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By Betsy Johnson | January 22, 2014
With climate disruption increasingly affecting Maryland's priceless environmental treasures, it's time the federal government stopped bargaining with our natural resources and started protecting our future as it looks to import and export more resources overseas. The Trans-Pacific Partnership - a massive trade pact between the U.S. and 11 countries along the Pacific Rim - could result in more environmental degradation, job loss, and more dangerous fracking affecting nearly every aspect of our lives, from the quality of our water to the quality of our jobs.
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By Betsy Johnson | January 22, 2014
With climate disruption increasingly affecting Maryland's priceless environmental treasures, it's time the federal government stopped bargaining with our natural resources and started protecting our future as it looks to import and export more resources overseas. The Trans-Pacific Partnership - a massive trade pact between the U.S. and 11 countries along the Pacific Rim - could result in more environmental degradation, job loss, and more dangerous fracking affecting nearly every aspect of our lives, from the quality of our water to the quality of our jobs.
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NEWS
April 14, 1992
The lobby of Harford County government office building is adorned with a large portrait of the home-grown Cal Ripkens, senior and junior, looking like royalty in their chalk-white Oriole double-knits. But the real pride in county chambers these days is illustrated by the lobby's other promotional display -- Harford's "fast track" program."Fast track," a loosely defined but apparently effective method of cutting red tape for developments deemed most desirable, is a major reason Harford has been landing some of the economic coups in the region lately.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | August 22, 2013
The Harford County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into Saturday night's fatal shooting of a break-in suspect who police and the victim's family and friends believe may have been under the influence of a synthetic drug similar to those that can be bought legally in Maryland. The shooting of 19-year-old Seth Jacob Beckman, of Bel Air, which occurred outside a closed snowball stand in the Rock Spring BP station parking lot, happened less than six weeks after a federal DEA official warned local parents and community leaders about the dangers of synthetic drugs.
NEWS
October 22, 1993
Was Boogie Weinglass, that favorite rich uncle of every Baltimore area sports fan, really so peeved with public comment about expansion of his clothing company that he pulled up stakes in Towson for the faster track of development in Harford County?That's the suggestion of James Fielder, Harford's economic development chief, who blames Baltimore County's community input process for causing Mr. Weinglass' Merry-Go-Round retail clothing empire to shift its corporate headquarters to Joppa. He says the Procter & Gamble Co. made the same decision to site a major warehouse in Joppa because Harford didn't impose this onerous burden on business, and Baltimore County did.Mr.
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By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Staff Writer | October 17, 1993
Harford County Council member Theresa M. Pierno and County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann are butting heads again. But this time, Mrs. Pierno seems to have struck a nerve.Mrs. Pierno, a Democratic activist elected to the District C seat on a promise to increase citizen involvement in the development process, has proposed legislation that Mrs. Rehrmann says will cripple the county's most cherished marketing tool: its "fast-track" permit process.The bill, co-sponsored by council member Susan B. Heselton, R-District A, seeks to increase public notice of development proposals and promote more input through written comments and public meetings.
NEWS
September 13, 1997
THE NATIONAL interest will suffer grievously if President Clinton fails to obtain the fast-track authority he seeks from Congress to negotiate multilateral trade agreements. Without it, other governments won't deal seriously because they won't know if the administration can deliver.Fast track is jargon for Congress' relinquishing authority to amend legislation implementing trade agreements while retaining the right to reject them. It is necessary when many countries negotiate an agreement.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | February 28, 2003
Maryland's plan to build the Intercounty Connector highway picked up significant momentum yesterday as the Bush administration placed the road that has twice been rejected by environmental authorities on a fast track for a new federal review. The proposed $1.5 billion highway in Montgomery County - alternately portrayed as a relief valve for choked roads and as a disaster for the environment - is still not a sure thing. But yesterday's announcement signaled key federal support and means that construction could begin within five years.
NEWS
By William Thompson and William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff | February 13, 1991
An abortion-rights bill that won state Senate approval yesterday has been steered onto a legislative fast track that could take it through the House of Delegates by this weekend."
