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November 11, 1991
Health-care providers at federally funded clinics, now under D DTC "gag" order, should be permitted to tell women of their legal right to abortion, in the view of almost three-fourths of callers to SUNDIAL. Of 674 callers, 496, or 73 percent, favor that position, while 178 callers, or 26 percent, are opposed.
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NEWS
November 11, 2013
The gag order issued in the recent malpractice trial against cardiologist Mark Midei didn't prevent media from dredging up the disgraced doctor's past, from describing how he lost his medical license or how he has been sued by hundreds of former patients for allegedly performing improper stent procedures. It didn't keep his former employer's name — St. Joseph Medical Center —or the name of the Towson hospital's former parent, Catholic Health Initiatives, out of the papers. Instead, it set up a scenario in which journalists had no way to verify their understanding of the complicated proceedings with the participants, who were barred from speaking to media, before reporting to the public.
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NEWS
July 9, 1992
Gov. William Donald Schaefer's gag order on state agencies is silly and self-defeating. The spectacle of a governor having to read every press announcement from a government with 70,000 workers -- even with the help of a public relations staff -- is ludicrous.This is not the first time Mr. Schaefer has tried to put a lid on the flow of information to the public. One of his minions gave a similar order in 1987. It didn't last then and it won't last now.For democracy to work effectively, the people have to know what their servants are doing.
NEWS
January 17, 2012
I think it's fair to say that Benjamin J. Marrison, editor of The Columbus Dispatch , is forthright. Here is what he said in an article in yesterday's editions: “Thursday's front page made me want to vomit.” Thursday's front page misspelled the first name of the president of the United States, twice. And Mr. Marrison went on to recount other instances of embarrassing errors creeping into his pages. I'm not going to badmouth The Dispatch , where I have been a guest on a couple of occasions, and some of whose copy editors I have known for years and whose chagrin I can share.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com | January 14, 2010
With a heavy tread, "Young Frankenstein" - excuse me, "The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein," to use the official title - landed at the Hippodrome on Tuesday night, almost fiendishly eager to entertain. Those who have a high tolerance for obvious sight and verbal gags, frat boy-level vulgarity and compose-by-number songs will most fully embrace this stop on the Broadway show's first national tour. Those who might like the occasional dollop of substance could get squirmy.
NEWS
By From Baltimore Sun staff reports | November 20, 2008
A hearing on a gag order request in the case of the two men accused of killing former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. was postponed yesterday after arrangements had not been made for the defendants to be brought to court. Assistant Public Defender Maureen Rowland and defense attorney Jan Bledsoe had requested a postponement, but District Administrative Judge Keith E. Mathews denied their request. As soon as the two attorneys arrived in the courtroom, they said they wouldn't permit the hearing to proceed without their clients.
NEWS
November 11, 2013
The gag order issued in the recent malpractice trial against cardiologist Mark Midei didn't prevent media from dredging up the disgraced doctor's past, from describing how he lost his medical license or how he has been sued by hundreds of former patients for allegedly performing improper stent procedures. It didn't keep his former employer's name — St. Joseph Medical Center —or the name of the Towson hospital's former parent, Catholic Health Initiatives, out of the papers. Instead, it set up a scenario in which journalists had no way to verify their understanding of the complicated proceedings with the participants, who were barred from speaking to media, before reporting to the public.
SPORTS
By Joe Christensen | August 18, 2002
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner landed in Bud Selig's doghouse this past week after lashing out against the commissioner and a group of small-market owners in comments published by The New York Times. Steinbrenner could face a $1 million fine, since his comments went against Selig's gag order that prohibited owners from talking about labor issues during the negotiations. Selig reportedly spoke with Steinbrenner this past week, but the commissoner hasn't commented about it publicly. What had to infuriate Selig is that Steinbrenner has taken the union's side on revenue sharing and the luxury tax. Basically, he's against both, and the other owners consider those two things crucial to restoring competitive balance.
NEWS
By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | November 19, 2008
Attorneys for The Baltimore Sun, WBAL-TV and WJZ-TV filed their opposition yesterday to a gag order that would limit public comment on the cases against two men accused of killing former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. A hearing on the gag order could occur as early as 11 a.m. today in Baltimore District Court, but is likely to be postponed. Attorneys for Gary Collins and Charles Y. McGaney, who are accused of fatally shooting Harris outside a Northeast Baltimore jazz club during a robbery, requested the order, saying it was necessary to ensure a fair and impartial jury.
