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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
In TV terms, there were two winners and one clear loser in Tuesday's night gubernatorial debate on WBFF-TV. The winners: State Delegate Heather Mizeur and the TV station itself. The loser: Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, who declined to participate in Baltimore's only TV debate and was represented by an empty podium between his two opponents, Mizeur and Attorney General Doug Gansler. Fox 45 wins for its skilled use of TV imagery. The empty podium with Brown's name on the front was a perfect symbol for a candidate who looks as if he refuses to be held accountable to the people he wants to serve, of a candidate who will decide based on the terms of his political goals, not the citizens' need for information before going to the polls, how engaged he is going -- or not going -- to be with the voters.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
If folks were waiting for Julius Henson's campaign for state Senate to go negative, they didn't have to wait long. Within days of a city judge's clearing the way for Henson to run in East Baltimore's 45th District, the longtime political consultant distributed his first negative flier about incumbent Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden. Entitled "McFadden's Dirty Dozen," the list of 12 criticisms included the assertion that McFadden, who walks with a cane, isn't "healthy enough" to serve in the General Assembly.
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Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | May 23, 2014
The Baltimore Urban Debate League, a 15-year-old trailblazing program whose students have been lauded locally and nationally for their successes in competitions and the classroom, has been identified as the 2014 Urban Debate League of the Year. The National Association of Urban Debate Leagues announced the national title last month, according to a release from the organization.  The city's league, one of 400 in 19 cities, was recognized for its after-school and summer programs, which were called "life-changing," and for being a leader among urban debate leagues across the country.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
Maryland's three Democratic candidates for attorney general are likely to debate how to enforce environmental laws, fight high-tech crime and crack down on home foreclosures at their first debate Monday night in a race that will likely determine who will be the state's top lawyer. State Sen. Brian E. Frosh, Del. Jon S. Cardin and Del. Aisha Braveboy are seeking the Democratic nomination in a race that party's nominee has won in every election for almost a century. The winner of this year's June 24 primary will face Jeffrey N. Pritzker, a Towson lawyer who would be the first Republican elected to the office since 1919, and Leo Wayne Dymowski, a Libertarian.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
The next televised debate in the governor's race likely will feature two candidates and an empty lectern. Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF-TV announced "finalized" debate plans Monday that include only two of the top three Democrats in the race: Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur. The pair are scheduled to face off next Tuesday without the candidate leading the polls, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who has declined to participate. Brown's campaign consistently has told debate organizers the lieutenant governor has no plans to attend, but the Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate plans to leave an empty lectern on the stage in his place.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
The two opponents of Del. Jon S. Cardin in his race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general chastised him during a debate Monday night for skipping almost 75 percent of his committee votes this year. State Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County and Del. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George's County said there was no excuse for missing so many voting sessions, where decisions are made on which bills die and which advance to a floor vote. "If you don't show up in Annapolis, if you don't vote, you don't count," Frosh said during the first debate of the attorney general's race, held at the University of Maryland.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
If dolphins depart the National Aquarium, officials are contemplating what to do with the 1.2 million-gallon pool where the marine mammals have been on display for more than two decades. Among the possibilities: creating an underwater forest with swaying kelp seaweed stalks, leopard sharks and wolf eels, or a habitat that emulates the southern Pacific Ocean, where groupers and other marine life inhabit rusting fighter airplanes and other war wreckage. The fate of the $35 million Marine Mammal Pavilion, which opened in 1990 and takes up one-third of the aquarium's footprint, is one of many deliberations the National Aquarium has undertaken.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
The big question facing Baltimore's National Aquarium - whether to keep Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the amphitheater pool or release them to an ocean-side sanctuary - is the latest twist in the decades-long evolution of American zoos and aquatic attractions from circus-like menageries to portals into the natural environment. Much of the change is driven by emerging scientific evidence that shows the advanced intellect of marine mammals compared with species such as sharks and puffins.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
WBFF-TV, the Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate in Baltimore, will host a Democratic gubernatorial debate May 27, the station said Friday. Anchor Jennifer Gilbert will moderate the debate between Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown has said he will not participate in the Baltimore TV debate. Here's the release from WBFF: BALTIMORE, MD (May 16, 2014) - WBFF FOX45 is pleased to announce that it has finalized plans to host a political debate between the Democratic candidates running in the 2014 Maryland gubernatorial primary election.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
When Julio Martinez crossed the U.S. border illegally more than a decade ago, his attorneys say, he was running for his life, attempting to escape the deadly and pervasive gang he joined in his native El Salvador as a 14-year-old boy. Martinez, who entered the country in 2000 and lived in Middle River for years, is now at the center of a legal question that has split federal courts and that could have significant implications for U.S. immigration...
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