October 4, 2013
Poker tables opened Friday at Rocky Gap Casino Resort near Cumberland in Western Maryland, state lottery officials said. Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, signed an operations license for poker Friday after a demonstration Thursday that tested internal controls, employee training, security and technical systems. The three poker tables, all located in the hotel lobby, have eight seats each and offer Texas Hold'em with limit and no limit stakes, casino officials said.
September 19, 2013
If there was any doubt about how cowed America is by the gun lobby, it was erased today by Howard Schultz, the president, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company. After months of controversy over whether patrons should openly be allowed to carry firearms in the company's stores, Mr. Schultz issued an open letter to his fellow Americans announcing that he would not adopt a no-weapons policy but would kindly request that customers keep their guns at home. The letter appeared (among other places)
July 7, 2013
After months of watching the uprising in Syria, spreading support through social media and raising money to offset the suffering, Dr. Hassan Masri thought he understood the devastation that that revolution has brought to his parents' homeland. But during two weeks in Syria treating the sick and wounded — and seeing men succumb to heart attacks for want of medicine, women and girls laboring to conceal their having been raped, children who had frozen to death — the Baltimore physician developed a new level of commitment to the revolt against President Bashar Assad.
July 1, 2013
Hospitals and other health care interests spent more than $3.6 million on lobbying in Maryland during the first half of the year, more than any other industry, according to an analysis by Common Cause Maryland. The group, which advocates for governmental accountability, said the expenditures could be attributed in part to the rollout of new national health care requirements. Common Cause, which reviewed lobbying reports to the State Ethics Commission for the six months through April 30, said the single biggest spender was the Maryland Hospital Association.
June 22, 2013
In Timothy Wheeler's article ("O'Malley lobbies EPA on fuel rule," June 16), readers are left with the wrong impression about why Gov. Martin O'Malley called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of the Port of Baltimore. Governor O'Malley was asking the EPA to review a draft proposal by Carnival to spend $200 million to install pollution scrubbers on ships, which would allow the cruise line to meet the new air quality requirements. The reason for the request? Carnival was finalizing its 2014-2015 cruising schedule and needed an answer from the EPA immediately on their proposal to use this new technology to determine if they could continue offering cruises from Baltimore.
June 19, 2013
"Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe and to love you!" Gov. Martin O'Malley, do you hear these words from the citizens of Maryland or are they just lyrics from a The Hollies 1974 hit song that many of us remember? Have you completely disregarded human life in your quest for higher office? These are my questions to you. After reading the investigation by The Sun's Timothy Wheeler ("O'Malley lobbies EPA on fuel rule," June 16), am I to believe that this is how our governor protects the citizens of Maryland?