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Week in review: 11/4/11

Mt. Washington tavern hit by fire

Rob Frisch, the co-owner of the Mt. Washington Tavern, said Monday that he fully intends to rebuild and reopen the popular dining and bar spot. Once the damaged is assessed, he will know how long it will take to rebuild, but Frisch is confident the 32-year-old institution in Northwest Baltimore will be back to serve its loyal patrons.

Stand by your plan

Richard E. Hall, Maryland’s planning secretary, stood by the state’s comprehensive growth plan Tuesday and told the Maryland Municipal League that his department will move forward with it despite objections and calls for delay from opponents.

Harbor Bank is sued

The Harbor Bank of Maryland and three of its employees have been named in a federal lawsuit on allegations of fraud and negligence over an unpaid $2.5 million loan to make a sports movie starring Martin Lawrence.

Tolls rise for thee

Drivers across the state began higher paying higher tolls at most locations Tuesday as the Maryland Transportation Authority increased revenue in the face of mounting debt associated with new projects and upkeep of its existing bridges, highways and tunnels.

Stent suit

A lawsuit claims that Dr. John C. Wang of Union Memorial Hospital inserted two stents in a patient’s left anterior descending artery unnecessarily and then falsified medical records to hide it.

Exelon-Constellation deal

Exelon Corp. wanted to offer to build more renewable energy as part of its $7.9 billion bid for Constellation Energy Group Inc., the company’s president testified Tuesday as top executives for both appeared for a second day before the Maryland Public Service Commission, which is reviewing the proposed deal.

How may we help you?

State economic development officials urged local leaders on Wednesday to identify large projects that could be eligible for expedited state review and small businesses that need a boost from Maryland’s newest financing initiative, a venture capital program that could soon be filled with more than $70 million.

Tyler joins Venable

Maryland’s former insurance commissioner Ralph S. Tyler has joined Venable LLP as a partner in the firm’s litigation and regulatory divisions. He most recently served as chief counsel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Riding the rails

Maryland will spend $153 million on double-decker train cars for the MARC system under a deal approved Wednesday by the Board of Public Works. The 54 new cars will replace 38 older cars in the MARC fleet.

Habitat change at the top

Mike Mitchell, who has headed Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake for the last eight years, announced his resignation as CEO to pursue other opportunities.

Changing role for students

Media companies, struggling in a time of economic uncertainty, are increasingly relying on students to plug information gaps for the public, according to a new report released at Journalism Interactive, an international conference on digital journalism education sponsored by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.