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Week in review: 7/15/11

Restaurant plan suffers setback

Redevelopment of the long-abandoned Chesapeake Restaurant in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District is still on track despite a key restaurateur’s rejection of the $16 million project, city officials said Monday. Qayum Karzai, who owns the nearby Helmand and Tapas Teatro restaurants, has backed out of the partnership and will not open an upscale eatery and market inside the building.

State Center lawsuit

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge cleared the way Wednesday for a legal challenge against the procurement procedures of the proposed $1.5 billion State Center development. Judge Althea M. Handy denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit that pits downtown property owners against state officials and developers.

Case against boxer dropped

Deon Johnson, the West Baltimore boxer who says his Olympic dreams were derailed two years ago when a Baltimore police car knocked him off a stopped dirt bike, won perhaps the biggest bout of his life Monday when the attempted-murder case against him was dropped on the morning of the trial.

Tow scheme guilty pleas

The two brothers who own Majestic Auto Repair Shop in Rosedale pleaded guilty Monday in a towing scheme that may have involved dozens of Baltimore city police officers. Two of 17 officers charged in February have pleaded guilty after being accused of taking kickbacks to send customers to Majestic instead of arranging for a tow from a city-authorized company.

Holton’s immunity upheld

Baltimore City Council member Helen L. Holton praised the Court of Appeals late Wednesday for declining to reinstate criminal charges that she had committed bribery, and later perjury in voting for tax breaks for developers who made an indirect payment to her. The court said Holton enjoyed immunity from prosecution because of her position.

Convicted killer’s retrial

A request by a suspect in the killing of a Salisbury woman that he not talk to police anymore until he spoke with a lawyer was an unambiguous invocation of his right to counsel, the Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Warren Lee Ballard, who was found guilty of second-degree murder, is entitled to a retrial, the court held.

UM coaches’ pay revealed

The new head coaches of the University of Maryland’s football and basketball teams are guaranteed $2 million and $1.9 million a year, according to contracts released Wednesday in response to a Public Information Act request from The Daily Record.

Relief for Hippodrome

The Maryland Stadium Authority is restructuring its deal with Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre to keep the underperforming venue running and able to compete for shows and events. The theater agreed to add a $2 surcharge to tickets in return for refinancing and $250,000 a year from the authority.

Grieving dad can sue state

The father of a 12-year-old girl who was killed in a 2001 car accident can sue the state for failing to install a median barrier on the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge between Havre de Grace and Perryville, the Court of Special Appeals has ruled in reversing a judge’s opinion.

UM BioPark expansion

A plan to expand the geographic boundaries at the University of Maryland BioPark and clear the way for up to 2 million square feet of lab, hotel and office space will be considered by the Baltimore City Council on Monday.

New rate commissioner

John M. Colmers, who has served Maryland in a variety of high-profile health care positions, was named Tuesday as the chairman of the Health Services Cost Review Commission. He is vice president of health care transformation and strategic planning for Johns Hopkins Medicine.