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September 2, 1993
With the opening of the new school year just days away in Baltimore County, it's time again for those old three Rs: Rage, rhetoric and revenge.Now that the school board-appointed task force has delivered a report critical of county superintendent Dr. Stuart Berger, it's like June all over again when the only thing that could dislodge the Berger controversy from the headlines was . . . Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston. The task force report will reawaken the critics, get the talk radio sap flowing and give the myopic leadership of the teachers' union more ammunition.
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By Christopher B. Summers | January 27, 2014
Marylanders who thought our debate over transportation taxes ended with last year's historic gas tax increase may be in for a surprise. A new study released by the O'Malley-Brown administration suggests that state government's long arm may reach into the commuter's wallet yet again. Quietly released in December, the report from the Local and Regional Transportation Funding Task Force floats the concept of regional transportation financing authorities, or RTAs, that would enable Maryland's local governments to impose new taxes to pay for road projects and transit operations.
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By NEWSDAY | June 1, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Safety concerns raised by a 1992 Food and Drug Administration probe of Upjohn Co. and its sleeping pill Halcion should have been brought to the Justice Department for further investigation, an FDA task force has concluded.The task force found no evidence that Halcion is unsafe when taken as directed. Nor did it cite any evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Upjohn. But it said the FDA should have pressed more vigorously to see if Upjohn had hidden or falsified any data.In its own review, the task force found that Upjohn had exercised poor oversight of some clinical tests used to win the FDA's approval in 1982 to put Halcion on the market.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
A state task force composed of police, mental health advocates and gun rights representatives began its look Tuesday at whether Maryland laws governing gun access by the mentally ill should be changed. Questions the 17-member panel will consider include whether the 30-day state hospital stay that triggers a prohibition on buying firearms should be changed, whether the criteria for finding someone dangerous should be changed, and whether there should be a court process for restoring gun ownership rights.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer | September 21, 1993
Baltimore County Council Chairman Charles A. Dutch Ruppersberger III sharply criticized the school board yesterday for its response to an investigative task force and said the board must work harder to stabilize a school system "that has experienced significant damage to its credibility and trustworthiness in the past year".Mr. Ruppersberger said the board missed an opportunity to restore confidence in the school system when it rejected many recommendations from the task force it appointed after months of controversy involving teachers and parents.
NEWS
By Ed Brandt and Ed Brandt,Staff Writer | October 29, 1992
Preservationists who want a logging ban on city reservoir land argued Tuesday night with industry representatives who favor cutting trees under careful supervision.At issue at a public hearing at Loch Raven High School was a task force report on watershed management at three city-owned reservoirs: Loch Raven and Pretty Boy in Baltimore County, and Liberty, which straddles the border between Baltimore and Carroll counties. The report recommends that logging be phased out over five years, except for diseased or damaged trees that are a threat to safety.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer | September 17, 1993
The Baltimore County school board's response to a task force report criticizing Superintendent Dr. Stuart Berger has renewed calls for changing the way board members are selected.One state legislator has proposed modifying the school board's selection process, and the head of the Teachers' Association of Baltimore County (TABCO) has scheduled an informal discussion Monday to assess legislative support for several proposed bills calling for an elected school board.State Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, D-Baltimore County, said he will meet with school board members, including board President Alan Leberknight, to discuss the board's response to the task force report.
NEWS
By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Evening Sun Staff | November 1, 1991
A new University of Maryland Baltimore should be created by merging the university's Baltimore and Baltimore County campuses to "improve the quality of education . . . and career opportunities for our students," a task force report says.The report, to be released today by UM Chancellor Donald Langenberg, recommends merging the two institutions by 1993 to "provide an extraordinary opportunity to create a major university that will be responsive to the future needs of Baltimore and the region."
NEWS
By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Staff Writer | September 9, 1993
The Baltimore County school board will meet behind closed doors tonight to continue deliberations on an investigative task force report that criticized Superintendent Stuart Berger and the board itself.The meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. at Pikesville Middle School, will be closed to the public because the board will be discussing legal and personnel issues raised in the report, said Alan Leberknight, board president."I anticipate something coming out of [tonight's] meeting, but I can't tell you when it will come out," he said.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | April 8, 1994
More than 200 people went to Carroll Community College last night for a citizens forum on the future of Springfield Hospital Center, but the meeting was abruptly halted because officials were concerned that the crowd violated fire regulations."
NEWS
By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2010
The task force charged with studying Baltimore's animal cruelty problem recommends that the city teach the public how to spot abuse, start a low- to no-cost program to spay and neuter pit bulls, and launch a campaign with signs and bus advertisements to encourage people to report violence against dogs and cats. The Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force's final report, presented Friday to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, includes the group's assessment of the cruelty problem in the city and its best ideas to, if not stop it, at least reduce it. The 45-page report is a sober, unflinching look at the grim reality in Baltimore — dogfighting, cases of abuse, no law enforcement dedicated to tracking down and prosecuting abusers, and an animal control department stretched thin.
