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Week in review: 9/30/11

Hollywood Diner gets a reprieve

Contrary to reports and rumors, Baltimore’s Hollywood Diner is not about to close. The diner, which Barry Levinson used in his 1982 movie “Diner” and then donated to the city, will stay open at least through the end of the year. It had changed hands several times before reopening in March.

Currie trial begins

State Sen. Ulysses S. Currie never disclosed he was being paid by a grocery store chain as he pressed the head of the Maryland State Highway Administration to install traffic lights near the company’s stores, SHA Administrator Neil Pedersen testified Wednesday during the first week of Currie’s bribery trial.

7 judges appointed

Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed seven judges Wednesday to circuit courts in Prince George’s and Cecil counties, and Baltimore. In seeking to increase diversity he appointed were two black women, two black men, a white woman, a white man, and an Asian-American woman.

Delegate’s deal criticized

The state will pay Del. Wendell R. Beitzel $427,000 to preserve his Garrett County farm under a conservation deal that has drawn sharp criticism from Comptroller Peter Franchot, who questioned the value.

Conviction overturned

Arnold M. Jolivet II, the son of a minority contracting advocate, is considering filing a wrongful termination suit against the state after an Anne Arundel judge reversed Jolivet’s conviction for theft of state funds while working for the Maryland Environmental Service.

Company loses bias suit

Central Wholesalers, a Laurel-based maintenance supply company, has emerged victorious after a five-year court battle with the U.S. Equal Employment Commission over racial and sexual discrimination allegations.

Casino site proposals

A development group headlined by gaming giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. is seeking state approval to build a casino just south of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Also, the state received three proposals for the casino to be built at Rocky Gap Lodge and Resort in Western Maryland, but a state panel rejected one of them.

Police officers accused

Two men who faced criminal charges that were dismissed in February have filed a $5 million lawsuit against two of the Baltimore Police Department officers with whom they scuffled while being arrested during a traffic stop in 2009.

Grasmick honored

Former State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick became the first recipient this week of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Public Service Award. Grasmick served in the position for 20 years.

Mauled child sues

The owner of a pit bull terrier that attacked a 5-year-old this year has been sued, along with his landlords, for $3 million in compensatory damages. The child needed 106 stitches and 12 staples for his recovery.