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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange said Tuesday it is forming a "standing advisory committee" to address policy and other issues. The entity that runs the health exchange website where people buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act said it is extending the deadline to submit a letter of interest to serve on the panel until March 7. For more information: http://marylandhbe.com/committees/public-comment/. andrea.walker@baltsun.com Twitter.com/ankwalker
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October 11, 2014
Your recent editorial wisely observed that "the longer we wait before embracing fracking, the better informed we will be (" Fracking still worrisome," Oct. 7). The only purpose of extracting natural gas or oil from the Marcellus Shale would be to use it, thus adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and accelerating global warming. That's stupid. On the other hand, if the governor's advisory panel were considering a new technology of " unfracking ," whereby we could bury oil or natural gas in perpetuity in the Marcellus Shale at reasonable cost, I would look forward to a positive report on the wisdom of the process.
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NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | October 28, 2013
A Baltimore City-mandated citizens' advisory committee that few people knew existed until this month scrambled to meet Saturday, ahead of a Monday deadline to make recommendations to the Planning Department about a proposed shopping center with a Walmart store in Remington. Although 15 area residents attended the meeting at Corky's Grill near the development site, only two were committee members, so the five-member committee lacked a quorum and can only issue "a report of those present," said John Viles, who chaired the meeting.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange said Tuesday it is forming a "standing advisory committee" to address policy and other issues. The entity that runs the health exchange website where people buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act said it is extending the deadline to submit a letter of interest to serve on the panel until March 7. For more information: http://marylandhbe.com/committees/public-comment/. andrea.walker@baltsun.com Twitter.com/ankwalker
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2011
Medical experiments on chimpanzees are largely unnecessary and should be rare, concluded a report released Thursday from special panel of the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Science. The authors did not recommend an outright ban, as Europeans countries have done, but suggested strict parameters for research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Leaders there immediately said they would adhere to the recommendations. "The bar is very high," said Jeffrey Kahn, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, who chaired the panel.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 17, 1996
Told by Anne Arundel County ethics officials to choose between being a member of a budget advisory panel and representing his neighbors in a school redistricting challenge, David C. Douglas has quit the Planning Advisory Board.Douglas, a resident of the Seven Oaks community, sent a resignation letter to County Executive John G. Gary last week. A spokeswoman for Gary would not release the contents of the letter yesterday because Gary had not seen it.Douglas could not be reached yesterday.The Odenton lawyer is representing Seven Oaks residents who oppose school board plans to switch their children from schools that feed into Arundel High School to schools in the Meade High School group.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2005
A plan to rejuvenate Brooklyn and Curtis Bay won approval from the city planning department yesterday, but not without fierce objections from area business owners, who oppose the creation of a community advisory panel. The purpose of the advisory panel is to urge area businesses to establish a closer relationship with local residents. Although the plan is nonbinding and has no regulatory teeth, business leaders objected to the small portion that called for the advisory panel. They said its language is unclear and could result in an additional layer of oversight.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | June 29, 1995
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is pondering a new, stricter test to screen blood donations for the AIDS virus but will likely decide against it because it costs too much.The test, scientists say, would prevent up to 20 transfusions of HIV-infected blood a year but would come at a cost of at least $24 million."While I sympathize, I don't think that's an issue," said Louis M. Katz, chairman of an FDA advisory panel that ruled against the test after a controversial debate. "It's inconceivable in 1995 that we would consider a test that would cost so much."
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | August 3, 2007
A development's appearance and harmony with its surroundings - or the lack thereof - have sparked many a suburban dispute, but Howard County officials say they may have a solution. Legislation to create a design review panel is to be discussed at a county Planning Board meeting Thursday night. After consideration by the board, a bill will likely be introduced before the County Council. The proposal would create a five-member design advisory panel made up of architects, engineers and planners to make recommendations on aesthetics and compatibility while development plans are being processed.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 19, 2003
WASHINGTON - To slow the growth of Medicare, an influential federal advisory panel will soon recommend that Congress freeze payments to nursing homes and home care agencies and reduce the cost-of-living allowance that hospitals are scheduled to receive next year. Republicans in Congress and Bush administration officials welcomed the proposals, saying they would save money for taxpayers and the Medicare trust fund. But health care providers expressed alarm, saying the proposals could reduce access to care for the elderly and disabled.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
A form parents must sign before their children use indoor tanning devices will warn that the practice can cause skin cancer and possibly death under a new policy state health officials adopted Friday. "Indoor tanning can cause skin cancer. Skin cancer can be fatal," the statement reads. "To reduce the risk of skin cancer, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 18 never use tanning devices. " The language was adopted after two rounds of public comment on revisions.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | October 28, 2013
A Baltimore City-mandated citizens' advisory committee that few people knew existed until this month scrambled to meet Saturday, ahead of a Monday deadline to make recommendations to the Planning Department about a proposed shopping center with a Walmart store in Remington. Although 15 area residents attended the meeting at Corky's Grill near the development site, only two were committee members, so the five-member committee lacked a quorum and can only issue "a report of those present," said John Viles, who chaired the meeting.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2012
Community activists say they are concerned that an advisory panel that will help Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake select Baltimore's next police commissioner lacks representatives from city neighborhoods.  In an e-mail to Rawlings-Blake sent Monday, Cortly Witherspoon and Marvin "Doc" Cheatham, who lead civil rights groups, asked Rawlings-Blake to consider adding community members to the panel. The concerns are also shared by members of the Police Community Relations councils, which hold monthly neighborhood meetings at each of the nine police districts.
