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Eileen Ambrose | November 22, 2011
The online petition launched by Target employee Anthony Hardwick has collected more than 190,000 signatures asking Target not to make workers come in on Thanksgiving night. The Minnesota-based retailer is opening at midnight on Black Friday instead of 5 a.m. This change means workers will have to come in no later than 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving, petitioners say. Hardwick is a parking lot attendant in Omaha. Another Target employee delivered the 190,000- plus signatures in person to Target's corporate headquarters yesterday.
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By Jon Fogg and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
The Florida High School Athletic Association's board of directors has voted to require helmets for girls lacrosse players starting with the 2015 season, a move that brought criticism from the sport's governing body. US Lacrosse, which had representatives at the association's meetings, called the mandate "short-sighted and vague. " National girls lacrosse rules do not require players to wear helmets and only state that soft headgear may be worn. The Florida athletic association did not specify what kind of helmet it would require.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Two climate change advocacy groups are challenging WBAL-TV and Tony Pann, one of the station's meteorologists, for Pann's stance denying that global warming is occurring. Forecast the Facts, a Berkeley, Calif.-based group focused on broadcast meteorologists who deny climate change, has teamed with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network on a petition calling on the station and Pann to "publicly correct the false claims about climate change made by" Pann. The petition, launched Tuesday, follows a meeting with WBAL news director Michelle Butt over the issue, said Jordan Haedtler, a campaign associate with Forecast the Facts.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
Several hundred people filled an Annapolis church to standing-room-only on Wednesday night to discuss the proposed Crystal Spring development. The project along Forest Drive on the edge of the city would include 540 housing units -- most for seniors -- as well as retail stores, an inn and an arts center. Though it's in preliminary approval stages, the project has drawn strong opposition from Annapolis-area residents who have concerns about how it would affect traffic, schools and the environment.
SPORTS
By Jon Fogg and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
The Florida High School Athletic Association's board of directors has voted to require helmets for girls lacrosse players starting with the 2015 season, a move that brought criticism from the sport's governing body. US Lacrosse, which had representatives at the association's meetings, called the mandate "short-sighted and vague. " National girls lacrosse rules do not require players to wear helmets and only state that soft headgear may be worn. The Florida athletic association did not specify what kind of helmet it would require.
EXPLORE
February 4, 2013
I read the Jan. 31 edition of the Flier and found some eye-opening information. Michael McCall's Inner Arbor Plan is called new: however, it is almost identical to the General Growth Properties Plan for the Columbia Association's Symphony Woods open space/parkland property that was approved by the County Council in 2010 legislation. The orientation and entry point to Symphony Woods seem to be the only major changes. Is it surprising then that the three Council members representing Columbia indicated they love this "new" plan?
NEWS
November 15, 2012
It's amazing that the Gov. Martin O'Malley would make such an asinine assessment of a referendum process that was approved by the people both at its inception and during the 2012 election cycle ("A referendum on referendums," Nov. 13). First, the online process created by Del. Neil Parrott, MDPetitions.com, is in no way different from that of the physical forms presented by citizens at community meetings, events and grocery markets across the state. The online petition process serves only as a conduit for those who believe the legislature has gone too far. It allows them to print a physical form that is then signed and returned either to the state Board of Elections or to the group promoting the ballot referendum.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
Several hundred people filled an Annapolis church to standing-room-only on Wednesday night to discuss the proposed Crystal Spring development. The project along Forest Drive on the edge of the city would include 540 housing units -- most for seniors -- as well as retail stores, an inn and an arts center. Though it's in preliminary approval stages, the project has drawn strong opposition from Annapolis-area residents who have concerns about how it would affect traffic, schools and the environment.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
Thousands of people have joined a campaign to get one Ravens cheerleader -- apparently left out of the Super Bowl festivities -- down to New Orleans for the big game. More than 3,000 people signed an online petition begging Ravens management to reconsider and a few thousand more are supporting the " Help us get Courtney to Superbowl" Facebook page. According to the petition, cheerleader Courtney Lenz, who's 23 and has been with the squad five years, was told she wouldn't be performing at the Super Bowl even though the squad was told 32 cheerleaders would make the trip and everyone with at least three years would go. She's apparently the only veteran who didn't make the cut. Lenz tells ABC News that she's devastated.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2012
