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July 2, 2012
West Street in Annapolis is getting a nicer look with new and wider sidewalks thanks in part to the state highway administration's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. I own property on West Street and the new sidewalks makes the main entrance to our charming, historic town look like someone cares about our great city. Once the agency finishes installing the new sidewalks, let's all do our part to make Annapolis a clean and safe city again. Bill Labros, Annapolis
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley and a group of faith leaders agreed Monday that thousands of immigrant children who have poured into the United States should be housed in foster homes and other small settings, not large centers as the federal government has proposed. The governor invited about 50 religious leaders and others to meet at the State House in response to the crisis that has developed along the nation's southern border as tens of thousands of unaccompanied children - many fleeing violence in Central America - have entered the country seeking refuge.
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NEWS
May 20, 2012
Just like our government, the tax-and-spend loving Sun doesn't get it ("Unfinished business," May 16). It's not really about a lousy 1 percent or 2 percent gas or income tax increase. The people of this state are rebelling against wasteful spending and ever-increasing budgets by our greedy, clueless government. If for once in their pathetic political lives, our politicians would start spending our money in a responsible and frugal manner, then just maybe we would be willing to consider an increase in taxes or fees without "hand-wringing and demagoguery" as suggested by The Sun. Here's my suggestion to our legislators: Stop the indiscriminate, wasteful spending, bloated budgets, and stealing of funds and replace all the money pilfered from our transportation fund, and maybe you would have enough money to fund needed projects without raising taxes in this depressed economy of ours.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
Kevin Bacon spent his weekend doing what you do in Annapolis -- sailing and eating good food. The actor was in town to perform Friday at Rams Head On Stage with his brother, Michael.  The pair began touring as "The Bacon Brothers" nearly two decades ago. On Saturday, the brothers and other band members hopped on a yacht from Annapolis Yacht Sales with WRNR DJ Alex Cortwright. The group sailed from the yacht store's dock to Bembe Beach near Chesapeake Harbor, where they dropped anchor.
NEWS
February 12, 2010
The February 4 Maryland General Assembly hearings conducted by the Ways and Means Committee were an incredible performance of utter rudeness and arrogance. Although not surprised, at least 20 of us, both veterans of such hearings and unacquainted rookies, were unanimously dumbfounded by it. Needless to say, Chairwoman Sheila Hixson's leadership was embarrassingly lacking. We went to listen, learn and/or testify on House bills 92 and 204, a job creation and tax credit bill and a bill to create a propertyt ax assessment and appeals task force.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
The acting city attorney in Annapolis - who had visited the police station when the mayor's cousin was arrested - has resigned, Mayor Mike Pantelides announced Wednesday. Pantelides brought Timothy Murnane to City Hall as acting city attorney after Murnane helped oversee a nail-biter ballot count following November's election. But Pantelides was unable to get the city council to confirm Murnane as the permanent city attorney. When Murnane's confirmation came before the council in December, the aldermen elected to postpone the vote.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
More than two dozen Annapolis residents are asking the city's Board of Supervisors of Elections to investigate the residency of Alderman Kenneth Kirby, who is running for re-election this fall. Kirby, a Democrat, has had repeated controversy over where he lives , dating to early 2012, when Kirby was found staying at a public housing apartment that police searched as part of a drug investigation. Kirby was not accused of any criminal wrongdoing, but the incident raised questions about his residency, because the apartment where he was staying was not his official address.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
The Annapolis police chief said Tuesday his officers "disrupted if not dismantled" one of the capital city's heroin distribution networks with a series of indictments and arrests. Working with the Anne Arundel County Police, Maryland State Police and the Calvert County Sheriff's Office, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop announced his officers arrested five of nine people who have been indicted on drug distribution charges. Police also made a handful of "collateral arrests" and expect to announce more arrests in the coming days.
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Kelcie Pegher, Baltimore Sun Media Group | June 21, 2014
Relatives of royalty made it to Annapolis overnight. The Race Across America bicycle team that included Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, made it to its final stop in Annapolis around 3 a.m. Pippa Middleton was part of an eight-person team that included her brother, James Middleton, for the Michael Matthews Foundation. The foundation was established after Matthews died while climbing down Mount Everest. It now helps to give low-income children an education, and often builds schools for communities in needs.
