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Week in review: 11/18/11

Caesars proposes ‘dramatic’ casino

The development group led by Caesars Entertainment Corp. touted its proposed 260,000-square-foot casino on Russell Street as a “dramatic new gateway to downtown” Baltimore on Monday. Harrah’s Baltimore would include 3,750 slot machines, a steakhouse, a 400-seat buffet and a Baltimore-themed sports bar.

Constellation merger delay

Constellation Energy Group and Exelon are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to make a decision about the companies’ proposed merger by Jan. 5 after learning that the agency could delay the deal until April. Shareholders approved the merger this week.

Robocall trial postponed

The trial of Julius Henson, who is accused to trying to sabotage Gov. Martin O’Malley’s re-election last year with Election Day robocalls, was delayed Tuesday until Feb. 6 after Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Charles J. Peters recused himself because O’Malley had appointed him. Henson worked on the campaign of former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

City tax breaks debated

An issue overlooked in the debate over whether Baltimore should give tax breaks to private developers is that tax increment financing and payments in lieu of taxes have created jobs and led to increased tax revenue, according to Ryan O’Doherty, spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who opposes a proposed moratorium on the incentives.

Murder conviction overturned

Marquis Evans, who was convicted of murder in Baltimore, is entitled to a new trial because his first jury heard three times that he was on parole at the time of the killing, the Court of Special Appeals held Monday.

Secondhand-smoke suit fails

A Prince George’s County man lost his lawsuit over a cooperative association neighbor’s smoking when County Circuit Court Judge Albert W. Northrop decided the issue of secondhand smoke should be handled by the legislature.

Med-mal to legal-mal claim

A Baltimore County woman has sued her attorney for legal malpractice, claiming that his failure to serve any defendants led to the dismissal of her suit over her husband’s death at Ruxton SurgiCenter.

Photo collection up for bid

More than 7,000 of former Baltimore Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine’s original prints will be sold Saturday in Towson by Alex Cooper Auctioneers. All were made directly from Bodine’s negatives and come from the archives of the Tribune Co., which owns The Sun. Jennifer B. Bodine worries that her father’s collection will be scattered and not preserved as a part of Maryland’s history.

Police work for casino builder

The captain and lieutenant who oversee the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s gambling investigations have side jobs for The Cordish Cos., the developer of the casino at Arundel Mills, according to documents obtained by The Capital of Annapolis.

Casino-blocking bill defeated

The Prince George’s County Council spiked a local zoning bill Tuesday that would have banned slot machines at Rosecroft Raceway and elsewhere in the county. Penn National Gaming wants to offer slots at the harness track.

New Year’s fireworks in doubt

Officials at Baltimore’s Office of Promotion & the Arts say there is not enough money to produce the city’s annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular entertainment and fireworks display to start 2012 at the Inner Harbor. Business leaders are trying to raise the $75,000 to $100,000 needed for the show.