Stef Gray recently delivered a petition to Sallie Mae's Washington office, asking the giant private lender to eliminate a fee that unemployed college graduates must pay to suspend payments until they find a job. The 23-year-old New Yorker's online petition had attracted 76,000 signers by the time Gray dropped it off. Within hours, Sallie Mae retreated. It's not getting rid of the fee. But rather than pocket the fees, Sallie Mae says that — starting with forbearances granted this year — it will apply the money to borrowers' balances once they get on track with payments.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Two climate change advocacy groups are challenging WBAL-TV and Tony Pann, one of the station's meteorologists, for Pann's stance denying that global warming is occurring. Forecast the Facts, a Berkeley, Calif.-based group focused on broadcast meteorologists who deny climate change, has teamed with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network on a petition calling on the station and Pann to "publicly correct the false claims about climate change made by" Pann. The petition, launched Tuesday, follows a meeting with WBAL news director Michelle Butt over the issue, said Jordan Haedtler, a campaign associate with Forecast the Facts.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
Ten protesters gathered Tuesday morning in front of The Baltimore Sun's office on North Calvert Street, rallying against a possible sale of the newspaper to Koch Industries. Headed by brothers David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, the private company has emerged as a potential buyer in Tribune Co.'s possible sale of its newspapers, according to a New York Times report last month. The Kochs are known for their support of conservative and libertarian advocacy. Similar protests have occurred outside other newspapers owned by Tribune, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
When Christopher Cheswick learned that the drunken driver who killed his son Matthew might be paroled after little more than a year in prison, he turned to Facebook to post his outrage and heartbreak. Carl Braun had a different reaction: He launched an online petition to fight the early release of the man who took his friend's life. "I thought, 'This is not right,'" said Braun, 24. "The punishment does not fit the crime. Matthew's life was worth so much more than that. " Cheswick - friends called him "Cheese," for his camera-ready smile - was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Ocean City last May as he was crossing the Coastal Highway.
EXPLORE
February 4, 2013
I read the Jan. 31 edition of the Flier and found some eye-opening information. Michael McCall's Inner Arbor Plan is called new: however, it is almost identical to the General Growth Properties Plan for the Columbia Association's Symphony Woods open space/parkland property that was approved by the County Council in 2010 legislation. The orientation and entry point to Symphony Woods seem to be the only major changes. Is it surprising then that the three Council members representing Columbia indicated they love this "new" plan?
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
Thousands of people have joined a campaign to get one Ravens cheerleader -- apparently left out of the Super Bowl festivities -- down to New Orleans for the big game. More than 3,000 people signed an online petition begging Ravens management to reconsider and a few thousand more are supporting the " Help us get Courtney to Superbowl" Facebook page. According to the petition, cheerleader Courtney Lenz, who's 23 and has been with the squad five years, was told she wouldn't be performing at the Super Bowl even though the squad was told 32 cheerleaders would make the trip and everyone with at least three years would go. She's apparently the only veteran who didn't make the cut. Lenz tells ABC News that she's devastated.
NEWS
November 15, 2012
It's amazing that the Gov. Martin O'Malley would make such an asinine assessment of a referendum process that was approved by the people both at its inception and during the 2012 election cycle ("A referendum on referendums," Nov. 13). First, the online process created by Del. Neil Parrott, MDPetitions.com, is in no way different from that of the physical forms presented by citizens at community meetings, events and grocery markets across the state. The online petition process serves only as a conduit for those who believe the legislature has gone too far. It allows them to print a physical form that is then signed and returned either to the state Board of Elections or to the group promoting the ballot referendum.
NEWS
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2011
When the Tiki Barge opened early last summer, crowds flocked to the new club, soaking in the novelty of a pool party on the Patapsco. Yet for Tiki Barge's neighbors in high-priced condos like HarborView and the Ritz Carlton, the novelty quickly became a nuisance. They say the bar is more "Jersey Shore" than Inner Harbor. They complain about the noise, the public urination and frat-party-like antics that include the highjacking of a Harborview Marina golf cart and driving it onto Key Highway.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2012
Some staff and students are calling on the University of Maryland to boot Chick-fil-A off the College Park campus, making it the newest front in the war between gay-rights activists and the fast-food chain. An online petition calls Chick-fil-A a "bigoted and hateful" company and asks the university to end its partnership with the chain after its president, Dan Cathy, told a Christian newspaper and radio station that he opposes same-sex marriage. Rodrigo Lozada, co-president of the University of Maryland Pride Alliance, said in an email Monday that the petition will send "a message to University officials that students want a campus that is more inclusive and accepting and one that isn't hypocritical.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
The waffle fry wars have hit College Park, with hundreds of people signing a petition to get the Chick-fil-A restaurant booted from the University of Maryland's Stamp Student Union over the company president's anti-gay marriage activism. A petition on the website change.org says "It is clear that Chick-fil-A does not represent the values embraced by the University of Maryland community. Allowing such an organization to continue to operate in the [student union] runs counter to the spirit of equality that the university claims to champion.
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