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June 24, 2012
As one who has challenged the killer drone research at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, I read with great interest Jeffrey Ian Ross' commentary on the subject ("Drones are different," June 20). While he mentions the recent crash of a drone in Maryland, he provides no insight on its mission or what caused it to fail. He does, however, point out that this monstrosity cost $176 million. As the fiscal battles continue between the mayor and the Baltimore City Council, imagine what Baltimore could do with $176 million.
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NEWS
October 12, 2014
Brad Jaeger may be "fuming" that anyone complained about arrows painted on the streets for a race ( "Towson spray-painting prompts bill to regulate markings for running events," Oct. 6), but since 1975 the Arbutus Firecracker 10K has made a left turn in front of my house. I don't who is responsible, but this is the first time anyone has seen it necessary to paint an arrow on the street which is still there and probably won't go away until the street is repaved. So I am all for any proposed bill to stop this from happening again.
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NEWS
October 4, 2010
I greatly appreciate that Larry Carson mentioned two of my most important campaign issues in his Sept. 30 article ("Candidates face off for general election at forum"). However, the drug "spice" is not "likened to marijuana. " It is in fact synthetic marijuana equal to the real thing in terms of the effect on the mind — yet legal and readily available to children. Cases of respiratory problems have also been reported by users of this product. And it is believed that exposure to high dosages can cause unconsciousness, short-term memory loss, damage to the heart, liver, kidney, lungs and brain.
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.
NEWS
June 1, 2010
When will the people of Baltimore stand united together and demand that guns of all descriptions be banned from the city? After witnessing eight murders over Memorial Day weekend in a city of this size population, this is incredible. When is the elected political leadership going to have the will and verve to really stand up for the citizens of Baltimore? Guns kill, and guns in the wrong hands of felons and erratic drug addicts kill multiple people. It is plain & simple, other countries that have banned guns don't have this problem.
NEWS
December 1, 2010
Wow, so Baltimore City and Howard County are going to ban drinks with alcohol and caffeine that are sold in a single can already mixed together ( "Alcohol with caffeine is banned," Dec. 1). That's sure to stop anyone from drinking something that has alcohol and caffeine in it — forever! Or at least as long as no one figures out you can mix vodka and Red Bull together in a glass. Or coffee and Irish whiskey. William Smith, Baltimore
NEWS
By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Maryland joins at least a dozen other states Tuesday in banning the sale of 190-proof grain alcohol, a measure that lawmakers hope will help to reduce sexual assaults and binge drinking among college students. The bill is one of more than 200 that go into effect Tuesday; other bills expand the earned income tax credit for low-income residents and exempt more wealthy Marylanders from the estate tax, overhaul Baltimore City liquor board practices and establish incentives to encourage investment in research universities.
NEWS
April 17, 2010
A state judiciary committee decision on recommending a statewide policy that could ban electronics such as cell phones from Maryland courthouses, was postponed Friday. The committee wants to redraft the policy to allow cell phones, but their use would be "very controlled," said Sandra F. Haines, the reporter for the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, an arm of the state court system. The move raises issues of inconvenience for the public and access for journalists, but proponents say it would protect witness identities by preventing cell phone pictures of them, and minimize disruptions.
