July 31, 2013
Nominations are being accepted for the fourth class of the Havre de Grace High School Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled for homecoming weekend, Oct. 25. Nominees must be a Havre de Grace High School graduate; have a positive impact on society and be a strong role model for youth; exemplify the school motto "Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve;" and demonstrate exceptionality in his or her field. Nominations are to be submitted in writing to: Havre de Grace High School, Hall of Fame Committee, 700 Congress Ave., Havre de Grace, MD 21078 by Aug. 19 They should include the nominee's name and year of graduation, a statement regarding the nominee's ability to exemplify our school motto "Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve" and the their impact on society and a reference regarding the exceptional work the nominee has completed in his or her respective field.
By Don Murphy | July 30, 2013
As the Maryland Republican Party considers reforming its nominating process to include unaffiliated voters, it seems there are as many opinions on the matter as there are Republicans. Opponents of change have the rhetoric, but advocates have the facts on their side. Republicans have not re-elected a governor in Maryland in over 50 years and have not controlled the legislature in anyone's lifetime. Maintaining the status quo and waiting for the Democrats to lose is not a winning strategy.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
As Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake begins her nationwide search for a new fire chief, some city and fire union officials are urging her to focus on qualified candidates from within the department. The city has hired Florida-based Gans, Gans & Associates help find candidates, just as it has done for a number of other leadership positions in Baltimore in recent years, said Travis Tazelaar, a mayoral spokesman. The process is in its initial stages, he said, and the mayor's only goal is to bring in candidates who are talented, strong leaders.
By Jules Witcover | July 19, 2013
In a now-rare exhibition of sensible compromise in the United States Senate, John McCain of Arizona has re-emerged as the unpredictable maverick who had seemingly vanished in his 2008 bid for the presidency. Mr. McCain is credited with persuading enough members of his party to agree to a deal that avoid a threatened "nuclear option" -- a change in Senate rules that would curb the minority's ability to obstruct executive branch nominations by filibuster. The deal broke an impasse between Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over Mr. Reid's notion to bar filibusters on confirmation votes for certain nominees by letting a simple majority shut off debate.
July 19, 2013
When people talk about the top places to work, the same words pop up again and again -- purpose, flexibility, collaboration, respect, challenging and rewarding. Does that describe your company? Do you enjoy going to work? Does it feel more like a team, or even a family? Folks at more than 110 Baltimore-area firms feel that way, having nominated their employers for The Baltimore Sun's third annual list of the region's top workplaces. Given the strong response, we are extending the deadline until Aug. 16. Anyone can suggest a company, and it doesn't matter whether the workplace is for-profit or nonprofit, privately owned or publicly held, but it must employ at least 50 people.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2013
Netflix and its Baltimore-based "House of Cards" made history Thursday as the Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced in Los Angeles. It was the first time a series not presented on over-the-air broadcast or cable TV was nominated in the major categories. "House of Cards" offered a new business model for the TV industry when it debuted in February with a full season's worth of episodes streaming online. And while the money part of the model is still being debated, the artistic excellence of the series was affirmed with nominations in some of the biggest categories: best drama, Kevin Spacey for best dramatic actor and Robin Wright for best dramatic actress.
July 15, 2013
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid says he's thoroughly fed up with Republicans' abuse of the filibuster rule to block President Obama's executive branch appointees. This week he may finally get a chance to do something about it. In saying that he may invoke what is known as the "nuclear option," Mr. Reid has signaled his readiness to impose a small but significant change in the Senate rules that would reduce the number of votes needed to break a filibuster in certain circumstances - from a supermajority of 60 votes to a simple majority of 51. Mr. Reid is not proposing to eliminate the filibuster altogether, merely to prevent the minority party from derailing Senate confirmation of the president's nominees for executive agency posts.
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
The Ravens were well-represented today when ESPN announced the nominees for the 2013 ESPY Awards, which will be held on July 17 at 9 p.m. The Ravens, who beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to capture Super Bowl XLVII and complete a stunning playoff run, were nominated for the “best team” category along with Alabama's football team, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Miami Heat, the San Francisco Giants, the Oklahoma softball team and the U.S. women's...
Aegis report | June 23, 2013
Each year the Harford County Department of Community Services, Volunteer Harford, conducts a search for people who assist those around them. These "Beautiful People" volunteer at an extraordinary level, donating their time and talent to make a difference in Harford County. Harford's Most Beautiful People are honored at a program each year in October, hosted by County Executive David R. Craig. The program is aired on Harford Cable Network in the months following the event. Nominations are being accepted through Aug. 30, for the 27th annual Harford's Most Beautiful People awards.
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2013
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Del. Ron George pledged Friday not to raise any taxes if elected. “Our economy will not grow unless our citizens and business can keep more money to spend and invest as fits their needs,” George said in a statement announcing his pledge. George challenged other candidates to make a similar promise to taxpayers. The Annapolis jewelry store owner is a two-term delegate and father of six hoping to secure the Republican nomination. If successful, his bid for the governor's mansion would be unprecedented - no other politician has jumped directly from the House of Delegates to the govenor's office.
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