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June 1, 2011
In the spirit of good stewardship of taxpayer dollars I'd like to suggest that Allen Dyer and the other members of the Howard County Board of Education who've been involved in the ongoing disagreements and lawsuits consider taking their issues to the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center at Howard Community College. This local institution has an outstanding reputation in the state and beyond. It could save money, create opportunities of resolving problems and offer new ways for the parties to work effectively together in the future.
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By Justin Fenton and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
Baltimore Police are offering a reward in return for information in last week's killing of a talented, 17-year-old, soon-to-be Edmondson-Westside High School graduate who was trying to improve the community for his peers while eyeing a career in the military. Michael Mayfield was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head around 6 p.m. Wednesday in a minivan in the 2300 block of Lyndhurst Ave. He was taken to a hospital and died soon after, becoming the sixth teen to be shot dead in the city this year.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 16, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Rep. Elijah Cummings on Tuesday urged Maryland lawmakers to adopt a proposal that would require mortgage companies to prove they tried to modify a borrower's loan before filing for foreclosure. The measure would also force companies into court mediation with homeowners who believe they have been wrongly denied loan modification. The Democratic governor said his mediation plan is "designed to put homeowners on equal footing with their housing companies." Despite previous state efforts to slow down the foreclosure process and federal legislation requiring banks to work with homeowners, too many people are being put out of their homes, O'Malley and Cummings, a West Baltimore Democrat, told lawmakers at hearings before the House of Delegates Environmental Matters Committee and Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
After a federal judge found that Maryland's historically black colleges face unfair and unconstitutional competition from the state's predominantly white universities, the parties headed into negotiations this month to work it out. But even with the far-reaching court decision, some worried the rights of black institutions wouldn't be protected and tried to put the judge's ruling on the books as state law. "I'm normally not a Doubting Thomas,"...
BUSINESS
March 28, 2010
Maryland lawmakers passed a bill Saturday to require mediation between borrowers facing foreclosure and their mortgage lenders. The bill requires an application for loan modification to be sent to all homeowners 45 days before a foreclosure action is filed. It must include information on programs and counseling help. Homeowners also would not give up any rights to challenge the foreclosure when they seek mediation. Lenders would be required to certify that they have completed a loan modification analysis before putting a property up for sale.
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By Erica L. Green and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
State officials and attorneys representing Maryland's historically black colleges and universities will head to mediation to resolve the remnants of a legal battle spurred by the institutions' complaint that the state hasn't done enough to help them overcome segregation-era policies. Dori Henry, a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley, said that the parties, have "agreed to attempt to mediate the remaining issue in the case," and that U.S. District Court Judge Paul W. Grimm will serve as the mediator.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
The state is expected to mediate negotiations on a new simulcasting agreement between Rosecroft Raceway and representatives of Maryland's thoroughbred racing. A state law aimed at helping the ailing industry calls for state-led mediation if Rosecroft and the Maryland Jockey Club, along with thoroughbred horse owners and breeders, fail to reach a deal to broadcast thoroughbred races at the Prince George's County harness track by Friday. The parties have not made progress. Eric Schippers, a spokesman for Penn National Gaming, which owns Rosecroft, said Thursday that the company expects the talks to go into mediation.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2011
The trial date in a five-year-old civil lawsuit claiming bias against Maryland's historically black state colleges and universities has been postponed until December, so the parties can attempt to mediate the case. "The issues at stake in this case are of concern not just to the parties but to the entire community," U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake wrote in a memorandum opinion issued late last month. "Better results often can be obtained, and can be more quickly obtained, through mediation rather than through trial.
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October 8, 1993
The Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center at Howard Community College is seeking contributions to the Dollar or More campaign during its first annual weekend Oct. 15-17.Donations may be dropped off at all branches of Maryland National Bank during banking hours on Oct. 15 and 16; at any county fire station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16; and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Maryland National Bank in The Mall in Columbia.They may also be taken to the HCC cashier's office in the library building.