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By Kelly Brewington | kelly.brewington@baltsun.com | March 25, 2010
The day after President Barack Obama signed the landmark health bill into law, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday a task force to oversee the implementation of federal changes, a move the governor said aims to make Maryland a national leader in the health care overhaul. Now that congressional wrangling over health care has produced legislation, it's up to states to figure out how to put it in place. O'Malley said the legislation builds on Maryland's efforts in recent years to expand coverage by adding thousands of parents and their children to the Medicaid rolls, offering assistance to small businesses to provide coverage to their employees and letting young adults stay on their parents' health care plans to age 25. Reform would extend coverage to about 400,000 Marylanders, according to state estimates, although other groups say that figure could be higher.
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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,Sun Reporter | April 30, 2008
State and local election boards need to communicate better, Maryland needs more voting machines and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler should set up a hot line to take reports of voter intimidation and other irregularities, a task force concluded yesterday. Members of the task force, commissioned by Gansler, said they want to avoid a repeat of the 2006 gubernatorial primary, in which some voters, notably those at a Prince George's County church, waited as long as three hours to vote. Others were turned away by the unexpected closure of polling places and a lack of election judges.
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By Siobhan Gorman and Siobhan Gorman,Sun Reporter | May 6, 2007
WASHINGTON -- In a sharp rebuke to the National Security Agency's leadership, an internal task force has concluded that the country's largest intelligence agency lacks vision and is unable to set objectives and meet them. NSA employees also do not trust one another, which has left the agency fragmented and in search of a "unity of purpose," according to a task force report released to employees late last month. "What we need is fundamental change in the way we manage NSA and what we expect of management and ourselves," concluded the study, which was led by George "Dennis" Bartko, the NSA's deputy chief of cryptanalysis.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Ryan Davis and Julie Bykowicz and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2003
A task force studying overtime spending by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department won't start making recommendations for bringing it under control until next week. Its meeting scheduled for today was canceled after one member, Joseph Novotny, was rushed to the hospital yesterday morning. He was expected to stay overnight at Anne Arundel Medical Center for tests. The group is weighing a range of options for controlling the department's overtime tab, which hit a record $7.2 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The next scheduled meeting is Dec. 11. The task force, which has met seven times, plans to complete its work in the next several weeks, member Ronald C. Dillon Jr. said yesterday.
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz and Ryan Davis and Julie Bykowicz and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2003
A task force studying overtime spending by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department won't start making recommendations for bringing it under control until next week. Its meeting scheduled for today was canceled after one member, Joseph Novotny, was rushed to the hospital yesterday morning. He was expected to stay overnight at Anne Arundel Medical Center for tests. The group is weighing a range of options for controlling the department's overtime tab, which hit a record $7.2 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The next scheduled meeting is Dec. 11. The task force, which has met seven times, plans to complete its work in the next several weeks, member Ronald C. Dillon Jr. said yesterday.
NEWS
By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | July 19, 1995
A mayoral task force has come up with a new round of suggestions on how to boost Baltimore's economy, ranging from directing $20 million of the city's pension investments to local development projects to increasing the marketing budget for tourism.The Economics Incentives Task Force, created by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke in 1992 to encourage business growth and job creation, also recommended that the mayor appoint an economic development coordinator to work out of his office and initiate a "Buy Baltimore" program for goods and services.
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By Debbie M. Price and Debbie M. Price,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1997
More than $17.5 million in government funding is needed to move hundreds of families from flood-prone areas in Western Maryland, dredge and clean streambeds and tributaries of the Potomac River and take other measures to prevent flooding, a governor's task force has found.The task force, convened in the wake of devastating floods last year, is recommending that more than 300 families and businesses be moved voluntarily from the 100-year and 500-year flood plains in a report to be presented to Gov. Parris N. Glendening today.
NEWS
By Andy Netzel and Andy Netzel,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 3, 2003
Most people who ride roller coasters will not suffer brain injuries, but more research is needed before the popular amusement rides can be declared safe, according to a new study released in Washington last week. Findings of the study, commissioned by the Brain Injury Association of America, suggest the skull jostling that riders experience on roller coasters is more dangerous than the gravitational forces that some states seek to regulate. Gravitational forces, or g-forces, are the invisible force pushing down on riders as they are propelled through sharp turns and steep plunges.
NEWS
By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | October 15, 2002
After meeting for 2 1/2 hours yesterday to discuss ways to improve working conditions for Carroll County public school teachers, members of a task force appointed to consider teacher complaints reported making progress. Members shared little else, however, about the session at the school district's administrative offices yesterday afternoon. "We worked on identifying teacher concerns and issues ... and we've made some progress," said Gregory Bricca, the school system's assessment and accountability supervisor and task force co-chairman.
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