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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 Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
By the time Graham Peck was halfway up Heartbreak Hill during the Boston Marathon, he knew he'd be all right. The Fells Point resident had gone into Marathon Monday with a goal of finishing the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours and 28 minutes. Peck, running his first Boston Marathon, had made it up and over several other hills in Newton, Mass., and knew this hill, the course's most infamous obstacle, would be his most significant remaining challenge. "I think, at that point, with about six miles to go, is when I felt, 'I'm not going to screw up too much here,'" he said Tuesday.
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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.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Trust John Waters to never go for the easy choice. "Abuse of Weakness," the latest work from controversial French filmmaker Catherine Breillat, is Waters' pick for this year's Maryland Film Festival, set for May 7-11, largely in the Station North Arts District. The film, which is getting its Maryland premiere, stars Isabelle Huppert as a director who, after suffering a stroke, is victimized by a notorious con man. It is based on a similar incident that happened to Breillat, who spent five months in a hospital recovering from a 2004 stroke.
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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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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 Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Maryland's attempt to lure highly-touted recruiter Kenny Johnson back to his alma mater has proven to be unsuccessful. A source in College Park confirmed late Monday that Johnson, a 1999 Maryland graduate, had taken an offer to join Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville. Johnson's ties to Prince George's County-based AAU powerhouse Team Takeover was his entree into the college ranks at Towson three years ago. Johnson then made the meteoric leap to Indiana, where he recruited a number of five-star talents, including Big Ten freshman of the year Noah Vonleh.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Maryland, meet Comptroller Peter Franchot's newest gimmick to convince you to collect more than $980 million in unclaimed property: Sherlock Franchot. This year's tongue-in-cheek campaign features Franchot as the beloved British detective Sherlock Holmes, complete with a calabash pipe, deerstalker hat and an "elementary" catch phrase. The campaign to reunite residents with lost property, waged every year, comes with a 151-page tabloid put in local newspapers that lists the tens of thousands of people whose lost cash and property ends up in the hands of the state of Maryland.  It also comes with a spoof YouTube video that opens with a deep movie-trailer voice.
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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 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 Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
John Tillman is taking the high road. No. 6 Maryland sewed up a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and locked up the top seed in Friday's league tournament after scoring a 12-8 victory over No. 10 Notre Dame on Saturday . The Terps (10-2) split the crown with No. 2 Duke via identical 4-1 records in the conference, but they were awarded the No. 1 seed because of a 10-6 win over the Blue Devils on March 1. It's a remarkable achievement for a team that was voted to finish sixth in the ACC's preseason poll, and the Maryland coach might have been in his right to gloat a little.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Maryland's home football game against Michigan State on Nov. 15 will be a prime-time kickoff on the Big Ten Network. The network announced a six-game prime-time schedule Tuesday morning. It included an 8 p.m. start time for the Terps' game against the Spartans, last year's conference champions. It'll be the Maryland's first scheduled televised prime-time game since the Terps faced Notre Dame at FedEx Field on Nov. 12, 2011, and their first at Byrd Stadium since a game against Clemson on Oct. 15, 2011.
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April 22, 2014
Bacon, bacon and more bacon. That's the theme at the first-ever Maryland Bacon Festival, held this Saturday at Rash Field (noon-10 p.m.; $25; maylandbaconfestival.com ). Evan Weinstein, partner at Steez Promo and J&E Food Events is behind the event, an idea he's been working on for the past year. "I've been looking to get into food events for a while, I was kicking the idea around with [chef] Patrick Morrow from Ryleigh's Oyster and [marketing director] Chip Watkins who works for Flying Dog. Soon after, the opportunity arose to develop a concept around bacon festivals and I went for it," said Weinstein, 31, of Bay Ridge.
NEWS
April 22, 2014
It is unfortunate that two articles in Sunday's Sun referred to Maryland's health care exchange as "failed" ( "Race for Maryland governor turns negative," April 20) and "one of the worst" ( "Gansler spot critical of health exchange 'debacle,'" April 20) without also mentioning that Maryland has expanded health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act to over 320,000 people - well above the original goal of 260,000. Among those new enrollees are people like Nancy Hughes, a former Maryland schoolteacher who lost her job and was in desperate need of health care services, which she could not afford.
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April 22, 2014
Maryland voters will head to the polls to pick the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor nine weeks from today, and the state of the race thus far is pretty depressing. Most of the oxygen in the contest is being sucked up by an unilluminating series of attacks and counter-attacks between Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. It's like we're stuck on a long car ride with two feuding brothers in the back seat. Mr. Gansler brought things to a new low on Monday when he said Mr. Brown's service as a military lawyer in Iraq was not "a real job. " This led to a round of outrage from the Brown camp, a clarification (but not an apology)
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Letter to The Aegis | April 22, 2014
Editor: Colossal stupidity is the best description of our lawmakers in Annapolis who did not vote to extend the full tax credits asked by the production company of the Netflix TV series "House of Cards," filmed right here in Harford County and throughout the state. The O'Malley political lemmings are making the same kind of ideological mistakes that have forced dozens of businesses and residents to leave Maryland's oppressive tax structure, punitive regulations and single party rule; all led by a legislature held captive by liberal Democrats and a governor with presidential Obama-style aspirations.
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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.
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 David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
(UPDATE 2: Netflix exec thinks budget differences between Maryland and "House of Cards" are "over-comeable. " (UPDATE: HBO confirms "Veep" will be returning to Baltimore to film Season 4.) HBO today announced that it is renewing "Veep" for a fourth season and will return to Baltimore to produce it. The political satire starring Julia-Louis Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer has filmed the last three seasons in Baltimore. "HBO has had a long history of shooting long form projects in Baltimore dating back to 'The Corner,'" a spokeswoman for the show said earlier this month when asked about a return.
NEWS
April 21, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's announcement last week that Baltimore would put public officials' financial disclosure statements online was both a welcome step forward and a sign of just how far Maryland has to go to be truly transparent. The city's forms - which include things such as officials' outside employment, real estate holdings and investments - may soon be available on the web, but those who want to look at them will first have to go to City Hall, verify their identity and register for access.
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