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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown launched the  first issue ad  in his campaign for governor on Monday, choosing to highlight his work on domestic violence prevention. The 30-second spot opens by recalling the death of Brown's cousin, Catherine Brown, who was fatally shot by a former boyfriend in 2008 and tells voters that "no family is immune from the tragedy of domestic violence. " The advertisement mentions several domestic violence laws Brown lobbied to pass in Annapolis, including one that calls for people who have domestic violence protection orders filed against them to surrender their firearms.
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SPORTS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
Documents filed Friday in the University of Maryland's legal battle with the Atlantic Coast Conference show that subpoenas have been issued to at least 10 ACC schools - plus various broadcast media partners - seeking information about the ACC's $52 million exit fee and a number of other topics. In accompanying court filings, Maryland, which is contesting the exit fee as it prepares to join the Big Ten Conference in July, accuses the ACC of seeking to withhold information, along with more than $20 million in shared conference revenue.
FEATURES
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
More than half of the members of Maryland's congressional delegation signed a letter dated March 18 to President Barack Obama asking him to issue an executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and U.S. Reps. Steny Hoyer, John Sarbanes, John Delaney and Chris Van Hollen were among the 195 Democrats to urge Obama to issue protections for LGBT employees. "This executive order would provide LGBT people with another avenue in the federal government they could turn to if they were the victim of employment discrimination by a federal contractor," the letter, which was signed by 47 senators and 148 members of the House, reads.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
UMBC's defense picked an inopportune time to play its worst game of the season. The Retrievers surrendered a season-worst 17 goals in a two-goal defeat at High Point on Saturday. It was the biggest offensive display for the Panthers (6-2) in their two-year history as a Division I program. UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said the defense didn't seem to have the ability to match the energy demonstrated by High Point. “We looked tired, lethargic, flat, whatever you want to call it,” he said Monday morning.
NEWS
Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | March 17, 2014
As the city school district debates a new plan from Interim CEO Tisha Edwards to hold principals accountable for chronic absenteeism, many have inquired about how incoming CEO Gregory Thornton deals with attendance accountability in Milwaukee. The Sun received a detailed plan for how Thornton has tackled the issue. Here is what we learned from his team: Steps Thornton has taken to improve attendance include: •    A daily summary of attendance figures by school, region and the district; reviewed by Regional Superintendents daily and discussed weekly with the Superintendent •    Principals have developed attendance action plans •    Schools have attendance committees that are spearheaded by the principal and include representative staff and parents •    Regional Superintendents collaborate with district social workers and the regional administrative teams who work directly with school-based social workers on attendance issues •    Stronger emphasis on Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (MPS has the nation's largest concentration of students participating in PBIS)
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
The House of Delegates approved legislation Monday that would expand the state's pre-kindergarten program to include 1,600 more children, handing a victory to Gov. Martin O'Malley. The measure, which passed on a mostly party-line 102-34 vote, would make Maryland children from families with incomes up to 300 percent of the federal poverty line eligible for pre-K. The administration has included $4.3 million in its budget for next year to expand the state's existing program. A companion bill has passed the Senate, but approval won't be final until one chamber passes the other's bill.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Some restaurants have, apart from everything else, a likable quality. Diners pull for it and want it do well. On a recent Saturday night, the Grille at Maple Lawn was full, early-evening diners were smiling and there was the hum of general contentment in the air. All of the basic ingredients are in place. There's a warm, energetic atmosphere, a hospitable staff, and an appealing, accessible menu that easily mixes American and Mediterranean dishes - "Ameriterranean cuisine and beyond," is how the Grille puts it. You can get a filet mignon, if you like, or paella, a house specialty.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
TAMPA -- Even though Orioles manager Buck Showalter said right-hander Mike Wright had been shut down with right elbow tendinitis, Wright pitched two scoreless innings Thursday in a Triple-A minor league game at Twin Lakes Park. Wright appeared to be OK and just had some minor shoulder soreness. Showalter said Wright, who is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the Orioles' system, according to Baseball America, came into the trainer's room Wednesday at the minor league complex complaining of elbow discomfort.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 13, 2014
A few words about Nathan Entingh's hand gun. Meaning, you should understand, not a gun you hold in your hand, but rather, the hand itself, thumb cocked and index finger extended to resemble a pistol. One afternoon late last month, young Mr. Entingh, who goes to school in Columbus, Ohio, was goofing off in science class when he raised such a "hand gun," pointed it at another kid's head, and said, "Boom. " Not a good thing to do, and Mr. Entingh, who is 10, should certainly have been reprimanded.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
State environmental officials and the owners of the Sparrows Point peninsula are moving toward a settlement to correct alleged regulatory violations at the former steelmaking site. Regulators say an array of problems have occurred over the past year on the 2,300-acre peninsula, including illegal open dumping of industrial sludge, improper handling of hazardous materials and the running of an unlicensed scrap tire operation. "We are drafting a settlement in the form of a consent order which will provide terms and a schedule for corrective actions - and which will include a financial penalty," Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman Jay Apperson said in a statement.
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