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November 22, 2009
The Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue will host an adoption show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at PetSmart, 9041 Snowden River Parkway. All dogs have been vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Call 703-533-2373 or go to cockerspanielrescue.com for more information.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
The historic Rodgers Forge neighborhood in Towson has adopted guidelines for residents who want to install solar panels, an effort community leaders hope can strike a balance between preserving the community's architecture and embracing alternative energy. A committee of the Rodgers Forge Community Association worked for about a year to come up with the recommendations, which the full board approved in September, according to immediate past president Stu Sirota. "I think this shows that Rodgers Forge is a progressive neighborhood that cares about its history and maintaining the architectural integrity of its homes, while still being able to allow a modern and innovative green technology," Sirota said.
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FEATURES
By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun and By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
Could the path to the pot o' gold be paved with pawprints? Two local animal shelters think so, and they've invited you to special St. PAWtrick's Day parties to find out for sure. You are invited to The Humane Society of Harford County 's headquarters at 2208 Connolly Road, Fallston, from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, for the wearin' o' the green and a special party that just might bring you a world of luck. Things kick off with a Parade of Dogs at noon that will show off all the pups available for adoption.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
If you think the Ravens are being coy about their running back situation, Lorenzo Taliaferro wants to let you in on a little secret. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak doesn't let the players know in advance how he'll divvy up the carries on game day, either. "He doesn't really tell us who's going to go in during the week," said Taliaferro, the Ravens' rookie running back. "[It's] … whoever they call and put in. We'll all step out there and get the job done. " There remains a shroud of mystery about the Ravens' running game as they face the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.
NEWS
August 26, 2012
Recently, The Sun reported about a new state initiative to prepare youth for life after foster care ("Preparing foster teens for life," Aug. 20). While helping children in foster care gain the skills they need as adults is good thing, the right thing to do is help them find a permanent family. At the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we are doing just that. Our child-focused recruitment model, Wendy's Wonderful Kids (WWK), works for all children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care.
EXPLORE
February 6, 2012
With Harford County Council Bill 11-51 having been enacted into law, Harford County has completed the legislative process of updating its building and mechanical codes to the applicable 2012 International Codes, commonly called I-Codes, prior to the state-mandated enforcement date of July 1. The 2009 I-Codes will remain in effect until the July 1, 2012 with one exception. The requirement for installation of an automatic residential fire sprinkler system in new one and two family dwellings has been delayed until the July 1, 2012 date.
FEATURES
By Kim Fernandez
For The Baltimore Sun
| September 20, 2013
Are you ready for some purr-ball? To help spread the love at the start of football season (go Ravens!), the Maryland SPCA is waiving all adoption fees for long-time shelter MVPs. Add a homeless kitty to your family for just the $17 pet ID package fee, which includes collar, ID tags, microchip, and Baltimore City license. It's a great opportunity to get years of unconditional love from a cat who's been waiting for the same thing for a long time. The MD SPCA is located at 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore.
FEATURES
August 8, 2013
August can seem to languish, but the dog days are really long for homeless pets who've been laying around shelters for a long time. To help those pooches find their forever homes, the Maryland SPCA has reduced or waived adoption fees for its long-timers. Dogs can become long-timers for a number of reasons: they're shy or overly exuberant when meeting new people (which can be a symptom of waiting a long time to meet their lifetime loves), they're not as cute as puppies, they're not more popular breeds, or there are just too many homeless dogs competing with them for the attention of shelter visitors.
FEATURES
By Kim Fernandez and For The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
What time is it? Adoption time! Any dogs in the house? Absolutely! Cocoa got game! This beautiful American Bulldog mix is sporting her Ravens pride this week, and the Maryland SPCA has decided to follow her lead and offer a Ray Lewis-inspired special on big dogs like him. This Friday and Saturday, you can adopt a new best friend (one who might even be a Ravens fan like Cocoa) for a reduced price. Large dogs will be available to appropriate homes for $52 in honor of Lewis and the team -- that's a big savings from the regular adoption fee of $125.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | November 28, 2012
Baltimore is about to adopt a "climate action plan" that among other things calls for increasing energy efficiency in city homes and buildings, developing more renewable energy, getting more people out of their cars and planting more trees. The plan, drawn up over the past 11 months, spells out a laundry list of measures aimed at reducing climate-warming emissions of carbon dioxide 15 percent by the end of the decade.  The plan is scheduled for a final hearing before adoption by the city Planning Commission on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 2:30 pm at the Office of Sustainability, 417 E. Fayette St., 8th floor.
