April 13, 2012
Maryland energy regulators have ordered Exelon Corp. to explain how the company "inadvertently" violated some conditions related to its merger with Baltimore's Constellation Energy Group. As part of Maryland Public Service Commission's approval for the deal, the companies agreed to several conditions, including selling Constellation's three coal-fired plants in Maryland to mitigate concerns over market concentration in the mid-Atlantic electricity grid. Until the plants could be sold, the companies agreed to sell power from those facilities as well as others in the region's wholesale energy market at a price it costs to operate the plants, said Exelon spokeswoman Judith Rader.
March 6, 2012
As someone who's made a hobby of unmasking tax cheats, Patterson Park activist Matt Gonter told state lawmakers Tuesday that he backs a proposal to fine homeowners caught getting unwarranted homestead credits on their property tax bills. Under the proposal, owners would face fines equal to 25 percent of any undeserved break on the credit, which limits increases in property tax payments for owner-occupied homes. Gonter, who regularly alerts government officials about properties that he thinks are getting unwarranted credits, said at a hearing that the risk of a penalty "may convince homeowners to think twice about applying for a credit to which they are not entitled.
December 18, 2011
We were happy to have a number of local families celebrate Christmas with us at our recent Breakfast with Santa. Unfortunately, as we cleaned up after the event, we were horrified to discover that, among the comic books donated to the church and handed out by Santa, some were inappropriate in content for children. Our Saviour Lutheran Church and the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department remain deeply committed to protecting and serving the children in our community. We wanted to let you know this as soon as possible so you can check to see if what your children received is appropriate for their age level.
April 14, 2010
The budget crisis in Baltimore is real. Fortunately, by re-instituting a policy that encourages drunkenness, the good folks at Pimlico have presented the city with a great opportunity to raise some much needed revenue and improve public safety as a by-product. After six or more hours in the all-the-beer-you-can-drink "mug club" in the Preakness infield, many race goers should be easy pickings for a few well placed police with breathalyzers and citation pads. A few hundred DUI fines might help prevent a few city layoffs, and the neighborhoods around the track probably won't mind having a few less post-race drunk drivers on the streets.
October 31, 2006
In a rare mistake, a city prosecutor inadvertently dropped murder charges against a man accused of assaulting a man and then setting his Midtown-Belvedere apartment on fire this month. The suspect, Zukael T. Stephens, spent a weekend free while friends of the man he is accused of killing, Marcus Rogers, a transgender activist, held a memorial service Saturday night. Police detectives rearrested Stephens yesterday at his home near Randallstown. On Thursday, a prosecutor dropped several charges against Stephens, 29, and he was released the next day, according to court documents and officials.
July 14, 2006
While running a long-shot U.S. Senate campaign and still recovering from a brutal attack last year, A. Robert Kaufman did something unexpected this week: He inadvertently helped catch a man wanted in a killing. Kaufman, 75, called police to his West Baltimore home to complain about three apparently homeless men on his property. An officer questioned two of the men and ran background checks, and found that one was charged in a warrant in the killing of a man in a hair salon. Antoine Oliver, 22, of no fixed address, was charged with murder, assault, theft, burglary, armed robbery, conspiracy and handgun violations in the May 13 killing of Justice T. Georgie, a 36-year-old man who was visiting his wife at her Walbrook salon when it was robbed.