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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 David Wilson | April 19, 2014
Significant demographic obstacles stand in the path of the state's achieving its goal of ensuring that 55 percent of its population has a two-year post-secondary degree or higher by 2025. The baby boom "echo" - a primarily white phenomenon that resulted in a temporary increase in high school graduates beginning in 1995 - is over. The number of white graduates is now declining steadily and will continue to do so for some time to come. During the upturn, many campuses raised their admissions standards significantly to take advantage of the growing pool of relatively affluent and well-prepared students graduating from high school.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Zachary Lederer, the former University of Maryland men's basketball manager whose muscle pose in a hospital bed after cancer surgery inspired patients worldwide, died Tuesday, his mother confirmed. He was 20. A candlelight vigil was held at 11 p.m. Tuesday at the Comcast Center in College Park. Lederer, of Ellicott City, was 18 in 2012 when he struck the now-famous "Zaching" pose. It went viral, inspiring friends, celebrities, politicians and entire sports teams around the world to post similar pictures.
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By Erin Cox and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
The first negative advertisements in the Democratic primary campaign for governor hit airwaves this week, pushing a feisty political fight that's simmered for months into prime time. Already, the race among Democrats for the governor's mansion is poised to be Maryland's nastiest in two decades, experts said. And voters can expect the candidates with enough money to use it increasingly on negative messages until the June 24 primary. "It's a surprise that it didn't happen earlier," said Donald F. Norris, chairman of the public policy department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus and Jeff Barker and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. Of the three men's basketball players who are transferring from Maryland (Nick Faust, Shaquille Cleare and Roddy Peters), which is Mark Turgeon going to miss the most? Don Markus:  The quick answer would be none of the above, considering that Maryland is coming off one of its most disappointing seasons in recent memory.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014
Women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek Inc. on Friday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after failing to find a buyer said it plans to close its stores by early summer. Coldwater Creek joins other retailers to seek protection from creditors in recent months as consumers keep a lid on spending. The company said it plans to wind down its operations over the coming months and begin going-out-of-business sales in early May, before the traditionally busy Mother's Day weekend. Coldwater Creek, which has 365 stores and employs about 6,000 people, has five stores in Maryland.
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By Aaron Oster | April 14, 2014
Former NFL and University of Maryland linebacker Shawne Merriman signed a contract with WWE late last week, ending months of speculation and adding another Terps player to the wrestling world. In November, Merriman had a workout at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., but it seemed like nothing developed and a contract wasn't offered at the time. But then Merriman took part in WrestleMania weekend, including appearing on camera in WWE's preshow panel for WrestleMania, as well as WWE Raw on Monday.
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April 12, 2014
Your coverage of the 2014 General Assembly session failed to mention an important bill that was passed to create a database for collecting, assessing and reporting pesticide use ( "Wage Hike, new marijuana bills OK'd as session ends," April 8). Each year pesticide exposure poisons tens of thousands of farmworkers in Maryland and across the country, and it can cause nausea, blindness, cancer, infertility and even death. These injuries, illnesses and deaths are preventable. A well-designed system to track the use of pesticides will provide health researchers with better information on exposure to pesticides throughout Maryland and help us understand the relationship between exposure and illness.
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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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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 Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
No. 1 Loyola (12-1) Coming up: Idle Comment: The Greyhounds will host the Patriot League tournament semifinals and final but won't know their opponent until after Tuesday's quarterfinals. Senior attackman Justin Ward's 39 assists eclipsed Sean Heffernan's single-season school record of 38. No. 5 Johns Hopkins (8-3) Coming up: At Navy, Friday, 7 p.m.; Vs. Villanova, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Homewood Field Comment: The Blue Jays are 58-27-1 against the Midshipmen and 6-0 against the Wildcats.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
In this week's recruiting roundup, the Terps add another member to their incoming football recruiting class and a four-star becomes a five-star. Football recruiting -- Junior-college cornerback Denzel Conyers committed to Maryland last weekend and signed his letter of intent on Monday. He will join the program for the fall. -- Class of 2015 defensive tackle target Adam McLean , one of the top prospects in Maryland, committed to Penn State on Saturday. -- Class of 2015 defensive back target Marcus Lewis , one of the top prospects in Washington, committed to Florida on Thursday.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Private employers in Maryland led the way to modest job gains in March, and the state unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged since February, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency estimated a net gain of 2,300 jobs, and posted the state's unemployment rate at 5.6 percent, meaning 174,500 people in the state were unemployed last month. The March national unemployment rate was 6.7 percent. Job gains occurred chiefly in the private sector, led by retail, transportation and utilities with 2,200 jobs; followed by professional and business services, including technical fields, scientific research and cybersecurity, with 1,200; and financial services with 600. These were offset by losses in education and health, leisure, manufacturing and construction.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
With Johns Hopkins moving to the Big Ten for the 2015 season, a schedule that the program could mold and shape will have certain limitations. For one, the Blue Jays must face conference opponents Maryland, Penn State, Ohio State, Rutgers and Michigan, and must keep one weekend open in late April or early May for the league tournament. Other traditional rivalries are on the chopping block, but coach Dave Pietramala confirmed on Thursday that the school's annual showdown with Navy - which will unfold for the 88th time on Friday at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis - will be retained.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Top-ranked Loyola Maryland's 13-5 thumping of Patriot League foe Bucknell on Thursday night had a deeper meaning considering who was among the announced 1,303 at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore. Kids and parents from Newtown Youth Lacrosse were in attendance as part of a relationship started by sophomore long-stick midfielder Jason Crane (Chesapeake-AA) after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. The Greyhounds have traveled to Connecticut to participate in clinics and have hosted the youth league in Baltimore.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Edythe E. Evans, a retired University of Maryland dental clinic instructor who was active in her church, died April 9 of Alzheimer's disease at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster. She was 83. The daughter of Ernest Evans, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad worker, and Arinthia Evans, a homemaker, Edythe Ernestine Evans was born in Baltimore and raised on Fulton Avenue. After graduating in 1948 from Frederick Douglass High School, Ms. Evans enrolled in a surgical technician program at what is now the University of Maryland Medical Center.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
The world's billionaires include nine from Maryland, according to Forbes magazine's latest ranking of the world's richest people. The magazine lists 1,226 billionaires worth $4.6 trillion - both record figures. Maryland's billionaires include the president and CEO of Baltimore-based Under Armour, Kevin Plank, the youngest of the group at 39, with a net worth of $1.1 billion. Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti, 51, worth $1.4 billion, and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, with a net worth of $1.1 billion, also made the list.
NEWS
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 Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
With "Save the Last Dance" and the shot-in-Baltimore "Step Up," Duane Adler established himself as one of the go-to screenwriters for 21st-century dance movies. But apparently that wasn't enough. "Make Your Move," a multicultural dance drama with tons of "Romeo and Juliet" undertones that opens in theaters today, marks Adler's debut as both screenwriter and director. Not that he didn't like what other directors had done with his earlier projects, he stresses. But this one was too much his baby to hand it over to anyone else.
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