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December 9, 2013
Betty Buck missed a great opportunity with her commentary ("The failed experiment of Prohibition," Dec. 5). While there are plenty of things learned from Prohibition, I found her offering to reveal none of them and that instead it was a nice, but poorly disguised, pat on her organization's back. Her organization, the Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association, probably has more interest in keeping the status quo than fighting alcohol abuse, unsafe alcohol, decreased respect for the law and other things mentioned.
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Luke Broadwater, Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The new head of the city liquor board has a message for Baltimore's sometimes out-of-control bar scene: The party's over. In its first three months of action, a revamped liquor board — chaired by Thomas Ward, a tough-talking, 87-year-old former judge — already has found nearly 120 bars and liquor stores guilty of violations, significantly more than the previous board did in all of fiscal 2014. Ward's board has closed or revoked eight licenses, as many as in all of the last fiscal year.
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May 17, 2012
Your recent editorial expressed the view that "the ban on grocery store sales of alcohol has one purpose - preventing competition, to the benefit of existing retailers and to the detriment of consumers" ("Liquor and capitalism," May 14). Yet it also has the effect of de-emphasizing liquor to families shopping for food with hard-earned dollars. All the dollars, time and effort devoted to learning about, tasting, shipping, buying and imbibing alcohol may someday be directed toward more important things, such as wholesome food, good conversation, outdoor activities and the arts - and even reading newspapers.
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Jean Marbella, Justin Fenton and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Red-eyed and slurring his words, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had a blood alcohol level of 0.14, well above the state limit of 0.08, when he was arrested and charged with drunken driving Tuesday morning after leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore, according to court documents. Phelps, 29, failed two roadside sobriety tests and was asked to perform a third involving balancing on one leg, according to the documents, but told the officer, "That's not happening. " The swimmer, who returned to competition last year after retiring in 2012 as the most decorated Olympian of all time, is scheduled for trial on Nov. 19 in Baltimore City District Court.
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January 27, 2014
I couldn't agree more with the opinions expressed in the recent letter by Tweefie Millspaugh of Charles Village ("Don't zone liquor stores out of business," Jan. 22). There are far too many vacant commercial spaces for our neighborhood to want to close down a well run, stable business! Connie Whiting - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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December 5, 2009
ROCKVILLE - The Virginia couple at the center of last week's White House security breach is now accused of bouncing a nearly $24,000 check for liquor purchased in Maryland. The Montgomery County government, which conducts all the wholesale liquor sales on its territory, filed a lawsuit Thursday against Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the couple who got into a state dinner last week without an invitation. The Salahis purchased wine and beer for America's Polo Cup World Championship, a charity polo event they held in the county in May. According to documents, the couple returned more than $10,000 worth of merchandise, but they still owe more than $13,000.
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January 20, 2014
Regarding your recent story on the debate over the future of the city's liquor stores under the proposed new zoning code ("Key councilman says city shouldn't zone longtime liquor stores out of business," Jan. 13), I would like to clarify that I believe the current proposal requiring stores in primarily residential neighborhoods to stop selling liquor in those neighborhoods and stores with "tavern" licenses to actually function as taverns rather than as seven-day-a-week liquor stores is reasonable and in line with what cities have done for generations in terms of using planning and zoning to help control placement of, and consequences associated with, alcohol outlets.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2010
The owner of an Ellicott City liquor store whose license was opposed by area residents has been fined $250 for allowing a 20-year-old underage police volunteer to buy alcohol March 12. Police sent the youth into the St. John's Liquors at 9150 Baltimore National Pike, where he bought a four-pack of malt liquor after showing the clerk his driver's license showing him to be 20. The legal drinking age in Maryland is 21. Owner Matthew Park testified...
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Editorial from The Aegis | January 28, 2014
The Harford County Liquor Control Board is unique among government entities in the county. It is established as a function of state law, but its members are appointed by the county executive. It is empowered to both enforce and adjudicate a book of county-specific laws that are enacted by the Maryland General Assembly. It is financially self-sufficient, funded through the license fees paid by the businesses in the county authorized to sell alcoholic beverages. And, considering its range of responsibilities, it is fairly tiny as government agencies go, having an administrator, a secretary, two or three inspectors at any given time and a lawyer on retainer.
