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March 17, 2010
Frederick County commissioners have rejected a proposal to consider seceding from Maryland. The panel voted 4-1 Tuesday against Republican Commissioner Lennie Thompson's resolution. Board President Jan Gardner called it outlandish and Commissioner Kai Hagen labeled it a public relations gimmick. But all the commissioners sympathized with Thompson's frustration at the increasing cost of state government. Thompson said a proposal recently floated by state lawmakers to shift some teacher pension costs to the counties illustrates the General Assembly's financial irresponsibility.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | September 19, 2014
There was a time not so long ago when the NFL seemed like it was coated in Teflon. No matter who did wrong or how badly the incident seemed to damage the credibility of the sport, the NFL would crank up the image machine, put it on spin cycle and emerge with its reputation and runaway revenues intact. Not anymore. The Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, which spun out of control when the infamous inside-elevator video became public 12 days ago, continues to damage the credibility of everyone it touches and still could be the undoing of embattled commissioner Roger Goodell.
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April 10, 2014
To quote Matthew 6:5, "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men. ... But when you pray go into your room, close the door. " David Ingalls, Severna Park - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Sixteen female senators have sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the NFL adopt a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence. Goodell recently instituted a policy with a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence offenders and a lifetime ban with the possibility of reinstatement after a year for second offenses. The letter to Goodell, also sent to The Baltimore Sun, follows former Ravens running back Ray Rice being indefinitely suspended for his domestic violence incident, for which he was charged with felony aggravated assault.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2012
At 10 a.m. on a recent weekday, roughly a half-dozen District Court commissioners were individually processing 120 arrestees at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center, and making big decisions about whether to set bail or release the accused with instructions to come to court when called. They work out of tiny concrete cells in the detention center, similar to those packed with waiting prisoners. For protection, they have a window partition between them and the defendant, who is locked in during the proceeding.
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By Helene Elliott, Tribune newspapers | September 22, 2011
David Stern, NBA Still The Man, though the NBA has hit some potholes. Stern imposed the lockout to overhaul an economic system he says led 23 of 30 teams to lose money. Barring a quick agreement, the opening of training camps in early October will be jeopardized as will an on-time Nov. 1 season start. Robert Boland, professor of sports business at New York University's Tisch Center, said Stern is "the one who is held in the greatest awe" among commissioners for resuscitating the NBA and building global appeal through the Olympics.
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November 14, 1990
HAMPSTEAD - The Tri-District Republican Club will conduct a salute to Commissioner President John L. Armacost for his years of conservative leadership in the Republican Party at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Co.This event also will recognize and honor former Republican County Commissioners Scott S. Bair Jr., 1966-1970; Justus Denner, 1962; J. Norman Graham, 1970-1982; William V. Lauterbach Jr., 1982-1986; Robert McKinney, 1962-1970; John...
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April 14, 2014
Let me get this straight. It is perfectly fine for members of the Westboro Baptist Church to defile a funeral using foul chants and signs because it is their right to free speech, but a commissioner isn't allowed to mention Jesus in an opening prayer ( "Carroll commissioners vote to halt sectarian prayer," April 8)? Where is Robin Frazier's right to free speech? It may have made a few people uncomfortable, but what about the people attending the funeral who were grieving the loss of a young man serving his country.
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By Louise Vest | March 12, 2014
March 1965 Howard gets hip "Folk Center for Howard youth: The organization of a 'folk center' in Howard County for young adults in their late teens will be the subject of a meeting this Saturday at 1:30 P.M. at Bethany Methodist Church on Bethany Lane, off Route 99. "The idea for the club was initiated by the Howard County Ministerium whose members feel a gathering place for this age group is sorely needed in the County. If acceptable to the group attending Saturday's meeting, further plans for the center will then be developed.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Carroll County commissioners have lost their case against several media organizations and now must decide whether to comply with a judge's order to turn over email lists or appeal. The five commissioners plan to meet in closed session Thursday to discuss the case, which resulted in a court order last week giving the board until early February to provide email distribution lists used by the commissioners, including the email addresses. If they choose to challenge the ruling before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, they would have until mid-February to do so. In an opinion issued Jan. 16, retired Howard County Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney ruled against the commissioners, who in March denied a Carroll County Times reporter's request under the Maryland Public Information Act for mailing lists, including email addresses, that the commissioners use to contact groups of people.
