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October 24, 2013
The recent Candidates' Forum at City Hall was a rather depressing affair in that it demonstrated that so many of our elected officials have no idea what is or is not a valid function of government and what ought to be left to the private sector. I learned, for example, that Laurel has a city-run and maintained dog park with a water fountain for dogs. But, this is ridiculous. This is not something government should be involved in at all.  I heard Councilwoman Crary say she'd like to see the city have a skateboard park for kids.
By Meredith Cohn | October 22, 2013
  City officials held a candlelight vigil Monday evening to remember infants who have died. They called it an "angelversary," and its the third year they gathered for the event. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Commissioner of Health Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Family League of Baltimore President and Chief Executive Jonathon Rondeau and community members who have lost babies in the past year were on hand for the event at the War Memorial Building, at 101 N. Gay St., across from City Hall downtown.
October 16, 2013
Having been a longtime city of Laurel resident, I am concerned that we caved in and allowed candidates who had enough time to fill out their forms completely by the deadline to run in the next election ("Laurel elections board finalizes November ballot. " Oct. 10). I certainly hope that when people turn out to vote in the next election for City Council members they ask themselves if they want someone who cannot complete a simple form in charge of our tax money. The reason given [by Board of Election Supervisors John Kish]
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
When the first gay and lesbian couples legally allowed to marry in Baltimore began preparing for their big moment at City Hall in the first minutes of 2013, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was there to officiate. She'd campaigned to help make same-sex marriages legal in Maryland, and seemed genuinely happy that night to help them happen in Baltimore. In June, Rawlings-Blake was named Grand Marshal of Baltimore Pride, and then, this weekend, she was given an "ICONS We Love" award as part of Baltimore Black Pride.
By Erica L. Green and By Erica L. Green | October 3, 2013
The Baltimore Orioles stepped up to the plate after the government shutdown canceled a field trip to the Fort McHenry National Monument, where 200 Baltimore pre-kindergartners were scheduled to visit Thursday.  The trip was part of the annual "Pre-K at Play" event, which for the last four years has sent thousands of 4-year-old students throughout the city to give them a hands-on learning experience at more than 30 of the city's famous landmarks and...
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2013
State energy officials and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will unveil a pair of electric vehicle charging stations outside City Hall on Friday, the first on a city public street, officials said. The stations were installed at the corner of Lexington and Gay streets on the War Memorial Plaza. A ceremony to open the stations for use will take place at 11 a.m. General Motors is providing a Chevy Spark vehicle to demonstrate the charging. The stations aren't the first ones available to the public in the city.
September 22, 2013
Perhaps Gov. Martin O'Malley doesn't remember what the homicide rate was back in the day when he was Baltimore's mayor, or maybe he's just trying to burnish his crime-fighting credentials ahead of his anticipated 2016 presidential bid. Either way, his recent comments criticizing the rising murder rate and declining number of arrests in the city - and his implicit swipe against Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts -...
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2013
During a weekend gathering of black alumni from the University of Maryland Law School in which the continuing inequalities faced by African-Americans was discussed, one participant called for Baltimore to preserve the city's tradition of public pools. UM law professor Taunya Lovell Banks presented Saturday new work on the civil rights history of swimming in Baltimore and questioned whether Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is doing enough to keep the pools open and available. "Like mayors before her, when it's time to do budget cuts, the first think they look at are parks," said Banks.
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
Cases involving establishments that may have been operating in violation of city liquor laws, outside the parameters of their specific license or without a proper license at all are among the hearings listed on the Sept. 26 docket of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City. Among the establishments scheduled for hearings on Sept. 26 are Canton's Portside Tavern , where after-hours drinking allegedly took place on April 7, Phillips Seafood , which was allegedly operating without a valid license on May 7 and The Chesapeake , which was observed providing outdoor table service on July 19 and 20 (Artscape weekend)
September 16, 2013
A news story and a Dan Rodricks ' column about the marvels of Baltimore buildings in one day - my cup runneth over ("New colors for old church" and "Let your eyes wander to see city shine," Sept. 12)! I'm not from the city, but the magnificence of local architecture is astounding and too frequently overlooked by city residents. Years ago I used to give tours of City Hall, and today I'm helping folks explore the beauty of The Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse as a docent at The Museum of Baltimore Legal History.
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