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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
When Emmy Award nominations were announced last month, two Maryland-made series were front and center in the news. HBO's “Veep” and the Netflix drama “House of Cards” made the short list for best comedy and drama, respectively, with a pack of other nominations for writers, directors and stars. Almost all the coverage - mine included - was about Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. But there were other nominations announced at the same time in the creative arts category - nominations that didn't get nearly as much attention.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Del. Emmett Burns, a Baltimore minister, directed his Sunday sermon at the children of his congregation, warning them to be careful in their dealings with police, after a white officer killed an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Mo., last week. Burns, 73, who marched in the civil rights movement with activist Medgar Evers, echoed the sentiments of protesters in the St. Louis suburb and around the nation decrying the shooting of Michael Brown, but he said blacks need to recognize that they still face inequality.
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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 Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 17, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- Malik Jones had one of the biggest hits of Maryland's preseason practice thus far, a nasty running blow to the chest of then-running back Jacquille Veii that could be heard across the field and left Veii on the ground for a few moments as he tried to catch his breath. Matt Gillespie, meanwhile, had multiple tackles during the Terps' scrimmage Saturday, including one that stopped running back Wes Brown for a 4-yard loss after Gillespie broke through the middle of Maryland's offensive line and into the backfield.
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August 3, 2014
Advocates are generally praising Maryland's proposed new medical marijuana regulations as a step in the right direction after an initial effort failed to make the drug available to patients with chronic pain, nausea and other conditions thought to be alleviated by it. But they have raised concerns about some details, particularly in how doctors would be required to handle the drug, that essentially boil down to this paradox: They object that the regulations...
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Lawyers for the state and gun rights advocates debated in federal court Tuesday about the government's power to hem in the Second Amendment to ward off mass shootings. Spectators crammed into a federal courtroom in downtown Baltimore to watch the hearing regarding bans on the sale or sharing of assault rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Those provisions, which took effect in October, were among a package of measures enacted to strengthen Maryland's gun laws after 26 people were killed in an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
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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 Jonathan Munshaw, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Purchasing a boat can be a lot like owning a second car. After the down payment, there are the boat's insurance payments. Upkeep can be difficult, with owners having to buy new equipment, deal with maintenance and keep up with the overall care of the boat. Then there's the question of storage. A slip in Maryland costs around $3,000, according to Dan Somerville, manager of Freedom Boat Club in Annapolis. Owners might need to buy a trailer, or even a truck, to be able to haul their boat to public waterways.
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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...
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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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August 15, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -  Here are some notes and observations from Maryland's Friday morning practice, which was held at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. ** Players and coaches continue to talk up redshirt sophomore left tackle Michael Dunn, and Dunn pancaked outside linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil on a run play early in practice. Dunn also helped spring running back Albert Reid for a long run shortly later. ** Backup left tackle Jake Wheeler got good push on a Wes Brown run early in practice.
NEWS
August 15, 2014
While George W. Liebman offers an interesting viewpoint on Maryland's response to Central American children seeking refuge in our country ( "O'Malley takes on another 'pop' issue," Aug. 6), his opinions don't acknowledge the reality and immediacy of the needs of this population or Maryland's history of accepting those who have been marginalized in their home countries. At its founding, Maryland served as a safe haven for those fleeing religious persecution and has continued to welcome those from beyond its borders.
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August 15, 2014
"Pension pandering" (Aug. 13) is a laughably misinformed and woefully inaccurate opinion piece. As Maryland retirees are leaving the state in droves, the state tax on pensions issue is a non-issue. The notion of revenue loss simply a product of progressive daydreaming. These folks are going to Delaware, the Carolinas or Florida where the state governments' desire to tax and spend is kept in check by the people's common sense. And as we all know, common sense is in short supply in both Annapolis and on Calvert Street.
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By Matt Zenitz, Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 15, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -  Beginning next season, Sean Davis will have the opportunity to watch every one of his brother's practices first-hand. Isaiah Davis, a linebacker from St. Stephens and St. Agnes School in Virginia, orally committed to Maryland Tuesday and will be part of the same defense as his standout safety brother, who is entering his junior season. But Sean Davis has kept up with his brother's high school career while also training with him during the offseason and spoke about what he believes Isaiah Davis will add to Maryland's defense.
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan on Friday challenged Democratic rival Anthony Brown to dump a bucket of ice water over his head as part of a fund-raising campaign for medical research. Brown, notified of the challenge by a Baltimore Sun reporter, promptly accepted. Hogan and running mate Boyd Rutherford issued the challenge to take part in the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" while in Ocean City for the annual convention of the Maryland Association of Counties. Following the protocol for the challenge, they posted video of their cold dousing on the Internet.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
In this week's recruiting roundup, the Terps keep it all in the family. F­­­ootball recruiting -- Class of 2015 outside linebacker target Isaiah Davis , brother of Terps safety Sean Davis, committed to Maryland on Tuesday. -- Class of 2015 running back commit Deltron Sands reportedly will take an official visit to Maryland and four other schools this fall -- Class of 2015 defensive end target Byron Cowart reportedly is set to make his decision soon , and Maryland is a dark-horse option for the blue-chip defensive end. -- Class of 2015 offensive line target Isaiah Prince reportedly has Maryland among a top four that includes Ohio State, Florida and Alabama.
NEWS
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 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 Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 14, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -  There have been times during preseason practice when Damian Prince and Derwin Gray have flashed the skill that made them highly-rated recruits. There have been times both players -  especially Gray -  have looked capable of making an immediate impact along Maryland's offensive line. Many other times, they have looked like freshmen. Maryland coaches believe both will be good players. Teammates say the same. But most freshmen are a work in progress at this point and Prince and Gray are no different.
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Sports Digest | August 14, 2014
College football: Maryland will hold its Fan Appreciation Day at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Byrd Stadium. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. Athletic department officials will be on hand for select-a-seat and mezzanine-ticket upgrade opportunities for this season. After the team's scrimmage at 3:30p.m., coach Randy Edsall and Terps players will participate in an autograph session on the field. Spectators are welcome to come on the field after the scrimmage. Maryland posters and schedule cards for this season will be available at the marketing tables.
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