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By Meredith Cohn | April 10, 2012
A public health advocacy group is calling on Maryland's hospitals to stop handing out free infant formula to new mothers because it can encourage them to give up on breastfeeding. Public Citizen says the distribution done by at least two-thirds of U.S. hospitals is unethical and violates good public health policy. It also undermines the efforts that many hospitals have undertaken to encourage breast feeding. Officials there have written letters, co-signed by more than 100 other organizations, to administrators of 33 Maryland hospitals . They're doing the same thing in other states.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
A recent raid at a Catonsville apartment complex has raised concerns that federal immigration agents are using Maryland motor vehicle data to locate illegal immigrants, potentially undermining a state initiative to ensure that drivers are ready for the road regardless of their citizenship status. Residents of the Melvin Park Apartments said Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents pulled over several vehicles within a few blocks of the complex last month and asked for the registered owners by name.
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HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | December 28, 2011
Southern chef Paula Deen makes no apologies for her butter-filled unhealthy recipes. So it's no surprise that her cookbook tops the list of worst of the year in terms of health in a report by the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine. The group, that promotes healthy foods and eating, said Deen's and other unhealthy cookbooks encourage Americans to fill up on high-fat, meat-heavy meals. Jamie Oliver, the chef known for his aggressive campaign to make school lunches healthier, is also listed as one of the worst offenders.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
Baltimore Immigration Court, facing an increase in the number of cases involving immigrant children who crossed the border illegally, is expediting reviews to more quickly decide whether the children should be deported, according to attorneys with clients before the court. The so-called "rocket docket," created in response to a directive last month from the Obama administration to fast-track the cases, has meant the children receive initial hearings within 21 days and in some cases are given a matter of weeks, instead of months, to find an attorney.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2012
A new education advocacy group, formed late last year, has pledged to lobby for charter schools, funding for pre-kindergarten education and leave time for parents attending meetings with teachers. MarylandCAN, which is affiliated with a national coalition of school reformers called 50CAN, announced its agenda this week. Curtis Valentine, executive director of MarylandCAN, said he was "quite optimistic about passing" a bill that would give more students access to pre-kindergarten and legislation that would allow parents to take time off from work to attend teacher-parent meetings without being penalized by their employer.
NEWS
June 15, 2004
Alianza de la Comunidad, an advocacy group for Hispanic residents of Howard County, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Columbia Foundation to expand its outreach efforts. The organization operates Centro de Ayuda, a resource center, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Cradlerock School. A hot line (443-812-8486) for Hispanic residents is available. The grant will allow Sandra Gutierrez, the center's coordinator, to visit neighborhoods, churches and community centers to inform residents about the resources provided by Alianza and other groups.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 13, 1999
WASHINGTON -- People for the American Way named Ralph G. Neas, a civil rights activist and former Democratic candidate for Congress from Maryland, as its new president yesterday.Neas, 53, will start his job Jan. 3 at the organization, a liberal advocacy group that pushed hard last year against the impeachment of President Clinton.Neas, a former executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, ran unsuccessfully last year against Rep. Constance A. Morella, a Montgomery County Republican.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | November 17, 1993
Three-fourths of the college scholarships in a new federal program intended to encourage students to go into mathematics, science or engineering have been awarded to boys, according to a study released today by a research and advocacy group based in Cambridge, Mass.A total of 352 boys and 84 girls received the scholarship money, which totaled $2.2 million, in the 1993-94 academic year, said the organization, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.The $4,000 annual scholarships from the National Academy for Science, Space and Technology were awarded solely on the basis of high school students' performance on a standardized test, the American College Testing Program Assessment.
