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Week in review: 12/2/11

Weekend warriors play at Pimlico

ASG Sports Inc. said it hopes to attract up to 1,500 people to the first Baltimore Flag Festival on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, and it expects to get back at least the $80,000 it will cost to hold the event. No admission will be charged, though donations will be accepted. Adult and youth teams will pay registration fees; corporate sponsors have been lined up.

No robocall ID wanted

The woman who recorded a robocall that prosecutors say was designed to suppress the black vote in last year’s gubernatorial election testified Wednesday in the trial of Paul Schurick, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s campaign director, that she was told not to identify the campaign that paid for the call. Identification is required by law.

Disney skips National Harbor

The Walt Disney Co. has scrapped plans for a 500-room resort hotel that would have added another marquee name to the National Harbor development in Prince George’s County.

Trip to India nets deals

Maryland businesses signed several deals with counterparts in India during a trade mission led by Gov. Martin O’Malley, the governor’s office announced this week. These include a highway engineering contract won by Sheladia Associates, a 24-hour health care helpline to be staffed in Prince George’s County, the design and manufacture by Premier Rides of a theme park ride, and development of hospitality and medical office projects by TripleStone Real Estate.

Eagle Bank drops acquisition

Citing “irreconcilable differences,” Eagle Bancorp of Bethesda, the parent company of Eagle Bank, said Monday that it is ending its $31.2 million acquisition of Alliance Bankshares Corp. of Chantilly, Va.

Murder conviction overturned

The Court of Appeals overturned a former U.S. Army ranger’s murder conviction Tuesday, saying he was denied sufficient opportunity to pursue his defense that the fellow ex-ranger he allegedly shot had actually killed himself.

Phillips Seafood’s new site

Phillips Seafood, a Baltimore tourist landmark restaurant for more than three decades, has formally reopened in a new location at the Power Plant at the Inner Harbor after a $2 million renovation of the former ESPN Zone.

Activist chosen for EBDI board

Donald Gresham, a community activist in Middle East who has protested against East Baltimore Development Inc. and its planned $1.8 billion redevelopment of the community, has been chosen to serve as a voting member on the EBDI board.

Luxury renters arrive

The first residents in a new 375-unit luxury rental development in Owings Mills are moving in following completion of phase one of construction at The View at Mill Run. The community is to have 10 four-story buildings when it is completed in late 2012, officials of developer Sidney Emmer LLC said Monday.

WikiLeaks damage denied

The Army intelligence analyst suspected of giving hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks claimed Monday in Hagerstown three federal reviews concluded the leaks didn’t hurt national security and caused little damage to U.S. interests abroad.

U.S. settles anthrax suit

The U.S. government has agreed to pay the family of tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens $2.5 million to settle their lawsuit, which claimed he was a victim of an anthrax attack in Boca Raton, Fla., in 2001. The suit claimed the government should have done more to safeguard anthrax at Fort Detrick.