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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Marriotts Ridge High School senior Tianhao Gao approached taking the SAT with one primary objective: score well enough to prevent needing to take it a second time. To say she accomplished that goal is an understatement. The Ellicott City resident, who also goes by Tina, scored a 2370, just 30 points from an overall perfect score and including perfect scores (800 each) in the math and reading categories. Her efforts were enough to draw the attention of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by the president to annually award students with one of the nation's highest honors for academic or artistic achievement.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Anne Arundel County school officials conducted a national search that yielded more than 50 candidates to become the system's next superintendent, but it turned out the person for the job was already in the building. George Arlotto, 50, the system's current chief of staff and a former principal in Montgomery County, was appointed Wednesday by the Anne Arundel school board as superintendent of the state's fifth-largest school district and the county's second-largest employer. The move is pending agreement on a four-year contract, school officials said.
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By Michael Dresser | May 7, 2014
Apparently following its head rather than its heart, the activist group Progressive Maryland threw its support behind Lt. Anthony G. Brown in the Democratic race for governor -- passing on the chance to embrace the liberal candidacy of Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County. Elbridge James, chairman of the group, said Progressive Maryland decided to endorse Brown after "a lot of discussion and re-discussion. " "We love Heather," said James, but at the end of the day the group's 24-member vote decided that Brown was the most viable candidate.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
The three Democratic candidates for state attorney general have scheduled two debates before the June 24 primary. The contenders will meet May 19 at the University of Maryland College Park and June 9 at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Del. Jon Cardin of Baltimore County,  state Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County, and Del. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George's County  have participated in a series of forums. But these will be the only joint events to follow a traditional debate format and be supervised by the party, the campaigns said.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown won a straw poll of Western Maryland Democrats who gathered Saturday in one of the most Republican-dominated regions of the state. Brown outpolled fellow gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler 76-64 at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit. Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County, who received a boost last year when she came in second to Brown in a straw poll before she had even announced her candidacy, came in third this year with 50 votes.
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By Phil Andrews | April 17, 2014
For many years, special interests - particularly the development industry - have played an inordinate role in financing the campaigns of county executive and county council candidates throughout Maryland. Once elected, these officials often negotiate or vote on matters of concern to those who financially supported them, such as land use and zoning issues. Political Action Committees representing unions that negotiate contracts with county executives (that require approval by county councils)
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Equality Maryland has endorsed Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat, for attorney general, calling him a "firm ally" of the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. "He has the maturity, experience and commitment to be an effective advocate for the LGBT communities of Maryland as our next Attorney General,” said Carrie Evans, Equality Maryland's executive director, in a statement Monday. Evans credited Frosh with helping secure passage this legislative session of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which prohibits discrimination against transgender people in employment, housing and public places.
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By Dan Morse and The Washington Post | March 14, 2014
A Montgomery County woman accused of stabbing her children in a bloody exorcism was formally indicted on first-degree murder charges Thursday. Her attorney said he plans to pursue an insanity defense. Brian Shefferman, who represents Zakieya Avery, said his client probably was not criminally responsible for her conduct Jan. 17 inside a townhouse in Germantown. “I think the evidence will show she was clearly seriously mentally ill at the time,” he said. Avery was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her 18-month-old son, Norell Harris, and 2-year-old daughter, Zyana Harris.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
As of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, lanes on the Baltimore Beltway remain closed at Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie due to an overturned tractor trailer with a person trapped inside. The ramp to southbound Ritchie Highway and two shoulders are closed. A two-vehicle crash on northbound Route 3 at Interstate 97 in Millersville has closed both traffic lanes, the deceleration lane and both shoulders. Wind restrictions remain in place on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, limiting traffic to cars, pickup trucks, flatbed trailers, buses and heavy tractor trailers.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
Lutherville-based Mid-Atlantic Health Care, LLC closed last week on a $39 million deal to add a large skilled nursing and rehab facility in Pennsylvania to its rapidly expanding holdings. Mid-Atlantic Health Care, founded in 2003, owns and operates 16 post-acute care facilities in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The firm has specialized in acquisitions of facilities sold by local governments and non-profits and has financing to acquire another five to 10 in the next two years, CEO Scott Rifkin said.
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