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By Kimberly A.C. Wilson and Kimberly A.C. Wilson,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 10, 2004
WASHINGTON - The second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives pronounced the congressional session a failure yesterday, blaming the GOP leadership yesterday for letting the clock run out on the 108th Congress without resolving key issues including the federal budget, transportation funding and intelligence reform. "The Republican-controlled Congress waved a white flag at the U.S. Capitol yesterday," Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Southern Maryland said in a four-minute radio address on his party's behalf.
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By William E. Lori | September 28, 2014
This weekend over 700 people were scheduled to attend our 6th annual Archdiocese of Baltimore Gala to raise money for students who otherwise could not afford to attend a Catholic school in the Archdiocese. Since its inception, the gala has raised more than $4.2 million in tuition assistance and endowment for Catholic schools. The gala is just one way the archdiocese is helping children from low-income families benefit from a Catholic school education. Another is the Partners in Excellence (PIE)
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BUSINESS
By Hope Keller and Hope Keller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 3, 2002
When Washington implemented an anti-predatory lending law in September, it did more than stop fraudulent mortgage lending in the city. It stopped just about all lending outside the prime market. Mortgage lenders say the law - which was suspended in November and is expected to return in some form this month - put too many burdens on legitimate lenders and further complicated the byzantine mortgage transaction. Lenders also said they were afraid to lend when they weren't sure what practices and loan products could get them into trouble.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 20, 2013
Is America crazy? Twelve people killed at a secure naval installation virtually on the front porch of the federal government, eight others hurt, the shooter shot to death, and it's just another manic Monday, another day in the life of a nation under the gun. So yes, maybe it's time we acknowledged that gorilla in the back seat, time we asked the painfully obvious. Is America crazy? You know, don't you, that Muslims watched this unfold with a prayer on their lips: "Don't let him be a Muslim.
NEWS
By Dan Berger | July 8, 1998
Louis Goldstein, a tax collector, was beloved. Why can't the IRS be more like Louie?Americans only pretend to re-enact their Civil War. Ulstermen really do re-enact theirs.Gee, Larry Young could be Baltimore's answer to New York's Rush Limbaugh.It's Willie Don's last hurrah. What if Joan Pratt beats him?Jenny Chuasiriporn for governor!Pub Date: 7/08/98
NEWS
April 3, 2005
Last week's question: Carroll County commissioners are considering an all-terrain-vehicle and noise-control ordinance that has led to strong criticism from ATV owners and from residents unwilling to tolerate noise from the vehicles. Should the county enact noise controls that are stronger than the state's? Should commissioners restrict ATV use to certain hours and on property of a certain acreage? Instead of legislation, explore mediation The county cannot enact ordinances stronger than the state's, as it is almost impossible to meet the state's ordinance as it is. During the commissioners' meeting, it was demonstrated that the "sound of silence" in the room was 65 decibels, the maximum allowed under the state's ordinance for ATVs.
NEWS
January 21, 1991
It was quintessentially Schaeferesque -- the Bob Hope humor, the reflection on the state of the world, the genuine, heartfelt concern for the people of Maryland and the plain talk about tough times. Governor Schaefer's 1991 State of the State address was a call to innovative action. With the economy souring, the governor focused his Friday speech on a post-recession, post-war vision of Maryland, asking lawmakers to enact an agenda to put the state in a competitive position when hard times are over.
NEWS
May 23, 1995
In contrast to the take-no-prisoners rhetoric that often characterized their past political forays, the Christian Coalition's Contract with the American Family suggests this 1.5 million member group recognizes the need for compromise on some issues.A notable instance: Rather than seeking an absolute ban on abortions, it calls only for laws restricting abortions in the last stages of pregnancy -- a move even many abortion-rights supporters may be willing to consider. As coalition chairman Ralph Reed noted before the contract was unveiled with fitting humility: "These are the Ten Suggestions.
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March 20, 2005
ISSUE: Carroll County commissioners are considering an all-terrain vehicle and noise control ordinance that has led to strong criticism from both ATV owners and from residents unwilling to tolerate noise from the vehicles. Should the county enact noise controls that are stronger than the state's? Should commissioners restrict ATV use to certain hours and on property of a certain acreage? YOUR VIEW: Tell us what you think. Please send e-mail responses by Thursday to carroll.letters@baltsun.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau | March 31, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- The General Assembly missed its deadline to enact the state budget yesterday, raising the possibility that this year's 90-day legislative session will have to be extended if lawmakers can't reach a compromise.The Maryland Constitution requires the governor to issue a proclamation extending the session if the budget is not enacted by midnight of the 83rd day, which was last night. During an extended session, the General Assembly is prohibited from considering anything but the budget.
