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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
The collapse of a soccer goal on a Howard County practice field has led the state's highest court to reconsider more than 150 years of personal injury law, in a case that could significantly improve injured plaintiffs' chances of winning payouts. The case - which began when a crossbar crashed into then-20-year-old Kyle Coleman's face, crushing the bones around his eye - has drawn national attention, as Maryland's unusual legal standard meets its first judicial test in decades. Maryland is one of only four states, plus the District of Columbia, that bar injured people from winning lawsuits if they had any role in an accident - even if a jury finds the defendant in their suit deserved a much greater share of the blame.
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By Jean Marbella, Kevin Rector and Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
As snow started to fall across Maryland, highway officials urged people to stay off the roads, schools and offices closed, and flights were delayed. By early afternoon, multiple accidents and backups were reported throughout the area. The National Weather Service forecast calls for up to 10 inches of snow in some outer suburban areas and up to eight inches in Baltimore, with a wind chill as low as 10 degrees below zero at night. Snow will be heaviest in the late morning into the afternoon, but it will be constant, according to the weather service.
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By Kathy Snyder | October 15, 2012
The personal injury lawyers' bar likes to try to divide the personal injury systems of the 50 United States into two different buckets — contributory negligence and comparative fault — and then make up hypothetical cases to try to portray Maryland's contributory negligence rule as unfair or antiquated. The fact is that in the 50 states, there are 50 different liability systems. The common-sense rule in Maryland is the contributory negligence rule: that if a person contributes to his or her injury, he or she cannot recover damages for that injury.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
George Kunz should have slowed by now. At 66, the former All-Pro tackle should be golfing or fishing or appearing at autograph shows, a battle-scarred old Colt telling tales about his time in the NFL trenches. Not Kunz. He's an attorney, all 6 feet 5 and 255 pounds of him, just three years out of law school and determined to make this career as estimable as his first. A Colt from 1975 through 1980, he anchored the offensive line and helped Baltimore win three straight AFC East championships.
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By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
City police have identified the man and woman who were found dead in a burning car in West Baltimore early Friday. Alysia Strickland, 33, of the 600 block of Dover Street and Taewon Tuck, 34, of the 2000 block of N. Bentalou Street were both found dead with gunshot wounds to the head, police said. The fire was noticed around 5 a.m. Friday in the 2000 block of N. Monroe Street in the Mondawmin neighborhood, fire officials said. The car was thought to have been in the alley behind 1800 block of Clifton Ave. Strickland was the daughter of retired Roanoke County circuit judge Diane Strickland and Art Strickland, an attorney with the firm Strickland, Diviney, & Strelka in Roanoke, Va. Art Strickland's practice areas include products liability, criminal defense and personal injury, according to his firm's website.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
George Kunz should have slowed by now. At 66, the former All-Pro tackle should be golfing or fishing or appearing at autograph shows, a battle-scarred old Colt telling tales about his time in the NFL trenches. Not Kunz. He's an attorney, all 6 feet 5 and 255 pounds of him, just three years out of law school and determined to make this career as estimable as his first. A Colt from 1975 through 1980, he anchored the offensive line and helped Baltimore win three straight AFC East championships.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2011
The Baltimore woman whose driving errors led to a crash that left bicyclist Nathan Krasnopoler in a coma with possibly permanent brain injuries has resolved the traffic charges against her by paying $220 — about half the amount she would have been fined if Baltimore police had not erred in writing the tickets. Jeannette Marie Walke, 83, pleaded guilty May 11 to negligent driving and failure to yield right of way to a bicyclist in a designated lane. She prepaid the ticket and did not appear in court.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
WEATHER Today's forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 73 degrees. Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature around 59 degrees. TRAFFIC Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues as you plan your commute. FROM LAST NIGHT... Young says his plan would keep open rec centers, fire companies : Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young says the city also could double funding for youth summer jobs and after-school programs under his proposal, which calls for cutting $7 million from city agencies and finding $10 million in revenue from other sources.
NEWS
September 26, 2013
Ever see the Al Pacino movie, "Dog Day Afternoon?" Based on a true story, it's about a bank robbery that goes bad. When it becomes clear that the jig is up - that there's not much money to be had and they're surrounded by police - the list of demands gets truly outrageous, including a limousine to the airport and a jet to fly them out of the country. That appears to be exactly what's happening in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now that it's clear that they're getting nowhere by threatening a government shutdown on Oct. 1 unless Obamacare is defunded, Republicans are looking to shoot the proverbial moon.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2012
Baltimore's housing bureau does not have to pay a $2.6 million jury award to two siblings who say they were poisoned by lead paint when they lived in public residences as toddlers, a Maryland intermediate appellate court ruled Thursday. The decision, written by Judge Kathryn Grill Graeff of the Court of Special Appeals, hinges on the siblings not having filed notice of their claim within 180 days of their injury, as required by the state statute that governs personal injury suits against local governments.
