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Week in review – 8/26/11: Quake shakes Maryland without much harm

Quake shakes Md. without much harm

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake sent office workers streaming onto the streets of Baltimore and other Maryland cities Tuesday afternoon. Many businesses closed early, snarling traffic. Inspectors checked buildings without finding much damage. Aftershocks also centered in Virginia continued for days.

EBDI plan criticized

Residents of Middle East reacted angrily again Wednesday evening against efforts to present a new development plan for their community, saying they have been left out of the process, which they fear will price them out of the East Baltimore neighborhood.

More delays in top court

The Court of Appeals ruled against a would-be developer’s plan for a 22-story building in Columbia and against the estate of a Catonsville woman — well over two years after hearing arguments in the cases.

Race track reopens

Rosecroft Raceway reopened for simulcasting of horse races across the country Thursday and, according to its owner, Penn National Gaming, harness racing will resume on its track Oct. 21.

Md. plan review extended

Gov. Martin O’Malley on Thursday extended, from 30 to 60 days, the review period for PlanMaryland, the state’s first statewide development plan aimed at reducing sprawl. County officials have objected to limits they say the plan would put on development and the possibility that counties would have to pay for infrastructure without state aid.

Private sector adds jobs

Private-sector employers in Maryland added 10,400 jobs in July, but those gains were partially offset by a loss of 2,300 government jobs, including 1,500 state positions.

City school board sued

A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday denied a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners from moving forward on a $25 million school construction project. CAM Construction Co. alleged reverse race and sex discrimination after its bid — the lowest — was rejected. A hearing on a motion for preliminary injunction has been set for Sept. 8.

UB Law protest called off

The president of the Student Bar Association at the University of Baltimore School of Law said he persuaded students to “postpone indefinitely” a protest over the dismissal of Dean Phillip J. Closius. The students have expressed concern over the amount of law school revenue the university keeps.