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April 26, 2013
Legislators are either stupid or lying or both about the universal background checks for gun purchases ("Tyranny of the minority," April 19). They want checks on Internet sales; but they are already done on Internet sales. If you buy a firearm over the Internet, it must be shipped to a Federal Firearms License holder. The licensee does the background check on the purchaser. The only exceptions are if the firearm is an antique, manufactured earlier than 1899, or if it is a black powder firearm.
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A Baltimore County candidate for the House of Delegates acknowledged this week he wrote checks from his campaign account, a violation of campaign finance law that resulted in a $2,500 fine. Jay Jalisi, a Democrat running to represent western Baltimore County, wrote 28 checks from his campaign account from February through April, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor. Jalisi said his treasurer had suffered two strokes and had heart surgery in the months leading up to June's primary election.
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NEWS
February 25, 2013
A background check for anyone wanting to buy a gun is something the vast majority of people in this country agree makes common sense ("We deserve a vote," Feb. 17). If licensed gun dealers must do it, obviously it makes no sense to exempt those 40 percent of gun purchases that evade the checks by going through private sellers. Case closed. I'm sure every serious person also wants to see gun violence in this country decline. So universal background checks should be an easy vote for every member of Congress, no matter what state they represent.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
The signing of a long-delayed bilateral security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan today means the U.S. won't again find itself in the same situation it faced two years ago in Iraq, where the failure to reach a similar accord precipitated the withdrawal of all American forces and a rapid deterioration of the security situation. The Afghans can now be assured of continued American military assistance in their struggle against a resurgent Taliban - at least for the next two years, when the agreement must be renewed.
NEWS
June 9, 2014
It is outrageous, if not surprising, that Maryland's Board of Physicians, still afflicted with the arrogant, cover-our-behinds God complex that still seems to come with many medical diplomas, doesn't do criminal background checks on physicians before granting them a license to treat people in Maryland ( "State likely didn't know doctor it licensed was guilty of rape ," June 5). In fact, according to reporter Scott Dance's excellent story, the docs have actively resisted numerous calls to begin doing these checks.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2012
Rapper and actor DMX stopped in Baltimore and checked out Norma Jean's gentleman's club. The Custom House Avenue strip joint on Monday evening Tweeted pictures of DMX posing in the club. He's got his arm around a woman who looks to have a mohawk. He's wearing one of his signature polo shirts and at least a few of his trademark chain necklaces. Folks are seen behind him drinking and gawking. The shot was probably snapped over the weekend when DMX was scheduled to perform at Club Dubai, an upscale downtown nightclub.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | November 27, 2012
Hefty checks from Baltimore super-lawyer Peter Angelos and casino giant MGM Entertainment helped fund the critical final days of Maryland's campaign to legalize same-sex marriage, a new report filed with the state board of elections showed. The ballot measure -- Question 6 -- passed in Maryland by four percentage points. The first Maryland marriage certificates to gay and lesbian couples will be issued in early January. Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the main group supporting Question 6, raised about $5.2 million, according to the report.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2010
When residents pay water bills and civil citations at the cashier's window at Westminster City Hall, the payment stays in a drawer until the end of the day, when the contents are counted by a supervisor and placed in a vault. A city police officer comes each afternoon and transports the funds to the bank. In Howard County, two county employees must be present when putting payments for property taxes or parking tickets in a locked box that stores the cash, check and credit card payments.
SPORTS
By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2012
Michael Phelps' surprising decision to swim the punishing 400 individual medley at the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Friday was a topic of discussion today as elite swimmers began arriving for one of the last meets before the London Olympics four months from now. Phelps, who flew from his Baltimore home Wednesday morning, practiced with a few teammates from the North Baltimore Aquatics Club and then headed to an event at a local Boys and Girls Club...
FEATURES
March 13, 1992
Now that the House bank - whose advertising slogan could have been, "No fees ... no matter what!" - is closed, congressmen will have to take their business to the same banks that the rest of us use.And if they continue their check-bouncing ways, they'll soon become acquainted with the area banks' NSF (non-sufficient funds) fees, which are said to average $25 for each bad check. Here's what they'd pay in penalties:*The 8,331 bad checks written by House members in the year ending June 30, 1990: $208,275*The as-yet unnamed congressman who wrote 996 rubber checks in the 39-month period under review: $24,900*The 100 congressmen who bounced at least 45 checks each in three years: $1,125 eachThose fees, of course, don't include any that are levied by merchants, many of whom charge whenever they have to return a check.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Industry growth and a tide of employee retirements in Baltimore's transportation sector will create or leave open thousands of jobs by 2020, but local job seekers aren't prepared to fill them, according to a study released Monday by the Opportunity Collaborative. Low-income residents lack the needed technical training or have criminal records that make them ineligible for the jobs, according to the study by the coalition of state agencies, local governments, universities and nonprofits tasked with plotting a course toward sustainable economic growth for the Baltimore region.