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Dan Rodricks | September 10, 2014
This should have been a totally tall week for Baltimore - tall ships and Blue Angels for War of 1812 commemorations; the Orioles, ever closer to a division title, back home to play the Yankees; Derek Jeter bidding farewell to Camden Yards; the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium to face their biggest rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday night on national television. Big stuff, tall stuff, a real wow week in the life of Charm City. And it's all still true, except for the clouds left by the Ray Rice storm.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
The Canadian Football League quickly threw up a stop sign for any potential overtures to former Ravens star running back Ray Rice. Rice won't be playing north of the border. CFL commissioner Mark Cohon issued a statement saying the league will honor the NFL's indefinite suspension of Rice, whose $35 million contract was terminated Monday by the Ravens after an ugly video surfaced of him punching Janay Palmer in a casino elevator. CFL teams were informed that Rice can't be signed to a contract or added to a negotiation list.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts was confirmed Monday by the City Council for a full six-year term. Batts has led the city's police force since October 2012, when he was selected to fill the unexpired term of the previous commissioner, Frederick H. Bealefeld III. His appointment was confirmed unanimously on a voice vote without discussion. He will receive a salary of $201,700, reflecting an $8,000 raise. Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said Batts has made "some improvements" and that he was especially pleased with the commissioner's efforts to put more police in neighborhoods.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
Almost exactly two years ago this week Anthony Batts arrived in Baltimore to take over the leadership of the city's police department. Since then Baltimore has seen homicides go up, then come down again as Mr. Batts has instituted reforms, shaken up the force and reached out to local residents in an effort to build trust between his officers and the citizens they serve. It wasn't always obvious that the department was making progress on his watch, but it's a measure of his success in all those endeavors that today he enjoys the confidence of public officials who just a year ago were openly questioning whether he was up to the job. That remarkable turnaround in attitudes was reflected in the ringing endorsements Mr. Batts received this week from City Council members who appear set to unanimously approve his nomination for a new six-year contract as the city's top cop. Over the past two years Mr. Batts clearly has proven himself as a leader who can get things done, and he has vindicated the high hopes Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake held out for him when she recruited him from the West Coast where he had spent most of his 30-year career in law enforcement.
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By Natalie Sherman and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
As communities across Baltimore gathered Saturday for events designed to address the violence troubling the city, mayhem occurred once more. In a chaotic chain of events, the city's police commissioner came across a shooting in a Northeast neighborhood, prompting a police response that led to an accident and left several people injured. About 50 people turned out in midafternoon for a three-mile walk of the Sinclair Lane neighborhood to celebrate the beginning of the school year and to provide positive role models in the hope that children will steer away from violence.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Orioles principal owner Peter G. Angelos was the first baseball executive to speak publicly about the election of Rob Manfred as Major League Baseball's 10th commissioner Thursday evening at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore. “Long day, but worthwhile," he said. “I think the owners elected a very confident, strong, strong leader, and I think he's going to make some real difference in the future, and he can build on the accomplishments of the previous administration.” Angelos confirmed that the owners got stuck on 22 of the 23 votes necessary to reach the super-majority necessary to elect Manfred, but ge said that always was going to be the outcome.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2012
A state panel said Wednesday that members of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners violated the state's Open Meetings Act by holding a fee-based forum on a controversial smart-growth policy attended by a majority of the board. "The County Board violated the Act by charging admission to a meeting held for the consideration of public business," the Open Meetings Compliance Board said in a written opinion. "We commend the County's prompt posting of materials from the event on its website.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
The final vote did not come easy, but Major League Baseball chief operating officer Robert D. Manfred finally achieved the necessary super-majority early Thursday night to become the the 10th commissioner of baseball. Manfred, who helped steer the sport through its most volatile labor period and has been a pivotal figure in the game's war on performance-enhancing drugs, was considered the heavy favorite to succeed Allan H. "Bud" Selig when the selection process entered its final stage during the two-day quarterly owners meeting at the Baltimore Hyatt Regency.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
The timing of Bud Selig's pre-retirement news conference at Camden Yards Tuesday was delicious. It was 20 years to the day after major league players walked out and initiated the most disastrous labor showdown in baseball history. The great work stoppage of 1994-95 turned the fans against both the players and owners, and the owner with the biggest target on his back was the acting commissioner, who would eventually become the permanent commissioner and run Major League Baseball for a total of 22 years.
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