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Eileen Ambrose | May 23, 2012
For a long time, you had to pay income tax on debt that your mortgage lender forgave. During the height of the housing crisis, the federal government offered a reprieve - it stopped collecting income tax on up to $2 million of forgiven mortgage debt on a primary residence. This tax leniency is expected to expire at the end of the year, and there's some doubt it will be renewed. Maryland will step in with its own relief if the federal tax break disappears. Under legislation signed into law yesterday, Maryland won't collect state income tax on up to $1 million of forgiven mortgage debt for singles, and $2 million for joint filers.
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October 1, 2014
Michael Phelps was largely forgiven for driving drunk near Salisbury University in 2004 because he was 19 years old. The charge was reduced to driving impaired, his record ultimately wiped clean by the courts. Five years later when a photo of him inhaling from a water pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana hit the Internet, he apologized again, and that incident blew over quickly as well. But what happened early Tuesday morning outside the Fort McHenry Tunnel was different. The man who possesses the most Olympic medals of any athlete in history failed a Breathalyzer test.
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By Joseph Gallagher | September 21, 1998
ONE POSITIVE result of the White House scandal is the debate it has raised on the issue of forgiveness. The need to forgive and be forgiven is endlessly relevant in a world where even the just man may fall seven times, and "Pardon me" is akind of universal mantra.Though religions are often about guilt, they are also about forgiveness. All but one of the Koran's 114 chapters begin "In the name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful." Though compassion and mercy do not necessarily include forgiveness, three of the Koran's 99 names for God pertain to forgiveness: Al-Ghaffar, Al-Ghafur, Al-Ghafir.
NEWS
September 17, 2014
Ray Rice should be removed from football. He made a mistake and if he is sorry and repents we should forgive him for it. But he should never again play in the NFL. What he did was shameful to every woman and child in America. American women should rise up if the NFL tries in any way to reinstate Mr. Rice. His was a moral offense to our country that must not be repeated. David Brian - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2010
An interfaith peace garden in Northeast Baltimore builds tolerance among religions through annual conversations about forgiveness. At-risk youth forgive others and themselves with the help of drumming and dance. It's all part of a four-year Maryland Public Television campaign wrapping up this Tuesday to promote love and forgiveness. But participants say the program, part of an effort to build the concepts nationwide, will have a lasting impact. MPT was one of five stations that worked with the Fetzer Institute, a foundation based in Michigan that "engages with people and organizations to bring the power of love, forgiveness and compassion to the center of individual and community life," said Linda Grdina, an officer with the Fetzer program.
BUSINESS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
A decade-old loan forgiveness program with Morgan Stanley will move forward Wednesday after Baltimore's spending panel agreed to give the company more time to meet its job-creation goals. The Board of Estimates, controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, approved modifications to the plan without discussion. The city and the New York-based investment bank agreed in 2003 to expand an operations center in Baltimore based on economic development incentives. The city agreed to loan the company $3.25 million - half of which could be forgiven - on the condition that Morgan Stanley created 1,500 jobs by 2018.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
A day after being charged with several violations in a boating accident, state Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. released a statement Friday offering regret, claiming the other boat hit him and saying that he plans to stay in office. "I ask forgiveness from the citizens who have looked to me to represent them with honor and integrity in the General Assembly," Dwyer said in the statement, his first public comments since a post-accident news conference in August at which he admitted he had been drinking and apologized.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 1, 1999
From prison, Theodore J. Kaczynski, who pleaded guilty to the Unabomber killings, has a message for his brother, who turned him in to the government.In a book to be published this spring, Kaczynski says he could forgive what he calls his brother's treason. But forgiveness will come only if the brother, David Kaczynski, leaves his wife and joins with groups fighting modern society or, as Theodore himself did, lives in rural isolation."In this way he would not only earn my personal forgiveness; what is more important, he would be cleansed and redeemed of his treason against the values that he once held in common with me and many other people," Kaczynski writes.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 25, 1996
Terry Anderson, the journalist held hostage in Lebanon for seven years, will speak about forgiveness at 7: 30 tonight at a national meeting of mental health professionals.To attend the speech at the Holiday Day Inn Inner Harbor Hotel at 301 W. Lombard St., the public can buy tickets at the door for $10 each no later than 7 p.m.The overall meeting, which runs through tomorrow, will address the use of forgiveness as a therapeutic intervention. The event is sponsored by the School of Social Work and the School of Nursing, the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
NEWS
February 28, 1994
Wisdom says that most of us will come upon at least one crossroads in life. For Dorothy Moore -- Dottie to her friends -- the crossroads came in threes.The first was nearly 20 years ago, when her 19-year-old son was beaten to death outside the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. Consumed by grief, she had nothing left but rage for the man who killed her son. She sat in the courtroom during his trial and found herself at a second crossroads, when she realized that her son's assailant also had a mother and father, grieving over what had happened.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 2, 2014
Thirty-seven stabs. Thirty-seven cuts by a knife. Twice to his throat. Six times to his spine. Seven times to his shoulder. A slice to his abdomen that ripped him open like a fish. Kevin Ramsby lay on the floor of his Highland Park, Mich., home, bleeding out, waiting to die. It was 3 a.m., no one else was home, he'd been awakened by the sound of an intruder and had stumbled downstairs, his bulky frame protected only by a tennis racket he had grabbed. The intruder had a knife.
