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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2012
Jose Soto doesn't pay attention to politics in Frederick County. He's new to town and spends much of his time working at an apple-processing plant in Pennsylvania. But he heard something a few weeks ago about the county making English its official language. "I think it's a little racist," Soto said as he stopped by a Latino grocery store in Frederick before heading to work one afternoon last week. The 32-year-old was born in Guatemala and emigrated to Los Angeles as a child. Last month, the county became the first in Maryland to declare English its official language, though supporters of the measure acknowledge the move was largely symbolic because county business is done in English now. Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties are considering similar laws as well — part of a nationwide movement that supporters tout as a way to help immigrants assimilate.
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March 19, 2014
The General Assembly is poised to approve legislation that would allow Sunday hunting on public and private land in three western Maryland counties. Under bills that have passed both the House and Senate, hunters in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties would not be subject to the widespread ban on Sunday hunting. While Sunday hunting for deer was approved in some jurisdictions in 2003, hunting for most other game is banned that day. The new bill would make it legal to hunt all game species except waterfowl in those western Maryland counties during the existing hunting seasons.
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May 15, 1994
On a map of Maryland, using a ruler, draw a straight line from Wheaton to the point where Interstate 83 crosses into Pennsylvania. Then draw a second line from Wheaton to Annapolis and a third line from Annapolis to, again, the point where I-83 enters Pennsylvania.What emerges is a pyramid, which conveniently locates the seat of political power in Maryland. The state is comprised of 24 political subdivisions -- Baltimore City and 23 counties. If any part of a political subdivision is traversed by one of the lines forming the pyramid, the subdivision, generally as a whole, is a component of the seat of power.
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By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
Near the cornfields on Old Frederick and Sand Hill roads in Marriottsville stands a slice of suburbia, and there's often trouble brewing. Some drunk might be getting out of hand at The Greene Turtle. An armed robber could be holding up the Columbia Bank, or a couple's argument boiling over in a townhouse. Always plenty of police around to handle it, though, even if some of them still have on their training wheels. They're learning or refreshing their skills, and doing it in settings dressed up to simulate the world outside the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center in Howard County.
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Dan Rodricks | December 5, 2012
Trying to make sense of the Obama administration denying federal relief to Maryland for the flooding and other damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, and I'm coming up dry. No one besides maybe Grover Norquist would have beefed had Maryland picked up a few million bucks to help some homeowners in the Eastern Shore counties of Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester. There are, however, howls about the denial. The damage was limited here, but it was concentrated and significant, certainly enough to justify some help.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1997
Faced with unprecedented hardships from the worst drought in three decades, Maryland farmers are petitioning for federal assistance to pay for livestock feed.C. William Knill of Mount Airy, president of the Maryland Farm Bureau, has written to Dan Glickman, U.S. secretary of agriculture, asking for federal emergency funds to assist farmers coping with soaring feed prices and facing unprecedented hardships this winter."For many, this is the last hope," said Knill, who wrote the letter Monday.
NEWS
By Rick Todhunter and Rick Todhunter,States News Service | August 29, 1991
Most of Maryland's counties are planning to make up for budget shortcomings by cutting their spending, according to a new report.The National Association of Counties' "County Government Budget Shortfall Report," just released, claims that three-fourths Maryland's counties fell short of their proposed budgets in fiscal year 1991. The report says that of those counties, exactly half will close the budgetary gap by cutting spending.The association, which studied budget problems in 443 of the nation's largest counties, said that the other half of Maryland's counties experiencing budgetary problems planned to create revenue as well as cut spending to "offset the imbalance."
NEWS
February 19, 1997
County Executive John G. Gary announced yesterday that he has hired Anne Arundel's first Washington lobbyist to help find grant money to boost an assortment of county programs.Waterman & Associates won a one-year contract worth $96,000 after bidding that attracted 14 other firms.The company also will work for the county Board of Education and Anne Arundel Community College.By hiring Waterman & Associates, Anne Arundel joins Prince George's and Montgomery as the only Maryland counties with lobbyists in Washington.
NEWS
March 10, 1996
Manchester woman joins Md. Farm Bureau staffManchester resident Laura Kaminski has joined the Maryland Farm Bureau staff as a field representative for the Western Maryland District.She will work the nine Western Maryland counties.She is a 1993 graduate of Villa Julie College, with a bachelor of science degree in paralegal studies.Ms. Kaminski previously was an administrative assistant with a realty company and human resources assistant with the Maryland Port Administration.She is a partner in K&K Business Services, a temporary employment firm providing office duties and cleaning services.