NEWS
By ELLEN GOODMAN | March 27, 1992
Boston -- There is a touch of pleasure in watching the Bush people gag on their very own gag rule. The rule that was designed to cut off free speech about abortion is now making it harder for the Republicans to clear their throats. Somebody out there better perform a political Heimlich maneuver on the Party.This gag rule was devised to prevent anyone who worked in one of the 4,000 federally funded family-planning clinics from using the ''A'' word. Doctors, nurses and counselors, who were already prohibited from performing abortions with federal money, were now forbidden from speaking about abortion.
NEWS
By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2011
The gag props were new, but the result was the same for the fifth straight year, as a harried Howard County Council approved a budget for fiscal 2012 last week after delaying final votes for a frantic three hours of last-minute negotiations. County Executive Ken Ulman's $1.56 billion operating budget and $179.3 million capital plan were approved without any cuts on a 4-1 vote, with a frustrated Greg Fox, the council's only Republican, on the losing end. Ulman was pleased with the result.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2010
Baltimore officials hit back Thursday at claims that they pushed for secrecy in a six-figure settlement involving a man mistakenly arrested by city police, providing a document that they say shows the man's lawyer pushed for confidentiality. But the lawyer responded by releasing other documents that he says prove the city initiated the discussion over privacy, and that his counterproposals were made to protect his client. In the end, each side stood firm in its contention that the other was not being truthful, but both agreed that the episode had become "regrettable.
NEWS
By Mark Heisler | May 30, 2010
PHOENIX — And now for that eagerly awaited Lakers-Celtics series? I know I started talking about it a week ago, but who didn't? But a funny thing happened on the way to that matchup. The semifinal opponents didn't play along. With the Magic slicing their 3-0 lead to 3-2, the Celtics were one home loss and one in Orlando from the NBA gag job of the new century. Not that their fans ever stopped believing but there was concern as the Bruins had just blown a 3-0 lead over the Flyers for the NHL gag job of the century, starting with a Game 4 overtime loss to the Flyers … like the Celtics' Game 4 overtime loss to the Magic.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | January 14, 2010
With a heavy tread, "Young Frankenstein" - excuse me, "The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein," to use the official title - landed at the Hippodrome on Tuesday night, almost fiendishly eager to entertain. Those who have a high tolerance for obvious sight and verbal gags, frat boy-level vulgarity and compose-by-number songs will most fully embrace this stop on the Broadway show's first national tour. Those who might like the occasional dollop of substance could get squirmy.
NEWS
By Susan Goering | October 4, 2009
Remember the Patriot Act? How could librarian Peter Chase ever forget. In 2005, Mr. Chase, the director of the Plainville, Conn., public library and then-vice president of a consortium of 26 Connecticut libraries, received an FBI demand for library patron records via a National Security Letter authorized under the Patriot Act. The FBI also imposed a gag order prohibiting him from speaking to anyone about the demand - including Congress, when the Patriot...
NEWS
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | June 24, 2009
The little-boy fantasy of cars coming to life and turning into giant talking robots from outer space plummets straight into the high-tech junkyard in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It's so loud and relentless you feel you're in the center of a trash compactor. Although the movie goes all over the world to tell a rudimentary tale of good humans and good robots, or Autobots, uniting against the bad robots, or Decepticons, its frenetic and often pointless action induces a weird claustrophobia.
NEWS
November 5, 1997
HOUSE REPUBLICANS who claim to be ardently opposed to abortions instead seem intent on increasing them worldwide. That would be the effect of a gag rule they seek to impose on U.S. aid to family planning programs.Two years ago, their no-compromise approach helped shut down the federal government, even while they insisted their opposition was to abortion, not to the family planning programs that decrease demand for abortions. This year they are working their mischief again, holding up accord on a foreign aid bill.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | May 20, 1992
Has anyone informed Alan Keyes that he is setting off gag meters all over the state? Mine went off over the weekend and I had to call in a technician to reset it. Could we get a Republican to tap Al -- may I call him that? -- on the shoulder, wave him into a corner and suggest that maybe he muzzle it a bit about being hard-pressed on $8,500 a month?I'm not suggesting a complete gag order -- just a few less gags.As far as I'm concerned, the man can flap away all he wants in that rambling, rapid-fire delivery that sounds like a thesaurus pushed through an Uzi. Listening to Keyes is like watching "American Gladiators" on TV -- it's amusing for the first five minutes, then it becomes annoying.
NEWS
By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | November 21, 2008
Two Baltimore defense attorneys have withdrawn requests for a court order that would have barred attorneys and police officers from publicly discussing the case against the two men accused of killing former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. Attorneys for The Baltimore Sun, WBAL-TV and WJZ-TV had opposed the gag order in filings in District Court this week. A hearing on the dispute was scheduled this morning, but late yesterday, Assistant Public Defender Maureen Rowland and defense attorney Jan Bledsoe withdrew their requests.
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