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January 14, 2013
We don't have time to contest unfair tickets that give a bounty to the vendor ("Camera vendor to get 'bounty,'" Jan. 11). Gov. Martin O'Malley says these bounties are illegal. This situation is so confused and pathetic that I propose we all cover our license plates in protest until the end of the legislative season. This is illegal too, but we need to send a message to our befuddled leaders. Theodore Houk, Lutherville
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NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation Thursday that will provide new protections for motorists from erroneous tickets and other speed camera abuses, sending the bill to the governor for his expected signature. The compromise measure - two years in the making - requires jurisdictions to employ ombudsmen to void erroneous tickets before a trial and bans the so-called bounty system in which contractors are rewarded financially for issuing more tickets, though it does not apply to current contracts.
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SPORTS
March 6, 2012
Hit them where it hurts Matt Vensel Baltimore Sun The NFL is going to drop the hammer on the Saints. The NFL handed out $750,000 in fines to the Patriots for Spygate and took away a first-round draft pick. The punishment slapped on the Saints should be even greater, especially considering that the entire chain of command in the organization had been aware of the bounties. If Goodell wants to stomp out these bounties across his league for good, he needs to hit the Saints where it really hurts by taking away multiple draft picks and by suspending coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis — and also Gregg Williams, now with the Rams — for allowing the bounty system to continue under their watch.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rafael Alvarez
For The Baltimore Sun
| October 2, 2013
In a rowhouse kitchen near Patterson Park , a small pennant-shaped Cuban flag hangs from a cabinet above a pot of garlic and onions warming in wine, vinegar and water. Smudged and worn, the fringed banner used to hang from the rearview mirror in the Chevy pickup of Octavio Norman, a Havana-born nurse who worked at Mercy Medical Center , lived most of his life in Baltimore, and died here not long after his 59th birthday in January of 2012. Into the garlic and onions, his daughter, Elizabeth "Beth" Norman of South Collington Avenue, soon adds a simmering mix of green tomatoes, sweet red peppers, diced green bell peppers and herbs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
Meet your anglers. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will host its second Bounty of the Bay event, a five-course dinner celebrating the state's seafood and watermen, on Feb. 28 at the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Annapolis. The event is designed in part to give the public a chance to bring watermen, the public and DNR staff to the same table. Here's a video from the first Bounty of the Bay dinner, which was held last March. "We want to remind people that even during the winter months the bay continues to provide us with ample fishing opportunities and plenty of amazing seafood options," said Steve Vilnit, the DNR's fisheries marketing director.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | April 5, 2012
Ed Reed isn't the only Baltimore safety making eyebrow-raising comments on talk radio this week . Strong safety Bernard Pollard, a man of strong opinions who is certainly not shy about sharing them, appeared on KILT in Houston to talk about the New Orleans Saints and their recent bounty scandal. Asked if he felt the league was marketing violence and condemning it at the same time, Pollard, the heaviest hitter in the Ravens secondary, said he understands that the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell have a job to do, but he feels there are too many restrictions when it comes to physical play . “It's getting out of hand,” Pollard said.
SPORTS
By Don Markus | March 21, 2012
The bounty scandal involving the New Orleans Saints has ties to Baltimore. Assistant head coach Joe Vitt, who played linebacker at Towson University on the undefeated 1974 team and coaches that position for the Saints, has been suspended for six games and fined $100,000 by the NFL for his role in the scandal alleging that Saints defensive players were paid for big hits during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Vitt, who coached at Towson after he graduated and started his NFL coaching career with the Baltimore Colts in 1979, has been with the Saints since 2006.
SPORTS
Mike Preston | March 5, 2012
When there was talk about bounties in the NFL at the end of last week, it was only a matter of time before Terrell Suggs's name surfaced. In October 2008, Suggs, a Pro Bowl outside linebacker, said the Ravens put a bounty on Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward and Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall. A few days later, Suggs said he misspoke and apologized. But once reports came out last week that St. Louis defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had organized bounty systems in New Orleans, Buffalo and Washington, some wanted to know if there had ever been one in Baltimore.
ENTERTAINMENT
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NEWS
April 5, 2012
While the entire George Zimmerman/Tryavon Martin issue is a tragedy on many fronts, I am outraged by the lack of action from the mainstream media and law enforcement concerning the bounty on Mr. Zimmerman offered by the Black Panthers. I am not a legal expert, but this should be a crime. The lack of reporting by the media and the inaction taken by authorities shows that if a group is of the preferred, politically correct ethnic background, they can do whatever they want with no fear of repercussion.
