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August 24, 2013
Regarding your recent article on unsolicited religious appeals, I have been repeatedly importuned by early-morning door-knocking from Jehovah's Witnesses peddling their brand of Christianity ( "Conversion campaign raises complaints among Jews, Aug. 19). Believe me, I understand Jewish sensibilities on this point. In his excellent survey of anti-Semitism past and present, author Robert S. Wistrich takes note of the presence in modern-day Europe of laws against incitement of ethnic and religious animosity.
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NEWS
October 13, 2014
What are black voters' priorities? Your recent article on the candidates' appeal to black voters offered the result of Mr. Hogan's polling on North Avenue: People said they wanted lower taxes above all else ( "Hogan, Brown differ in message to black voters," Oct. 4). A successful governor needs to excel in many criteria. Mr. Brown was not asked how he would lessen tax burdens. Nor was he asked if he felt he deserves higher office after making Marylanders experience the failed Obamacare system.
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SPORTS
By Edward Lee | September 22, 2011
Brendon Ayanbadejo has appealed the $15,000 fine the NFL assessed him for a horse-collar tackle in the Ravens' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the inside linebacker said he's not optimistic because of the league's emphasis on eliminating horse-collar tackles, which entail a player grabbing and pulling down a ball barrier by either the collar of that player's jersey or shoulder pads. “I'm not [optimistic] because it's a horse-collar [tackle] and however you slice it or dice it, it's a horse-collar [tackle]
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | October 11, 2014
Three points need to be made about Monday's  decision by the Supreme Court not to decide whether the equal protection clause of the Constitution grants people of the same sex the right to marry. Point 1: While the court's liberal wing probably wanted to accept cases banning same-sex marriage in five states that have been overturned by three different federal appeals courts in recent months, the conservative majority, along with swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, apparently wished to see states resolve the issue.
NEWS
By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2009
Exxon Mobil Corp., the oil company found responsible for a 26,000-gallon gasoline leak into the groundwater of a northern Baltimore County neighborhood in 2006, filed an appeal Friday of a trial verdict that awarded $150 million to a group of residents affected by the spill. "We agree with the jury's finding that this incident was an unfortunate accident and not a fraudulent or intentional act," said Kevin M. Allexon, a spokesman for the company. "We believe, however, that compensation should be limited to actual harm caused by the spill, and the jury's verdict goes well beyond reasonable compensation.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
First Mariner Bancorp is appealing a Nasdaq Stock Market decision to delist the company's stock from the Nasdaq Capital Market. The Baltimore-based parent of 1st Mariner Bank said Thursday that it has requested a hearing, which will prevent delisting until the hearings panel acts. Hearings are usually scheduled in 30 to 45 days, with decisions issued about a month after the hearing, First Mariner said. First Mariner, in a struggle to survive after years of losses, has seen its stock trade under 80 cents a share for most of the year.
NEWS
March 1, 2011
No doubt that making sure only the guilty are executed must be done 100 percent of the time. And as The Sun's editorial ("Double Victims," Feb. 27) opines by quoting Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger saying, "we're as close to infallible as you can be in Maryland now," we should have confidence that the death penalty is meeting the 100 percent standard. Mr. Shellenberger is referring to the revised law passed just two years ago that only allows a death penalty when there is physical evidence, such as DNA, or a videotaped confession.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
Do you think the property tax assessment you recently received is too high? Interested in filing an appeal of your assessment? On Tuesday, Live Baltimore is hosting a session where homeowners who just received assessment notices can learn how to file an appeal. Property owners who would like to contest their new assessment have until Feb. 11 to do so. The workshop will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the nonprofit's storefront office, 343 N. Charles St., and an employee of the state's Department of Assessments and Taxation will be on hand to answer questions.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2010
It's a confrontation few people would want to face: The former security guard sat across the table from the employer who had pink-slipped him as they rehashed his firing. At stake was the payout of unemployment benefits. Jobless workers are entitled to benefits if they lost a job through no fault of their own. In this case, the employer claimed that the man was discharged for absenteeism, while the guard admitted that he had missed work partly because of a drinking problem that he has been treated for since he was let go. Maryland had denied unemployment benefits, and the former employee appealed the case last week to a state hearing examiner.