NEWS
September 19, 2012
Kudos to Monica Barlow for her courage and willingness to get involved in fighting lung cancer ("Camden Yards event looks to brush back lung cancer," Sept. 16). Nice to see a good cause get more recognition. Ironically, smoking is still allowed in designated areas at Oriole Park and Ravens Stadium. Shame on the Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority for this. The state of Maryland has been opposed to tobacco use for a long time and takes hard stances in the fight against smoking.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
As a Maryland citizen who enjoys the autumn sailing season best of all, I thought people should consider that the hunting season affects those of us navigating the tributaries of the Chesapeake as well ("Blue laws fade, Sunday hunt proceeds," April 8). Hunting blinds are all along the Eastern Shore waterways, and if the ban on Sunday hunting is lifted it will mean that my peaceful sailing days in the fall are over. Virginia Kerr, Chestertown - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
A raucous tailgate last weekend in which students were dancing on the roofs of cars and were "hostile" and "uncooperative" prompted Towson University officials to consider banning student tailgating at football games the rest of the season. Though officials ultimately decided Wednesday to reject such a ban, they will discuss with student leaders over the next several days potential changes to the college's tailgating policy and its enforcement prior to football games at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
NEWS
September 17, 2014
Ray Rice should be removed from football. He made a mistake and if he is sorry and repents we should forgive him for it. But he should never again play in the NFL. What he did was shameful to every woman and child in America. American women should rise up if the NFL tries in any way to reinstate Mr. Rice. His was a moral offense to our country that must not be repeated. David Brian - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
Problem gamblers would no longer be able to ban themselves from Maryland casinos for life under a change being considered to a state program designed to protect hundreds of gamblers from themselves. The Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency might remove the lifetime self-ban option because of concerns that it is excessive and redundant, Stephen Martino, the agency's director, said Tuesday. "We're probably going to change the program in the next couple of months," Martino said.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Orioles infielder Chris Davis, Major League Baseball's most prodigious home run hitter last season and an outspoken opponent of performing-enhancing drugs, was suspended for 25 games Friday by the league for testing positive for the drug Adderall. It was his second failed test for an amphetamine in his career. The suspension began Friday before the first-place Orioles' doubleheader against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards and will last beyond the first round of the playoffs, assuming the Orioles make the postseason.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The banned amphetamine that will keep Chris Davis off the baseball diamond for 25 games has become a go-to for stressed college students and worn athletes looking for a quick boost of energy. Adderall acts like a "tremendous jolt of caffeine" that some have used to fight through fatigue before a big test or make it through a tough game, said Eric Strain, director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research. But the drug is not supposed to be used for that and is only approved to treat a few illnesses, including attention-deficit disorder and the sleeping ailment narcolepsy.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | September 4, 2014
Ocean City will look to better enforcement to cut down on problems with rowdy visitors instead of a ban on short-term rentals, according to a city official. The vacation destination had been considering adding regulations to govern some rental properties in response to complaints from some residents, but members of the planning and zoning commission backed away from the idea Wednesday, said Blaine Smith, the assistant director of the city's Planning and Zoning Department. “They don't think there needs to be new regulation.
HEALTH
By Andea K. Walker | February 28, 2013
Legislation pending in the General Assembly challenges new regulations to go into affect this summer that would ban decorative bumpers that line the inside of baby cribs. The bill introduced by Sen. John C. Astle, an Anne Arundel County Democrat, w ould allow crib bumpers that meet standards set up by The American Society for Testing and Materials. The state ban takes affect June 21 and prohibits the sale of pads made of nonmesh material that rest on the crib mattress and run the circumference of the crib . It does not apply to mesh bumpers or those that wrap around crib rails.
NEWS
September 28, 2010
In response to the article, "Hands-free driving law takes effect Oct. 1" (Sept. 26), I think it is a very good idea that all cell phone usage should be against the law because it is a dangerous distraction to everyone who is on the road. There are also a lot of other distractions, so having one less danger to deal with while driving will make a difference for most drivers. Nicole Smith, Bel Air The writer is a student at Bel Air High School.
NEWS
September 4, 2014
The air of seeming inevitability that had developed around the idea of a successful constitutional challenge to state bans on gay marriage was punctured Wednesday by a federal judge in Louisiana. After 21 consecutive decisions favoring marriage equality in federal district and appellate courts since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, federal District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman upheld the ban on same-sex marriage that Louisiana voters overwhelmingly supported in 2004.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | August 21, 2014
Angus Phillips, an inveterate Annapolis-area crabber, joined my call for a moratorium on the harvest of blue crabs from the Chesapeake Bay. "The time has come," he wrote in The Washington Post last month, "to stop pussyfooting around and shut down crabbing for a few years, to give the delectable crustaceans a chance to recover the way geese, yellow perch and rockfish did. " Phillips wrote about fishing and hunting for 30-plus years at The Post...
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