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May 8, 2013
It was with great amusement that I read in the Sunday Sun about the NRA member who was interviewed at the annual convention in Houston and said he would like for the NRA leaders and the leaders of the country to work together to find common ground. According to the polls there is overwhelming support for closing the loophole on background checks. The latest poll from Quinnipiac University found that 88 percent of gun owners support universal background checks. There is your common ground.
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NEWS
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Democrat Anthony G. Brown's latest attack ad takes aim at Republican Larry Hogan's opposition to Maryland's new ban on the sale of military-style assault rifles.  The 30-second spot juxtaposes an assault rifle beside footage of empty swings, children playing outside, a grocery store and an office. The images are set to ominous music and a bass line that resembles a heartbeat, which stops thumping at the sound of a bullet being loaded into a chamber.  "Assault weapons don't belong in Maryland," the narrator concludes.
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NEWS
April 28, 2014
The Sun's "Checking on the coach" (April 23) editorial is probably the most ill-informed and misguided piece of commentary you have ever published. For starters, the cost to perform a background check on youth sport coaches and volunteers was greatly exaggerated. Also, the editors of The Sun expressed concern about "sticking" local recreation councils with the bill when Baltimore County already does that on too many fronts to count. It is also concerning that Council Chairwoman Cathy Bevins was "shocked" to discover that background checks were not required within Baltimore County and that The Sun is currently advising the council to wait on taking action.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Industry growth and a tide of employee retirements in Baltimore's transportation sector will create or leave open thousands of jobs by 2020, but local job seekers aren't prepared to fill them, according to a study released Monday by the Opportunity Collaborative. Low-income residents lack the needed technical training or have criminal records that make them ineligible for the jobs, according to the study by the coalition of state agencies, local governments, universities and nonprofits tasked with plotting a course toward sustainable economic growth for the Baltimore region.
NEWS
September 16, 2013
After reading "Badly targeted gun gripes," the editorial published in the Sept. 10 edition of The Baltimore Sun, any reasonably objective person would be left asking the following question: Is this an editorial from the editorial board of The Sun? It appears to be. It purports to be. But is it, really? If it is, then The Sun ought to reconsider the distinction between "editorial" and "polemic" (to say nothing of the distinction between "editorial" and "rant"). You should be embarrassed for publishing something this unprofessional.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The Baltimore County Council approved legislation Monday requiring coaches and other recreation volunteers who work with children to undergo background checks, a move officials said is meant to protect children from sexual predators. The county is the only jurisdiction in the Baltimore region that does not run background checks on volunteers for government-sponsored recreational activities. Council members passed the measure unanimously, giving county officials until July 2015 to work out details of a policy on the checks.
NEWS
April 11, 2013
How could it be that even a single U.S. senator - no matter how opposed to gun control - could vote to hold up consideration of a proposal to require background checks for gun purchases? This is an idea not only embraced by something in the order of 91 percent of the American public but 85 percent of National Rifle Association members. Yet, there it was. Thirty-one senators voted against allowing the Senate to debate the background check proposal this morning. That was a victory, of sorts, as some senators had threatened to filibuster the procedural vote.
NEWS
By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Rumors often circulated that Tom Clancy's thrillers were so detailed in their descriptions of military and covert operations that the FBI had investigated the Baltimore novelist to determine his sources for works such as "The Hunt for Red October. " After Clancy's death in October 2013, The Baltimore Sun submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for any FBI files on Clancy. The FBI sent back 46 pages, including several redacted pages of background checks federal authorities had conducted.
EXPLORE
January 28, 2013
Better background checks and mental health programs critical for gun control There is no argument that America has a gun problem. No matter how many studies, statistics or mass killings, there will always be individuals who find comfort and even patriotism in owning guns. Most have a primitive, juvenile, single-minded interpretation of the Second Amendment which, through many years of effort, a pro-gun lobby has managed to amend by simply never mentioning the preamble.   We have allowed this interpretation to flourish and now find ourselves with millions of humans with millions of guns, slowly killing ourselves without any constitutional constraint.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Revelations that a former Catonsville doctor obtained his Maryland medical license despite having a rape conviction on his record is sparking a push for criminal background checks of physicians - a proposal that has failed and been ignored in recent years. As recently as 2013, state lawmakers considered a bill that encouraged checks for a wide range of health care providers, including doctors. It breezed through hearings and appeared headed for passage, but was pulled after a dispute over a single word, and was not reintroduced in this year's General Assembly session.
