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October 6, 2014
In 2013, I retired as the Commander of the Maryland State Police Licensing Division. Before that, I ran the Maryland State Police Firearms Enforcement Section and the Gang Enforcement Unit. I was also a homicide investigator, drug investigator and criminal investigator for most of my career. I understand crime and I understand violence. I strongly support efforts to reduce violence in the state of Maryland. But the fact is that we are not focusing on real solutions. I can assure you that bad laws do not make us any safer.
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By Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
More than two years after indicting a former online gambling mogul, federal prosecutors in Maryland say they continue to pursue his extradition on charges of running an illegal gambling business and money laundering. The disclosure, made Friday in U.S. District Court in Maryland, is contained in the first filing in the case since Calvin Ayre, 53, and others associated with his Bodog.com operation were indicted in February 2012. All four defendants remain at large, and Ayre — who is a Canadian citizen — is listed as one of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's "Most Wanted" fugitives In the filing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard C. Kay asks for the case to be marked as administratively closed while extradition proceedings play out. Kay wrote that in July, he and a defense attorney had reached an agreement in principle to resolve the case but were unable to finalize it. "The parties intend to continue to try to find a resolution that will not require extradition of the defendants, but, in the meantime, I am pursuing extradition," wrote Kay, who added that Ayre is believed to be in Canada or Antigua.
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SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
With the season starting a month from Tuesday, there's still plenty of time for Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon to settle on a starting lineup. Not that Turgeon hasn't been thinking about who will take the court at Xfinity Center for the opening tip against Wagner on Nov. 14. At a breakfast with boosters in Baltimore on Monday, Turgeon made one interesting pronouncement. “Damonte Dodd's maybe one of our most improved players,” Turgeon said of the 6-foot-11 sophomore from the Eastern Shore.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
Five weeks from today, Maryland opens its 2012-13 men's basketball season against defending national champion Kentucky at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. It might be an opportunity for the Terps to exact some revenge for what transpired inside a packed gymnasium at a Texas high school late Thursday afternoon. Before a national television audience on ESPNU and after weeks of speculation that seemed to get more heated by the day, twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison announced that they would be headed to Lexington next year to play for the Wildcats rather than College Park to play for the Terps.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
Bishop O'Connell (Va.) boys basketball coach Joe Wootten had a simple message for his senior point guard after the Knights lost back-to-back games to league rivals DeMatha and St. John's (D.C.) in mid-February. With opponents focused on stopping Melo Trimble after he scored a school-record 47 points two days before losing to DeMatha, Wootten told the Maryland signee to start involving his teammates more in their offense. "Teams would just collapse in the paint on him when he drove, and we said to him, 'Melo, you've got to learn when to dump it off,' " Wootten recalled Wednesday.
NEWS
By Patrick Maynard | January 6, 2013
While the latest update of the Baltimore Sun public salary database continues a long-running trend of university head coaches out-earning their academic counterparts, those who oversee academic medical programs aren't exactly suffering. Coaches Randy Edsall, Ralph Friedgen, Brenda Frese and Mark Turgeon filled out the top pay slots, making a total of just over $5.7 million in 2011 (the second of the two years covered by the update), but University of Maryland medical school administrators were not far behind: The remainder of the top ten earners comprised university staff, with an average compensation of $759,029 for the year in question*.
NEWS
May 9, 2014
"If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. " That little nugget of truth, also known as the "law of the instrument," can be applied to more than just tool selection. When it comes to some closely-held beliefs, people tend to see circumstances as frequently proving them correct - even when they do nothing of the kind. At least that might explain why a recently-released Gallup poll finding that 47 percent of Maryland residents would choose to move if they could - the third highest percentage among the states - is being cited by many as evidence of failed tax policy.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
At a time when the stability of Maryland's men's basketball program has been in question, Robert Carter may have provided the best form of support for embattled coach Mark Turgeon. The 6-foot-8, 247-pound power forward - considered one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's most promising big men before announcing plans to transfer - signed with the Terps on Friday. He then praised Turgeon for his vision and said he wasn't concerned about the fact that five scholarship players transferred from Maryland after the season “I feel like he's doing and they're doing what's best for the program,” Carter said of Turgeon, who just completed his third season at Maryland.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
The University of Maryland and its partner of 61 years, the Atlantic Coast Conference, finally agreed on the terms of their messy divorce: a mediated settlement, announced Friday, under which the school will pay $31 million of a $52 million exit fee the conference sought. The settlement figure is the amount the ACC already has collected by withholding shared conference revenues — without Maryland's consent — to make sure it got at least a portion of what it demanded. So after nearly 21 months of litigation in Maryland and North Carolina courts, each side can walk away.
