By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
With junior running back Terrance West and the Towson offense stealing most headlines, the Tigers' defense has been overlooked at times. That's fine with senior middle linebacker Monte Gaddis, whose seventh-seeded team faces No. 3 seed Eastern Washington on Saturday in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision tournament semifinal. “We just keep doing our thing,” Gaddis said Monday morning during a conference call organized by the Colonial Athletic Association. “We just want to win the championship.
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Democrat Heather R. Mizeur said Wednesday that she will become the first gubernatorial candidate since 1994 to accept public financing for her campaign — and the $2.5 million spending limit that comes with it. Mizeur, a two-term state delegate from Montgomery County, announced the decision as part of a broad proposal to curb the influence of special interests on elections. Among the provisions are replacement of Maryland's governor's-race-only financing program with a comprehensive system for all state offices.
November 18, 2013
Local government officials aren't the only ones who have to worry about meeting the stormwater pollution reduction targets set by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its Chespaeake Bay pollution diet. The State Highway Administration also has a massive infrastructure of outmoded stormwater management systems that need upgrading, not to mention thousands of lane-miles of impervious surfaces that contribute to the flow of polluted water into the bay. Acheiving that is going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars during the next five years.
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
Amid an outcry from Maryland farmers, state officials pulled back again Friday from a new regulation aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay by restricting the use of animal manure to fertilize crops. The Maryland Department of Agriculture announced that it was withdrawing the proposed rule for more study, less than a week before a legislative hearing that was expected to draw a standing-room-only crowd. The move was welcomed by agriculture industry spokesmen, who had questioned the science behind the rule and complained about the potential economic impact on farmers.
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
First Mariner Bancorp faces a year-end deadline to pay millions in interest or risk default. The company's weak finances and the regulatory constraints on its bank, 1st Mariner Bank, leave the Baltimore-based holding company with few options, said banking experts who have reviewed the Baltimore company's regulatory fillings. "The question comes up: Now what do they do?" said banking consultant Bert Ely. "They are in between a rock and a hard place. " First Mariner, in a statement, said the pending interest payment is an issue affecting only the parent company - not 1st Mariner Bank, which will continue to operate as usual with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
The Ravens were without four defensive starters today as they practiced in preparation for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Nose tackle Haloti Ngata (knee), middle linebacker Daryl Smith (hamstring) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (groin) all sat out practice for a second consecutive day. All three players were active in the Ravens' 20-17 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Defensive end Chris Canty (knee) was the only new absence at practice for the Ravens.
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Peggy Thalheimer remembers the first time she went to Maison Marconi's. It was 1973, and she had just moved to Charm City. "My husband told me he was going to take me to the best restaurant in Baltimore," said Thalheimer, who acknowledged that the restaurant, still in its famously dowdy incarnation, wasn't what she was expecting. But she was eventually convinced. "Very soon it became my all-time favorite restaurant," she said. Diners like Thalheimer with fond memories of Marconi's still hold out hope that lawyer and Orioles owner Peter Angelos may reopen the beloved restaurant that he closed in 2005, either in its original Saratoga Street home of 85 years or elsewhere.
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
If you're driving Coastal Highway south of the Route 90 bridge, now is the time to slow down. Ocean City officials have lowered the speed limit on a stretch of highway from 58th Street to 32nd Street from 40 mph to 35 mph. The change, recommended by the town's pedestrian safety committee, went into effect Nov. 1. The section of Coastal Highway south of 32nd Street is already limited to 35 mph. The speed limit north of 58th Street will remain...
November 3, 2013
Speaking in Baltimore last week, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander defended the methods his agency uses to spy on the private phone calls and emails of millions of American citizens, but he did appear to give a little ground to critics of the agency when he said he's "not wedded" to every surveillance program it carries out. "If we can come up with a better way of doing them, we should," he insisted. That formulation left unclear the meaning of the word "better," however.
October 23, 2013
Gubernatorial candidates David R. Craig and Doug F. Gansler promise tax breaks for pensioners, so why is it OK for politicians to discriminate against all other retirees living in Maryland? ("Craig, Gansler pledge tax breaks for pensioners," Oct. 18). I have lived in Maryland for 66 years and paid taxes. I worked for 47 years before retiring. My taxes have paid for the pensions of thousands of government employees who never paid into their own pensions. J. Heming, Baltimore
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