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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Is Ocean City the most dangerous place to live in Maryland? Even more dangerous than Baltimore? The surprising answer is yes, at least according to analysis by Movoto , a California-based real estate brokerage firm known for its data-based research of various trends and market conditions across the nation. The company this week released its list of the safest places to live in Maryland. Movoto said its report looked at places with populations of at least 5,000 and then ranked them based on FBI crime statistics in 2012.
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By Hal Riedl | July 20, 2014
Back when Robert Ehrlich was governor of Maryland, I was interviewing men newly committed to state prison and suspected of gang affiliations. After years in denial, Maryland was just beginning to realize that gangs were very active behind the walls. Among them was a "new" incarnation of BGF (Black Guerrilla Family) that had taken its name from, but was not otherwise beholden to, the BGF that dated from the 1960s. I got to know Lt. Santiago Morales, an astute gang investigator at Baltimore City Detention Center, and we shared information.
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By Stephanie Citron, Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2012
Envision escaping to a secluded island destination where even your iPhone doesn't roam. Paradise. Images of idyllic, uninhabited beaches and authentic local fare instantly flood your brain. Then you start thinking about long flights, passports and pricey accommodations, and the idea quickly flees your mind. Wait — come back! Did you know that there are exotic islands just off the coast of Maryland? Yes, really. We've uncovered three remote retreats, all within a three-hour drive from Baltimore, where you can unplug, recharge, and, blessedly, not know a soul.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
The concrete oozed rather than poured out of the mixer truck, almost as if reluctant to cover the ground - partly because it won't, entirely. Laborers shoveled pebbly gobs around to form a new sidewalk at a park-and-ride lot in Waysons Corner, one of two where the State Highway Administration is laying "pervious" concrete this summer as a test of its environmental friendliness. Porous paving surfaces have been around for decades, but they're expensive and often didn't work well.
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January 2, 2013
I must disagree with letter writer Neil L. Bergsman's view that high taxes don't drive people out of Maryland ("Tax rates have a negligible effect on people's decision to move out of state," Dec. 29). My wife and I retired from the federal government, and it puzzles us why Maryland is taxing our retirement income when states like Texas and Florida do not tax retirement income or Social Security benefits. Maryland is not a tax-friendly state for retirees, even though Social Security benefits are not taxed here.
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July 14, 2014
While visiting our home state of Maryland in June, my husband and I were headed across the plaza near the USS Constellation in the Inner Harbor and had just checked the water taxi schedule. In a split second, I was on the ground with extreme pain radiating from my left foot and my right shoulder. One of the Inner Harbor "ambassadors" arrived to see what the issue was. At this point, I was unable to speak and my still stunned husband told him that I had fallen. As the ambassador began writing up the incident report he said, "People fall here all the time.
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By Erin Cox and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Maryland's minimum wage will rise to $10.10 by July 2018 under a bill granted final passage by state lawmakers Monday. The measure goes to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley for his promised signature. Raising the wage above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour was O'Malley's top legislative goal during the final session of his eight years as governor, and in a statement he commended lawmakers "for giving so many Maryland families the raise they deserve.”  Maryland became the second state this year pass a hike to $10.10, the mark set by Democrats across the country seeking to address income inequality.
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December 16, 2011
The GMAC Insurance National Driver Test continues to rate Maryland a bottom-10 state for "Licensed Drivers Knowledge of Basic Road Rules. " And like Maryland, numerous Northern states, such as Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, were part of the bottom 10. Nearby Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia scored higher, and are not part of the bottom 10. To me, Maryland's problem is a culture of political stubbornness in not weeding out thousands...
NEWS
July 5, 2013
Well, Comrade Gov. Martin O'Malley has literally deluged Maryland taxpayers with new taxes, fees, licenses and tolls ("Marylanders' wallets run on empty," July 2). The People's Republic of Maryland now taxes the rain that falls on your home. The "in the bag" liberal socialist media, refuses to condemn such action even while this nation is in the midst of a depression, not a recession, but a real depression! It is not only the jobs that will be lost, as more and more businesses and industries "vote with their feet" to leave this socialist Garden of Eden, no, it is more than that.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
Lonny Baxter's life changed dramatically in the summer of 2006. Four years removed from helping Maryland win the national championship, Baxter's short-lived NBA career was already in jeopardy after he was released by the Houston Rockets - his fourth team in as many years - when the 2006 season ended. Baxter had been invited to play summer league with the Charlotte Bobcats, but was arrested after firing a shot from his Glock pistol while driving near the White House. He was placed on probation, but another gun charge the following summer landed Baxter in D.C. Jail for a 60-day sentence.
