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Week in review: 3/25/11

Circus comes to Baltimore

Cirque du Soleil will stage “Totem,” featuring a cast of 53, for a nearly three-week run at the site of the Westport project in Baltimore. The performances, which begin April 7, are expected to create up to 180 temporary jobs. The show “looks at the world and where we come from” with an environmental theme, according to the artistic director.

Wind power cost limit

Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday he will tweak his plan to spur development of an offshore wind farm to limit the cost to consumers to no more than $2 a month in its first year. The state’s electric utilities would be required to enter into long-term purchase agreements for 400 to 600 megawatts from a wind farm that has not yet been built.

Sports agent pleads guilty

Nathan A. Peake, who has represented pro athletes and is a partner in We R One Gear, an urban apparel company in Suitland, has pleaded guilty to one count of income tax evasion and one count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud. The Silver Spring man faces five years in prison on each count.

Restaurateur goes Hollywood

Cheryl Townsend has reopened the diner at Saratoga and Holiday streets in Baltimore, renaming it The Hollywood Diner presents: The Red Springs Café. The landmark was used in the 1982 film “Diner.”

Court takes over course

Under a rule that recently took effect, the Court of Appeals will administer the professionalism course for the state’s new lawyers after delegating the responsibility to the Maryland State Bar Association for almost 20 years.

Music venue suit dismissed

I.M.P. Inc., which operates Merriweather Post Pavilion, Rams Head Live! and the 9:30 Club, has lost its lawsuit in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to slow $4 million in state funding to build a rival venue in Silver Spring.

Ruling on petitions

The Court of Appeals has ruled 5-2 in a deferred opinion released Tuesday that signatures on referendum petitions need not be legible to court.

Fewer women in charge

The number of board seats held by women in Maryland dropped by six from 2009 to 2010, and female executives as top earners also declined last year, a report by the local group Network 2000 found.

Dew Tour headed for O.C.

Ocean City leaders confirmed Tuesday that the resort town will host the year’s first Dew Tour event of extreme sports, which include skateboarding and bicycle trick riding. The tentatively scheduled dates are July 21-24.

Injured bicyclist’s suit

Lawyers for a Johns Hopkins University student who was struck by a car while riding his bicycle last month have filed a $10 million lawsuit against the car’s driver. Nathan Krasnopoler has been in a coma since the Feb. 26 accident.

Fired worker can sue

The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act does not bar a lawsuit by a woman who says her supervisor fired her for complaining that a co-worker grabbed her and kissed her, the Court of Appeals ruled.

Anthrax suspect report

A court-ordered panel of experts said Wednesday that security investigators failed to follow up on signs of mental illness that should have prevented the apparent perpetrator of attacks that killed five in 2001 from working with anthrax at Fort Detrick.

Orioles fans’ menu

Berger cookies and bratwurst cooked in Natty Boh are just some of the items baseball fans will be able to enjoy at Oriole Park at Camden Yards when Delaware North Cos. Sportservice takes over concessions this season.

Electric cars’ future

Maryland lawmakers are considering three proposals intended to spur sales of and lay the foundation for electric cars. The state is projected to be among the top areas for widespread adoption of the high-tech vehicles.

Victim’s co-worker held

An employee at an upscale Bethesda yoga clothing shop was ordered held without bail after a prosecutor accused her of killing a co-worker, tying herself up and claiming two masked men committed the attack.