NEWS
By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Staff writer | March 15, 1992
When Jenny Howard left behind her celebrated running career at Fallston High for the fast track at the University of Wisconsin, she expected to spend at least a year racing in relative anonymity.Instead, Howard has continued to add to a collection of accolades that already included nine state high school championships.Last fall, the 18-year-old earned Big 10 Freshman of the Year honors after finishing as the top true freshman at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.Five weeks ago, Howard earned a spot on the U.S. team that will compete in the Junior World Cross Country Championships next weekend in Boston.
EXPLORE
February 19, 2013
On Feb. 14, you published eight letters raising thoughtful questions about a newly hatched plan for Symphony Woods. At the CA Board meeting a few hours later, many residents spoke out, almost all in opposition.  Questions were raised about  elements of the plan, about the mechanism for implementing it, and about the unseemly haste to pass it. Unfortunately, the Board  went ahead and passed the plan that night, after suspending their own...
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Dan Rodricks | March 5, 2012
Lou Galambos, professor of economic history and one of the senior owls at Johns Hopkins University, raises the ghost of his grandfather Lazlo in his new book, "The Creative Society," an admiring survey of the American professional class - the lawyers, scientists, doctors, business managers, teachers and others who made considerable contributions to the nation's power, prosperity and health between 1890 and 2010. It was the professional class that evolved throughout the 20th century to drive the U.S. economy and shape our society, Mr. Galambos writes, "and it's time we look at their contributions from the ground-up.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2011
He's written a book - "99 Things Teens Wish They Knew Before Turning 16" - dealing with serious subjects like bullying, sex and peer pressure. He's spoken to the Minnesota state legislature, inspiring it to pass legislation against texting while driving, and developed a cell phone application to fight texting behind the wheel. He's appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, CNN and numerous other news and entertainment shows. And by age 16, "he's been on more programs than I have," his car owner, Michael Andretti, said.
BUSINESS
By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley called Maryland's often lengthy and confusing business permit process "one of the weaknesses of our state" Thursday — and then signed an executive order aimed at easing it. The new program he ordered, called "Fast Track," is supposed to help speed projects with significant economic impact in specific areas — so long as they would not adversely affect the state's environmental and Smart Growth goals. A developer who qualifies for Fast Track will be told up front whether his or her proposal has any chance of being approved, or whether the state will fight "tooth and nail" against it, O'Malley said.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2011
Maryland officials plan to announce Thursday a new system to speed the review process for business owners seeking state permits for projects in priority development areas. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and other state officials will meet at Bakery Express Inc. in Halethorpe to make the announcement. The new system, called Fast Track — part of the Maryland Made Easy business initiative — will focus on projects with significant economic impact, said Maureen Kilcullen, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Business and Economic Development.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2011
When Dave Whitman arrived at work at 5 a.m. Saturday, he knelt on the track at Pimlico Race Course and grasped a handful of soil. Glop, it was not. Despite a line of storms that drenched the area for much of the past week, the Preakness would be run on a fast track. Whitman, director of track maintenance, had fooled nature again. Not only did Pimlico weather that 11/2 inches of rainfall, the course actually had to be watered between each race Saturday. Trucks sprayed nearly 50,000 gallons of city water on the track to keep down the dust on a day when millions of race fans were watching.
NEWS
By William Thompson and William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff | February 13, 1991
An abortion-rights bill that won state Senate approval yesterday has been steered onto a legislative fast track that could take it through the House of Delegates by this weekend."
SPORTS
By George Diaz | March 16, 2011
True confession: I purposely avoided the Danica Show during the media blitz of NASCAR speed weeks last month. Been there, done that. Danica Patrick was the queen of the podium a year ago as well, when the media was going gaga over the new girl trying to convince people that she was ready to make the dicey transition from open-wheel to stock cars. She wasn't. Nobody can do this part-time and expect to succeed. She made 13 Nationwide Series starts and finished 43rd in the point standings Fast-forward to March 2011.
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