By Gelareh Asayesh | December 5, 1991
Bleeding from the budget ax, Baltimoreans packed a state budget hearing yesterday to voice a novel plea: Tax me, please.About 800 people showed up at the Polytechnic Institute last night to tell a panel of legislators how to resolve Maryland's budget crisis. It was the third of five such hearings legislators are holding around the state before grappling with a $1 billion-plus shortfall over the next 18 months.The crowd was dominated by advocacy groups and institutions, but parents, residents, religious leaders and students also took their turn at the microphone to make the same case: Maryland can't afford to keep cutting programs for people.
November 6, 1995
FEW BALTIMOREANS need to be reminded that their hometown is so overwhelmingly Democratic there has not been a single Republican on the City Council since the early 1940s. Yet an African-American insurance agent named Joseph Brown is given a chance of staging an upset for a Sixth District council seat in tomorrow's election. Everything depends on turnout.Even many Democratic incumbents in supposedly safe districts worry about the recently increased activism of the city's puny GOP, which has filed candidates for all the citywide offices and for council seats in all districts, except for West Baltimore's Fourth.
August 5, 1998
AFTER YEARS of studies, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is ready to unveil its plans for giant regional branches.They will be about the size of a modern supermarket, with on-site parking, coffee bar, gift shop, copy center and Internet access. If a planning document is to be believed, the libraries will have "public service hours until midnight, and year-round weekend service."Is this too good to be true? How would the planned super libraries affect existing branches?East Baltimoreans discussed the Pratt's plans at a meeting last week designed to gather input on the library's first regional mega-branch.
By Henry Scarupa | April 26, 1991
Writer Tony Hiss has scattered bouquets around town in his article "Reinventing Baltimore," which appears in the April 29 New Yorker magazine, just out on newstands, and Baltimoreans are responding favorably."
By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | July 21, 2000
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Baltimoreans Torrance Zellner and James Carter made it through the preliminaries of the 400 intermediate hurdles at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials last night. They'll run in the same semifinal today, and attempt to get in tomorrow's eight-man final. Zellner, a 30-year-old veteran who attended high school at Woodlawn High, was third in his heat, in 49.50 seconds. Mervo grad Carter, 22, was second in his preliminary, in 49.77. These are the third U.S. trials for Zellner, the first for Carter.
September 24, 2001
THE KIDS at Baltimore's Lake Clifton High School feel scared, threatened and vulnerable. Just like the rest of America. They worry about retaliation and what that might mean. They think maybe they'd like to hear the shrill whine of metal detectors at the front doors of their school. They're probably losing sleep like the rest of the country, but not over the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Their terror is Baltimore's violent crime rate, a long-time and frequent visitor upon their school community.
By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF Sun researcher Jean Packard and the Jewish Museum of Maryland contributed to this article | April 26, 1998
One Baltimorean was at the first Zionist Congress. Another founded Hadassah. A third collected arms illegally for the fledgling Jewish state in a warehouse on Hanover street. And a group of Baltimoreans put together the deal for a boat that became the most famous immigrant vessel in Zionist history.Practically any leaf one turns in the history of Zionism and the founding and building of the Jewish state has the name of a Baltimorean written on it.At the First Zionist Congress, held in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897, there was just one American delegate: Rabbi Shepsel Schaffer of the Shearith Israel Congregation, representing the Zion Association of Baltimore.
July 30, 1999
WELL, Baltimoreans do give. The sentence suggesting otherwise was just a headline to draw interest.But the impression has long been prevalent that Marylanders are not big charitable givers compared with per-capita philanthropy rates elsewhere. It is fortified by the moderate goals of United Way and the relatively late start and growth of the Baltimore Community Foundation.An analysis by Sun reporter Kate Shatzkin on Sunday made the problem clear. According to an Internal Revenue Service breakdown of itemized-deduction tax returns, Marylanders with family incomes below $100,000 in 1997 gave ever-so-slightly more to charity than the national average for the bracket.
By Dan Rodricks | July 25, 2011
Last week, when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was a guest on my radio show, at least four listeners asked questions that seemed to suggest they had one foot out of the door already. "I have lived in the city for nearly 10 years," said an email from a listener named Tom in Station North. "In that time we have had two very big Baltimore boosters as mayor (Martin O'Malley and Sheila Dixon), who generated excitement and investment and made me proud to say I live in Baltimore. Unfortunately, that 'excitement' seems to have ended.
By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2003
What can you say about an election in which nearly two registered voters stayed home for every one who went to the polls? One thing can be said for certain about the 34 percent turnout for Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's drubbing Tuesday of political neophyte Andrey Bundley: It's par for the course, given the type of contest it was. In city primaries over the past three decades, in which sitting mayors have not faced serious opposition, turnout has...
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