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By Paul Pierre-Louis and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
HERNDON, Va.  -  With a 155-pound barbell resting on her shoulders, Gretchen Kittelberger lifted the weight over her head, held it for a second, then brought it back down. After five repetitions, she leaned against a wall, her body upside down, and did five handstand pushups. Next came three more handstand pushups - on rings hanging roughly 3 inches above the ground. Her pace gradually slowed, and her grunts became louder after every repetition, but in less than 13 minutes, she had completed four sets of each workout.
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By Louis Krauss and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
This time last year, fishing partners Ivan Koretic and Logan Kuhrmann, both of Essex, were preparing for The Bass Federation and Fishing League Worldwide Quad State High School Fishing Championship. This year's version will be significantly different. After being the only team from Maryland last year, Koretic and Kuhrmann, both 16, will be joined by a handful of Maryland teams Saturday in the second annual championship on the Chesapeake Bay. "It's great that there are some more Maryland teams ... this year," Koretic said.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 18, 2014
Former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin has already antagonized Terrapins coach Randy Edsall this offseason . The new Penn State coach also apparently doesn't have much of a relationship with his former boss at Maryland, Ralph Friedgen. Franklin worked under Friedgen for seven seasons in College Park and called Friedgen a mentor as recently as January. Friedgen was asked whether he maintains a relationship with Franklin during an interview with the Big Ten Network this week.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 18, 2014
Eleanor Roosevelt offensive lineman Isaiah Prince is likely still months away from making any formal decision on where he will play in college. He also remains interested in top schools like Alabama, Auburn and Florida State. But as it stands now, Roosevelt coach Tom Green believes Maryland is the top team on Prince's list. “We haven't had that conversation,” Green said in a phone interview. “But just from his comments and talking to him, I would think he would pick Maryland if he had to make a decision today.” Prince is rated as a four-star prospect by both ESPN and Rivals.com , and he's viewed by Rivals as the best prospect from Maryland for the Class of 2015.
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By Jeff Ermann and Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Editor's note: Each week,  InsideMDSports.com  provides this blog with a Maryland recruiting feature that previously appeared as premium content on its site. The past month was slow for hoops recruiting, thanks to the NCAA's limitation of early "open" periods. But with coaches allowed to hit the road again beginning last week, the pace in the class of 2015 has picked up considerably. Because of his growing interest in St. James point guard Justin Robinson , it seems Terps coach Mark Turgeon didn't press for a commitment from Kevin Dorsey . New offers Maryland handed out a couple of offers Tuesday to a pair of top-50 guards in Eric Davis and Prince Ali . It initially was thought that Mark Turgeon wouldn't pursue guards in 2015, but the transfers of Seth Allen and Roddy Peters, combined with transfer Terry Henderson's selection of North Carolina State, has him in the market for at least one and perhaps two in this recruiting class.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Driver advocacy organization AAA Mid-Atlantic, known for its roadside assistance and insurance and travel services, is moving headlong into a new market in Maryland: automotive repair and maintenance. "It's a major retooling of our retail structure," said Bernhard M. Koch, the group's president and CEO, at the official opening of the group's newest retail shop and mechanic's garage in Columbia on Friday. While AAA will continue to give its seal of approval to independent auto repair shops through its "approved automotive repair network," which includes about 80 shops in Maryland, its own entrance into the market has been expanding at a steady clip in recent years.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
Thanks to another slow week in Terps basketball recruiting, here's an abbreviated version of the roundup: ** KyCatsStats.com recently caught up with Maryland junior wing target Rashad Vaughn for an update on his recruitment . Currently the schools that are recruiting him are Baylor, Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, Syracuse, Minnesota, Iowa St., Maryland, and of course Kentucky.   He currently doesn't have any favorites up to this point. ** Kaleb Joseph , a junior point guard, now claims offers from Boston College, Maryland, St. Bonaventure, Seton Hall, TCU and Tennessee, according to Big Shots Skills' David Schneider.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
In this week's recruiting roundup, Mark Turgeon and the Terps lose one guard target and add three others. Football recruiting -- Class of 2015 quarterback target Kai Locksley (Gilman), son of Mike, could decide within the next week , though his choice likely would remain private. He visited Florida State and is visiting Texas this week . -- Class of 2015 offensive line target Tony Pilato committed to Pittsburgh on Thursday. -- Class of 2017 wide receiver target D.J. Matthews received a Maryland offer Monday.
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July 18, 2014
The Sun's investigation into the death of a disabled boy under the care of LifeLine Inc. is a wake-up call for Maryland state agencies ( "Maryland lawmakers, child advocates seek probe into oversight of troubled group home," July 14). Maryland needs to analyze how so many problems arose in one small agency without a state response. Other children and adults with developmental disabilities are at risk until the state improves its quality oversight and coordination among service agencies.
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