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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.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
Col. Brian Foley has taken command of Fort Meade at a challenging time for the U.S. military. With the end of the war in Iraq in 2011 and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan next year, growth in defense spending was already expected to taper. Then came the sequester, the across-the-board cuts that led the Pentagon to furlough civilian employees over the summer. Fort Meade grew rapidly in the 2005 round of the base realignment known as BRAC to became the third-largest base in the Army.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
Orioles slugger Chris Davis set a single-season club record Tuesday night with his 51st home run of the season, breaking Brady Anderson's mark set in 1996. Following the Orioles' 3-2 win over Boston on Tuesday night, Davis reflected on the historic night, the importance of the victory and the wild-card race: On hitting No. 51 I'm excited. I've said all along when you're hitting home runs and your team's not winning, it feels like it's kind of for nothing. I was obviously glad to tie the game there and for us to hang in there and get a run off Koji, that's something we've struggled to do in the past.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
Plans for developing a former Baltimore chemical plant now known as Harbor Point will be aired Wednesday as the developer and government regulators explain safeguards planned to prevent release of contaminated soil and ground water beneath the site. An "open house" meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Morgan Stanley building, 1300 Thames Street. Representatives of Beatty Development Group, the Maryland Department of the Environment and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are expected to be on hand to answer individuals' questions, though there will be no formal presentations or public forum on the controversial project.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
A powerful voice joined the growing chorus to raise the state's minimum wage Thursday as Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said it was time for Maryland to act. "Blue-collar people are finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet," Miller said. "I think it's time to increase the minimum wage. It's just a matter of figuring out how to do it without laying people off. " He said tying a wage increase to a cut in the corporate income tax could be a way to win votes in Annapolis.
SPORTS
By Arda Ocal | September 5, 2013
  WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik is currently crowdsourcing for a documentary on his life . To some, he is a world class amateur wrestler, a hero in his home country of Iran, a former WWE champion and one of the best pro wrestlers of all time. Others see him as a man troubled by drug and alcohol abuse and a comical caricature of the once mighty figure he portrayed on worldwide television. Whatever perception you may have of the man, expect all topics to be addressed in this documentary.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
The Anne Arundel County school board will discuss its search for a new superintendent at its Sept. 25 meeting, officials said. Board Member Stacy Korbelak, chair of an ad hoc superintendent search committee, said the group will make a presentation before the full board discussing whether to enlist a search firm. It had earlier been stated that the panel would discuss the findings at its Sept. 15 retreat. The school system is looking to replace Kevin Maxwell, who departed to take a similar position in Prince George's County.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2013
When some folks want to take a trip back in time, they read a book. Jonathan Yoke, a 25-year-old engineer, straps on a pair of tights and becomes Alfonso d'Este Duca di Ferrara. As an actor in the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival, Yoke will perform as that 16th-century Italian nobleman and as Orlando, a knight in Charlemagne's service. (The fest runs weekends, Saturday through Oct. 20, at 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis; tickets $8-$22; 410-266-7304 or rennfest.com.) The Butchers Hill resident has been acting since his sophomore year of college, when he appeared in Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to be in Las Vegas Tuesday for a panel discussion on clean energy, appearing alongside former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at an event with big names in national politics. The day-long National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 is hosted by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, and the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. O'Malley, Schwarzenegger and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will discuss ways states have worked to use clean energy.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman will announce on Monday afternoon the findings of a task force that's been investigating the county's troubled police department. Neuman formed the task force in early May to review the police department, which was involved in the scandal that ultimately led to Neuman's predecessor, John R. Leopold, resigning from office. Leopold was convicted of two counts of misconduct in office in January. The allegations revealed in court included that he had police officers from his protection detail perform personal and political tasks for him, including picking up campaign checks, emptying his catheter bag and arranging sexual liaisons with his girlfriend.
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