July 28, 2014
Residents of one of Baltimore's many "food deserts" will gain more access to fresh meats and produce when what officials say is the city's largest grocery store opens Thursday in Howard Park. The 67,000-square-foot ShopRite store reflects a push to bring healthier food options to neighborhoods that have long been without a full-service food market. "When you have an environment that is lacking in fresh food options, it will be harder for you to be healthy," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
July 22, 2014
I would like to clarify some issues around the Hobby Lobby case that have been misrepresented in the extreme. Under the ruling it may be true that an employer may opt not to provide coverage for four specific types of birth control. But the employer has no control over what doctor you see or what you discuss, and doctor visits are covered by insurance regardless of what an employer says. All of these drugs are available at all pharmacies. You may have to pay full price for it as it will not be an option for co-pay.
July 22, 2014
Perhaps it was a prank or a desire for an unique Ocean City souvenir, but either way, a portrait of the founder of the Dunes Manor Hotel that hung in the lobby is missing and the hotel wants it back. Police said the hotel reported the theft of the painting depicting Dunes Manor founder Thelma Conner early Sunday morning. The picture went missing sometime during the night, around 3 a.m., when a hotel security guard noticed it was gone. Conner, who founded the Victorian-style hotel in 1987 at the age of 74, is a beloved figure in Ocean City . She was known for her Texas twang and her tea-time tradition.
July 20, 2014
It should come as no surprise that Democrats are looking to women voters for help this fall and plan to use the Hobby Lobby decision - and an assault of women's reproductive rights generally - as part of their rallying cry. In a meeting Friday with The Sun's editorial board, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made it clear that she expects access to contraception and family planning to be a major issue in Congressional races. Equal pay, paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage and affordable child care are also part of the "When women succeed, America succeeds" mantra - as will job creation, affordable education and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, Ms. Pelosi acknowledged.
July 16, 2014
As physicians in training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, we are deeply concerned about the consequences that Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. will have on our ability to provide comprehensive, quality health care to our patients. Under the Hobby Lobby ruling, coverage for four specific forms of contraception may be denied to women employed by closely held corporations, which represent thousands of American businesses employing millions of American women. The forms of birth control that can now legally be withheld from insurance plans include intrauterine devices (IUDs, both hormonal and non-hormonal)
July 8, 2014
For Anthony Brown, the Hobby-Lobby decision seemed like manna from Heaven ( "Corporations trump people," June 30). Unable to run on Maryland's economy, jobs growth, tax rates, the health exchange rollout, his competence as an executive or the other issues central to this election, Mr. Brown and his special interest defenders are instead trying to frighten women for his own political gain. In his calculation, this is easier than, say, addressing the tens of thousands of women who have lost their jobs during his administration and, along with it, their employer-sponsored health insurance and the family planning and women's health services it covered.