SPORTS
Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon and women's basketball coach Brenda Frese were in Baltimore on Monday, having breakfast with boosters and talking about their teams' upcoming first season in the Big Ten. Frese will be back when her Terps play at Coppin State on Dec. 21, marking the seventh straight year and eighth time in the past nine seasons that Maryland's women play a team from the Baltimore area away from College Park....
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
A claim that has been central to Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan's critique of Maryland's economy — that the state has lost most of its Fortune 500 companies during the O'Malley administration — turns out to be false. That assertion has been a staple of Hogan's standard stump speech. Hogan repeated the claim, with minor variations, throughout the primary contest and has continued to make it a central talking point in his general election campaign against Democrat Anthony G. Brown.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | October 11, 2014
Laurel Park Ben's Cat could be first to win 4 Md. Million races Ben's Cat has a chance next Saturday at Laurel Park to become the first horse to win Jim McKay Maryland Million races in four different years. After victories in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in the Turf Sprint, the King Leatherbury homebred finished second in the Turf a year ago after the Turf Sprint was eliminated. Leatherbury has cross-entered his star in the Sprint and Turf. The 8-year-old has won 27 of 43 starts, with earnings of $2,175,990.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
More than five years into the economic recovery, many Maryland households still aren't feeling the lift. Overall personal income - including wages, investment income and payments from programs such as Social Security - grew an estimated 1 percent in the second quarter of 2014 in Maryland, compared to 2.5 percent in the United States as a whole. That showing - the fifth worst of all the states - followed four years of statewide incomes lagging behind the rest of the country, driven by a lack of growth in job-related income, according to an analysis the state's Department of Planning published last week.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
With Maryland's proposed licensing fees for growing and selling medical marijuana among the highest in the nation, some advocates warn that the steep costs could drive off applicants, crippling the nascent program and limiting access to treatment for tens of thousands of state residents. Prospective medical marijuana growers would have to pay $125,000 a year for a two-year license, while dispensaries would have to pay $40,000 a year, according to the recommendations of a state commission.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Most Maryland voters agree that the Ravens were right to fire Ravens running back Ray Rice, but a higher percentage of women than men thought the team's punishment was too severe, according to a new poll for The Baltimore Sun. Fifty-nine percent of men said they supported the team's decision to terminate Rice's contract, while 52 percent of women agreed with the punishment for punching his then-fiancee in an elevator of an Atlantic City casino....
SPORTS
By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
Earl Badu, a former Maryland basketball player and St. Frances graduate, died after he had jumped to his death Thursday morning. Badu, 33, had jumped from the I-95 overpass onto I-695, where he fell about 50 feet, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in an email. She said Badu was still alive at the scene when medic crews arrived around 9 a.m. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview, where doctors pronounced him dead. According to online court records, just six days before his death Badu received a five-year suspended sentence for passing a bad check in Montgomery County.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2013
Ginseng, one of the most sought-after medicinal herbs in the world, once flourished across much of Maryland. It has nearly vanished now, though, from all but the westernmost counties, prompting officials to ponder banning commercial harvest of the lucrative plant from all state lands. A recent survey coordinated by Christopher F. Puttock, a research associate with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, found that the cure-all plant known to scientists as Panax quinquefolius has disappeared from spots in the eastern and central parts of Maryland where patches had been seen 30 years ago. Places in Baltimore, Calvert, Harford, Prince George's and Montgomery counties that harbored at least a little wild ginseng a few decades ago now appear to be barren, Puttock said in an interview.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
State health officials confirmed Thursday this season's first flu case. An Eastern Shore adult was hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza and later released, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The strain was A (H3), which was included in this year's flu vaccine, though officials did not say if the person was vaccinated. The first case last year was reported a week earlier, on Oct. 3. The flu season generally lasts until spring and most cases are not lab-confirmed or even reported because many people do not seek medical care.
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