NEWS
Baltimore Sun staff | June 18, 2012
Cynthia Gross' first interaction with Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III came at a community meeting about seven months ago, when she stood up to complain about officers being overly aggressive. In a room full of stone-faced officers, you could hear a pin drop, she recalled. That night, Bealefeld offered to walk through her East Baltimore neighborhood with her to talk through her concerns. "I was complaining," she said of that meeting. "I wasn't a fan. But he's a man of his word, and we were able to work with him. " During his five-year tenure leading the city force, Bealefeld emphasized community relations, attending sometimes three neighborhood walks per week and trying to repair the Police Department's image.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2012
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has named an advisory panel to assist in the search for the city's next police commissioner following the retirement of Frederick H. Bealefeld III. The mayor's office said the panel will conduct interviews of internal and external applicants and recommend finalists to Rawlings-Blake. It's headed by Baltimore attorney Ken Thompson, a partner at Venable LLP. Rawlings-Blake's new chief of staff, Alexander M. Sanchez, is vice chairman, and the group includes leaders of three universities and a former city fire chief.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2011
Medical experiments on chimpanzees are largely unnecessary and should be rare, concluded a report released Thursday from special panel of the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Science. The authors did not recommend an outright ban, as Europeans countries have done, but suggested strict parameters for research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Leaders there immediately said they would adhere to the recommendations. "The bar is very high," said Jeffrey Kahn, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, who chaired the panel.
NEWS
By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | October 9, 2005
Advisory panel sought County Executive David R. Craig is preparing an executive order establishing a 20-member advisory commission to help the county prepare for the thousands of new jobs expected in and around Aberdeen Proving Ground over the next several years. Headed by economic development director J. Thomas Sadowski, the panel would include various county department leaders charged with advising Craig and the County Council on Harford's needs. The latest estimates suggest as many as 20,000 private-sector jobs could follow the 2,200 military jobs set to arrive as a result of a national base consolidation plan.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | September 28, 1994
WASHINGTON -- A federal advisory panel endorsed the controversial new scientific field of human embryo research yesterday, saying that it holds significant promise for medical advances, but proposed a strict framework for its conduct.The research has generated growing ethical concerns because it deals with creating and manipulating human life.While the human embryo "warrants serious moral consideration as a developing form of life, it does not have the same moral status as infants and children," the panel said in a report to the National Institutes of Health, which will study the report further before any guidelines are finalized.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2011
The Anne Arundel County school board has approved a revamped countywide Citizen Advisory Committee, appointing a 29-member executive panel that it says will strengthen the panel's ability to advise the board on education-related matters. The board appointed 26 county residents Tuesday to join three representatives from countywide parent groups on the CAC. The retooling comes about a year after tensions between the CAC and the board prompted CAC Chairman Tom Frank to resign, saying that what he thought was the group's function was not consistent with what the school board expected.
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | February 2, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday the appointment of six members to the newly revived Sexual Offender Advisory Board, which had lain dormant since being established by law in 2006. Last week, O'Malley tapped former Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. as the board chairman. Curran, who is O'Malley's father-in-law, has studied sex-offender reforms for years and favors civil commitments for certain predators. The appointees are Michele J. Hughes, director of a nonprofit domestic violence victim support center; Dr. Annette L. Hanson, a psychiatrist at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center; Karla N. Smith, a family violence prosecutor in Montgomery County; David Walsh-Little, a Baltimore public defender; Laura Estupian-Kane, a licensed psychologist who focuses on the assessment of adolescents who have committed sexual offenses; and J. Patricia Wilson Smoot, a deputy state's attorney in Prince George's County.
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