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Week in review: 7/1/11

Culinary school’s future in jeopardy

Nervous and, in some cases, angry, students of Baltimore International College were waiting this week to see if their school will be closed in the wake of losing accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Students said they were left with little time to transfer and, in many cases, the likelihood of losing federal financial aid.

Constellation solar deal

Continuing a two-month spree following the announcement of its acquisition by Exelon Corp., Constellation Energy Group said Monday it has purchased a minority stake in Astrum Solar Inc., a residential solar panel installer based in Annapolis Junction.

PSC ruling on Constellation

Hearings and discussions over Exelon Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Constellation Energy Group will take more than two months, state regulators said Tuesday. A ruling is expected Jan. 5.

Exxon loses in spill case

A Baltimore County jury found more than $495 million in compensatory damages should be paid to Jacksonville residents who sued Exxon Mobil Corp. over a massive 2006 gasoline leak. The jury also found punitive damages are warranted but continued to deliberate as to the amount.

Perryville’s casino share

The town of Perryville is checking its legal options after nearly six months of waiting for a portion of the $3.5 million that Cecil County has received from state slots revenue. County officials have told Mayor James Eberhardt that Perryville must agree to a three-year sunset clause before the town can receive the $1.2 million it’s owed through April.

Stabbing case advances

The mental health treatment records of an inmate who is accused of killing a correctional officer must be turned over to a circuit court judge, the Court of Appeals held. Lamar C. Harris cannot appeal the judge’s order at this stage, the top court said. The officer was stabbed in 2006 at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, which has since closed.

Loch Raven Village sold

Loch Raven Village apartments has been purchased by a New Jersey-based private equity real estate group that plans to spend $4 million in upgrades to the struggling, 61-year-old complex this year.

Court blocks disclosure

Records of an internal police investigation into the conduct of two officers are “personnel records” and thus cannot be released to a Montgomery County inspector general reviewing whether a drunken-driving cover-up occurred, the Court of Appeals held Wednesday.

Superfresh stores closing

Downtown Baltimore’s Superfresh grocery store closed Tuesday as part of a statewide shuttering of the chain’s stores. The space is expected to reopen next week as a Mrs. Green’s Natural Market organic store. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale last week of 10 stores to a joint venture that includes Mrs. Green’s.

Family leave test case

The U.S. Supreme Court will use a lawsuit by a former Maryland court employee to determine if states can be sued for violating the self-care provision of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.