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2011
Casa de Maryland launched a program Tuesday to offer small loans to legal permanent residents who would like to apply for U.S. citizenship, the nonprofit said. The pilot program will loan 125 individuals each $680, the fee charged for naturalization, the immigrant advocacy group said in a statement. Borrowers will be required to repay the loan over a six-month period at an interest rate of 8.5 percent to 9 percent, according to the statement. Applicants will pay a $25 application fee that will be returned upon full repayment of the loan, Casa said.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 3, 1998
Releasing its own survey of doctors who work for the Food and Drug Administration, an advocacy group accused the agency yesterday of lowering its standards for safety and efficacy, working too hastily and approving drugs that should never have been allowed on the market.The report drew a scathing rebuttal from the drug industry, an oblique defense from the agency and criticism from representatives of chronically ill people who advocate swifter drug approval.But some scientists said the report raised significant concerns.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Driver advocacy organization AAA Mid-Atlantic, known for its roadside assistance and insurance and travel services, is moving headlong into a new market in Maryland: automotive repair and maintenance. "It's a major retooling of our retail structure," said Bernhard M. Koch, the group's president and CEO, at the official opening of the group's newest retail shop and mechanic's garage in Columbia on Friday. While AAA will continue to give its seal of approval to independent auto repair shops through its "approved automotive repair network," which includes about 80 shops in Maryland, its own entrance into the market has been expanding at a steady clip in recent years.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union and some advocacy groups urged the City Council on Thursday to scrap a tough youth curfew bill and instead implement a plan that calls for more social programs for young people. But Councilman Brandon Scott, lead sponsor of the curfew bill, said the critics misunderstand the legislation and waited too long to get involved. "If they were so concerned about this, why haven't they made these suggestions before?" he asked. Scott said he expects the council to give final approval to the bill Monday.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Equality Maryland has endorsed Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat, for attorney general, calling him a "firm ally" of the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. "He has the maturity, experience and commitment to be an effective advocate for the LGBT communities of Maryland as our next Attorney General,” said Carrie Evans, Equality Maryland's executive director, in a statement Monday. Evans credited Frosh with helping secure passage this legislative session of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which prohibits discrimination against transgender people in employment, housing and public places.
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Six regional and national advocacy organizations have filed arguments in federal court on behalf of a transgender retired police sergeant who brought a discrimination suit against Howard County after she was rejected for a volunteer police mounted patrol. The American Civil Liberties Union, its Maryland chapter and four organizations devoted to civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have asked the U.S. District Court for permission to file a "friend of the court" brief to support Tomi B. Finkle.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
Nancy J. Parrish, president of the Washington-based advocacy group Protect Our Defenders, said the Naval Academy football players case could deter future victims from pressing charges ( "Naval Academy drops sex assault charges against football player," Jan. 11). I hope she is right, but not in the way she probably meant it. Instead, I hope the case will make women think twice before filing bogus charges like those in this case, both within and without the military justice system.
NEWS
By Brooks Puchner and Tyler Brown | May 21, 2013
Remember the last time you got a B in a class? Maybe a B was OK, a hard-earned accomplishment in a difficult, GPA-sinking course. Or perhaps a B just wasn't good enough - a subpar finish that left you mentally shaking a fist at other classmates. The grades are in for the Johns Hopkins University. Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), an international student-run health advocacy group, recently released the first-ever University Global Health Impact Report Card. The report card ranked the top 54 North American research universities on their overall contributions to global health.
NEWS
By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | March 6, 1998
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will visit Havana next week as part of a U.S. contingent on a fact-finding mission.Schmoke will travel as a guest of the Center for International Policy, a Washington advocacy group pushing to end the U.S. embargo with Cuba.Schmoke will join former Maryland Rep. Michael Barnes, a center director. Also on the trip will be the Rev. Leo J. O'Donovan, Georgetown University president, and Marine Gen. John J. Sheehan, retiring head of the U.S. Atlantic Command. The group will leave Tuesday and return March 14.The men will review Havana's urban planning policies, study the impact of Pope John Paul II's recent Cuba visit and review calls for the United States to provide more humanitarian aid in the form of food and medicine to the country, center officials said.
NEWS
By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | April 21, 1993
Lack of transportation for low-income people is first among issues raised by the Carroll County Coalition to End Hunger, a new advocacy group."Transportation really does impact getting to food sources. It's such a pervasive issue," said Sylvia Canon, a coalition member and director of Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc.People who are unable to get to larger supermarkets may end up spending more money buying food at nearby convenience stores, said Gay McCormick of Westminster, one of the coalition's co-founders.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
National advocacy groups for people with Down syndrome are seeking an independent investigation into the January death of a Frederick County man after off-duty sheriff's deputies tried to remove him from a movie theater. Robert Ethan Saylor, 25, suffocated on Jan. 12 after three Frederick County sheriff's deputies attempted to remove him from the Theater 9 Westview Cinemas in Frederick. He died later at a local hospital. "We want to just find out more information to see if Ethan's rights as an individual with a disability were violated.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | March 6, 2013
Pop quiz: 1.         Telemarketers using robocalls with pre-recorded sales pitches can only call your home phone or cell phone if they get your permission in writing. True or False 2.         Putting your name on the Do-Not-Call list means no telemarketer is allowed to call you. True or False 3.         If you don't put your number on the Do-Not-Call, a telemarketer can continue to call you unless you submit a written request for calls to stop.  True or False.
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