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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN REPORTER | May 1, 2007
Iraq's ambassador to the United States urged yesterday an indefinite stay for American troops in Iraq, telling a Baltimore audience that a withdrawal before the country is stabilized would fuel the al-Qaida terrorist network. Samir Sumaidaie said al-Qaida is responsible for the majority of mass murders in his home country and railed against setting what he called "arbitrary deadlines" for American troop withdrawal - instead asking for more troops to help combat the steady stream of violence.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has endorsed District 2 Councilwoman Vicki Almond in the November general election - after backing her Democratic primary opponent earlier this year. It's known in political circles that Almond and Kamenetz don't always agree, and that became clear when Kamenetz endorsed Almond's opponent, Jon Herbst, in the June primary. In a press release this week, Kamenetz announced support for Almond as well as others in the northwestern part of the county: Sen. Bobby Zirkin, Dels.
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BUSINESS
By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2005
Penny Lewandowski, a tireless technology advocate before and after the dot-com bubble burst, will step down as executive director of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council in May to take a position with a Michigan foundation that helps entrepreneurs develop new businesses. "It is disappointing to lose a friend and co-worker who's done such a good job, but you know, she's left us in pretty good shape," said Mark Wesker, chairman of the council, which has the singular goal of helping the area's tech community grow.
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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.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 23, 1999
Clovis Maksoud, the Arab League's former chief representative to the United Nations and the United States, will address the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs at 6 p.m. March 9 at the World Trade Center.The title of Maksoud's talk will be "Global Challenges and Arab Responses."Maksoud teaches international relations at American University in Washington, where he is also director of the school's Center for the Global South. He was the Arab League representative from 1979 to 1990.Anyone wishing to attend his address should call the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs at 410- 727-2150.
NEWS
December 26, 1990
The 11th annual Baltimore Sun Foreign Policy Panel is to be held Jan. 10 in the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, starting at 6 p.m. The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is the sponsor.Reservations are required. Membership in the council is open to the public. For more information, call 727-2150.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 24, 2000
Jonathan Lawley, director of the Royal African Society, will address the problems that affect Africa and threaten its stability at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Constellation Room of the World Trade Center in Baltimore. Lawley's speech, which will include reflections on 52 years living and working in southern Africa and suggestions on the need to reassess aid programs for Africa, will be delivered before the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs. Founded in 1980, the council presents 20 speakers each year and sponsors three conferences for faculty and students, sharing them with the public on cable television.
NEWS
January 29, 1991
William B. Quandt, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is to speak before the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel.Quandt, an expert on the Middle East, is to talk about what will happen "After the Gulf Crisis."Admission is free to council members and $10 for others. Call 727-2150.
NEWS
September 27, 1991
Maryland social studies teachers will get a chance to question three representatives of the U.S. State Department at a conference sponsored by the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs Nov. 14 in the Constellation room of the World Trade Center.The Foreign Affairs Council will host the State Department representatives.E9 For more information, call Marci LeFevre at 727-2150.
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March 6, 1991
Peter Zwack, Hungarian ambassador to the United States, is to discuss the changes that have taken place in Hungary. The talk, at Baltimore Grand Fiske Catering, 401 W. Fayette St., is to begin at 6 p.m. March 18.The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is the sponsor. Reservations are required. Membership in the council is open to the public. Call 727-2150.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
The Baltimore County Council could see big changes in the coming elections as most members face stiff primary challenges and a council veteran is stepping down. Campaign signs are popping up all over the county and literature is arriving in mailboxes as candidates approach the June 24 primary. Four of the council's seven members - Democrats Cathy Bevins, Ken Oliver and Vicki Almond and Republican Todd Huff - are in spirited primary battles. And Dundalk's John Olszewski Sr. is retiring from the council, triggering a scramble among five Democrats for the party nomination.
NEWS
May 12, 2014
The bag tax is back, and we must admit it's current incarnation is a lot less objectionable than the earlier attempts. The proposal that's getting shopped around the Baltimore City Council (including at a public hearing to be held Tuesday morning at City Hall) would impose a 5-cent fee on plastic bags handed out by city stores. We still don't think it's the right time to impose yet another tax on city residents - and a particularly regressive one at that since the affluent are more apt to buy and use reusable bags - but we concede it's a much closer call than previous attempts.
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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.
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Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Hookah lounge owners in Baltimore County told the County Council on Tuesday that proposed legislation to make them close earlier would put them out of business. Council members are weighing a proposal by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz that would require the lounges to close at 8 p.m. on weeknights and 9 p.m. on weekends, restrictions Kamenetz says would prevent neighborhood disruptions and curb illegal activity. At a Tuesday work session, the council heard from business owners who said they are being unfairly targeted and from residents who say lounge patrons wreak havoc in their neighborhoods.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
The Baltimore County Council on Monday unanimously elected Councilwoman Cathy Bevins to serve as chairwoman for 2014. Bevins, a Middle River Democrat, was elected to the council in 2010. She previously worked as former County Executive Jim Smith's constituent services coordinator for the county's east side, and as administrator of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association. She now represents Baltimore County on the legislative committee for the Maryland Association of Counties.
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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...
NEWS
August 30, 1991
Vice President Dan Quayle will give a speech in Baltimore Sept. 19 on "American Foreign Policy." He will speak before the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor Hotel.The luncheon program will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Ticket information may be obtained by called the council at 727-2150.
NEWS
August 13, 2013
Seeking 15 minutes of fame, if all of your primary obligations are met, is fine. Does not Baltimore Council member Nick Mosby have any serious problems in his district to solve ( "Councilman wants Baltimore to boycott Florida after Zimmerman trial," Aug. 9)? If he wishes to boycott and organize boycotts against the state of Florida, fine, his choice. He chooses to live in Baltimore, so let him tend to the Baltimore problems, or maybe a boycott and travel warning should be issued to Florida residents passing through the state of Maryland.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
The Baltimore city council president was among several politicians from the city to endorse Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's gubernatorial campaign Saturday. The Brown campaign rolled out the endorsements at an event to open a campaign office in Baltimore. Besides City Council president Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Councilmember William Cole, Councilmember Ed Reisinger, and Del. Shawn Tarrant endorsed Brown, according to the Brown campaign. Brown, a Democrat running with Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, now has endorsements from 11 of the 15 members of the Baltimore City Council.
NEWS
November 20, 2013
It was bad enough that the Baltimore County Council created bad policy and bad precedent when it blocked construction of new affordable housing in the Rosedale community this week. What was worse was how it was done, in such transparently bad faith. This decision wasn't the result of a rational discussion about how to meet the housing needs of the county's growing population of low-income residents. Rather it was the raw expression of a universal cry among fearful homeowners: "Not in my back yard!"
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