NEWS
June 27, 1995
A year ago, Carroll's commissioners declined to sign a letter committing the county to a cooperative effort to clean up Chesapeake Bay. At the time, the commissioners were concerned that they might be committing themselves to spend local money to finance the clean-up. Last week, the county reversed tack: Carroll will join other northeastern Maryland counties in efforts intended to preserve the U.S.'s largest estuary.In signing the pact with Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties, Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown reaffirmed an earlier pledge by the county.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | August 26, 2013
GasBuddy.com figures that the typical Marylander works 5.9 minutes to be able to buy a gallon of regular gas. That's the least amount of time of residents in any state, according GasBuddy's survey.  (We beat New Jersey by a couple of seconds.) And it's far better than the national average, where workers spend a little more than nine minutes on the job to be able to pay for a gallon of regular. GasBuddy, which provides gas pricing information, came up with the figures by looking at the price of gas plus the median household income by county for each state.
NEWS
August 26, 2013
For those who missed it, the latest news in Towson is that the Baltimore County Council will soon take up legislation to consider whether more people ought to be allowed to keep chickens in their backyards. The bill doesn't actually make a decision on whether this should happen but merely calls for a review of current regulations. In other words, county leaders are going to have to decide: What comes first, the chickens or the regs? Sorry about that. But the pun-sensitive may want to stop reading at this point and not get their feathers in a ruffle over what is coming next.
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Dan Rodricks | December 5, 2012
Trying to make sense of the Obama administration denying federal relief to Maryland for the flooding and other damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, and I'm coming up dry. No one besides maybe Grover Norquist would have beefed had Maryland picked up a few million bucks to help some homeowners in the Eastern Shore counties of Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester. There are, however, howls about the denial. The damage was limited here, but it was concentrated and significant, certainly enough to justify some help.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
A nor'easter storm was billed as Maryland's first potential snow event of the season, but if any flakes fell, they were only in flurries, according to National Weather Service reports. No reports of snow were posted by the weather service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office. Forecasters there  said Wednesday the storm tracked slightly too far east  to affect central Maryland, and with a narrow band of precipitation to its west. The weather service's Mount Holly, N.J., office, which covers the Philadelphia area including northern Eastern Shore counties in Maryland,  reported anywhere from a trace of snow to a foot  of it. Traces were measured just over the Maryland/Delaware border in Bear, Del., and further up Interstate 95 in Wilmington, Del. But no snow was reported in any Maryland counties.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | May 30, 2012
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is selling millions of copies around the world, but it's been banned from libraries of Harford County, Maryland. E.L. James' trilogy , which has been dubbed "mommy porn," for its S&M scenes, is too hot for the county, a typical exurban community along Interstate 95 about a half-hour northeast of Baltimore. In an email to The Aegis newspaper, materials management administrator Jennifer Ralston wrote:  "In the case of '50 Shades of Grey,' we read mainstream reviews that characterized the content as pornography.
NEWS
April 28, 2012
The frost advisory for several Maryland counties was canceled overnight by the National Weather Service. Clouds over the area prevented the frost from forming, the service reports. So far today, temperatures reached 50 degrees at the Inner Harbor with a forecasted high near 59. Rain is possible after 4 p.m. Saturday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a calm wind. The frost advisory had been in effect for norther Baltimore, Howard and Harford counties. A freeze was possible for Frederick and Carroll counties, forecaster had predicted.
NEWS
July 20, 1993
It is worth noting that Howard did not make the American Farmland Trust's recent list of Maryland counties where agriculture is endangered -- not because Howard's farm industry isn't threatened, but because, under the trust's criteria, Howard farms are extinct.Nine Maryland counties -- including Carroll, Baltimore and Harford in the Baltimore metro area -- are among the most threatened agricultural regions in the U.S. Maryland's counties rank behind California's Central Valley, South Florida and the California coast around Monterey, regions responsible for growing vegetables and fruits that feed the nation.
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LETTER TO THE AEGIS | April 12, 2012
Editor:  The 2012 Session of the Maryland General Assembly came to a strange close Monday night. Ongoing disagreements and dysfunction among the House and Senate leadership produced a stalemate regarding three legislative bills. Although the House and Senate passed an Operating Budget, the accompanying revenue bills were not agreed to with a pending gaming bill in the mix. This dysfunction provided a short reprieve for Maryland taxpayers and Maryland counties. The tax revenue bill on the floor of both houses would have increased personal income taxes for families making over $100,000.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
Maryland counties will face a loss of tax revenue if they fail to keep up their required levels of education spending under a deal agreed to by the Maryland House and Senate. The House Ways and Means Committee decided last night to accept the Senate version of a bill to enforce what is known as the state's "maintenance of effort" rule -- essentially a requirement that counties keep up their education spending to match increases in state aid. The vote in the panel was 12-5, along party lines, an indication the bill will have little difficulty passing in the full House.
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