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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant restarted its reactor that automatically shut down last week after a malfunction at the Southern Maryland facility. Operator Exelon Corp. said Monday that the Unit 1 reactor returned to full power at 9 a.m. Sunday. The facility's second reactor continued to run during the outage, one of three incidents in the last eight months in which one or both of the units had unplanned shutdowns. The malfunction that caused Unit 1 to power down Thursday morning happened during electrical breaker testing, Exelon said.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
Want to see what gifts Baltimore's elected officials and government workers have received? You can check out the details online, but you first have to make a stop at City Hall to sign up. The city's Ethics Board says it is not allowed to make the process totally digital because of a requirement, based on a state law, that individuals show up once in person, show identification and fill out a contact form. The city is among the first local governments to provide online access to the records, which also include disclosure of certain loans, family income sources and business relationships.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
More than 2,000 Social Security numbers of former Johns Hopkins University graduate students were exposed to potential hackers, the university confirmed Saturday. Hopkins officials discovered on March 19 that the names and Social Security numbers of 2,166 former students were stored on a server that was accessible to the Internet, said Dennis O'Shea, a university spokesman. "Somebody had stashed them on a machine, not realizing that when they did that, the files would be accessible on the Internet," O'Shea said.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Property owners could be able to apply for most city tax credits through an online system by the end of the year, a set-up designed to improve the accuracy of a process that has been troubled by errors, officials said Friday. The online system went live Friday for developers of large apartment buildings, said William Voorhees, the city's director of revenue and tax analysis. He said he expects it to open to applications for the historic properties tax credit this summer and most others by the end of the year.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
The future of a system that would let voters download absentee ballots before mailing them in was cast into doubt Thursday when the State Board of Elections refused to move forward with part of the plan amid fears it would open the door to widespread fraud. The five-member panel declined to certify a system for marking the ballots on a computer screen despite assurances from its staff that the system was secure and ready to be used in this year's June primary and November general elections.
NEWS
April 21, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's announcement last week that Baltimore would put public officials' financial disclosure statements online was both a welcome step forward and a sign of just how far Maryland has to go to be truly transparent. The city's forms - which include things such as officials' outside employment, real estate holdings and investments - may soon be available on the web, but those who want to look at them will first have to go to City Hall, verify their identity and register for access.
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