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Week in review – 5/11/12: Rehabbed houses give Oliver a lift

Rehabbed houses give Oliver a lift

A group of developers recently banded together to try to restart home ownership initiatives in the long-blighted neighborhood of Oliver on Baltimore’s east side. Operating under the name Come Home Baltimore, the group is reaching out to Johns Hopkins Hospital employees eligible for $17,000 cash grants as part of a live-near-your-work program.

No license for Midei

A Baltimore County judge has rejected former St. Joseph Medical Center Chief Cardiologist Mark G. Midei’s bid to get his state medical license back. The State Board of Physicians revoked Midei’s license in July, saying he had “implanted cardiac stents unnecessarily” in four of five patients in question.

Sanchez moves to City Hall

Alexander M. Sanchez, who has been secretary of the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation since 2009, was named Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s chief of staff — her third in as many years.

Special session consensus

Gov. Martin O’Malley and legislative leaders agreed on a special session that will convene Monday to address only unfinished work on the state’s 2012-13 budget. The regular session ended last month without the enactment of revenue-raising measures to support portions of the budget.

Top court will hear Exxon cases

The Maryland Court of Appeals agreed to consider how much money two groups of Jacksonville residents should receive in damages from Exxon Mobil Corp. in their lawsuits over a massive 2006 gasoline leak.

$700K for city streets

Two prestigious Baltimore private educational institutions — Gilman School and Bryn Mawr School — are each donating $350,000 to help pay for street improvements and continued maintenance along city streets near the two campuses in the historic Roland Park community.

Newspaper hit with lawsuit

David P. Daggett, a senior Carroll County prosecutor fired after newspaper reports and an editorial that said he gave false testimony about a homicide investigation, has filed a $1 million defamation suit against the Carroll County Times.

Made in Maryland

Production companies are looking to Maryland as a backdrop for filming locations— thanks in part to state financial incentives. According to the Maryland Film Office, 2006 was the biggest year on record for movie-making in Maryland, with an estimated $158 million generated for the state economy.

Slots revenue falls

State slot machine revenue fell by nearly $2 million from March to April, the first month-to-month decrease in money generated by Maryland casinos since October 2011, according to figures released by the State Lottery Agency.