FEATURES
By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Make plans to spend Sunday at the B&O Railroad Museum in downtown Baltimore for a great day of trains, history, and adoptable dogs. Bella's Bully Buddies dog rescue, which finds homes for pit bulls in need, will hold its Rails & Trails event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all are invited for family fun and maybe the chance to add to that family. The rescue will host Choo Choo Blue, the museum's mascot, along with family and pet-friendly vendors, a dog-training demonstration, carnival games and prizes, a coloring and stamping station, live entertainment, a moon bounce, and a chalk and bubble fun station, too. Admission is just $1 and includes parking and museum admission.
NEWS
September 17, 2014
If Baltimore can repeat the successes of Sailabration and the Star-Spangled Spectacular on a continuing basis, what an achievement it would be ( "A spectacular weekend for Baltimore," Sept. 15)! I live at the Inner Harbor and enjoyed watching my neighborhood become the focal point of the weekend's historic commemoration. As far as I know, everything went well, and it was a delight to witness such a sea of happy faces everywhere. Recently, Councilman James Kraft suggested a new slogan for the city - something like "Baltimore - Birthplace of The Star-Spangled Banner.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Sixteen female senators have sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the NFL adopt a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence. Goodell recently instituted a policy with a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence offenders and a lifetime ban with the possibility of reinstatement after a year for second offenses. The letter to Goodell, also sent to The Baltimore Sun, follows former Ravens running back Ray Rice being indefinitely suspended for his domestic violence incident, for which he was charged with felony aggravated assault.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
A federal judge in Baltimore ordered Maryland elections officials to adopt an online absentee voting tool in time for this year's general election, despite warnings from computer security experts that the system could lead to voter fraud. The ruling was sought by a group of disabled voters and the National Federation of the Blind, who say the tool will make it easier for people with disabilities to cast ballots without relying on another person. "The court today has protected the fundamental rights of voters with disabilities, including the rights to equal access and to a secret ballot," said Mark Riccobono, president of the federation.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Owings Mills-based Medifast has adopted a stockholder rights plan in an attempt to prevent a hostile takeover of the weight loss plan company. Medifast said Thursday its board of directors adopted the one-year plan, a so-called "poison pill," "in response to the recent rapid accumulations of significant portions of Medifast's outstanding common stock" and "to guard against any attempt to gain control of Medifast without paying all stockholders a...
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
Law enforcement agencies in the Baltimore area and across the country are researching drones, intrigued by their potential for high-risk tactical raids and gathering intelligence. But uncertainty over federal regulations, concern about privacy issues and other factors have slowed many agencies from acquiring the unmanned aircraft. "There are still many unanswered questions into the future of drone use and how the [Federal Aviation Administration] will regulate those efforts," said Harford County sheriff's office spokeswoman Cristie Kahler.
NEWS
By Lane Page | August 21, 2014
Rescued from a hot U-Haul truck with more than a dozen others in July 2013, 9-year-old pit bull mix Layla was so depressed in her pen that Howard County Animal Shelter workers brought her up front for some human companionship. And Katelin Rowley, contemplating a cat to buddy up with her dog, Hanai, headed to the same shelter and promptly fell for the dog "so pitiful I couldn't leave her. " Sometimes because of age, health issues, personality problems or just plain bad luck, rescued animals simply can't wait for adoption.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Almost two years have passed since the NCAA men's lacrosse rules committee announced it would add a 30-second "timer on" countdown to combat stalling and slow play in men's lacrosse. And in the ensuing seasons, it's become clear that the timer is not a magical cure and that further changes need examination. In a column this week for Inside Lacrosse, analyst and Baltimore Sun contributor Quint Kessenich compares the evolution of lacrosse to that of basketball: The shot clock for professional basketball was invented by Syracuse Nationals owner Danny Biasone following the 1954 season in an attempt to speed up the game and prevent teams from stalling.
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