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Week in review: 4/6/12

Hope springs eternal for O’s

When the Baltimore Orioles open their season against the Minnesota Twins this afternoon — their 20th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards — they will find several improvements, courtesy of the Maryland Stadium Authority. The changes, which include the Roof Deck — a full-service bar and seating area atop the batter’s eye wall in center field — are “for anybody who’s bought a ticket for the ball game,” said Doug Duennes, the team’s executive vice president of business operations.

Woman, 90, wins settlement

The city of Baltimore will pay $95,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a 90-year-old former school principal who had her shoulder broken while being handcuffed by police in her home in 2007. Three police officers got into a scuffle with Green when they attempted to search her basement after responding to Green’s report that her grandson had been shot at a nearby convenience store. She was handcuffed and injured after she tried to lock the basement door behind the officers.

Partnership amendments criticized

Several members of a powerful Senate panel remain unhappy displeasure with amendments to the public-private partnerships bill that would allow the legislation to interfere with current litigation, even though the administration appears ready to back the amendment. HB 576 was amended in a House of Delegates committee to allow for an expedited appeals process in public-private partnership court cases. The House panel also called for the procedural change to be retroactive.

Avoiding heartache at the lottery

With the identity of the Mega Millions winners still in doubt, lawyers familiar with the squabbles that often follow pools involving multiple winners have some blunt advice: Don’t do it. Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett says the agency doesn’t put out any information for groups, though she recommends friends and colleagues who do play together come up with a system, including copying and distributing the group tickets to pool members and making a list of people who are participating.

Discrimination alleged

A former San Mar Children’s Home employee who is married to another woman has filed charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying she was discriminated against for her sexual orientation and gender expression. Sarah Rutledge says that after talking about her spouse at work, she was made to sign a document saying she would not discuss her “personal relationship” or “particular lifestyle choice” during work hours.

Local investors eye casino

Four local equity partners want to join the investment group bidding for the license to build and operate a Harrah’s casino in downtown Baltimore, a spokesman for the group said. The investment group, led by Caesars Entertainment Corp., is the only suitor being considered for the project. The state Video Lottery Terminal Location Commission has yet to decide whether to award a slots license to the group, which already includes former Rouse Co. CEO Anthony Deering and Theo Rodgers, president of A&R Development Corp.

Adidas exec to Under Armour

Under Armour Inc., which develops and markets athletic apparel, footwear and accessories, said has hired Adidas executive Karl-Heinz Maurath as president of its international division. Maurath, who is expected to join the company in September, helped establish and expand Adidas’s presence in several countries around the globe. He worked most recently as the senior vice president of Adidas Latin America.

Cambridge plans redevelopment

Cambridge officials are working on a mixed-used redevelopment for the city’s waterfront — a mixture of commercial, public and perhaps residential properties at Sailwinds Park along Franklin Street. The property, once the city’s port, is owned by the state and leased by the city. The city and state have agreed to develop the property, according to the Star Democrat of Easton; groundbreaking is planned for next year, with completion by 2015.

Howard: It’s one healthy place

A report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute finds that Howard County is the healthiest place to live in Maryland. It ranks counties in each state by several health factors, and by other criteria such as education, access to health care and unemployment. The top five healthiest counties in Maryland are Howard, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Frederick and Carroll. Baltimore city is ranked as the worst, with Allegany, Dorchester, Somerset and Caroline counties low on the list as well.