By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Republican Larry Hogan will pay for his bid for governor with public financing, the first candidate to mount a state-wide general election bid on taxpayer dollars in two decades.  Hogan's campaign will receive a $2.6 million within the next few weeks to finance his race against Democrat Anthony G. Brown, who has proved himself a formidable fundraiser by collecting more than $12 million for the primary election alone.  "The Democratic Party...
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Energy company Dominion said Monday that it formally accepted Maryland regulators' conditions for their approval of a power plant the company needs to export liquefied natural gas from its Southern Maryland complex. Maryland's Public Service Commission said Dominion could build the 130-megawatt generating facility only if the company contributed $48 million toward funds set up for clean energy efforts, energy efficiency and low-income utility bill assistance. Regulators said the project otherwise would provide no net economic benefit to Marylanders.
By Fred L. Pincus | May 29, 2014
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's controversial comments about walking across the street if he saw a young black man wearing a hoodie coming toward him late at night got me to thinking about an experience I had 30 years ago. One night while walking from my Charles Village home to my car, I noticed two young black men walking toward me. It was very dark since the street light had blown out. Should I cross the street? I asked myself, concluding that such a move would be racist since they had just as much right to the sidewalk as I did. I continued walking.
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
  Ravens running back Ray Rice has been accepted into a diversionary program that could allow him to clear his record of charges that he knocked his then-fiancee unconscious in a New Jersey casino, but he could still face discipline from the NFL.   Rice, 27, earlier this month pleaded not guilty to one count of third-degree aggravated assault and instead sought entry into a pre-trial intervention program for first-time offenders....
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
The Baltimore County Police Department will accept prescription medications at multiple locations on Saturday as part of a program intended to get unused and potentially dangerous drugs out of homes. The initiative, run in tandem with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will collect prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those dropping off medications will not be required to show ID or answer questions. Officials will not accept illicit drugs or syringes. Law enforcement will accept the drugs at three locations: 6424 Windsor Mill Road, Woodlawn; 111 Wight Avenue, Cockeysville; and, 1747 Merritt Boulevard, Baltimore.
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
The battle between birds and bureaucrats is over — and both sides won. With a helping hand from a state carpenter, an osprey couple finally got a home with a view of the water on the eastern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. And the Maryland Transportation Authority, which manages the toll facility, finally got the pesky birds to stop nesting in front of cameras that keep an eye on traffic on busy U.S. 50 below. It's a happy ending to a story that has gone viral over the last several days, generating buzz on social media and even attracting the attention of CNN and Fox News.
By David Horsey | April 15, 2014
In response to this month's mass shooting at Fort Hood, Speaker of the House John Boehner said mentally disturbed people should not be allowed to get their hands on firearms. But don't hold your breath waiting for legislation to emerge from Congress to keep that from happening. "There's no question that those with mental health issues should be prevented from owning weapons or being able to purchase weapons. " That is what Boehner said. Yet, last year, when a bipartisan bill to set up a system of background checks for gun purchases was put forward, Mr. Boehner showed no enthusiasm for bringing it up for a vote in the House.
Wesley Case | April 11, 2014
In early December, a Facebook post announced a change had come to a Riverside haunt: “Hey guys. It's no longer Paul's bar ... we are under new ownership but not much else is going to change.” Shotti's Point had arrived, but it was the second part of the message that mattered most. From 2000 to 2013, Paul Zang turned the Fort Avenue corner bar into a no-nonsense hangout for neighborhood patrons of all ages. I unknowingly stumbled upon Paul's one summer night in 2012, and happily played pool as the gregarious Zang chatted with regulars and Led Zeppelin played over the speakers.
By David Horsey | April 8, 2014
Until Film director Darren Aronofsky got his hands on it, the old tale of Noah's Ark had devolved into a cute children's fable of giraffes and elephants and bears and bunnies crowding onto a big boat. Aronofsky has re-envisioned it as what it really has always been: an apocalyptic, end-of-the-world disaster story. Biblical literalists, though, are not entirely happy about this new telling of one of the most ancient stories in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Aronofsky's "Noah" opened Friday in theaters across America and the big question for Paramount, the studio that paid more than $130 million to produce the film, is whether the large Christian audience that showed up for Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and the more recent "Son of God" will pay to see what Aronofsky has called "the least biblical film ever made.
The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
Towson (23-10), which lost in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals March 9 at Baltimore Arena, accepted a bid for the men's basketball tournament. In their first postseason appearance since 1991, the Tigers will travel to play South Carolina Upstate (19-14) in a first-round game Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Hodge Center in Spartanburg, S.C. The CIT, which features a 32-team field made up of non-BCS programs, is in its sixth year. “We're extremely excited for the opportunity to play in the College Postseason Tournament,” Towson coach Pat Skerry said in a statement Sunday night.
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