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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | October 25, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules to protect pets, and their owners, from contaminated food. The Preventive Controls for Food for Animals rule would set new manufacturing standards for people and facilities involved in the production, packing and handling of food for pets and farm animals. The agency said this represents a shift from responding to safety issues to preventing problems. The rules can be found at fda.gov/fsma , and the public can comment.
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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Ahead of new rules requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts for their menu items, some of the restaurants are voluntarily introducing lower calorie selections. The new items tend to be salads rather than the main attractions such as burgers and pizza, but they contain an average of 60 fewer calories or a reduction of 12 percent, researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found. The researchers looked at new menu items in 2012 and 2013, ahead of new rules to offer the public nutritional information required by the Affordable Care Act. And they said the results, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, could be the beginning of a trend in calorie reduction at fast food restaurants that aids the obesity epidemic.
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NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
The fallout from last week's Senate hearing on Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun legislation continued this week with a proposal from the Senate minority leader intended to make sure everyone who wants to testify on a high-profile bill can. Sen. E. J. Pipkin of the Upper Shore offered the new rule after many witnesses were not permitted to testify as the nine-hour marathon dragged into the night. Several thousand gun rights advocates responding to robocalls had flooded Annapolis for a rally and the hearing before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, jamming Lawyers Mall and crowding the Miller Senate Office Building as they lined up for hours to get into the hearing room.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Last weekend, Towson students jammed into a parking lot outside Johnny Unitas Stadium, drinking and partying in a pre-game tailgate bash that university officials said left a police officer injured and a girl needing stitches after she attempted a backflip off a pickup truck. None of that was evident Saturday before the Tigers' football game against the Maine Black Bears, after university administrators cracked down on hard-core partying and set new rules for student tailgating.
NEWS
By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2011
Beekeepers in Howard County will have new, more lenient rules to operate under following a unanimous County Council vote Monday night that's been nearly three years coming. Instead of treating bees in the same zoning category as farm animals and requiring them to be at least 200 feet from a neighbor's property, the new law allows beehives within 25 feet, or as close as 10 feet if a six-foot fence or hedge is in place. Several amendments sought to add protections for any fearful neighbors.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2011
During the heady days of the housing boom, unscrupulous mortgage brokers steered trusting borrowers into overpriced loans to earn bigger commissions. It was one of the reasons the housing market tanked, taking the economy with it. Now, several years later, new Federal Reserve rules are set to kick in to eliminate this practice by restricting how loan originators are compensated. The industry is resisting. The National Association of Mortgage Brokers sued the Federal Reserve Board this month in an attempt to prevent the new rules from taking effect April 1. The trade group predicts the restrictions would cause "immediate, devastating, and irrevocable harm" and ultimately lead to the industry's extinction.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper | julie.scharper@baltsun.com | January 27, 2010
The city's ethics board approved new regulations Tuesday for the solicitation of gifts by city employees - an issue raised during Mayor Sheila Dixon's legal troubles. City officials must now request the permission of the ethics board at least 30 days in advance of a fundraising campaign and must stipulate from whom, when and in what amounts they will seek gifts, said Dana P. Moore, ethics board chair. They must explain the "bona fide city purpose" for which the money will be spent and provide detailed reports during and after the fundraising campaign, she said.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2011
Maryland football coach Randy Edsall said Thursday that there is "misinformation" in the media about rules he has imposed — such as not permitting players to wear ball caps, do-rags or earrings during meetings — and that team members aren't complaining about the tighter discipline. "I think there is a lot of misinformation out there in terms of people wanting to be able to write stuff and fabricate things about what's going on," Edsall told reporters. "I think a lot of people made a mountain out of a molehill, to tell you the truth.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Jerry Greenspan has been running the Fun City arcade in Ocean City for 40 years, long enough to see children who played games there grow up and bring their children to continue the summer boardwalk tradition. Now he wonders how long it can go on. "We barely made it last year," said Greenspan, who owns Fun City and is a partner in Sportland, two of the three largest boardwalk arcades. "If the landscape continues the way it's going, I don't see how we can stay in business much longer.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
The Rawlings-Blake administration is proposing new regulations for the city's rapidly growing food truck industry - setting up zones for the mobile chefs to sell their designer grilled-cheese sandwiches, spicy tacos and decadent cupcakes. The legislation, which a City Council committee will consider Tuesday, was written to encourage the vendors while also limiting where they operate to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants. But some truck operators expressed concern the new limits would hurt their business, and the city's proposal was in flux Monday night.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | September 6, 2014
Archery hunting for white-tailed deer opened statewide Friday and continues through Jan. 31. New this year, hunters in Region A may take only two antlerless deer for the license year. Also new, a hunter may not harvest more than two white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that have two or fewer points on each antler present. Any additional antlered deer taken within the legal seasons and bag limits must have at least three points on one antler. Junior Hunting License holders are exempt from the antler point restriction.
