By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Robert L. Karwacki, a retired Maryland Court of Appeals judge who was president of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners during the troubled early 1970s, died of kidney failure Monday at his Chester home. The former Mount Vernon resident was 80. He was named head of the city's school board in 1970 and assisted in the appointment of Baltimore's first African-American schools superintendent. "Brown v. the Board was years earlier; Bob was a master in maintaining educational stability," said former Baltimore Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro III, who named him to the school post.
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
The group battling with Carroll County commissioners over Christian prayers at their meetings asked a judge Tuesday to order a "permanent injunction" on the practice, which they say alienates some community members. "Public officials are not in the business of offering Christian prayers," said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, a plaintiff in the case. He called the invocations "unconstitutional. " With the latest filing by the plaintiffs for a summary judgment, both sides are now asking the judge to make a final ruling on the case rather than holding a trial.
June 5, 2014
Today is the 70 t h anniversary of D-Day, the massive invasion of Normandy that cost the lives of 9,000 Allied soldiers. It is a day not only for recalling the heroic efforts of those who stormed the beaches that day but of the World War II generation generally and, by extension, all who have served the United States in uniform during times of war. The tributes to these brave soldiers will flow effortlessly off the tongues of politicians....
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Christian prayers at Carroll County commissioner meetings have dropped a request for a temporary ban on the practice. The plaintiffs, a humanist group and residents who say they feel alienated by the prayers, said that instead they intend to ask the judge to make a final judgment in the case. The commissioners have already filed papers making the same request. U.S. District Court Judge William D. Quarles previously banned the commissioners from praying to Jesus at the beginning of their meetings, saying it was likely the plaintiffs would win the case.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
A U.S. Court of Appeals panel has upheld a decision that Maryland strayed into federal-only territory when it tried to jump start construction of a power plant with subsidies. The Maryland Public Service Commission, concerned about reliability problems if more power plants aren't built, struck a deal for ratepayers to subsidize a natural gas-fired facility in Waldorf any time the wholesale price for its electricity fell below a certain level. The plant was slated to open next year.
June 3, 2014
The biggest issue for Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown in his run for governor is his role as the head of Maryland's effort to implement the Affordable Care Act. He has had months to develop an answer for the failed launch of the state's health insurance exchange website and the troubles that persisted so pervasively that the entire site was scrapped. Maryland Public Television host Jeff Salkin asked him to explain his role during Monday's gubernatorial debate. Here is his answer verbatim. You be the judge.
By Luke Lavoie, | May 29, 2014
An Anne Arundel County judge heard closing arguments Wednesday in the case against a Howard County police officer charged with assault in connection with a June 2013 wrong-way collision in Anne Arundel that injured a family of four. Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr., who is presiding over the trial, said he will deliver his decision on June 23.  The officer, Symchay Kon Bendu, 29, of North Laurel, faces four counts of second-degree assault, a reckless driving charge and a negligent driving charge in connection with the June 8 accident, which occurred on a one-way road that connects Route 100 eastbound to Route 10 southbound.  The accident in question, during which Bendu's cruiser was T-boned as he attempted to make a U-turn, was preceded an hour earlier by another accident in Anne Arundel involving Bendu.
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
A $37 million settlement between the former owner of St. Joseph Medical Center and hundreds of patients of cardiologist Mark G. Midei who allege they received unnecessary heart stent procedures was approved by a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge on Friday. Baltimore Circuit Judge Sylvester B. Cox had given preliminary approval to the settlement last month, which provides as many as 273 patients to get payments of at least $134,000 before lawyers' and other fees, and ends class-action suits in both Baltimore and federal courts.
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Ravens running back Ray Rice moved closer to putting his legal woes behind him when he was accepted into a diversionary program that could help to clear his record of charges stemming from a physical altercation with his then-fiancee in a New Jersey casino. Ravens president Dick Cass , one of many team officials who have supported Rice since the incident in February, said Tuesday's news was positive, but acknowledged that there are several steps the running back still has to take.    “I think what Ray wants to do is talk to the media about the incident, and I think he will do that in the near future,” Cass said following Wednesday's news conference at the team's downtown stadium in which the Ravens announced a 10-year, $60 million extension of their partnership with M&T Bank . “He's got some limits on how much he can talk about, but I think he wants to address the media.
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
A judge ruled Wednesday that the divorce file of Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman must remain open to the public. Judge Diane O. Leasure, a retired Howard County judge, denied a motion by Neuman's attorney, Clara Martone Bereston, to seal the case. The motion was supported by attorney Leslie G. Billman, who represents Neuman's husband, Paul Volkman. Bereston and Billman argued that given Neuman's standing as a public official, details of the divorce might be reported in the media and repeated around town - potentially embarrassing the couple's two school-age children.
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