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By Luke Broadwater and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2011
Two Baltimore City Council candidates were poised to overcome write-in challenges Tuesday, converting their Democratic nominations into general election victories. Councilman Warren Branch of the 13th District was leading write-in challenger Shannon Sneed, widening a margin of victory from the September primary. Meanwhile, political newcomer Nick Mosby appeared to have turned back a write-in challenge from incumbent Councilwoman Belinda Conaway, whom he defeated in the 7th District's Democratic primary.
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October 6, 2014
We add our voices to the outrage expressed by our fellow citizens concerning the nomination process to replace Baltimore City Councilman William Cole ( "District 11 do-over?" Oct. 2). With all due respect, that process can only be described as a complete farce. We urge the council to reject Eric Costello's nomination to fill the seat and send the nominating committee back to begin anew. In addition, the nominating committee should be directed to give full and fair consideration to all those who applied for the position and to take into consideration the letters in support of as well as in opposition to each of the candidates.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
The Baltimore City Council won approval Wednesday to hire a former top state official to act as an independent lawyer while it considers the mayor's proposed wide-spread zoning changes.  John T. Willis, who was secretary of state for eight years under Gov. Parris N. Glendening, will advise the council on the 350 pages of proposed changes, which range from changing zoning laws to encouraging development around transit stations to a proposal to...
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By Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
The Baltimore City Council on Monday unanimously approved Federal Hill Neighborhood Association President Eric T. Costello to fill a vacant seat, but several members expressed concern over a process they said lacked true community involvement. Costello, 33, a New York native, is an auditor in the U.S. Government Accountability Office. After the council vote, he was sworn in by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and took his seat representing the 11th District, which includes Federal Hill, Bolton Hill and downtown.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2011
The chairman of a City Council committee told Baltimore's housing authority Tuesday to take immediate steps toward paying a former public housing resident who suffered lead poisoning — just one in a looming tidal wave of legal claims that the authority warns could eventually total hundreds of millions of dollars. "You're just lying to them," Councilman James B. Kraft said to housing authority chief Paul T. Graziano after hearing how the authority has refused to pay a $200,000 settlement it reached with Daron Goods.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writer | December 13, 1994
On a blustery January day, just after Baltimore's homicide rate soared to a new record, a young city councilman called for the police commissioner to resign if the escalating violence did not end.Yesterday, almost two years after he became widely known for his crusade against crime, Councilman Lawrence A. Bell III announced his candidacy for council president.He delivered a tough speech on the need to "rescue our young and old from the pervasive fear of being victimized by crime." The 4th District councilman cited his legislative efforts to combat crime and promised to "continue this challenge to make Baltimore a safe community."
NEWS
By VERA P. HALL | September 6, 1995
Eight years ago, I won a seat on the Baltimore City Council along with a host of other new faces. There was a new mayor, Kurt L. Schmoke, and a new president of the City Council, Mary Pat Clarke.The 1989 elections were a watershed in Baltimore. That election marked the beginning of a new spirit in Baltimore politics.That new spirit quickly evaporated in an adversarial confrontation between Mary Pat Clarke and some members of the council. That acrimony split the council and, in many ways, we have never recovered.
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Staff Writer | January 26, 1993
The Baltimore City Council decided last night it wants a public hearing on the Health Department's policy of giving Norplant, the five-year contraceptive, to teen-agers.Second District Councilman Carl Stokes sponsored the nonbinding resolution that asks the Health Department for more information about Norplant. The contraceptive's safety, Mr. Stokes said, has not been proven in young black women -- though the contraceptive, which contains fewer hormones than birth control pills, has been used safely in other countries for 20 years.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1999
On most Monday nights for 27 years, Melvin S. Laszczynski, the Baltimore City Council's sergeant-at-arms, unfastened the council chamber's red velvet rope to admit members to their seats.After fastening his rope and counting heads, Mr. Laszczynski would bellow to the council president: "We have a quorum, Mr. President." Then the council meeting would begin.Mr. Laszczynski, a retired fuel tanker driver who joined the council as a part-time clerk in 1971, died Saturday of a massive heart attack at his Highlandtown residence.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | November 10, 1995
Hoping to defend the proposed 24 percent raise for all elected officials, the Baltimore City Council yesterday came bearing extensive figures, charts, national comparisons and just a touch of indignation that all the documentation was even necessary. Apparently it wasn't.A public hearing yesterday morning to let the public weigh in on a proposed 24 percent raise -- a bill thought to be so inflammatory that it was scheduled for two days after the election -- was met with nonchalance from Baltimoreans.
