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By Jonathan Munshaw, The Baltimore Sun and By Jonathan Munshaw, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Liz Sweeney of Timonium used to race her kayak while living in New York City. At the time, Sweeney would practice in the Hudson River, though public access to waterways was hard to find. Now, she is able to get up early and take her kayak to Loch Raven Fishing Center in Baltimore County, as she did on a recent day. Although she no longer races, she still uses her kayak for exercise. Elsewhere at the fishing center that day, minutes after Sweeney got out of the water, Rick Warner of Carney came in on his fishing boat following a morning excursion.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
The operators of Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant have been cited for a miscalculation that federal safety inspectors said might have triggered an unnecessary evacuation or other emergency response to an insignificant radiation leak. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday it had preliminarily classified the mistake by Exelon Generation Co. as one of "low to moderate" safety significance. But an NRC spokesman said it could lead to increased federal scrutiny of the twin-reactor plant in Lusby, 70 miles south of Baltimore.
NEWS
By George W. Liebmann | August 6, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley, a presidential hopeful, has taken on yet another "pop issue," proposing that we provide foster care to several thousand unaccompanied Central American minors, lest they be sent to "certain death. " He has also championed abolition of capital punishment and the establishment of gay marriage, the Dream Act, and tax credits and fueling stations for electric vehicles whose technology is not ready for prime time. Is this latest pronouncement that of an instinctive demagogue or of a thoughtful statesman?
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
After a three-hour practice, Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown signed a couple autographs, spoke briefly to reporters and then jogged back to the practice field to catch more passes from the JUGS machine. Brown, the second-year player who set a Ravens franchise rookie record in touchdown receptions last season, had his best practice of training camp Sunday, making a series of contested catches. It was another positive step forward for a player who struggled to hang onto the ball in the various offseason minicamps but now appears to be hitting his stride.     “At the end of the day, I just want to be a guy who is consistent, who is reliable, who you can count on everyday, not just on certain days,” Brown said.
NEWS
August 2, 2014
Maryland families who are involved in low risk child maltreatment cases - such as leaving a child unattended - now have an option called Alternative Response that allows them to receive a social service response that is appropriately measured to suit their circumstances. In the past, families with children who experienced a rough patch had only option - to be investigated by the local Department of Social Services - no matter whether the incident was minor or severe. As a result, the relationship between families needing help and the caseworkers whose job it was to provide it was often adversarial.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
About one in five cars on American roadways connects to outside parties via cellular telephone networks, transmitting data on drivers' speeding and braking habits, their location, and their vehicle's health and performance. By 2025, AAA predicts, all new cars will. Computers on board most vehicles on the road already collect and monitor such data, which can be downloaded at dealerships for repair purposes and shared with manufacturers, who say it's used to make cars safer and more reliable.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
The speed camera company blasted in Baltimore for issuing tickets to people who weren't speeding is now facing criticism in Howard County, where it submitted a year's worth of inaccurate data about the program there. Data submitted by Xerox State & Local Solutions for the county's four cameras repeatedly listed more vehicles speeding than there were cars on the road, according to documents reviewed by The Baltimore Sun. The 2013 data sometimes reported that 200 percent, 400 percent or even 600 percent of the number of cars that passed by a camera were speeding.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 31, 2014
Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty. This has not been a pretty picture in the recent past. Who can forget then-South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer likening poor people to animals one feeds from the back door and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning calling them stray raccoons? And let's not even get into Mitt Romney's wholesale slander of the so-called "47 percent. " So one receives with a certain trepidation the news that Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, has issued a proposal aimed at curbing poverty.
NEWS
July 31, 2014
The limits of growth has been a constant theme in Towson news over recent years, mostly focusing on major redevelopment downtown. Meanwhile, the same issue is also a sore spot a little farther south - around Towson University. The discomfort over "boom town" expansion felt by residents near Towson's core is shared by residents of Rodgers Forge, which borders TU. The current flash point has been discussion over a proposed $2 million in improvements to a softball field. TU officials say the upgrade is necessary for the university to meet equal facilities requirements under Title IX. Worrisome to Rodgers Forge residents is part of the design that includes an electrical conduit, which they fear could mean the installation of lights in the future - a hot button issue in the suburban enclave.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Ravens starting middle linebacker Daryl Smith and special teams ace Albert McClellan aren't practicing Wednesday. Smith is expected back as soon as Thursday after experiencing general soreness. The Ravens' leading tackler from last season, Smith practiced Monday night without incident. McClellan, a reserve linebacker, was in and out of the practice, with an irritated heel that's still bothering him. Meanwhile, starting cornerback Lardarius Webb remains sidelined with a back issue.
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