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By Karen Nitkin
For The Baltimore Sun
| June 7, 2013
West Virginia, the only state created during the Civil War, was born 150 years ago, on June 20, 1863, when the state of Virginia was split in two to add a Union state. These days, West Virginia is known for its resorts and outdoor recreation. With historic downtowns that still boast plenty of architecture from pre-statehood days, the past seems close in West Virginia. This year, but particularly in June, the state is marking its big birthday with music, parades, reenactments, and other special events.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Even moderate drinking before driving could become illegal if a federal safety panel's recommendation Tuesday is enacted eventually by the states. The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that states cut their thresholds for drunken driving by more than a third — from a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent to .05 percent — to reduce highway fatalities. A 180-pound man would reach 0.05 BAC by consuming three beers in one hour, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation online calculator.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 31, 2013
Jonylah Watkins died on a Tuesday. She was with her father, who was sitting in a minivan in Chicago on the night of March 11 when someone opened fire. Doctors worked 17 hours trying to repair what a bullet had done to her body, but to no avail. She died the next morning. Her funeral was about two weeks ago. She was 6 months old. Antonio Santiago was 7 months older when his mother put him in a stroller and took him for a walk in their Brunswick, Ga., neighborhood. Sherry West says they were accosted by two teenagers demanding money.
NEWS
By Todd Eberly | January 21, 2013
As Barack Obama prepares to be sworn in for the second time as president of the United States, he faces the stark reality that little of what he hopes to accomplish in a second term will likely come to pass. Mr. Obama occupies an office that many assume to be all powerful, but like so many of his recent predecessors, the president knows better. He faces a political capital problem and a power trap. In the post-1960s American political system, presidents have found the exercise of effective leadership a difficult task.
NEWS
January 15, 2013
Today, Gov. Martin O'Malley joins the NAACP and other civil rights groups in an all-out push to abolish capital punishment in Maryland. Advocates say they believe they have the votes in both the Senate and House of Delegates, and a long-standing bottleneck in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee appears no longer to be an obstacle to a floor vote on the issue. Given the governor's commitment to make this legislation part of his agenda, and the turnover in the Senate since the last major push for a repeal in 2009, the odds for abolishing capital punishment in Maryland appear better than ever.
NEWS
January 10, 2013
As an advocate and supporter of the Second Amendment "individual" right to keep and to bear arms, I felt a need to respond to letter writer John A. Pica Jr. ("Maryland needs tougher laws on gun access," Jan. 4) First of all, I have no problem with Mr. Pica, as long as his interest in better control of access to guns means access to guns which are already in the legal possession of law abiding citizens. If however, he intends his reference to be a need for more control over a citizen's right to purchase (legally "access")
NEWS
September 21, 1992
That "gridlocked" Congress scorned by George Bush at the Republican National Convention is quite adept at meshing its political tactics with those of Democrat Bill Clinton. Like the card shark in the country-western song, it "knows when to hold 'em and knows when to fold 'em."In its latest moves, the Democratic leadership has folded its plans to enact appropriations bills totaling more than White House budget requests, thus denying the Republicans ammunition for their big-spender charges, and it has gone along with the president's insistence that 20 rather than 15 B-2 bombers be built, thus bolstering Mr. Clinton's show of toughness on defense.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
While Fort McHenry's cannons blasted at schooners in the Baltimore harbor Tuesday, the voices of children from several city schools rose above the din. The young singers quivered a bit but stayed on key as they sang patriotic anthems. Four choirs and one wind ensemble performed at the fort's first maritime and musical education experience as the 1814 Battle of Baltimore was re-enacted - with ersatz cannon blasts and authentic smoke - in the background. A few children held their ears or jumped at the suddenness of the volleys, but they kept on singing.
NEWS
By Parris N. Glendening and Deron Lovaas | October 8, 2012
Mitt Romney should stick to his record as Massachusetts governor when it comes to smart growth. Flipping through the 2012 GOP platform for positions on this important issue, we find breathlessly inflammatory items such as: •Accusing the Obama administration of replacing "civil engineering with social engineering as it pursues an exclusively urban vision of dense housing and government transit"; •"We condemn the current Administration's continued...
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