July 3, 2013
As they enter the 61st and final year of their partnership, Maryland and the Atlantic Coast Conference are like a newly divorced couple that is forced by circumstances to continue to live together and makes a halfhearted pledge to remain friends. The conference and the university, which enters the Big Ten on July 1, 2014, have publicly committed to being cordial. But beneath the veneer lie bruised feelings and a pronounced disagreement about money - Maryland has challenged the legality of the $52 million exit fee - that can't help but color the relationship.
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.
December 18, 2012
Amazon.com customers in Maryland are now able to cozy up with both a book and a bottle of wine purchased from the online retailer. On Friday, Maryland joined the 12 other states (and Washington, D.C.) that have access to delivery from "Amazon Wine," a service launched last month that "features easy-to-use shopping tools to help customers ... explore great wines at a modest price point," according to a statement from Amazon. "When customersshopon Amazon Wine, they can narrow search results to meet their personal tastes, enabling them to discover new wines and find long-time favorites," Amazon's statement said.
August 15, 2013
Sometimes, Maryland defensive line coach Greg Gattuso will lapse back to when he was a howling bear of a head coach stalking the sidelines as if looking for prey. Gattuso coached Duquesne for 12 seasons, and - while he understands his role is more limited at Maryland - he never relinquished his passion or his penchant for looking at the big picture. It's who he is. "I was very aggressive as a head coach," said Gattuso, 51, a former defensive tackle who played for the late Joe Paterno on Penn State's 1982 national championship team and remained loyal to the coach.
October 6, 2013
For more than 30 years, the federal government has allowed Maryland to operate by different rules from other states when it comes to the way Medicare pays for hospital services. So long as the state managed to keep the growth in the average cost for each hospital admission of a Medicare patient below the average for the nation, the feds would agree to pay the same, higher rate that private insurers do for hospital services. In general, it has worked out well. When Maryland first received its Medicare waiver in the late 1970s, the average cost per admission was 25 percent higher than the national average.
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.