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April 21, 2014
Over the years the residents of Washington Hill have brought back to life a neighborhood on the brink of decay to one that is a thriving, attractive place to live. However, in an effort to support and protect our neighborhood's continued progress and growth, we face a stumbling block created by a loophole in the city's zoning law that continues to impede our progress and harm the citizens of Baltimore. I recently endured a grueling six-and-a-half-hour wait to file a protest against the renewal of a non-conforming Class A establishment's liquor license in our neighborhood.
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FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Maryland regulators are weighing some of the strictest limits in the country on shale gas drilling, but a scientist Monday suggested they still may not go far enough to protect drinking water wells from contamination by methane leaking from drilling sites. Gas drilling rigs would generally have to be at least 2,000 feet from public or private water wells under rules being considered by the Maryland Department of the Environment, officials said Monday during a meeting of the governor's advisory commission on the issue.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
After a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Maryland election officials said Friday that they will no longer enforce a state law that imposes an overall limit of $10,000 on campaign contributions in a four-year election cycle. State officials said they would continue to enforce a Maryland law limiting individuals to contributing no more than $4,000 to a particular candidate during an election cycle. Donors, however, are now free to give $4,000 to as many candidates as desired. Without the limit, moneyed donors are likely to give more - or be asked to give more - and lower-profile races are more likely to get their attention.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | April 7, 2014
Forty years ago, Congress enacted sweeping limits on political campaign spending in the wake of a shocking disclosure that one man - Chicago insurance executive W. Clement Stone - had given more than $3 million for the 1972 reelection of President Richard M. Nixon. The amount seemed outlandish then, in a campaign in which Nixon waltzed to victory over his Democratic opponent, Sen. George McGovern, winning 49 states and losing only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. It was an easily predictable drubbing.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Stephanie and Jake Martin didn't have to wait long to sell their rowhouse in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood - they had a contract in three days. But buying a new place proved a bit more difficult. The Martins searched for months around Homeland in Baltimore and in Stoneleigh near Towson, but there wasn't much to see. One property that caught their eye ended up with something like a dozen offers. The couple ultimately snapped up a house in Homeland the day before it was listed for sale - thanks to a tip from friends across the street.
NEWS
March 23, 2014
A proposal in the Baltimore City Council to prohibit employers from asking about the criminal history of prospective employees until late in the hiring process has produced a strong backlash from the business community, and in particular the Greater Baltimore Committee. The GBC had been quietly lobbying against the measure for some time, but it has become much more vocal since the measure passed a preliminary vote unanimously, and now a final vote that had been scheduled for Monday appears likely to be postponed.
NEWS
March 21, 2014
Part of the reason that Russia has acted to annex Crimea and will likely grab at least the eastern portion of the Ukraine in the very near future is that every American president since the break-up of the Soviet Union has loudly, and at times obnoxiously, proclaimed that the United States is the only remaining superpower in the world ( "Putin's land grab," March 19). Mr. Putin's actions are his way of saying that Russia also a superpower, and since he has ground troops and nuclear weapons to back up his claim, he makes a pretty convincing albeit heavy handed case.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Peter Athens has traded the football for a lacrosse stick. Athens, who was the starting quarterback of a Towson football program that advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game in January, has joined the lacrosse team. He was present - but did not play in - the No. 19 Tigers' 14-9 victory over Navy on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound fifth-year senior was an All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference player in lacrosse twice at Huntingtown and played for Towson in 2012 before concentrating on football.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Key senators have put language in the state budget bill that would stall Maryland's efforts to limit one of the Chesapeake Bay's main pollutants, phosphorus. The amendment by the Budget & Taxation Committee would prohibit the state from issuing new regulations on phosphorus, pending the results of an economic impact study. And when that is done, the committee would have 45 days for review and to recommend further action. Sen. James N. Mathias Jr., an Eastern Shore Democrat who sought the budget restriction, says he wants to shield the state's farmers and the poultry industry from potentially very costly and disruptive regulations.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Baltimore's City Council voted unanimously Monday to ban employers from asking about an applicant's criminal record until after a job interview  - a sweeping requirement that supporters say will make it easier for ex-convicts to get jobs. But some businesses have objected to the proposed law, arguing it would cost employers time and money spent on job candidates who aren't appropriate employees. The council amended the bill to exempt "facilities servicing minors or vulnerable adults" to address concerns that, for instance, employers would not be able to screen out sex offenders seeking jobs at day care centers.
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