By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 26, 2014
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. " -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Sometimes, you get the feeling that's the only King quote conservatives know. They can't quote what he said about unions: "We can all get more together than we can apart. " They can't quote what he said about poverty: "The solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.
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.
By Greg Kline | January 21, 2014
On Friday, the Red Maryland Network premiered our latest show, the Red Maryland News Hour.  The show is hosted by Duane Keenan, a radio news veteran who has spent several years covering the Maryland State House.  Each week the Red Maryland News Hour will bring you the week that was in the 2014 General Assembly session with interviews, audio clips and in-depth reporting from Mr. Keenan. In the first episode, we present an exclusive interview with Del. Don Dwyer.  In this interview, which Delegate Dwyer says he has done no where else, there is a candid discussion of Delegate Dwyer's legal problems, his drinking, his removal from the House Ways and Means committee and his plans for the future.
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
Perry Hall residents could soon be seeing big changes to some of their parks. At its scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Baltimore County Council is slated to discuss a supplemental appropriation of $156,000 in state and federal funds to go toward an extension of the Indian Rock Park Trail north to Ebenezer Road and south to Silver Hall Road, which would allow for pedestrian and bicycle access directly to Indian Rock Park and the Perry Hall High School...
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
What's 6,000 mathematicians, multiplied by 2,500 talks, divided over four days? The nation's largest gathering devoted to the science - and art - of math. The annual Joint Mathematics Meetings is gathering in Baltimore this week for the first time in a decade. Running through Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center, it is organized by the country's two major professional groups for mathematicians and includes smaller meetings of other mathematical societies. Attendees come from as far as Korea, Brazil and Iran.
By Erica L. Green and By Erica L. Green | January 14, 2014
The chair of the University System of Maryland's education policy and student life committee said Tuesday that the committee would begin a review of all university policies on hazing, after a recent report of extreme hazing at Salisbury University that has lawmakers calling for tougher penalties. "Hazing is unlawful in Maryland," said chair Louise M. Gonzales at a committee meeting Tuesday. "There is no question that this board ... is opposed to anything unlawful. " Gonzales said that the university system does not have an umbrella hazing policy, but every college and university has its own that are detailed and all-encompassing.
By Peter Schmuck and Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2013
The 2013 season has been something of a wild ride for Randy Edsall and the Maryland football team. The Terps won their first four games before falling victim to another string of major injuries that threatened to sink Edsall's third season as head coach, but bounced back to become bowl-eligible and guarantee his first winning season at Maryland. The Terps will end that season against Marshall in Friday's Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium before making the jump to the Big Ten Conference next year.
December 19, 2013
On the matter of reopening Loch Raven Elementary School and moving the Halstead Academy population to Loch Raven, Baltimore County Superintendent of Schools Dallas Dance has been less than candid about the role that the Loch Raven Village and Knettishall communities and other stakeholders have played in the process ("Loch Raven Village residents protest outside Balto. Co. Board of Education," Nov. 5). Either that or people who advise him have been sloppy with their facts. An Oct. 30 notice on the Baltimore County Public Schools website reads as follows: "After six months of community engagement, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance will recommend to the Board of Education, at its November 5, 2013, meeting, several proposals to relieve capacity issues in the central areas of Baltimore County.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
This winter, Baltimore is shaping up to be a place where talk is cheap - and enlightening. Two new free speaker series are in the works: The Contemporary museum will present artists with national reputations talking about their creative process. Meanwhile, the Ivy Bookshop has lined up a roster of local cultural pioneers and has asked them to discuss the books that have influenced their lives. Both series begin Jan. 13. The Contemporary's speaker series represents the first offering from the newly reorganized institution since it abruptly shut its doors in mid-exhibition in May 2012.
By Gregory Kline | December 12, 2013
Since Del. Heather Mizeur, a candidate for governor, announced a plan to legalize marijuana in Maryland, there has been a great deal of discussion of the issue. The Baltimore Sun called for a more measured approach that avoided the risk of "rushing to embrace a sweeping but untested new policy that could create as many problems as it solves. " In an op-ed in The Sun, Walter Olson, a fellow at the Cato Institute, derided conservative opposition to Ms. Mizeur's drug legalization proposal and regurgitated many of the arguments that have been made by legalization advocates for decades.
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