NEWS
September 26, 2014
As resident of Federal Hill and a member of the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, I hope that The Baltimore Sun will examine the nomination process by which Eric Costello was selected for the Baltimore City Council ( "Young accused of favoring candidate," Sept. 25). Of 14 candidates, he is the only one with letters of opposition. One of the letters was signed by 16 people. While City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young says that the selection was made for a candidate who would represent his constituents well, the evidence clearly suggests otherwise.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The Rev. Dr. L. Carroll Yingling Jr., a retired United Methodist Church minister and former superintendent of the Baltimore Northwest District, died of cancer Aug. 23 at the Charlestown retirement community. He was 87. "He had a lot of strengths, and he loved the people wherever he served and they returned that love," said the Rev. Lon B. Chesnutt, a longtime friend who retired in 1999 from Hiss Memorial United Methodist Church in Parkville, where he had been pastor for many years.
NEWS
By William E. Lori | August 31, 2014
Fifty years ago this summer, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, marking a watershed moment in our nation's history and in the ongoing struggle of African-Americans for fair and equal treatment. The passage of the law, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, and ended voter discrimination and segregation of schools, came amidst a tumultuous period that saw sit-ins, marches and mass protests staged from major cities to college campuses of every size.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Traffic camera giant Redflex has been lobbying the Rawlings-Blake administration and City Council to take over Baltimore's once-lucrative speed and red-light camera network - stressing that it should not be judged by an unfolding scandal in Chicago in which a former executive is charged with bribery. The Arizona-based firm ran Chicago's red-light cameras for a decade, generating $500 million in revenue, but lost the work last year amid city and federal investigations. Officials in Baltimore said Thursday that the company, which was once a finalist to run this city's system, has used the recent talks to distance itself from the Chicago indictments.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Elmer A. "Peck" Jones, the longtime Baltimore City Council clerk who had been a Democratic stalwart throughout his life, died Sunday of complications from kidney failure at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. He was 101. "I knew Mr. Jones when I was in the City Council, and he was such a gentleman. He was the salt of the earth and cared deeply for his city," said Gov. Martin J. O'Malley, who added, "He was never out sick, and I always thought of him as the Cal Ripken of City Hall.
NEWS
Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
In two terms on the Baltimore City Council, William H. Cole IV has earned a reputation as an enthusiastic champion of downtown development. That history - and his close ties to the business community - make him a great choice to jump-start the Baltimore Development Corp., his many supporters say. "He understands the balance that's needed between business interests and community interests," says Aris Melissaratos, interim dean of the business school...
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Several Baltimore City Council members expressed skepticism Monday about a plan to sell some downtown parking garages, while others began lobbying the Rawlings-Blake administration to claim funds from the sale for recreation centers in their districts. Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said he has concerns about the administration's proposal to raise up to $60 million for recreation centers by selling four of the city's 17 parking garages. Young noted the four garages are money-makers - bringing in $400,000 annually - and questioned whether it's wise to forgo future revenue for a quick cash infusion.
BUSINESS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
The Baltimore City Council passed a bill Thursday backed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to make 10 years of tax credits available citywide for developers of apartments. The council amended the legislation to include developers who renovate apartments as well as those who build new structures. "Expansion of the current apartment tax credit program continues to move us in the right direction by encouraging investment that supports neighborhoods, promotes historic preservation and generates millions of additional dollars for the city," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
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