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By Will Fesperman | June 17, 2014
Howard County's Office of Consumer Affairs unveiled an online tool for residents to learn about scams. A new webpage, Scam Alert, includes a list of recent scams, tips for identifying scams, and a tool for reporting scams to county officials. The site is howardcountymd.gov/scamalert.htm. Officials said county residents have been the victims of several scams this year, including one in which a caller claims to be from Microsoft and asks for access to residents' computers to conduct a security scan.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
The Baltimore Police Department says it will begin to post a log of its investigations into serious use of force by officers online, and for the first time will ask the city's civilian review board to look at shootings involving its officers and deaths of people in custody. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said the move was the latest in a series intended to improve transparency and accountability. "We have a responsibility to be as forthright and transparent as the law allows us to be, especially when it comes to our use of force," Batts told reporters Tuesday.
NEWS
By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Date: March 1 Her story: Kathleen Miller, 30, grew up in Darnestown in Montgomery County. She is a risk analyst at Legg Mason in Baltimore. Her mother, Peggy Miller, lives in Frederick, and her father, Ted Miller, lives in Bethesda. His story: Michael Pukacz, 32, grew up in Severna Park. He is a financial analyst at LaSalle Investment Management in Baltimore. His parents, Ron and Yvonne Pukacz, live in Severna Park. Their story: Kathleen and Mike met through eHarmony.com in October 2010.
NEWS
June 3, 2014
Marylanders have until 9:00 tonight to register to vote in the June 24 primary. That is also the deadline to change party affiliation, update an address or request an alternate polling place. State election officials said voters can register online or go to their local boards, which will be open until 9 p.m. Voters also can mail in a voter registration application, which must be postmarked today. At the election office, voters will be asked to list their driver's license or state identification number, or provide the last four digits of their Social Security Number.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
Thanks to his unabashed enthusiasm for the job and his way with a tweet, Cockeysville's Reid Wiseman is becoming quite the Twitterverse celebrity as he orbits the Earth on the International Space Station. Almost from the moment he arrived at the station May 29, Wiseman, 38, has been posting photographs and commentary to his Twitter feed (his handle is @astro_reid). Even before his Soyuz flight took off May 28, Wiseman was posting selfies, including some featuring his crew mates German astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev.
NEWS
June 1, 2014
The Howard County Library is expanding its online access for customers to include additional magazines, movies and music with the June 2 rollout of three new services - Zinio, hoopla and OneClick Digital.  Library officials say more than 90 magazines and thousands of movies, shows, music albums and audio books will be available free to county library cardholders to download and stream via hclibrary.org. Officials said the new e-content is part of the library's effort to enhance self-directed educational opportunities by providing customers access to resources any time.
NEWS
May 21, 2014
Congress needs to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) so there is real and fair competition reflecting 21st century commerce. America was built on promoting economic growth and business in a fashion that ensures fair competition for all. Today, online-only retailers are not required to charge and collect sales tax, while local businesses must. However, the sales tax (in all but five states) is still owed. The collection of these taxes is difficult to enforce unless online sellers have either a physical store or a warehouse within the state.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
The Maryland health exchange reported that more than 343,000 people have gained coverage through the online marketplace as of May 10, including some people who reported having trouble with the website and signed up after the official enrollment period ended. Those enrolling in private plans reached 67,907, up about 150 people in the last month. Open enrollment ended March 31, though people who said they tried and failed to sign up were given more time and those whose work or family status changed can sign up year-round.
NEWS
May 8, 2014
Regarding an editorial that appeared in The Aegis, while we at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration appreciate the interest in promoting the MVA's "Anywhere, Anytime" online campaign, the editorial mischaracterizes the recent policies enacted to shorten wait times at our branch offices ( "Too young to get served at the MVA?" April 22). Over the past several years, the MVA has been working to transform the perception of the agency; we want customers to think first of online services and of visiting an MVA branch only if necessary.
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