SPORTS
Compiled from Inside Lacrosse reports | October 22, 2012
Steele Stanwick , a Loyola High graduate and the 2011 Tewaaraton Award winner at Virginia, has signed an endorsement deal with Under Armour.  The Baltimore native, now playing for the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse, graduated last spring as the all-time leading scorer (269 points) in Virginia history after three times earning All-America honors and winning the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's Jack Turnbull Award as the nation's top attackman in 2012 as a senior.  He joins a roster of Under Armour-endorsed lacrosse athletes that includes former Maryland attackman Grant Catalino , who signed last fall.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
After losing her job as a teacher, Guernica Williams tried for months to get her bank to modify the mortgages on her Windsor Mills home. When her unemployment insurance ended in 2012 and she defaulted, she kept trying, leaving voice mails for a changing roster of case managers and repeatedly submitting documents. In September, she met with a Wells Fargo representative at a court-administered mediation session, where she received assurances that the bank would review her loan, if she submitted additional documents.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
State officials and attorneys representing Maryland's historically black colleges and universities will head to mediation to resolve the remnants of a legal battle spurred by the institutions' complaint that the state hasn't done enough to help them overcome segregation-era policies. Dori Henry, a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley, said that the parties, have "agreed to attempt to mediate the remaining issue in the case," and that U.S. District Court Judge Paul W. Grimm will serve as the mediator.
NEWS
October 7, 2013
I found Brian Gunia's recent commentary very interesting and accurate for the most part ( "Congress flunks Negotiation 101," Oct. 2). The one thing he missed is the role played in some negotiations of the mediator - in this case, President Barack Obama. As the nation's leader, he should be in the role of mediator, and he has clearly refused to do so which further inflames the situation. It's his job to try to unite. Art Kelly
EXPLORE
August 5, 2013
The Harford County Community Mediation Program is looking for volunteers to join the group. The Community Mediation Program, a program of the Department of Community Services, offers Harford County citizens free mediation services. Residents can take advantage of this confidential and neutral process to resolve conflicts. Mediators help resolve conflicts that include disputes between neighbors, families, friends, businesses and consumers. Volunteer mediators receive 45 hours of free basic mediation training and five hours of follow-up training.
NEWS
July 21, 2013
The rise in fatal shootings that has claimed dozens of lives in Baltimore City since the beginning of the summer focused attention on the gang violence that police say is responsible for much of the killing. Competing gangs adhere to a rigid code: You kill one of ours, we'll kill one of yours. That's why the vicious cycle of shootings and retaliatory killings persists even when police flood troubled neighborhoods with foot patrols and extra officers on overtime. But Baltimore could learn from the progress police in Los Angeles have made recently toward reducing gang violence.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
Carol Cooper, of Cockeysville, recently became a member of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler LLC. An ARD&H associate since 2002, Cooper has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent rating. She was selected twice as a "Rising Star" by Maryland Super Lawyers and named in Washington D.C. & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers 2012 Edition. Serving in the firm's family law and litigation practice groups, she represents clients in matters related to divorce, custody, visitation, child support, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, adoption and other civil litigation.
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March 31, 2004
LOOKS LIKE a redesign of Maryland's system for compensating the victims of medical mistakes is too ambitious a goal for this rapidly concluding General Assembly session. But the House of Delegates has produced a first step that could save parties in malpractice cases considerable time, grief and expense until more comprehensive reforms are adopted. Legislation overwhelmingly approved by the delegates Monday would require that a good-faith attempt be made to mediate malpractice complaints before they go to trial in hopes that a mutually satisfactory resolution can be reached and a full-blown trial wouldn't be needed.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2011
Maryland labor secretary Alexander Sanchez will begin leading mediation next week on a new simulcasting agreement between Rosecroft Raceway and representatives of Maryland's thoroughbred racing industry. The state-led mediation comes after Penn National Gaming, Rosecroft's owner, and the Maryland Jockey Club, along with thoroughbred owners and breeders, failed to reach a deal Friday. A state law aimed at helping the struggling racing industry called for mediation if an agreement is not struck.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
It began as many confrontations between students do: with a hard stare between two passing strangers, according to Toni Holmes, a senior at an Ellicott City alternative school. One of the girls told a friend, "I don't like her. " Snide remarks about clothing and appearance went back and forth, and then other girls chimed in. Soon, unexplained yet simmering enmity exploded into a series of face-to-face confrontations among about 20 girls at the Homewood Center. Teachers got hurt preventing the arguments from becoming physical, and hallways were often deemed unsafe.
NEWS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2012
A weekend strike by dockworkers from Maine to Texas was averted Friday after union and management negotiators settled a major sticking point and extended the contract deadline until Feb. 6 to hammer out the rest of a long-term deal. The announcement came from federal mediator George Cohen, who entered talks between the International Longshoremen's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance in the fall. "While some significant issues remain in contention, I am cautiously optimistic that they can be resolved," he said.
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