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.
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
By Richard J. Cross III | March 11, 2014
Symbols are meaningful in politics. Sometimes, a gesture as simple as a handshake can resonate with tremendous importance. For me, the most important handshake in American history occurred in China on February 21, 1972. By way of background, John Foster Dulles - President Dwight Eisenhower's secretary of state and a staunch anti-communist - refused to shake Chinese leader Chou En Lai's hand at a conference in Geneva in 1954. He later quipped that the only time he'd meet with Chou would be if their cars accidentally collided.
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
Democrats running for governor said Monday they have agreed on a schedule of three televised debates, essentially accepting a plan proposed by front-runner Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur will take part in debates in the Baltimore area, the Washington area and one other so far undetermined part of the state, according to a joint statement released by their campaigns. The outcome of the talks falls short of Mizeur's proposed seven debates before the June 24 primary.
February 5, 2014
During the last decade, local, state and federal governments have sought to make smoking inconvenient by restricting where and when people can light up. They have made it more expensive by increasing taxes - to the point that a pack of cigarettes costs at least $10.50 in New York City. They have tried to make it scary by requiring ever larger and blunter warnings about the health risks of smoking on cigarette packaging. And they have worked to make it un-cool, most recently with a new advertising and social media campaign this week aimed at teens.
February 4, 2014
Conservative pro-business Republican Larry Hogan, a former appointments secretary under Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., and Del. Heather Mizeur, a liberal Democrat and ground-breaking advocate for gay rights who favors legalizing marijuana, wouldn't seem to have much in common politically, aside from the fact both are running for governor. But as of this week, they share an important common denominator — both have chosen to accept public financing of their primary campaigns. That's good news because it demonstrates the viability of public campaign financing in Maryland after a 20-year dry spell.
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
When Delinda Fogel, publisher of the Saint Augustine Record , invited members of the public to proofread the paper in a campaign to eliminate typos and grammatical errors, she got for her pains some attention from Jim Romenesko's site  and a horselaugh from Saturday Night Live .  I think that consulting readers about their preferences, concerns, and issues is generally a good thing, but I suspect that Ms. Fogel's effort is...
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