SPORTS
Mike Preston | August 21, 2014
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees was having a conversation with league officials before a recent preseason game when he jokingly said what many defensive backs are thinking these days. His point, though, was valid. "There is more contact now in the NBA than the NFL," Pees said, laughing. "What we are being called for is not a foul in the NBA. If you look in the paint, those guys are pushing, shoving and elbowing each other. "I'm all for safety in the game where they prohibit launching and helmet to helmet, but I don't know where we're headed from here.
NEWS
August 7, 2014
The Maryland Public Service Commission's decision this week to classify the ride-sharing service Uber as a common carrier is probably not the end of the story as to whether the company will continue its operations in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Uber has said it will appeal the decision, and the PSC itself ordered regulators to begin crafting new rules for for-hire companies in a tacit recognition of the changing nature of the industry. Ultimately, what needs to emerge is a compromise that allows consumers to continue to benefit from Uber's innovative business model (and others that may come after it)
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
Ruling that the popular ride-sharing company Uber Technologies is subject to the same regulations imposed on other for-hire vehicle services in the state, state regulators at the same time ordered a revision of those rules to reflect the changing business. The Maryland Public Service Commission ruled Wednesday that Uber is a common carrier like other for-hire car services, a decision that the company opposed, saying it threatened its business model. Yet the commission also ordered its staff to begin crafting new rules for such for-hire companies, saying it recognizes "that many industry changes and technological advances have occurred since these regulations were adopted, including the everyday use of the Internet.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Representatives of Maryland's game machine businesses lost a round in their fight against proposed state regulations they say could cripple the industry. Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative, Legislative and Executive Review, said his panel won't ask that the rules proposed by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission be put on hold to allow for committee hearings. Under the proposed regulations, operators would have to register all their machines with the lottery agency, pay fees for some of them and file reports on when they are moved.
NEWS
By Stephen Schaff | August 4, 2014
The new Waters of the U.S. rule is designed to clarify that the Clean Water Act protects a variety of important waters, including seasonal and rain-dependent streams, as well as wetlands near rivers and streams. Getting it implemented will depend on support from our members of Congress for the agencies' proposal. It'll affect a lot more than your favorite crab cakes - it could save your job. Think clean water only counts when it comes out of your tap or when you dive in at the beach?
SPORTS
By Jon Fogg, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
There's only a month to go until the start of the most anticipated college lacrosse season, well, ever. Why the excitement? There's the return of Cornell attackman Rob Pannell, the 2011 USILA National Player of the Year, who missed most of last season with a broken foot, but really what will make 2013 different is that the game itself will be different -- much different. Sweeping rules changes , including the adoption of a shot clock for the first time, have been crafted to make the "fastest game on two feet" even faster.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2011
During an emotional hearing Friday, the Maryland Public Service Commission adopted new regulations intended to prevent accidental electrocutions like the one that killed 14-year-old Deanna Green at a church softball game in Druid Hill Park more than five years ago. The requirements will force state electric companies to find — and eliminate — dangerous "contact voltage" in public objects that can transmit electricity, such as streetlights, traffic...
BUSINESS
By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has imposed new rules and regulations on water jet pack businesses in Ocean City to keep thrill-seekers safe. The jet packs - which propel pressurized streams of water to lift riders up to 30 feet above the water's surface - left Ocean City police officers "unsure of how to handle them and what to do" after they were introduced last summer, said Julie Brown, a boating education coordinator with the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Jerry Greenspan has been running the Fun City arcade in Ocean City for 40 years, long enough to see children who played games there grow up and bring their children to continue the summer boardwalk tradition. Now he wonders how long it can go on. "We barely made it last year," said Greenspan, who owns Fun City and is a partner in Sportland, two of the three largest boardwalk arcades. "If the landscape continues the way it's going, I don't see how we can stay in business much longer.
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