NEWS
May 18, 2012
Now that the tax catastrophe is over, many photos will be snapped of Gov.Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House SpeakerMichael E. Buschgloating over their "accomplishments. " Frankly. I don't know how these three can sleep at night. F. Cordell, Lutherville
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Have you ever sat in the office on a Friday and thought, "Man, I wish I could push a button on my phone and get a margarita, a massage therapist and a mariachi band delivered to my desk?" Welp, I'm afraid we can't help you with that. But we can tell you how to get ice cream delivered today.  Uber, the cab-ish company, is delivering ice cream between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. today.   Baltimore and Annapolis are among 130 cities internationally that are involved in the Uber Ice Cream promotion, according to a company news release.  To take part, download the Uber app, and select "ice cream.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
The mayor of Annapolis says he will not reappoint civil rights activist Carl O. Snowden to the board that oversees public housing communities in the city. Mayor Mike Pantelides sent a letter to Snowden on Wednesday indicating he would not reappoint Snowden to the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis when his term expires at the end of the month. He has not announced who he will nominate to replace Snowden. Snowden, 61, was appointed to the authority's board in 2009 and is the board's chairman.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
A series of severe storms blew through the Baltimore region Monday evening, bringing heavy rain, lightning and strong winds that factored into at least one death, officials say. The storms are expected to last through Tuesday. Natural Resources Police found a 42-year-old woman dead Monday in the water in Anne Arundel County where she had been boating during the storm with a 40-year-old Pasadena man, who is missing, spokeswoman Candy Thomson said. The two left Sunday between 10 a.m. and noon, and their boat was found washed up on the rocks at Sparrows Point, Thomson said.
NEWS
By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Annapolis police say they are responding to May and June's surge in bicycle thefts in the city by adding patrols. Public information officer Amy Miguez said 21 bicycles were stolen in Annapolis in May and 15 were stolen in June. By comparison, two bikes were stolen in May 2013, Miguez said. The recent spike exceeds the expected uptick of bicycle thefts during the summer, when people use their bikes more often and leave them outside. Miguez stressed the need to lock up bikes. Only one of the 15 bikes stolen in June was locked; others were left in the front yard or in unlocked garages, she said.
NEWS
By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
The Dreambuilder was making slow progress. The 35-foot-long sailboat meandered in the waters off Annapolis on Wednesday as its teenage crew stood on deck and watched in dismay. “I don't think I've ever gone so fast,” Tommy Pipher, 16, said dryly from the helm. “I think the rudder's broken,” said Ellie Wood, 16. Pipher and Wood, rising juniors at South River High School in Edgewater, are part of a group of 13 students who have been learning the ins and outs of sailing and navigation over two weeks at the National Sailing Hall of Fame, a sailing education nonprofit in Annapolis.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
The city of Annapolis has ordered Uber, the company behind a popular ride-sharing application, to stop its service in the capital until it registers as a taxi company. Mayor Mike Pantelides said Monday it's important for Uber to follow the same regulations as the taxicabs that operate in Annapolis. "I'm happy to know there is another means of transportation that will help increase our city's mobility efforts, but I must also be diligent in insisting that they are regulated, just like our taxicabs, in an effort to keep our citizens and visitors safe," Pantelides said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2012
Jane Fonda was so smitten with Maryland's capital city that state tourism officials have taken to calling her "Annapolis' newest ambassador. " The actress was walking the cobblestone streets of Annapolis the other day to film a cameo in the movie “Better Living Through Chemistry," a shoot that's been underway there for a number of weeks. But unlike stars who parachute in and zip out with barely a look around, Fonda was into Annapolis, shooting tons of pictures of the historical vistas and then, later devoting a blog post to the town.
NEWS
March 20, 2012
If the teacher pensions are transferred to the counties, the real losers are the taxpayers of Maryland ("A costly breakthrough," March 13). The state is in debt and can't meet it's commitments. One of its solutions is to transfer teacher pension costs. The counties, of course, do not have the money to pay for them either. Ergo, while Gov.Martin O'Malleycan claim he's balancing the budget and not raising taxes even higher, the counties will have to raise taxes to pay the pensions.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Annapolis police arrested a man they say fired shots out of a car near the Harbour House public housing community Wednesday night. Police say officers were called around 6:30 p.m. with a report that someone was shooting from a car near the Harbour House community, and found a car matching the description given leaving the area. The car stopped in the 800 block of Chesapeake Ave., and four of the car's occupants remained inside, except for one man who ran away while carrying a handgun, police said.
NEWS
By Ben Weathers, Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 5, 2014
For full coverage and photos, go to capitalgazette.com Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Annapolis Friday for the city's annual Fourth of July parade. The parade started with the city's official town crier Fred Taylor ringing his bell and proclaiming that he had brought good news from Philadelphia. “The resolution of independence has been adopted,” he cried. “God bless America.” City officials had been watching as Hurricane Arthur approached the East Coast.
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