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January 22, 2014
In response to the Jan 13th article, "Key councilman says city shouldn't zone long time liquor stores out of business" (Jan. 13) I would like to say that I strongly agree with Councilman Ed Reisinger. I am a long-time resident (over 30 years) of Charles Village, and the liquor store in question in my community has been an excellent neighbor. It has been owned and operated by the same family for 25 years and has never been the site or focus of any crime. This neighborhood has strong community organizations and much homeowner involvement, as do many of the neighborhoods in the zoning board's cross hairs.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
If a hotly debated Federal Hill beer garden were to open in time for Oktoberfest, it would have to do so without the beer. By a 2-1 vote Thursday, Baltimore's liquor board declared invalid a liquor license for Crossbar Der Biergarten, saying it expired in 2009 and the owners would not get a "hardship extension. " "The sale of liquor is a privilege, not a right," said board chairman Thomas Ward, who called past extensions of the proposed bar's license "illegal" decisions that the current board had a "duty to correct.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Though Bud Light still rules the day, underage drinkers have some surprisingly expensive tastes when they binge, according to new research. The Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health surveyed the alcohol brands preferred by those classified as binge drinkers aged 13 to 20. Bud Light was the most popular brand for bingeing, with about 13.5 percent...
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By Gwendoline Glenn | May 19, 2014
A new Main Street restaurant is the first in Laurel's Historic District to take advantage of the state law change that allows liquor licenses within 500 feet of a church. Olive on Main, which opened April 21 in the former site of Salute Italian Restaurant, is in the 500 block of Main Street and a block away from both First United Methodist Church and St. Philip's Episcopal Church. In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law amending a state law that denied establishments to serve alcohol within 500 feet of a church.
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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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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Baltimore's liquor board commissioners said Wednesday they've hired an experienced administrator to run the troubled agency. Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, the town administrator of Capitol Heights in Prince George's County, will become the first woman to head Baltimore's liquor board in its 80-year history, commissioners said. Bailey-Hedgepeth is scheduled to start work as the agency's executive secretary, as the position is known, by June 1. She replaces Samuel T. Daniels Jr., the board's longtime executive secretary, who announced his retirement last year.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
The city liquor board has agreed to let the owner of Club Voltage keep his liquor license, reversing an earlier ruling, on the condition that he not open a bar at the same Southeast Baltimore location. The Board of Liquor License Commissioners said Thursday that owner Louis J. Principio III could keep the potentially lucrative license as long as he does not use it at the site of the huge dance club at the Baltimore Travel Plaza on O'Donnell Street. The board revoked the license in March after complaints about the club inside the old Greyhound bus terminal, including a Dec. 2 shooting on the dance floor.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2010
Baltimore County's liquor board chairman refused to step down this week after he was asked to resign by County Executive Kevin B. Kamenetz's administration, a spokesman said. Thomas Minkin, who was appointed to the board by former County Executive James T. Smith Jr. in 2003, was asked to resign as chairman by Kamenetz's administrative officer Fred Homan, said spokesman and chief of staff Donald I. Mohler III. He said the county executive instead wants someone he "knows, who he is comfortable with" in the position.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
The chairman of the Baltimore City liquor board will step down from his post to take a position on the Orphans' Court. Stephan Fogleman, who was confirmed Friday by the Maryland State Senate, expects to be sworn in as a judge within the next 30 days. He will serve the remainder of the term and plans to run in the June primary for the next four-year term. Fogleman said he wants to make the experience for families that come before the probate court as smooth as possible, saying "It can be a very difficult time for families.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
Ze Mean Bean Cafe, a popular Eastern European-styled, Fells Point restaurant, had its liquor license revoked by the city's liquor board Thursday, the board chairman said. Baltimore City Liquor License Board Chairman Steve Fogleman said Thursday evening that the bar had committed two violations - not cooperating with inspectors and serving alcohol without picking up their 2013 liquor license from the board. A chef at the restaurant did not appear at a hearing in front of the board as required, he said.
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