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NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2012
Dr. Scott Rifkin says the Baltimore Jewish Times "has a long and distinguished history and deserves to be saved" as its parent company is mired in a contentious bankruptcy. So he did what he's known to do, when he feels the time is right: He jumped in. Rifkin, 52, an Owings Mills physician and health care entrepreneur who is the managing partner for Mid-Atlantic Health Care LLC, has taken the lead in a group of investors proposing to become majority owners of the Times' publisher, Alter Communications Inc. — a plan to which a key creditor has objected.
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham and Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2012
Aquille Carr confirmed Tuesday what he appeared to reveal to the world on Twitter last week: the 5-foot-7 point guard is headed to Seton Hall. Carr, a junior, originally planned to hold a news conference at Patterson on Thursday morning to announce where he planned to go, but it was canceled because the school has high school assessment testing throughout the week. "It feels great knowing that I had a top school looking at me," Carr, the 2011 Baltimore Sun All-Metro boys basketball Player of the Year, said Wednesday.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2012
A by-the-book correctional officer was murdered on the job by two prisoners who didn't want to live by the rules, a prosecutor told a jury Wednesday as the death penalty trial of the first of those inmates began in Anne Arundel County. "To them, Cpl. [David] McGuinn was an obstacle they had to remove, and they did," Assistant State's Attorney Sandra F. Howell said in her opening remarks in the trial of Lee Edward Stephens. It is the first time in the more than five years since the 42-year-old McGuinn was fatally stabbed at the now-closed maximum-security Maryland House of Correction that prosecutors have publicly offered any motive.
EXPLORE
BY ALLAN VOUGHT, avought@theaegis.com | January 12, 2012
When the American Thoroughbred Horse of the Year for 2011 is announced in Los Angeles Monday night, the winner will most likely have been chosen for his or her consistency - a survivor in a year when there was no clear-cut star to emerge on the track and, in the words of the owner of the favorite to win the award, "a lot of upsets. " The connections of Havre de Grace, the now 5-year-old mare named after the Harford County city and its old race track, are hoping to hear her name called, and they certainly have reason to be confident.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee | January 12, 2012
The National Milk Mustache “got milk? ® ” campaign recently launched the call for entries for the 15th annual Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Awards.   The 2012 SAMMY scholarship recognizes 25 student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics, community service, leadership and who fuel their daily success with milk. Milk Mustache celebrity judges, Dara Torres and Chauncey Billups, will help select 25 winners from across the country who will receive a $7,500 college scholarship.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2012
Teachers, local elected officials, affluent Marylanders and health care providers are among those likely to be aggrieved Wednesday when Gov. Martin O'Malley releases his budget for next year. As part of a plan to address Maryland's $1 billion budget shortfall, O'Malley will propose a groundbreaking shift of teacher pension costs from the state to local governments, legislative sources said Tuesday. The governor's budget proposal, which must be approved by the General Assembly, also will include spending cuts to Medicaid as well as higher income taxes for the top 20 percent of Marylanders by phasing out exemptions and deductions, the sources said.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2012
It's this time of year, when it gets dark so early, that those of us with dogs start thinking about blinky lights for their collars. But the world of light-up dog products has gotten a lot more sophisticated than that. These days, in addition to the collar lights, there are collars themselves that light, leashes, and even toys. Among the best, Unleashed has decided, are those made by Nite Ize . Karin and her ever-playful Border Collie Dean tried out one of the brand's collars, as well as their glowing ball and flying disc.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2012
The Orioles announced several changes to the front office staff Thursday, including the hiring of long-time Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson as a special assistant to executive vice president Dan Duquette. Anderson, 48, was a three-time all-star in his 15-season career as a big-league outfielder, which included 14 years with the Orioles. Anderson worked the past two years in an informal, ad hoc capacity helping with the conditioning and development of players such as Nolan Reimold and Brian Matusz.
HEALTH
by Andrea K. Walker | January 19, 2012
Now that Picture of Health has a new blog home, we're restarting our healthy recipe feature. We will gather healthy recipes from magazines, cookbooks and websites and share them with you. We'd also like to hear from you with your recipe ideas. You can e-mail them to andrea.walker@baltsun.com or meredith.cohn@baltsun.com . This week's recipes is for Curry Vegetables and comes from Chef Meg Galvin at SparkRecipes.com , a free website associated with SparkPeople.com, a free Internet community that helps you track meals.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2012
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. used $168,000 of leftover campaign funds to pay for defense attorneys for Paul Schurick, his longtime aide who was convicted on charges of electoral fraud rising out of Ehrlich's failed run against Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2010. The payments were outlined in a campaign finance report filed last week by the Bob Ehrlich for Maryland Committee, which remains in operation. Ehrlich has said he intends to stay out of Maryland electoral politics. The money paid to four law firms that took part in Schurick's defense made up the bulk of. the committee's spending last year.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2012
State employees, retirees and their dependents could no longer fill their prescriptions at Walgreens under a contract being considered by Maryland's Board of Public Works. The panel agreed Wednesday to defer action on the $2.4 billion five-year contract after Comptroller Peter Franchot protested that the O'Malley administration did not provide notice of its intent to award the pact until Friday. Despite state budget department concerns about the delay, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp agreed to give Franchot two weeks to review the proposed deal before the three-member board takes a vote.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
Restaurants in Little Italy are hoping to move outdoors. Historically, only a few restaurants in the popular dining district have offered sidewalk dining options and sporadically at best. But now, inspired by a one-time outdoor dining event held on the Friday of Grand Prix weekend, a few restaurants on and off High Street are looking into expanding their dining options to the sidewalks of Little Italy. Outdoor dining in Little Italy has been seen but rarely over the years.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
A federal indictment unsealed Friday accuses four people — including a mother and her son — of directing a drug-dealing operation in Baltimore's strip-club district through violence and intimidation, including the 2010 killing of a dancer they suspected of giving information to police. Police had arrested one of the defendants named in this week's indictment, Tyrone Johniken, last January in the killing of 25-year-old Cherrie Gammon, who was fatally shot in Leakin Park on Dec. 12, 2010.
BUSINESS
Jay Hancock | January 28, 2012
Lion Brothers is outsourcing again. Unpaid child laborers will design one of the Owings Mills company's newest embroidered emblems. That's a good thing, in this case. If the factory of the future is about fast turnarounds on custom orders produced close to the customer, Lion Brothers' new Girl Scout badge is a small but telling indicator that U.S. manufacturers might have a place in the global economy after all. President Barack Obama's blueprint for reviving American factories should help retain and perhaps create manufacturing jobs at the margins.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | January 31, 2012
The Ravens announced today that the team will hold its annual “State of the Ravens” press conference Wednesday at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills. The annual season-review press conference, which starts at 2 p.m., is our rare opportunity to chat about all Ravens topics with owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass, general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh. Last year, Bisciotti told media that he liked offensive Cam Cameron “under fire” and he endorsed Joe Flacco as their franchise quarterback.
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