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June 14, 2011
Does Otis Rolley actually think that he would have the right to dictate where city employees may live as our next mayor? Imagine my horror when I recently read that Mr. Rolley's plan to rebuild government includes a requirement for all new and/or promoted city employees to live in Baltimore City. This would place an unnecessary burden on those of us seeking jobs with the city but who live in Baltimore County. Considering the costs involved with moving, as a renter, I take issue.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
The University of Baltimore announced Thursday that entertainer Bill Cosby would deliver the school's commencement address. Cosby will speak at the May 21 graduation ceremony. He'll also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree . The ceremony will be at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. Cosby is something of a familiar face around Baltimore. Last year, St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore honored Cosby and his wife, Camille, for their $2 million donation toward a community center.
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By Ron Smith | July 21, 2011
Baltimore mayoral candidate Otis Rolley needed to get some attention and to boost his name recognition. That he has done, though most of the attention from his proposal to tax ammunition at a dollar a round in the city has been derisory. The Internet is abuzz with reaction to his suggested ammo tax, just one of 12 steps he promises to take as mayor to "make every neighborhood in Baltimore safer. " Calling himself "the man with a plan," the challenger to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's attempt to win a term on her own after succeeding the ousted Sheila Dixon says he's not at all disturbed by the scorn stirred up by his tax idea.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2012
The city of Baltimore has lost its case against the wife of former mayoral candidate Otis Rolley, who it claimed owed the city $26,100 for taking months of paid leave she hadn't earned while working for City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young. Charline Rolley said Thursday that the victory is "bittersweet, but definitely a weight off my shoulders. " City Solicitor George Nilson said in a statement that taxpayers will now be left footing the bill. The city had sued Rolley for breach of contract and unjust enrichment, and asked the court to force her to repay the city for the salary she earned while on paid leave to give birth, take care of her sick infant and work on her husband's campaign.
NEWS
December 15, 2010
Comedian, actor and Jell-O pitchman Bill Cosby comes to Baltimore next month in an unexpected role: political fundraiser. Cosby will be the star attraction Jan. 11 at a $4,000-a-plate dinner at the Tremont Grand on North Charles Street to benefit Otis Rolley , a former city housing and planning official who is challenging Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the Democratic primary for mayor. There also will be a $500-a-head reception and a $75 stand-up performance.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2010
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has coped with a pair of historic blizzards, closed a record budget deficit and overhauled the police and fire pension system since taking office in February. Now, at 40, she is gearing up for her biggest challenge yet: keeping the position she filled when Sheila Dixon resigned earlier this year. With fewer than 10 months to go until Baltimore's primary election, several candidates have already said they will run against Rawlings-Blake, who was elected City Council president by a tidy margin in 2007 and automatically elevated when Dixon's legal problems created a vacancy.
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2011
The funniest part of Bill Cosby 's appearance at a fundraiser for mayoral candidate Otis Rolley this week wasn't funny-ha-ha but funny-strange. Cosby held a 15-minute news conference with reporters from TV, newspapers and blogs in between a $4,000-a-head dinner and his stand-up show. In a brown sweater and trousers, Cosby greeted reporters with a jocular "OK?" Then came the first question, a perfectly polite, normal, opening softball that nonetheless annoyed The Cos. "I'm Melody Simmons with the Daily Record.
NEWS
August 31, 2011
Of all the mayoral candidates, I have found that Otis Rolley has the most cogent and rational vision for Baltimore, beginning with Baltimore's foundation - its neighborhoods. In fact, the possibility of Otis Rolley as mayor has given me hope for the city, which seems to have no positive, forward-looking vision going forward. I was lucky to be a listener in a telephone town hall meeting in which Mr. Rolley engaged in a dialogue with voters who called in with questions. I was very impressed with the knowledge of the voters and the candidate.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
The University of Baltimore announced Thursday that entertainer Bill Cosby would deliver the school's commencement address. Cosby will speak at the May 21 graduation ceremony. He'll also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree . The ceremony will be at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. Cosby is something of a familiar face around Baltimore. Last year, St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore honored Cosby and his wife, Camille, for their $2 million donation toward a community center.
