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From Sun Staff and News Services | February 23, 2014
Israeli police shot dead a prisoner who was a native of Maryland after he wounded three guards with a pistol at a jail near Tel Aviv Sunday, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Samuel Sheinbein, serving a sentence for a 1997 Maryland murder, had shot the three security officers, leaving one critically injured. Israeli security forces "returned fire and shot and killed the suspect," Rosenfeld said. Israeli media said Sheinbein, in his early 30s, had barricaded himself inside a bathroom in his cell.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
As hopefuls in the governor's race debated transportation Tuesday night, Del. Heather Mizeur questioned Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's competence in light of the failing health care exchange he oversaw. Mizeur said the pending public-private-partnership to build the 16-mile Purple Line between  Prince George's and Montgomery counties would cost ten times the amount of money spent on the online insurance marketplace. And like the health exchange, the Purple Line deal was complicated and challenging to implement, she said.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Gregory E. Thornton, the superintendent of Milwaukee's public schools, was named on Tuesday the next CEO of the Baltimore City school system. Thornton, 59, who was in the running for Baltimore superintendent in 2007 when Andrés Alonso was hired, has roots in Philadelphia, where he was the No. 2 school official. He also has worked in the Montgomery County public school system in Maryland. While being introduced at an event Tuesday, Thornton said he felt that he has strong roots in Maryland, and he plans to stay as long as the board keeps him. "This is coming home," he said.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
Two-thirds of Maryland Democrats are undecided in a wide-open race to succeed Douglas F. Gansler as state attorney general, a new poll for The Baltimore Sun shows. Among Democrats who expressed a preference, Del. Jon Cardin of Baltimore County was ahead with 18 percent support. The other three candidates — state Sen. Brian E. Frosh and Del. C. William Frick, both of Montgomery County, and Del. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George's County — polled in single digits. All four names are unfamiliar to many voters — even those who follow politics closely.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
Howard County public school officials and the county's teachers union made little progress Monday after resuming contentious negotiations on pay increases for teachers in the coming budget. Teachers and the Howard County Education Association have sharply criticized Superintendent Renee Foose's initial budget proposal, which includes a 0.5 percent cost-of-living increase but no step increase on the salary scale. Work sessions on Foose's $742 million proposal are scheduled to resume Tuesday.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
A student at Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery County has active tuberculosis and parents were told Feb. 6 in a letter that some other staff and students will be tested for the disease, though the risk of transmission is small. The letter from school and health officials told parents that the infected student is being treated and there is no additional risk of exposure. Those who need to be tested had classes with the infected student or an after-school activity between October and January.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
Conservative pro-business Republican Larry Hogan, a former appointments secretary under Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., and Del. Heather Mizeur, a liberal Democrat and ground-breaking advocate for gay rights who favors legalizing marijuana, wouldn't seem to have much in common politically, aside from the fact both are running for governor. But as of this week, they share an important common denominator — both have chosen to accept public financing of their primary campaigns. That's good news because it demonstrates the viability of public campaign financing in Maryland after a 20-year dry spell.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Students from school districts across the state testified Thursday in opposition to a state Senate bill that would strip the student member of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education of full voting rights. They presented their arguments to members of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, hoping to preserve a power that no other district in the nation bestows upon someone still in school: the right to vote on all matters before the board. Then committee member Sen. Joanne Benson posed a question that left the most of the students stumped: "Walk me through collective bargaining.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | January 30, 2014
Democratic gubernatorial Heather R. Mizeur is pushing her rivals in the June 24 primary to hold more debates than the three proposed by Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown last week. Mizeur's campaign released on Thursday a letter to Brown, with a copy to Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, calling for seven face-to-face debates among the three Democrats in the race. Mizeur, a two-term Montgomery County delegate proposed all of the debates be carried on television, radio or streaming online.
FEATURES
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Transgender rights advocate and Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer announced Thursday she is challenging state senator Rich Madaleno in the upcoming Democratic primary. "We are ready for progress," Beyer said in a statement. "For too long, hardworking Marylanders have waited for economic fairness and equal opportunity. " In her campaign announcement, which was published on The Huffington Post and her website, Beyer cited her "track record of success on progressive issues" and said she wants to work on building jobs, improving schools, repairing infrastructure and adjusting health care policy.
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