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Top 5: ‘It looks a little older… but then again, so do we’

Baltimore’s famed Hollywood Diner will be staying in business after all — despite rumors it might be closing — and a state delegate from Garrett County is going to receive more than $400,000 from Maryland to preserve his farm.

1. Hollywood Diner gets a reprieve – by Jon Sham

When Alan and Bonnie Kingman read about plans to close the Hollywood Diner, they arranged to take a long lunch Wednesday and trek down from Lutherville to pay what they thought would be a last visit.

The couple, both being interested in the 1950s era, got married on Halloween in 1992 and held their wedding reception at the diner, best known for being the hangout of characters in Barry Levinson’s 1982 movie “Diner.”

2. EEOC loses race, gender bias lawsuit – by Ben Mook

A Laurel-based maintenance supply company emerged victorious last week after a lengthy court battle with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Central Wholesalers Inc. had been fighting charges of racial and sexual discrimination since the EEOC first filed its lawsuit on June 29, 2006. The federal agency filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt after investigating allegations from a former Central Wholesalers sales representative. La Tonya Medley, a black woman, claimed to have endured racial and gender-based epithets daily while working at Central Wholesalers.

3. Maryland delegate to get $427K to preserve farm – by Nicholas Sohr

The state will pay a Western Maryland lawmaker $427,000 to preserve his Garrett County farm under a conservation deal that has drawn sharp criticism from a top state official.

Del. Wendell R. Beitzel defended his participation in the Rural Legacy Program, but Comptroller Peter Franchot said the Beitzel deal “stuck out like a sore thumb.”

4. Residents near EBDI protest plunging values – by Melody Simmons

A group of residents who live just outside the footprint of the 88-acre East Baltimore Development Inc. project say their home values have plunged as uncertainty over the future of the low-income community and widespread blight have taken hold of their neighborhood.

Residents who live on streets such as Chase, Chester, and Biddle, and North Patterson Park Avenue, attended a meeting at EBDI’s offices Monday to protest declining home values, a problem they share with many other homeowners who have lost value on assessments because of the recession.

5. City Director of Finance Gallagher retiring after 28 years – Melody Simmons

Edward J. Gallagher, Baltimore’s director of finance who has served under six mayors, announced Tuesday he is retiring, prompting a national search for his replacement as the city faces tense budget woes.

Gallagher said he has agreed to remain in office until Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake can hire a replacement.