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Week in review: 9/16/11

Rawlings-Blake wins primary

Hours after easily winning Baltimore’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she plans to take aggressive strides in local economic development, including a restructuring of the Baltimore Development Corp.

TIF payments fall short

Baltimore officials this month will send out $652,000 in special tax bills for tax increment financing bond repayments because property taxes collected from Clipper Mill, Belvedere Square and Mondawmin Mall were not enough to reimburse investors.

Rail projects in jeopardy

The Red Line and Blue Line light rail projects will not be built unless Maryland boosts transportation revenue, but that issue could be crowded out in 2012 by more pressing state needs.

Child support plan faulted

The state Child Support Enforcement Administration has been lacking in its collection efforts, according to a report published Monday by the Office of Legislative Audits.

10-year fee dispute decided

The Court of Special Appeals has awarded $45,335 to a woman who fought a 10-year battle for her legal fees in a wage dispute with her former employer, but the award is just 12 percent of the lodestar amount for her litigation.

Smaller police injury deal

Baltimore is poised to pay $30,000 to a man who claims a police officer dragged him out of a vehicle and broke his wrist. In February, the city settled for $90,000 with a man who claimed an officer broke his arm during an arrest in 2009.

Police lawsuit advances

A woman who claims she was roughed up and insulted during a wrongful arrest can proceed with part of her lawsuit against the officers and the Baltimore Police Department, a judge ruled Monday.

Malaria vaccine shows promise

A malaria vaccine created by Sanaria, a Rockville biotech firm, is safe and shows promise, according to a research study published in the journal Science.

State disbars 2

The Court of Appeals has disbarred two attorneys who were first banned from practice in other jurisdictions — one in Virginia, one in Washington, D.C.