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April 11, 2014
Women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek Inc. on Friday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after failing to find a buyer said it plans to close its stores by early summer. Coldwater Creek joins other retailers to seek protection from creditors in recent months as consumers keep a lid on spending. The company said it plans to wind down its operations over the coming months and begin going-out-of-business sales in early May, before the traditionally busy Mother's Day weekend. Coldwater Creek, which has 365 stores and employs about 6,000 people, has five stores in Maryland.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides thought winning election as a Republican in a Democrat-dominated city would be hard. "The entire state was against me," he said. Governing has been even tougher. In the five months since his 59-vote victory, Pantelides has dodged an effort to cut his powers, fired several staff members and accepted resignations from several more. He's faced complaints about a lack of diversity in City Hall and endured a public flap after he was caught passing a profane note to an alderman.
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By Kym Byrnes, For The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Expanding Maryland's fledgling law on medical marijuana proved to be one of the key issues of the just-completed General Assembly session, and an Annapolis mother proved to be a key player in the reform bill that passed the House and Senate. In the fight to gain access to medical marijuana for her 4-year-old son, Logan, who suffers up to 10 seizures a day because of epilepsy, Gail Rand put herself at the heart of the debate, starting at the opening gavel of the 90-day session when she was on hand to lobby House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
To vote in November for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor of our state will likely mean MOTS (More Of The Same) from Annapolis. Mr. Brown has proven that he is incapable of true leadership, as was learned firsthand with the botched Maryland health care program. Marylanders are still patiently waiting to hear what became of state taxpayers' $125 million invested in the health care implosion. Will Lieutenant Governor Brown come forth with details about why the health program was doomed and scuttled?
NEWS
April 12, 2005
Some post offices plan to help last-minute tax-return filers meet the April 15 deadline by extending their hours Friday. The main post offices in Baltimore and Frederick will stay open until midnight. In Annapolis, the main post office will remain open until 10 p.m. The Glen Burnie, Columbia, Cumberland, Hagerstown, Bel Air, Ellicott City and Easton post offices will be open until 8 p.m. Pikesville's post office will be open until 7 p.m. The Severna Park, Catonsville, Halethorpe, Nottingham, Clarksville, Pasadena and Reisterstown post offices will be open until 6 p.m. The Owings Mills, Havre de Grace, Westminster and Linthicum post offices will be open until 5:30 p.m. The IRS accepts a postmark as a sign of an on-time filing.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
For the first time since 2010, it appears the Blue Angels will be back in full formation above graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis this spring. They'll also show up above Baltimore next fall. The U.S. Navy announced funding on Monday for the "full" schedule of its Flight Demonstration Squadron — better known as the Blue Angels — in fiscal year 2014, after sequestration grounded the jet fighter team's operations this year. A Blue Angels spokesman confirmed Tuesday morning that the team is planning to perform at all shows listed on its current 2014 schedule.
NEWS
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
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
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.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
A high-ranking Annapolis police officer has been suspended after he was charged with second-degree assault in an alleged domestic dispute, according to police. Capt. Christopher A. Amoia was charged April 4, according to court records and Lt. Gregory Wright, a spokesman for the Easton Police Department. Wright said police were called to Amoia's home in Easton at 10:30 that night. The victim told police that she and Amoia had been arguing and things turned physical. Police reported that the victim told them Amoia had her against a wall with his forearm, Wright said.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
I found your recent story about the fight between an aide to Del. Mary-Dulany James and his brother both alarming and painful ( "After claiming he was assaulted by 'a black man,' aide to Harford legislator James, brother charged in Annapolis fight," April 10). According to the Capitol Police report, Luke Horah stated that a large African-American male assaulted him and fled the scene. Here you have a sibling altercation that resulted in injury, but rather than tell the truth about his brother, Mr. Horah decided to implicate a fictitious "black man. " What if the truth hadn't been discovered so quickly?
NEWS
April 13, 2014
If voters remember anything from Martin O'Malley's first run for governor eight years ago, it's probably two big promises: to roll back a big increase in BGE rates and to end the culture of divisiveness in Annapolis to bring lawmakers together to get things done. The first promise didn't happen. But the second? Boy did it ever. Mr. O'Malley wrapped up his eighth and final General Assembly session as governor on Monday, bringing to close what is a remarkable run of success even by the standards of Maryland's powerful governors.
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By Kym Byrnes, For The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Expanding Maryland's fledgling law on medical marijuana proved to be one of the key issues of the just-completed General Assembly session, and an Annapolis mother proved to be a key player in the reform bill that passed the House and Senate. In the fight to gain access to medical marijuana for her 4-year-old son, Logan, who suffers up to 10 seizures a day because of epilepsy, Gail Rand put herself at the heart of the debate, starting at the opening gavel of the 90-day session when she was on hand to lobby House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
A high-ranking Annapolis police officer has been suspended after he was charged with second-degree assault in an alleged domestic dispute, according to police. Capt. Christopher A. Amoia was charged April 4, according to court records and Lt. Gregory Wright, a spokesman for the Easton Police Department. Wright said police were called to Amoia's home in Easton at 10:30 that night. The victim told police that she and Amoia had been arguing and things turned physical. Police reported that the victim told them Amoia had her against a wall with his forearm, Wright said.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Thirty-five Annapolis students spent their Tuesday examining river critters in a net, measuring water clarity and planting more than 100 trees and shrubs. The day of hands-on outdoor activities capped The Water Project, an initiative led by a young scientist that brought two schools together. Caroline Rodriguez has spent the past several months working as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps intern with the South River Federation, a nonprofit focused on protecting and advocating for the South River near Annapolis.
NEWS
April 8, 2014
The Annapolis Police department will host a Neighborhood Watch meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Annapolis Police Headquarters, 199 Taylor Avenue.  The meeting will include an overview of the Safe Streets program, and a discussion of heroin in Annapolis. Police will also discuss current crime trends.  Food will be served, so an RSVP is requested to Sgt. Jessica Kirchner at 410-268-9000 ext. 7233, or  jkirchner@annapolis.gov .  The Annapolis Police Traffic Unit is conducting special enforcement details throughout April looking for drivers violating the Maryland handheld device laws -- as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Annapolis police charged two men — one of them the cousin of the capital city's mayor — with attempted murder in connection with a January shooting and robbery. Police arrested Maurice Hall 26, and Savvas Andre Pantelides, 24, on Thursday. Pantelides is a cousin of Mayor Mike Pantelides, according to Rhonda Wardlaw, the mayor's spokeswoman. Wardlaw said the mayor had no comment on the arrest. Wardlaw also confirmed that acting city attorney Timothy Murnane was at the police station Thursday when Savvas Pantelides was there.
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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.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Operators of nine McDonald's in the Baltimore area and on the Eastern Shore agreed to pay more than $250,000 in back wages and damages to 138 workers for violations of minimum wage, overtime and child labor provisions, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday. Annapolis-based franchise operators Gold Hat Inc. and Gold Hat II Inc., which have the same owner, will also pay $4,300 in civil penalties for the child labor violations, under the agreement. "The restaurant industry employs some of the most at-risk workers that we see," Mark Lara, director of the Labor Department's wage and hour division's Baltimore district office, said in a statement.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, pwood@baltsun.com | April 7, 2014
The Annapolis mayor and city council will hold public hearings on the city's proposed budget Monday night. The hearings are scheduled as part of the council's regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St. Mayor Mike Pantelides' budget proposal calls for laying off 13 employees, furloughing other workers and eliminating 20 vacant positions. The proposal has drawn criticism from employees and their union representatives. Pantelides said he's looking forward to hearing from the public.
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