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Week in review: 4/1/11

Grasmick plans to leave schools

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick, the nation’s longest-serving appointed state schools chief, said Wednesday that she will retire June 30 after two decades on the job. Grasmick, 72, said she wants to spend more time with her family and less time on the road.

UB to add housing

Private developers plan to break ground this month on an 11-story, 323-bed apartment building called the Varsity for University of Baltimore students at Biddle Street and Maryland Avenue. The $25 million project will include a 5,000-square foot retail space on the street level.

EBDI promises changes

Officials of East Baltimore Development Inc. promised a City Council committee Wednesday that they will operate with a renewed sense of transparency and communication about the finances and progress in development and home construction as part of the $1.8 billion redevelopment project in Middle East.

Reporter sues rivals

Jennifer Royle, a sports reporter for WJZ-FM, has filed an $800,000 lawsuit against WNST-AM owner Nestor Aparicio and radio show hosts Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark for on-air and online accusations that she says defamed her.

MARC deal reached

Maryland lawmakers and representatives of the French national railroad say they’ve reached a deal that would force a greater accounting of the railroad’s role in the Holocaust and allow its subsidiary to seek a lucrative MARC train contract.

Parity for detained girls

Maryland leaders, including Gov. Martin O’Malley, expressed confidence that the new juvenile services secretary, Sam Abed, can reform the department without a legislative mandate after the House and Senate weakened legislation to require equal services for girls in the juvenile justice system.

MVA use of expunged records

An expungement of the public record of drunken-driving convictions after 10 years does not prevent the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration from retaining a “confidential” record of those convictions for licensing purposes, the Court of Appeals said Monday.

Asbestos argument rejected

Defendants who lose an asbestos lawsuit have no right to an automatic credit for money the plaintiff received by settling with another company’s asbestos trust, the Court of Appeals has held.

Shareholders sue Medifast

At least 17 law firms have started investigations, filed lawsuits or begun trawling for potential plaintiffs against weight-loss food maker Medifast Inc. since the company announced March 11 that it needed more time to file its annual report.