NEWS
May 1, 2012
Dan Rodricks ' May 1st column ("Pit bulls: Own at your risk") effectively condemns all pit bulls to death. It demonstrates how fear combined with ignorance can lead to prejudice. It's too bad that Mr. Rodricks, who has spent years trying to counteract this phenomenon among others, does not recognize it in himself. Jeanne Bilanin, Baltimore
NEWS
October 8, 2014
From everything I have read about Larry Hogan, he is not a politician, at least not by today's standards or those of Maryland. Anyone following him knows that he is offering sound solutions based on hard truths instead of the panaceas that voters seem to prefer. He has also appealed to black voters to look beyond race and objectively compare his platform with that of his opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown ( "Hogan, Brown differ in message to black voters," Oct. 4). Another group that he needs to appeal to is non-voting conservative whites who want all or nothing.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Some restaurants are hard to figure out. They present themselves as one thing and turn out to be another, or else they're in a continuing state of figuring themselves out. The cool thing about Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen + Bar is how plainly it wears its big beefy heart on its distressed-denim sleeve. You'd have to go out of your way to not know what you're getting into at Guy Fieri's, one of three restaurants at the new Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. And you'd have to have a heart made of stone not to respond, on some level, to its basic good cheer and basic American enthusiasm.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The NFL announced Thursday that former United States District Judge Barbara S. Jones has been appointed by the league to hear and decide the suspension appeal filed by the NFL Players Association on behalf of Ray Rice. “We are grateful to Judge Jones for taking on this role,” said league commissioner Roger Goodell, who suspended the former Ravens running back indefinitely after video came out Sept. 8 of Rice assaulting his then-fiancee. “She will have our full cooperation as she hears and decides this appeal.” Goodell was asked by the players' union to recuse himself from the hearing because he'll likely be a witness in the case.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Peter Ginsberg, the attorney for ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice, praised former U.S. District Court Judge Barbara S. Jones, the hearing officer for Rice's appeal of an indefinite NFL suspension. Jones was appointed Thursday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in consultation with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith to hear the appeal of Rice. Rice's two-game suspension was increased to an indefinite ban on Sept. 8 after a video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.
FEATURES
By Scott Ponemone and For The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
When Homewood was completed around 1808, the house was one of the most stylish examples of Federal domestic architecture in America. No wonder Charles Carroll Jr., its owner, wanted the most fashionable furniture to fill it. And Baltimore was just the place for producing some of the most elegant and sophisticated furniture in the fledgling United States. The resulting union was a perfect marriage of architecture and furnishings. That marriage is regularly on view at Homewood Museum, located on the Johns Hopkins University campus.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | September 25, 2014
The Baltimore Sun Less than six weeks before Election Day, the candidates for governor are flooding the airwaves with apocalyptic messages about the dire consequences of choosing the other guy. The ads warn that Republican Larry Hogan is "dangerous," while Democrat Anthony G. Brown is "just not ready to be governor. " But they give viewers little information on how either man would govern. Both campaigns are focusing on a remarkably narrow range of attacks, hammered home through constant repetition.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
The state's highest court will review a Baltimore judge's declaration that contracts at the heart of the long-planned State Center redevelopment are void. Maryland's Court of Appeals granted the review on Tuesday. The decision means the case will skip the state's intermediate appellate court. In January, Judge Althea M. Handy voided the development contracts that set up a framework for a mixed-use overhaul of a 28-acre site in midtown Baltimore that houses several state agencies.
NEWS
December 15, 2009
Richard Landis is on the right track, battling the Maryland Sate Department of Assessments and Taxation to get fair market value for his Anne Arundel County home. ("Buyers find relief to costly hints of homes' past worth," Dec. 13). Mr. Landis paid $165,000 for his home and was assessed at $268,000, prompting him to appeal his property tax assessment, a similar situation to what my daughter ran into in Montgomery County. My daughter, Alison Whitty, and her husband paid $385,000 for their 1950 brick rancher in Silver Spring but were assessed at $531,000 for it. I helped my daughter go through the appeals process in which she got a meager $30,000 reduction at the first step.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The state attorney general's office is appealing a federal judge's ruling ordering Maryland to use an absentee ballot-marking technology for the disabled that the Board of Elections had refused to certify as secure. The state will ask the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., to throw out District Judge Richard D. Bennett's decision this month. Bennett found that the election board's refusal to implement the program violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The attorney general's office filed a notice of intent to appeal Monday but did not spell out its objections to the ruling.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The NFL Players Association filed a grievance on behalf of former Ravens running back Ray Rice on Tuesday night, demanding that the increased discipline of an indefinite suspension levied last week by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell be overturned. This high-profile situation stems from Rice being arrested in February and later charged with felony aggravated assault for punching his then-fiancee in an elevator of an Atlantic City casino. The players' union also requested that Goodell recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he would likely be a witness after stating in a disciplinary letter that he indefinitely suspended Rice based on new video evidence that surfaced a week ago. “This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players,” the NFLPA said in a statement.
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