power Plant Live! in Baltimore, becoming the third Professional Bull Riders Inc. location. Also, on March 11 the Baltimore Comedy Factory will move to Power Plant Live! Shows will be held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Unspent nuclear fund

Nuclear power plant operators, including Constellation Energy Group, have been paying into a federally mandated fund for the storage of used fuel rods since 1982, but after the collecting of more than $24 billion, no collecting of rods has been done.

Phone suit filed

A legal fight is brewing between Community Voice Line, based in Salisbury, and MetroPCS Wireless Inc., a no-contract carrier that offers a fixed-price plan with unlimited voice minutes. CVL sued, claiming that MetroPCS is unlawfully blocking calls to Iowa-based phone numbers CVL owns.