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November 5, 1995
IT IS TIME for members of the state task force on casinos to take a forthright stand firmly against this insidious form of gambling. No mincing of words, no hedging: Maryland and casinos won't mesh.Only by staking out such an unyielding stance can panel members put an end to this matter. Otherwise, casino companies will dip into their deep pockets to buy their way into Maryland. They have already started to do so in Cambridge, where the town's attorney is now on the payroll of a casino, and in Annapolis, where a slew of well-connected lobbyists are earning huge sums to capture the allegiance of state officials.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 23, 2002
KHARTOUM, Sudan - An international commission led by the United States condemned the Sudanese government yesterday for allowing slavery to flourish in this war-racked country. But the commission said the issue was not as clear-cut as it was often portrayed, and panel members questioned whether international Christian organizations that buy back slaves are helping the situation. Government officials here have long denied any role in what they call tribal abductions. As a show of concern, in 1999 Sudan created the Commission for the Elimination of Abductions of Women and Children to address the problem.
BUSINESS
By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun reporter | March 14, 2008
Focusing less on the design of a proposed ski-lift-style gondola over the Inner Harbor than other issues, the city architectural panel questioned the private funding of such a transportation project and worried that the attraction could steal pedestrians away from a redesigned Pratt Street corridor. But the developers pitching the $40 million privately operated "SkyLine Baltimore" system to the Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel yesterday remained optimistic about their plan to connect the Convention Center to Fells Point via a seven-minute aerial ride.
NEWS
July 1, 2014
A year after Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pledged to reinvigorate the city's civilian police review board, panel members say nothing much has changed. That's hardly surprising. The board still lacks the power to investigate citizens' complaints of police misconduct in a timely fashion, and its recommendations are routinely ignored by the department. A panel so toothless that even its own members publicly wonder whether their efforts are a complete waste of time obviously isn't accomplishing its mission as a mediator of police-community relations.
NEWS
March 1, 1993
Panel to study proposals for public golf courseA 10-member panel will begin reviewing proposals this week from private businessmen to build and operate a public golf course on Fort Smallwood Road.The committee was appointed by County Councilman Carl G. "Dutch" Holland, a Pasadena Republican, to foster public participation in the design and construction of a county-owned facility.The county acquired the 130 acres, formerly a horse farm, at the Water Oak Point Road intersection in the late-1980s.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 23, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The idea of forcing House Speaker Newt Gingrich to personally pay for his ethical misdeeds -- an unusual punishment that could cost him $300,000 -- came not from a Democrat but from a fellow Republican.In an interview yesterday, Rep. Steven H. Schiff of New Mexico said he suggested such a penalty during a meeting of the four-member ethics subcommittee that investigated the Gingrich case."I hate to say it," Schiff said. "I believe I came up with the idea of something of a monetary nature."
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | September 29, 2000
Plans to save the long-vacant USF&G Corp. building by converting it into a hotel for Hampton Inn & Suites won initial support yesterday from the city's Design Advisory Panel. The group also looked favorably on the latest revisions to the 225-room luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel planned for Federal Hill, with a few more suggestions on design. The Hampton Inn project calls for adding three stories on top of the former USF&G building, to create a total of 175 suites in the historic building, which has been empty for at least 15 years.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | October 30, 1996
BETHESDA -- North American Vaccine's new whooping cough vaccine received a mixed reception from a governmental advisory panel yesterday. Experts said they think it's safe and effective, yet don't know how effective."
NEWS
By Gregory Spears and Gregory Spears,Knight-Ridder News Service | November 15, 1991
GAITHERSBURG -- A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously yesterday to recommend keeping silicone gel breast implants on the market despite concluding that the devices have not been proved safe.The panelists said additional information on the popular implants used in elective cosmetic breast surgery should be gathered as rapidly as possible to answer lingering questions about their safety.Witnesses testified that the implants could cause severe allergic reactions in a few women and that tests linking the devices to other illnesses, including lung cancer, were inconclusive.
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | September 11, 2003
On the Saturday after Independence Day, about half of the 180 Anne Arundel County firefighters and paramedics scheduled to work took the day off. The Fire Department approved all 88 leave requests and used overtime to pay for enough workers to reach its minimum staffing of 128 uniformed employees. At yesterday's meeting of a panel assembled to study the Fire Department's rising overtime expenses, which topped $7.2 million last fiscal year, Chief Roger C. Simonds used July 5 as an example of how various kinds of leave -- including vacations scheduled a year in advance and last-minute sick days -- factor into the department's use of overtime.
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