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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
Officials in Maryland want disadvantaged local residents to fill thousands of construction jobs as two major transit projects come online in Baltimore and the Washington suburbs in coming years, and are handing out grant money to get them trained. On Friday, Gov. Martin O'Malley and other state officials announced a new program under which qualified companies or organizations will be selected to train local residents for entry-level, mid-level and skilled positions with contractors building the Red Line in Baltimore and Purple Line in Prince George's and Montgomery counties.
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NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
The Baltimore City Council unanimously granted preliminary approval Monday to a proposal to hire an independent lawyer instead of relying on City Solicitor George Nilson for legal advice. Some council members say they believe Nilson, who reports to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, is loyal primarily to the mayor, and does not give the council's views the same weight in making decisions. The charter amendment legislation requires the council's attorney to be paid as much as a chief in the city law department, a position that currently pays $107,300 annually.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - For years, Ernest Graham had a wish. The former Maryland basketball star hoped to live long enough to see his number retired by the school. The bad news for Graham - whose single-game mark of 44 points remains a team record - is that Maryland has a policy of not retiring basketball numbers. It chose to give his former No. 25 to another incoming player this season. The good news is that the incoming player is Graham's son, Jonathan. "I'm more than pleased," said the elder Graham, 54. "As a child, he wore that number.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | October 30, 2013
The Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort got a $9.2 million injection of funds Wednesday, as the Environmental Protection Agency and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced grants to 40 projects to reduce storm-water and farm pollution, rebuild oyster reefs and restore trout streams and other habitats across the six-state watershed. More than $2 million is going to projects in Maryland, including nearly $250,000 to the local environmental group Blue Water Baltimore to "engage" churches and other religious groups in the city on how they can reduce their storm-water fees.  Churches and other nonprofits in the city and across Maryland have protested the fees - which for those with large parking lots and buildings could be substantial - prompting politicians to seek to reduce the fees or even repeal the state law requiring they be levied.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Baltimore native Willie Scroggs , who led North Carolina to three national titles in a six-year span, will receive the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Creators Award on Dec. 13. The awards luncheon will be held during the IMLCA convention in Baltimore. A graduate of City, Scroggs played midfield at Johns Hopkins and later served as the top assistant coach for seven years. In July 1978 he was hired to take over a North Carolina program on shaky ground; according to a 1981 Sports Illustrated article, 14 players were suspended during the 1978 season.
NEWS
October 17, 2013
Are we to lament that no Baltimore area politician is running for governor this year ( "Running mate choices point to waning Baltimore clout," Oct. 15)? According to The Sun, Bishop Douglas Miles says that it's possible the candidates "are taking our votes for granted or perhaps they don't care. " Moreover, he says, the candidates "have made a strategic mistake in disregarding Baltimore voters. " Why should the candidates worry? Baltimore voters vote slavishly for whoever the Democrat Party puts up and the candidate know it. It should be noted that Delegate Heather Mizeur, also a Democratic candidate, has chosen no running mate.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
At a forum on new ideas for the Howard County library system's technology-based HiTech initiative, a group of teen girls bristled at the thought of venturing into science, technology, engineering and math fields, seeing no correlation between science and their particular favorite pastime, fashion. Then Angela Brade, the system's chief operating officer for support services, reminded them that lip gloss and other such makeup is the product of chemical engineering. So, too, are the wrinkle-free garments they were wearing.
NEWS
October 8, 2013
Baltimore County officials say $229,600 in grant money from the Maryland Department of Transportation Bikeways Program will help pay for 23 miles of new bike lanes and other upgrades. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Tuesday that new or expanded bicycle routes are planned for Dundalk, Towson, Lansdowne, Baltimore Highlands, Woodlawn, Catonsville and Arbutus. Officials said the county's planning and public works departments will meet with community groups to review and refine current pedestrian and bicycle access plans.
SPORTS
By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2013
Jourdan Grant had been to UMBC a couple times before making his official visit to campus last month. The Archbishop Spalding senior liked what he had seen during his earlier trips to Catonsville, but something was different this time around.  “I just finally saw people walking around, communicating with each other. It's very diverse, which is what I like. … It just opened my eyes,” Grant said Sunday. “I know they don't have a football team, so everybody's looking forward to basketball.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
When the Towson football team captured a share of last year's Colonial Athletic Association title, the offense was helmed by dual-threat quarterback Grant Enders. This fall, the program - ranked No. 3 in the latest Football Championship Subdivision poll by The Sports Network - is off to a 5-0 start and a 1-0 record in the conference with an offense guided by Peter Athens, who is more of a traditional pocket passer. To Sean McDonnell, the difference between Enders in 2012 and Athens in 2013 is only stylistic.
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