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Week in review: 4/15/11

Hotel gas leak lawsuits settled

In Baltimore, 34 Ruth’s Chris restaurant workers who claim they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from a Pier 5 Hotel leak in 2008 have settled their claims during a mediation ordered by the Court of Special Appeals.

Convicted in killing

Sian James, who testified he acted in self-defense when he threw a concrete block at an off-duty Baltimore police officer during a parking dispute, was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter.

Ex-judge sues to lose

Retired Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Dana M. Levitz has sued a Towson lawyer for nearly $5,000 in unpaid arbitration fees, yet says he would prefer to lose his case in order to establish case law at the state appellate level.

Face-off in Baltimore

Baltimore’s First Mariner Arena will play host to pro hockey for the first time since spring 1997 when the Washington Capitals play the Nashville Predators on Sept. 20. The preseason game is being billed as the Baltimore Hockey Classic.

Capital punishment

The Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the death-penalty trial of an inmate accused of stabbing a Jessup prison guard to death can proceed. The court gave no reason for lifting a stay or for dismissing Lee E. Stephens’ appeal.

Bernstein tries case

Gregg Bernstein, a former federal prosecutor and defense attorney, is trying his first case since taking office as Baltimore’s state’s attorney in January. The trial, which began Thursday, involves three police officers accused of kidnapping two city teenagers and abandoning them.

Investing in hotels

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, a Bethesda-based lodging investment company that announced three acquisitions over the past month, plans to spend as much as $600 million more this year amid a slew of properties for sale around the country.

Power line plan dims

Virginia regulators are set to dismiss the application to build the $2.1 billion, 275-mile Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline high-voltage power line. The joint venture of Allegheny Energy Co. — now part of FirstEnergy Corp. — and American Electric Power Co., had been in the works for four years.