NEWS
By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Rumors often circulated that Tom Clancy's thrillers were so detailed in their descriptions of military and covert operations that the FBI had investigated the Baltimore novelist to determine his sources for works such as "The Hunt for Red October. " After Clancy's death in October 2013, The Baltimore Sun submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for any FBI files on Clancy. The FBI sent back 46 pages, including several redacted pages of background checks federal authorities had conducted.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Five fast reasons to check out "How to Get Away With Murder," the newest drama from Shonda Rhimes. 1. Culturally, it is fascinating to see the shift in authority figures from John Houseman's Prof. Kingsfield in "Paper Chase" (1973) to Viola Davis as Prof. Annalise Keating in this series four decades later. Also, intriguing is the shift in how Hollywood portrays first-year law school and the kinds of students one finds there. 2. No producer in the history of network TV has had a whole night of prime-time dramas coming out of her or his production company until this year with "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "Murder" all coming from Rhimes shop.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
In my Monday-night appreciation of Robin Williams, I wrote about a 1994 episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" in which the comedian delivered an outstanding dramatic performance. (Read that here .) Sun librarian Paul McCardell, to whom anyone who cares a whit about institutional and civic memory owes a deep debt, dug up my preview of the episode that ran in the Sun on Jan. 6, 1994. In answer to those readers who asked what I wrote at the time, here it is. Check it out for yourself.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Inspectors will begin examining small sewer lines leading to at least 9,000 homes in Baltimore under a new five-year initiative Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is set to announce Tuesday. The Department of Public Works is expected to begin the inspections in North Baltimore's Idlewood neighborhood in the coming weeks. Inspectors will use cameras to check for blockages in the lateral lines that connect underground pipes from houses to the sewer system. The workers won't need access to homeowners' properties, nor will the inspections involve tearing up streets or sidewalks, said Jeffrey Raymond, a public works spokesman.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
A helicopter will be hovering above power lines throughout Central Maryland in coming weeks, but don't worry. It's not the NSA. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., which provides power to Maryland's most populated regions, will be contracting the utility helicopter to allow for inspections of its electric transmission equipment through next month, the company said Thursday. The helicopter will be used in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard and Prince George's counties, and may be spotted "hovering near power lines and rights of way or following a flight path along electric transmission rights of way," the company said.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
A legislative audit released Wednesday found that Towson University was slow to act when students repeatedly wrote bad tuition checks and that a $4.3 million agreement with the Maryland Department of Transportation circumvented Maryland procurement rules. The audit states that 78 students submitted two or more bad tuition checks worth $650,000 over two or more semesters. If the university had placed the proper holds on their accounts, the repeat offenses couldn't have occurred. The school promised to take "timely and appropriate action against students who are in arrears.
NEWS
April 21, 2013
Shame on the senators who defied public opinion and voted to defeat the Manchin-Toomey bill to expand background checks for gun purchases ("Senate rejects expanded checks on gun purchases," April 18). There is blood on the hands of those who voted to kill this bill. Patriotic Americans will move heaven and Earth to make certain they are defeated at the polls when they stand for re-election. Sen. Harry Reid doesn't get away scot free in this incident. He had an opportunity early in the session to modify or eliminate the filibuster rule that has caused so much harm to the nation, and he declined to do it. Without that rule , the measure would have passed.
NEWS
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2014
Maryland officials are poised to again review their Medicaid rolls for those who no longer qualify. The state ceased such reviews for six months as it worked to open the new online marketplace for people to buy public and private insurance plans and adjust to new rules. The absence of such reviews was estimated to cost taxpayers up to $30 million, though officials believe the amount will be lower. "There will be some kind of analysis," said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, state health secretary.
SPORTS
By Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2014
Members of the Bluford Drew Jemison Rockets baseball team gathered in a group on the third-base line of Utz Twardowicz Field on Tuesday afternoon. The day was already special. The weather was gorgeous, they were playing baseball and knew they had raised enough money to keep their previously struggling program afloat. But all of a sudden, their day got even better. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones walked through the third-base gate, waved and strolled down the base path toward the players, many of whose mouths hung open in shock.
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