By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Baltimore animal control officers would have more leeway to seize dogs, cats or other pets deemed to be a nuisance under a measure the City Council will consider Monday. The legislation, sponsored by Councilman Robert W. Curran, would allow animal control officers to evaluate complaints, such as dogs barking or running loose, and decide whether to take the animal to the pound without having to observe the violation. The animal's owner could get the pet back after a hearing process in the city Health Department, Curran said.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Hackerman House, one of the three buildings that make up the Walters Art Museum , will be closed for about two and a half years beginning July 1, a museum official announced Friday. In addition, galleries housing 19 t h century art on the fourth floor of the Centre Street building will be closed to the public between June 23 and Oct. 25, according to museum spokeswoman Mona M. Rock. It's all part of a long-planned, $5.2 million refurbishment of the museum. Most of the work will involve replacing the 23-year-old fire suppression and climate control systems, Rock said.
April 17, 2014
Regarding The Sun's recent editorial on the Baltimore City Public Schools $31 million shortfall, budgetary issues under any domain are very serious matters ( "Seeing red over city schools budget," April 15). Whenever a group of decision makers without strong and practical fiscal skills are the ones being relied upon for providing oversight and control for making very difficult budgetary decisions, there will always be illogical responses. Why would any competent decision maker consider depleting their "rainy day fund" for resolving operational type issues, especially when that source of revenue is not adequately funded in the first place?
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
The World Triathlon Corporation, which licenses Ironman endurance races around the world, announced Thursday that it will soon take over four Maryland events that have been run by the nonprofit Columbia Triathlon Association, and two other local organizations will likely continue most other events that are on the CTA 2014 schedule. In a release, the WTC, a for-profit company based in Florida, said that what had been the 140.6-mile ChesapeakeMan race in Cambridge on Sept. 20 will become the 12th Ironman triathlon in the United States, with some changes in the race course.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
A snowy winter kept the state's brush fire season at bay into March, but now Maryland forestry officials are conducting controlled burns to prevent accidental blazes later this spring. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is conducting burns at Sandy Point State Park and on Hart-Miller Island on Thursday, officials said. Trained forest service crews set the fires using torches fueled by a solution of diesel and gasoline, said  Monte Mitchell, state fire superviser with the natural resources department's forest service.
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
NEW YORK - This wasn't the first impression right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez wanted to give his new team or his new fan base, but the Orioles' top offseason acquisition has struggled through his first two starts with the club. Following the Orioles' 4-2 loss to New York in the Yankees' home opener at Yankees Stadium on Monday afternoon, Jimenez talked about being crippled by not being able to locate his breaking ball. The result was a short 4 2/3-inning outing in which he issued five walks and was chased from the game after reaching 109 pitches, the first time he didn't get out of the fifth inning in 11 starts dating back to last August.
April 1, 2014
It's amazing that the only way Hobby Lobby employees can get birth control is by someone else paying for it ( "Don't open Pandora's box," March 24). What is stopping any Hobby Lobby employee from paying for this themselves? I can tell you I paid for my own birth control my entire reproductive life and find ridiculous the entitlement attitude women have today. Diane Campbell - To respond to this letter, send an email to . Please include your name and contact information.
Susan Reimer | March 28, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week about the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers of a certain size provide health care plans that pay for birth control for women. One of the plaintiffs, Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores in the South owned by a religious family, does not object to providing all forms of birth control. The family objects only to the IUD and two drugs commonly known as "the morning after pill" and "the week after pill" because, they believe, this device and these drugs would prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to a woman's uterus.
Editorial from The Aegis | March 27, 2014
The strong desire to retain local control over the management of the county school system expressed this week by Superintendent Barbara Canavan is one of those general sentiments it's easy to agree with. Get into the specifics, though, and reality creeps in. Most people are all for local control until they disagree with the local people in control. Then they go to their state delegate or member of Congress or some other person elected to an office that isn't particularly local.
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