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By Alison Knezevich and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
The transformation of a vacant, 12-story eyesore into a gleaming office building has brought workers, shoppers and diners to the northern edge of downtown Towson - thanks in part to a public financing package that waived repayment of millions of dollars in loans to a developer. The county makes so-called conditional loans that do not require repayment if certain conditions, such as job creation, are met. The $3.5 million in conditional loans to Caves Valley Partners for the Towson project would rank as the largest ever forgiven; others have provided $300,000 to demolish vacant Pikesville buildings and $40,000 to renovate a bank branch in Randallstown.
BUSINESS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
A decade-old loan forgiveness program with Morgan Stanley will move forward Wednesday after Baltimore's spending panel agreed to give the company more time to meet its job-creation goals. The Board of Estimates, controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, approved modifications to the plan without discussion. The city and the New York-based investment bank agreed in 2003 to expand an operations center in Baltimore based on economic development incentives. The city agreed to loan the company $3.25 million - half of which could be forgiven - on the condition that Morgan Stanley created 1,500 jobs by 2018.
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Susan Reimer | July 22, 2013
I hope that when I am discovered to be having a series of salacious affairs with paid escorts, I get a second chance to be a professional journalist. I hope that when it is discovered that I have used performance-enhancing drugs to write this column, when I shoot somebody at a night club, when I run off to South America with my lover and lie about it, when I text sexy pictures of myself to strangers or when I get caught in a hotel room with a crack pipe, I can return to work after a decent interval of reflection.
EXPLORE
April 9, 2013
Harford County Public Schools students and faculty got some welcome news Tuesday: the school year will be ending three days earlier than expected. The school system - which has been closed six days for weather this school year - was granted a waiver for three of those days, Dr. Lillian Lowery, the state superintendent of schools, announced Tuesday. Harford County Public Schools were closed for three days near the beginning of the school year by the effects of what was left of Hurricane Sandy as the superstorm passed through the region.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 4, 2013
A few words on the death of Elwin Wilson. He passed last week in a South Carolina hospital at age 76. Wilson had endured heart and lung problems and had suffered a recent bout with the flu. There is little reason you would know his name, but as a young man, Wilson made a virtual career out of hatefulness. He was a Klan supporter who burned crosses, hanged a black doll in a noose, once flung a jack handle at an African-American boy. In 1961, he was among a group of men who attacked a busload of Freedom Riders at a station in Rock Hill, S.C. In none of those things was he unique, so no, his name should ring no bells.
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 24, 1997
By the time the old man was finished talking at the White House that day -- about the government's notorious Tuskegee ** syphilis study, about the poor black farmers who suffered because doctors betrayed them, about love and forgiveness -- a roomful of dignitaries was standing, applauding, and the president of the United States was wiping his eyes.And Herman Shaw, an Alabama farmer who believed in his government when he enrolled in the Tuskegee study in 1932 and who believes in his government still, was on his feet, his arms spread wide, as if to enfold the room.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
It is never too early to issue a warning. St. Patrick's Day will be upon us in a few weeks, and, while people are still reasonably sober they may heed this caution.  The diminutive of the saint's name is Paddy ; it derives from the Irish version of his name, Padraig.  Many people on these shores mistakenly refer to St. Patty's Day , but Patty  is the diminutive of Patricia . If you want to be on familiar terms, and...
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | February 1, 2013
By most accounts, the odds are long. Late Ravens owner Art Modell will be among the 17 finalists (15 modern era candidates and two from the seniors committee) on Saturday when voters determine which NFL greats will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is the second time he has gotten this far in the three-tiered selection process, but the roster is heavy with terrific candidates - including all-everything Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden - and the selection committee can only send five of them to Canton.
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