NEWS
June 17, 2013
You would probably have to over the age of 50 to remember when late May and early June meant shad in Maryland. In those days, the spawning season for American shad and river herring brought young and old to the banks of Maryland tributaries to catch their share of fish once so bountiful that they were shipped by the rail car load from Crisfield to Baltimore. Shad filet and shad roe were as big a part of the Chesapeake Bay's seafood bounty as anything on the plate today. They fed the American colonists all along the East Coast.
MOBILE
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
With just six days left in the General Assembly session, a House of Delegates committee is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would increase oversight of speed camera programs in Maryland, tighten rules on camera placement and more clearly bar government contracts that pay vendors on a per-ticket basis. But the legislation, drafted after The Baltimore Sun documented a range of problems in the city's program, would not require governments to put precise time stamps on their citation photos - a necessity for motorists to be able to verify their tickets, according to experts.
NEWS
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2013
The Maryland Senate on Monday overwhelmingly passed a weakened speed camera reform bill that would bar local governments from paying vendors based on the volume of citations but wouldn't ensure motorists had enough information to fact-check their citations. The measure, approved 46-1, goes to the House of Delegates, where lawmakers have been drafting a separate bill. The Senate bill, sponsored by Democrat James Brochin of Baltimore County, would outlaw per-ticket payments to any contractor that "provides, deploys or administers and processes" speed camera tickets.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
The Bounty of the Bay dinner is Thursday. The dinner moves this year to the Rockfish in Annapolis. Hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the dinner celebrates Maryland seafood and the watermen, retailers and restaurants who bring it to consumers. The five-course dinner from Rockfish chef Chad Wells includes both established favorites like local oysters and striped bass and overlooked species like spiny dogfish and blue catfish. The $60 ticket includes a raw-bar reception.
NEWS
January 14, 2013
We don't have time to contest unfair tickets that give a bounty to the vendor ("Camera vendor to get 'bounty,'" Jan. 11). Gov. Martin O'Malley says these bounties are illegal. This situation is so confused and pathetic that I propose we all cover our license plates in protest until the end of the legislative season. This is illegal too, but we need to send a message to our befuddled leaders. Theodore Houk, Lutherville
NEWS
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Baltimore plans to pay its new speed camera contractor $11.20 per $40 citation - continuing its use of a so-called bounty system that Gov. Martin O'Malley and key state legislators say is illegal under Maryland law. "Talking to our attorneys here, we're within state law," said Adrienne Barnes, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Transportation. She said no contract has yet been signed with the new vendor, Brekford Corp. of Hanover. The city paid its previous contractor, Xerox State and Local Solutions, up to $19.20 of each $40 ticket, amounting to about $13 million since late 2009.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2012
It sure doesn't look like the other vessels docked in Annapolis. The Bounty, a wooden movie-star ship with its tallest mast at 115 feet, is in town for a long weekend of tours that ends Sunday. The visit, like the Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore this weekend, commemorates the War of 1812. The original Bounty's storied mutiny occurred in 1789, and both the war and mutiny hark back to the era when sailing ships ruled the seas. This ship was built for the 1962 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty," starring Marlon Brando as Fletcher Christian, leader of the historical mutiny in Tahiti against Capt.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder | August 22, 1991
PONTIAC, Mich. -- Pontiac's $50-a-gun bounty was so popular on its first day that the budget for the planned four-week program nearly went broke, but the city's mayor is confident of finding more money to keep it going.About 250 guns were turned over to three city fire stations yesterday. At $50 a gun, that means $12,500 already has been paid out, leaving only $1,500 of the $14,000 donated so far.Pontiac District Judge William Waterman proposed the bounty in reaction to the large numbers of young people he saw in his court who used guns to commit crimes.
NEWS
January 1, 2013
Firearms, particularly handguns, drive violent crime in Baltimore, yet nowhere does the word handgun appear in your recent editorial on this year's uptick in Baltimore homicides ("Troubling homicide rise," Dec. 28). Obviously, whatever the Baltimore Police Department is doing to get illegal guns off the streets isn't working as long as the city remains among the top 10 most dangerous cities in America. Here is a suggestion that can't seem to get any traction in this town: An bounty for anonymous tips about people carrying illegal handguns.
HEALTH
By Debra Schulze, Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
A nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center regularly provides a guest post. This week, Debra Schulze weighs in on fall fruits and vegetables. The chill of fall is in the air along with the bright red, orange and yellow colors of the leaves. Fall offers many fruits and vegetables that are delicious and packed with nutritional benefits. This is the best time of year to experience the red pomegranates, the orange winter squash, the yellow peppers along with many other members of the season's bounty.
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