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Week in review: 8/5/11

Baltimore serves Restaurant Week

Baltimore’s sixth annual Summer Restaurant Week begins Friday as restaurateurs try to entice diners to their businesses during what tends to be a slow month for them otherwise. Discounts on showcased meals through Aug. 14 are intended to bring in a new clientele, restaurateurs said.

UB Law’s dean change

The decision to remove Phillip J. Closius as dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law was not about “financial matters” but a desire for new leadership, university President Robert L. Bogomolny wrote Monday. The next day, F. Michael Higgenbotham was named interim dean.

EBDI enlarges its plan

A report released Tuesday details new plans for the 88-acre redevelopment in Baltimore’s Middle East neighborhood that include 345 housing units, a 6-acre park, a grocery and a central theme of “wellness” to connect the project with Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Casino license fee held

A $3 million gaming license fee paid by Baltimore City Entertainment Group will remain in limbo for at least another month after a lawyer for the would-be casino developer said the State Lottery Agency was purposefully stalling court proceedings.

St. Joseph CEO resigns

Jeffrey K. Norman, CEO of St. Joseph Medical Center since November 2009, has resigned as head of the 263-bed acute-care center. He said he will stay in the post through Aug. 22. No reason was given for the resignation.

Excessive-force suit

A man who claimed a Frederick County sheriff’s deputy used excessive force against him during an arrest for trespassing at the house where he had been living has settled his claim against the deputy for an undisclosed amount.

State Center dispute

The State Center Neighborhood Alliance, a coalition of Baltimore community groups, has written to state Comptroller Peter Franchot “to express our dismay and disappointment” that he yanked his support from the $1.5 billion State Center project after having voted for it in the past.

Constellation profit

Profits at Constellation Energy Group Inc. climbed 37 percent in the second quarter based on strong performances at its core businesses, the company reported Wednesday. It failed to meet analysts’ expectations, however.

BWI’s record pace

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport continued its record pace for use, setting an all-time high for June with 2.13 million passengers and for the 12 months from July 2010 to June this year, a 5.5 percent increase.