NEWS
By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Rumors often circulated that Tom Clancy's thrillers were so detailed in their descriptions of military and covert operations that the FBI had investigated the Baltimore novelist to determine his sources for works such as "The Hunt for Red October. " After Clancy's death in October 2013, The Baltimore Sun submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for any FBI files on Clancy. The FBI sent back 46 pages, including several redacted pages of background checks federal authorities had conducted.
NEWS
August 13, 2014
Former presidential press secretary James Brady responded to personal tragedy by becoming a tenacious advocate for common-sense gun laws aimed at preventing dangerous people from having easy access to guns ("Victim became symbol of fight for gun control," Aug. 5). Jim and his wife, Sarah, worked tirelessly to pass the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, a law directly responsible for saving countless lives. More than 2 million gun sales to criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people have been blocked because of the couple's work.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
We recently witnessed another senseless mass shooting that injured one child and took the lives of four children and two adults ("Texas shooting suspect collapses in courtroom," July 12). The shooting in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, illustrates how our federal gun laws are insufficient when it comes to domestic abusers and how easily they can still get their hands on guns. Ron Lee Haskell, the accused shooter, is a domestic abuser who previously had been arrested for assaulting his wife.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Revelations that a former Catonsville doctor obtained his Maryland medical license despite having a rape conviction on his record is sparking a push for criminal background checks of physicians - a proposal that has failed and been ignored in recent years. As recently as 2013, state lawmakers considered a bill that encouraged checks for a wide range of health care providers, including doctors. It breezed through hearings and appeared headed for passage, but was pulled after a dispute over a single word, and was not reintroduced in this year's General Assembly session.
NEWS
June 12, 2014
Last week, the Maryland Board of Physicians, in conjunction with Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, requested an investigation from the Office of the Inspector General into matters related to the 1996 licensure of William Dando ( "Allegany doctor pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting patient," June 10). This action is reflective of the steadfast commitment to improvement and transparency that the Board of Physicians has embraced since my appointment by Gov. Martin O'Malley to chair the board two years ago. The board has enacted almost every recommendation made in the 2011 Department of Legislative Services audit as well as those from the independent review report issued by University of Maryland, Baltimore President Dr. Jay Perman and colleagues.
NEWS
June 9, 2014
It is outrageous, if not surprising, that Maryland's Board of Physicians, still afflicted with the arrogant, cover-our-behinds God complex that still seems to come with many medical diplomas, doesn't do criminal background checks on physicians before granting them a license to treat people in Maryland ( "State likely didn't know doctor it licensed was guilty of rape ," June 5). In fact, according to reporter Scott Dance's excellent story, the docs have actively resisted numerous calls to begin doing these checks.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
A bus tour that began in Newtown, Conn., on the six-month anniversary of the school shooting there came to Baltimore on Saturday where a small group of ministers, legislators and activists gathered to call on Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence. "A child killed every three hours and 15 minutes is enough for me. And it is enough for many men and women across the country. When will it be enough for Congress?" said Jenifer Pauliukonis, the Maryland head of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
FEATURES
By Stuart Silverstein and Stuart Silverstein,Los Angeles Times | March 18, 1995
Tucked away in a nondescript two-story building on a quiet street in suburban Simi Valley, Calif., an obscure company known as EMA-SPA keeps private files that are the kiss of death for thousands of job hunters.EMA-SPA says its "incident files" catalog people fired because their bosses concluded they were stealing, using drugs or harassing co-workers while on the job, among other things. The dossiers also name department store customers nabbed by security guards and accused of shoplifting.
HEALTH
Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
To become licensed as a nurse, a social worker or even to drive around dead bodies in Maryland, a criminal background check is required. But not to get a doctor's license. Instead, the state Board of Physicians asks would-be doctors to voluntarily disclose arrests and convictions. That could change as soon as next year. Already considering a background check policy, the board may move more urgently following news that it granted a medical license to a doctor with a previous rape conviction who now has been charged with sexually assaulting a patient in Allegany County.
SPORTS
Mike Preston | May 29, 2014
During a 21-minute news conference Thursday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh appeared angry, frustrated and disappointed. As he enters his seventh season, the Ravens have never had more off-field incidents than this offseason. Four of the 13 NFL players who have been arrested or charged with a crime since the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 have been Ravens, according to records kept by ProFootballTalk.com. That's an embarrassment to one of the NFL's top organizations. "There have been a lot more phone calls this year than other years in the offseason to find out what the heck some guys are thinking at times," Harbaugh said.
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