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Week in review: Big price tag for outdoor decks at Power Plant

Big price tag for outdoor decks at Power Plant

A pair of Inner Harbor restaurants will have to hold off remodeling their outdoor dining areas, as the state’s $1.7 million price tag for three wetlands licenses was disputed before the Board of Public Works. Cordish Power Plant LP — the licensee acting for Phillips Seafood and Hard Rock Café, both tenants at the Power Plant development — was recommended by the Maryland Department of the Environment to receive licenses to redesign and add to the existing outdoor dining decks that protrude from the harbor pier. But the recommendation, subject to Board of Public Works approval, was contingent upon the licensee paying MDE $175 per square foot of property, because the decks are technically being built above a public waterway. That would come to $779,275 for the Phillips deck and $378,000 for the Hard Rock deck.

Court: State not liable for killing by ex-con

The state is not liable for the death of a 15-year-old boy at the hands of a child sex offender it failed to effectively monitor after his release from prison on mandatory supervision, the Court of Special Appeals held. The decision affirms a ruling that state officials owed no tort duty to protect the victim, Dominick Dixon, from harm by Robert Crosby.

EBDI protestor faces trial

Three of the four men arrested on March 29 during a protest march for employment at East Baltimore Development Inc. appeared in Maryland District Court in Baltimore for a hearing on charges including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. Judge Gregory Sampson set a trial date of June 26 for Thomas Threatt and postponed hearings for Richie Armstrong and William Simmons until late July because an assistant state’s attorney said the Baltimore Police Department had a video of the protest and requested the delay to examine it. Another defendant, Earl King, failed to appear in court and Judge Sampson issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Charter school project starts next week

A $40 million public charter school at the 88-acre East Baltimore Development Inc. site is scheduled to break ground Monday. Construction of the 7-acre campus of the Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School is expected to officially begin at 5 p.m. in the 2100 block of Ashland Avenue.

Redskins move camp to Richmond

The Washington Redskins will move their summer training camp about 100 miles south of their home base to an undetermined site in Richmond beginning in 2013. In addition to the eight-year agreement to hold preseason camps in Virginia’s capital city for eight years, the team also announced that it will retain its corporate headquarters and Redskin Park, its year-round training facility in suburban Loudoun County about 25 miles west of Washington.

Food Bank needs volunteers

The Maryland Food Bank has issued “an urgent call for help” for more volunteers to sort and pack for distribution more than 250,000 pounds of food stored at its warehouse at 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road in Halethorpe, Baltimore County. The nonprofit organization, which distributes food to the needy through a network of 600 soup kitchens, pantries and shelters across Maryland, said due to increased donations from Wegmans supermarkets and other local donors, its current volunteers “simply cannot keep up.” For information, go to the food bank’s website, mdfoodbank.org.

Casino revenue up in May

On the eve of the opening of Maryland’s third casino, the state said that the two existing slots parlors pulled in more than $14.55 million in May, a slight increase from April’s $14.54 million revenue total and a marked increase over the corresponding month last year. The total was still less than the two facilities generated in February and March 2012.

Alston’s trial begins

Del. Tiffany T. Alston’s trial on charges of misdemeanor theft and misconduct in office got underway this week, after a judge restricted her ability to claim that the charges against her were politically motivated. Alston, a Prince George’s County Democrat with a solo practice in Lanham, is accused of putting one of her law firm employees on the state payroll in January 2011 by classifying her as a legislative clerk. The worker was paid $800 by the state in January 2011.

T. Rowe launches emerging bond fund

T. Rowe Price Group, of Baltimore, a global investment management company, announced the launch of its third emerging market bond fund, the Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Fund, trading under the symbol TRECX. The new fund has diversification across more than 30 countries in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.