NEWS
January 12, 2011
Last night, as Maryland's power brokers nibbled crab cakes and congratulated themselves on their success, candidate for mayor Otis Rolley presented a vision of a Baltimore very different from the city most of us know today ( "Bill Cosby comes to town for Rolley," Jan. 12). The developers and politicians who paid thousands to support Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake may not be as happy under a Rolley administration, but the rest us, the tired taxpayers who are sick of the status quo at City Hall , may be. I'm sure the mayor is a very nice person, and both her political and educational pedigree are impeccable, but last night's event underscored just how entrenched in "business as usual" she is. Baltimoreans must decide if we are content with competent management of our city's slow, inevitable decline, or if we are ready to adopt a bold vision of a future in which Baltimore reverses course to become a world class city.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
The city of Baltimore has filed suit against the wife of former mayoral candidate Otis Rolley, demanding $26,100 for months of leave that were erroneously granted her because of a computer glitch. Charline Rolley took more than 90 days of paid leave — to give birth, tend to her sick infant and work on her husband's campaign — during the time she was employed by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's office. The civil suit accuses Rolley of breach of contract and unjust enrichment for taking the leave time and demands that she pay for the salary that she received while taking vacation and sick days that had been incorrectly allotted to her. An attorney for Rolley called the suit "outrageous" and said that she should not have to pay for the city's error.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2011
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake glided to victory in the Democratic primary Tuesday, securing the nomination for a full four-year term in the office to which she ascended last year. In her first campaign for Baltimore's highest office, Rawlings-Blake turned aside spirited challenges from a state senator, a former city planner and the vice president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, scoring more endorsements, raising more money and ultimately garnering more votes than the rest of the field combined.
NEWS
September 13, 2011
I am not from Baltimore originally, but have chosen to make Baltimore my home and raise my family here. When asked where I am from, I typically say Baltimore, as it is the place where I have spent the majority of my life. I have been moving in and out of the city for 25 years, and something always brings me home. I fell in love with this city in 1987 when I moved here to go to college at Maryland Institute College of Art . I thrived in the creative art community and worked my way through college waiting tables.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2011
On election night, it's customary for candidates to throw a big shindig for themselves even if they know they're toast. Well, Frank Conaway is not your conventional candidate. Asked if he had party plans for tonight, the Baltimore Circuit Court Clerk and wannabe rapper was incredulous. "A party? Oh, no, I'm not having a party," he said. "I'm tired, man. I need rest. " Sorry to break to you, folks. Conaway won't even sing his trademark rap . His plans are to invite a few friends and relatives over to his home.
NEWS
September 10, 2011
The Sun endorsed incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for Baltimore mayor, but many readers have different ideas. Here's a sampling of letters to the editor and online commentary from Sun readers about whom they're voting for (or against) in Tuesday's city primary election. I was taken aback by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's poor performance at the League of Women Voters debate at the Pratt library ("Challengers assail Rawlings-Blake in final debate," Aug. 31). The bottom line is not that the mayor was "assailed" by her opponents, as The Sun said, but that people are upset with the state of this city - which she represents.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2011
Comedian Bill Cosby joked with seniors, marched through Mondawmin Mall and dropped by Northeast Baltimore homes Wednesday to stump for mayoral candidate Otis Rolley. "So how many of you know anything about this young man?" Cosby asked a crowd of about two dozen gathered in meeting room at St. James Place apartments. Cosby braved Wednesday's heavy rains to campaign for Rolley less than a week before the Sept. 13 Democratic primary. At a news conference before a Rolley rally at Coppin State University, Cosby said he was impressed with Rolley.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2011
State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh is planning to join a crowded field of Baltimore mayoral candidates. Pugh, a West Baltimore Democrat, said Thursday that she will officially announce her candidacy Monday afternoon at a West North Avenue community center. "It is now time to begin a broader conversation about Baltimore's young people, neighborhoods and opportunities to push our city forward," Pugh said in a statement. Pugh will challenge Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the Democratic primary in September.
NEWS
September 10, 2011
The Sun endorsed incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for Baltimore mayor, but many readers have different ideas. Here's a sampling of letters to the editor and online commentary from Sun readers about whom they're voting for (or against) in Tuesday's city primary election. I was taken aback by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's poor performance at the League of Women Voters debate at the Pratt library ("Challengers assail Rawlings-Blake in final debate," Aug. 31). The bottom line is not that the mayor was "assailed" by her opponents, as The Sun said, but that people are upset with the state of this city - which she represents.
NEWS
August 31, 2011
Of all the mayoral candidates, I have found that Otis Rolley has the most cogent and rational vision for Baltimore, beginning with Baltimore's foundation - its neighborhoods. In fact, the possibility of Otis Rolley as mayor has given me hope for the city, which seems to have no positive, forward-looking vision going forward. I was lucky to be a listener in a telephone town hall meeting in which Mr. Rolley engaged in a dialogue with voters who called in with questions. I was very impressed with the knowledge of the voters and the candidate.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2011
Baltimore officials are demanding $26,000 from the wife of mayoral challenger Otis Rolley, claiming that she improperly took paid leave that she was not owed — but the candidate and his wife say she was forced from her city job as part of what they allege is political "bullying. " The conflict surfaced on the eve of early voting for the Democratic primary — a month after a city payroll official asked Charline Rolley to repay the money she had received for mistakenly allotted leave time.
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