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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Many Maryland fans will have easier access to the Big Ten Network under an agreement reached with Comcast, the network said Wednesday. Under the deal -- finalized before Maryland enters the Big Ten conference next Tuesday -- Comcast cable subscribers in the principal markets for Maryland and Rutgers will be able to access the network without subscribing to a separate sports tier.   The network is already available to most local Maryland fans, who often pay a fee added to their cable operators' bills for extra sports programming.
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September 1, 2014
The lack of coherent rules for access to medical marijuana in Maryland is beyond absurd ( "Pot as medicine," Aug. 27). Medical marijuana has already been successfully implemented in many states across the country. Is Maryland so different that we can't adopt the same policies in use by other states? While there have been abuses of the system, they are relatively rare and non-threatening. Extending the logic applied by the Maryland commission on medical marijuana, we should ban swimming pools - responsible for hundreds of injuries and deaths every year - reduce the highway speed limit to 25 mph and make countless other changes to state law. Obviously, that's not the answer.
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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 Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
A California company that helps aspiring authors was moving when an editor noticed a bulky envelope from a Maryland prison in a box of unsolicited manuscripts. Inside were loose pages of a children's book about a girl who wants to celebrate her birthday by flying kites in a prison yard with her incarcerated father. The story had typos and plot problems — but also potential, recalled Ralph Scott of Too Nuts Productions. The envelope came from prisoner No. 168687, Larry Bratt, a childless man serving two life sentences in the Jessup state correctional institute for arranging a double murder in 1981.
NEWS
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 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 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 Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 29, 2014
Maryland wide receiver Levern Jacobs and safety A.J. Hendy have been suspended for the season by the university for violating the school's student code of conduct. The team announced their suspensions Friday afternoon, a day before the Terps open the season at home against James Madison. Jacobs was charged with second-degree assault last week stemming from a July 19 incident. Terps coach Randy Edsall issued a statement indicating that Hendy was involved in the same incident, but Hendy has not been charged with a crime.
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.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 28, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Derrick Hayward did not look natural at tight end during the early part of preseason practice. Hayward, a redshirt freshman who signed with Maryland as an outside linebacker, lacked fluidity as a route runner. He was also inconsistent catching the football, as he was during the spring as well. But the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Hayward improved as preseason camp went on, to the point that he will begin the season as the top backup to starting tight end Andrew Isaacs. “He's continued to develop to where you'll see he's created a [role]
NEWS
September 1, 2014
The general election is still more than two months away but here's a bit of friendly advice to candidates hoping to win office in Maryland: Don't use the Conowingo Dam as an excuse to stop cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. That would seem like common sense but it's become increasingly clear that damning the dam has become a popular political strategy. Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan released a 30-second ad through his website last month that essentially blames the Conowingo for the bay's woes and urges voters to fight back against other pollution-fighting strategies endorsed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Democratically-controlled state government.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 31, 2014
Maryland likely will be without promising redshirt freshman wide receiver Taivon Jacobs for an extended period of time. Jacobs suffered a meniscus injury while battling for a pass during the first quarter of the Terps' 52-7 win over James Madison on Saturday at Byrd Stadium. Jacobs will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the full severity of the damage. However, he likely will miss a minimum of four weeks, according to a source. The injury is another hit to Maryland's receiving corps.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Baltimore children's book author Elisabeth Dahl used to walk two or three miles just so she could hang out at the Library of Congress, reveling in the Paris Opera House style-architecture, the 23-karat gold-plated dome and the breathtakingly extensive archives that includes the personal papers of Thomas Jefferson. Dahl married a librarian who works now at Towson University, and the couple celebrated their wedding in the Enoch Pratt Free Library . So 45-year-old writer couldn't be more thrilled that her first published book, a children's novel called "Genie Wishes," was chosen to represent the State of Maryland at the 14 t h annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 29, 2014
Maryland wide receiver Levern Jacobs and safety A.J. Hendy have been suspended for the season by the university for violating the school's student code of conduct. The team announced their suspensions Friday afternoon, a day before the Terps open the season at home against James Madison. Jacobs was charged with second-degree assault last week stemming from a July 19 incident. Terps coach Randy Edsall issued a statement indicating that Hendy was involved in the same incident, but Hendy has not been charged with a crime.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Karen A. Stuart, a Library of Congress archivist who earlier had been head librarian at the Maryland Historical Society where she also was associate editor of the Maryland Historical Magazine, died of cancer Aug. 19 at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 59. "As head librarian at the Maryland Historical Society, Karen always took her job seriously, trying hard to help researchers who sometimes had fairly arcane questions of projects," said Robert J. Brugger, an author and Maryland historian who is a senior editor at the Johns Hopkins University Press.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
In this week's recruiting roundup, the Terps get one step closer with a blue-chip center. Football recruiting -- Class of 2015 defensive tackle target Darvin Taylor , who had Maryland among his top four schools, committed Thursday to Florida State . -- Class of 2015 running back commit Deltron Sands should run for a lot of yards this season. -- Class of 2015 wide receiver commit D.J. Moore 's first name is Denniston . Basketball recruiting -- Class of 2015 center target Diamond Stone has Maryland in his top five along with Duke, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Connecticut.
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 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 Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
As three lawyers for Maryland Live casino entered a federal courtroom Friday morning, it seemed that a list containing information on hundreds of high rollers was on the line, a trove they suspected had been taken by a former employee who had left for a competitor. But as the morning wore on, documents established that the lawyers' problem was considerably smaller. Helena Wong, a former host at Maryland Live, had emailed just 19 elite players. And Wong, who now works at Baltimore's Horseshoe casino, testified that she had gathered the names gradually in the course of her job and had not pulled off a grand heist before leaving.
SPORTS
August 29, 2014
Back for a second season, we'll be previewing each of Maryland's football games by conducting a Q&A with a reporter who covers the Terps' next opponent. This week, we asked five questions to Matt Jones, who covers James Madison football for The Daily News-Record and DukesofJMU.com . Be sure to check out more of his work here .   Tracking the Terps: This will be James Madison's first game with somebody other than Mickey Matthews in charge since the turn of the century.
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