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April 24, 2014
You could be excused for having missed a couple of sentences about the Baltimore County government's phone system that were tucked into a paragraph about information technology upgrades in the middle of Executive Kevin Kamenetz's budget address this month, but Baltimore City residents might find them quite interesting. It seems that the county plans during the next year to complete the transition from traditional, analog phones to Voice over Internet Protocol models, which will ensure that all employees have their own direct-dial numbers, voice mail and caller ID. Oh, and it's expected to save the county $604,000 a year.
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April 16, 2014
It's not a terribly important story, is it? A few disgruntled truck owners parked in an ambiguously signed area on desolate Southwestern Boulevard receive costly parking tickets from Baltimore City ( "Truckers say city ticketed them for parking in Baltimore County," April 11). Who cares? Answer: We all should. This story is significant to every one of us who have experienced the grasping nature of Baltimore government, which is to say just about anyone who ever interacts with it. The trucks may be legal or not legal or in the city or Baltimore County.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
A slowdown in revenue has Baltimore school officials scrambling for budget adjustments that won't require the system to raid its rainy-day fund or cut central office positions and school programs. Officials face a $31 million deficit in next year's budget, due to factors that include a dried up stream of grant funding, fluctuating financial commitments and a halt to rapid growth in enrollment. Now, the school board has asked administrators to come up with alternatives to their proposed budget reductions, which included staff layoffs, breaking contracts and cutbacks to summer school.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Video of the high speed crash that killed a bystander outside Baltimore City Hall last year shows the suspect being pulled out of his overturned car and restrained by people on scene. The footage, shot from a Maryland State Trooper's patrol car that was trailing the speeding Acura sedan, was released this week by State Police. The crash occurred on April 9, 2013, and killed city finance employee Matthew Hersl, a popular Little Italy neighborhood activist and Baltimore Orioles fan who was standing outside when the vehicle careened off of Interstate 83. Johnny Johnson, 44, the Acura's driver, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and possession of a controlled dangerous substance on Dec. 12. The West Baltimore man was sentenced to 11 years.
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By Pamela Wood, pwood@baltsun.com | April 7, 2014
The Annapolis mayor and city council will hold public hearings on the city's proposed budget Monday night. The hearings are scheduled as part of the council's regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St. Mayor Mike Pantelides' budget proposal calls for laying off 13 employees, furloughing other workers and eliminating 20 vacant positions. The proposal has drawn criticism from employees and their union representatives. Pantelides said he's looking forward to hearing from the public.
NEWS
April 4, 2014
1778: Rembrandt Peale is born. 1801: Mastodon skeleton is excavated on a New York farm. Later will be Peale's opening attraction. 1814: The Museum and Gallery of Find Arts opens at 225 N. Holliday St. in Baltimore. Grand opening is about a month before the British attack on Fort McHenry. 1816: One of Rembrandt Peale's galleries is lit with gas lamps. Peale soon helps found the Gas Light Co. of Baltimore. 1822: A brother, Rubens Peale, takes over museum operations, bringing in live animals.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Boys basketball state champions City and Edmondson will be recognized at Monday afternoon's city council meeting at City Hall. City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young introduced the resolution to celebrate the teams' seasons. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also is scheduled to be in attendance.  The No. 1 Knights completed a perfect 27-0 season when they defeated Westlake to capture the Class 3A state championship on March 15. No. 3 Edmondson defeated Allegany to capture the Class 1A state crown on the same day, finishing with a 20-5 mark.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
In Annapolis, where there is no city manager or assistant city manager, the recreation and parks director will fill in as city manager. Mayor Mike Pantelides announced Friday that parks director Brian Woodward will be acting city manager while the search continues for a permanent manager. The city's previous city manager, Michael Mallinoff, was fired by the new mayor in January. Then assistant city manager Virginia Burke, who served as acting city manager, resigned. Her last day was Friday.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
The acting Annapolis city manager submitted her resignation to Mayor Mike Pantelides this week, the latest of several staff departures for a new administration that has seen a tumultuous start. Virginia Burke, who had been assistant city manager under former Mayor Josh Cohen, then acting city manager since January, will stay on with the city for two weeks, said city spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw. There was no reason given for Burke's departure. She becomes the seventh City Hall employee to leave since Pantelides became mayor in December.
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Dan Rodricks | February 20, 2014
"O'Malley smiled and read his mail," David Kennedy, the widely respected criminologist, recalls of a December 1999 meeting with the new mayor of Baltimore. Martin O'Malley sat by while Jack Maple, his crime-fighting consultant from New York City, browbeat Kennedy, peppered him with questions, cut off his answers and either betrayed or feigned ignorance of Kennedy's violence-reducing strategy called Ceasefire. Kennedy recalls the exchange in his 2012 book, "Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America.
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