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September 26, 2013
Ever see the Al Pacino movie, "Dog Day Afternoon?" Based on a true story, it's about a bank robbery that goes bad. When it becomes clear that the jig is up - that there's not much money to be had and they're surrounded by police - the list of demands gets truly outrageous, including a limousine to the airport and a jet to fly them out of the country. That appears to be exactly what's happening in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now that it's clear that they're getting nowhere by threatening a government shutdown on Oct. 1 unless Obamacare is defunded, Republicans are looking to shoot the proverbial moon.
NEWS
By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
City police have identified the man and woman who were found dead in a burning car in West Baltimore early Friday. Alysia Strickland, 33, of the 600 block of Dover Street and Taewon Tuck, 34, of the 2000 block of N. Bentalou Street were both found dead with gunshot wounds to the head, police said. The fire was noticed around 5 a.m. Friday in the 2000 block of N. Monroe Street in the Mondawmin neighborhood, fire officials said. The car was thought to have been in the alley behind 1800 block of Clifton Ave. Strickland was the daughter of retired Roanoke County circuit judge Diane Strickland and Art Strickland, an attorney with the firm Strickland, Diviney, & Strelka in Roanoke, Va. Art Strickland's practice areas include products liability, criminal defense and personal injury, according to his firm's website.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2013
Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. said Thursday it will adjust the estimated cost of settling its asbestos-related liabilities to $2 billion from the previous estimate of $1.7 billion. The increase reflects higher estimated values of a common stock warrant and deferred payment obligations to be paid to a trust to compensate personal-injury claimants and property owners under the company's bankruptcy reorganization. The company filed for Chapter 11 protection in 2001, partly as a result of asbestos-related lawsuits filed by residents of Libby, Mont., and others.
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By Kathy Snyder | October 15, 2012
The personal injury lawyers' bar likes to try to divide the personal injury systems of the 50 United States into two different buckets — contributory negligence and comparative fault — and then make up hypothetical cases to try to portray Maryland's contributory negligence rule as unfair or antiquated. The fact is that in the 50 states, there are 50 different liability systems. The common-sense rule in Maryland is the contributory negligence rule: that if a person contributes to his or her injury, he or she cannot recover damages for that injury.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
The collapse of a soccer goal on a Howard County practice field has led the state's highest court to reconsider more than 150 years of personal injury law, in a case that could significantly improve injured plaintiffs' chances of winning payouts. The case - which began when a crossbar crashed into then-20-year-old Kyle Coleman's face, crushing the bones around his eye - has drawn national attention, as Maryland's unusual legal standard meets its first judicial test in decades. Maryland is one of only four states, plus the District of Columbia, that bar injured people from winning lawsuits if they had any role in an accident - even if a jury finds the defendant in their suit deserved a much greater share of the blame.
NEWS
The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
WEATHER Today's forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 73 degrees. Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature around 59 degrees. TRAFFIC Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues as you plan your commute. FROM LAST NIGHT... Young says his plan would keep open rec centers, fire companies : Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young says the city also could double funding for youth summer jobs and after-school programs under his proposal, which calls for cutting $7 million from city agencies and finding $10 million in revenue from other sources.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, Kevin Rector and Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
As snow started to fall across Maryland, highway officials urged people to stay off the roads, schools and offices closed, and flights were delayed. By early afternoon, multiple accidents and backups were reported throughout the area. The National Weather Service forecast calls for up to 10 inches of snow in some outer suburban areas and up to eight inches in Baltimore, with a wind chill as low as 10 degrees below zero at night. Snow will be heaviest in the late morning into the afternoon, but it will be constant, according to the weather service.
FEATURES
Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2011
Bright, blue-tinged pellets of glass from a shattered windshield remain trapped in twisted aluminum siding on a vacant house just above the makeshift shrine erected to 17-year-old Kala Austin, who was fatally injured near that spot this month. Mountain Road in Anne Arundel County, also known as state Route 177, has seen many such memorials in recent decades. At least 20 people — many in their teens or only a little older — have died along the 11-mile stretch since the early 1990s.
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2012
Baltimore's housing bureau does not have to pay a $2.6 million jury award to two siblings who say they were poisoned by lead paint when they lived in public residences as toddlers, a Maryland intermediate appellate court ruled Thursday. The decision, written by Judge Kathryn Grill Graeff of the Court of Special Appeals, hinges on the siblings not having filed notice of their claim within 180 days of their injury, as required by the state statute that governs personal injury suits against local governments.
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Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2011
Bright, blue-tinged pellets of glass from a shattered windshield remain trapped in twisted aluminum siding on a vacant house just above the makeshift shrine erected to 17-year-old Kala Austin, who was fatally injured near that spot this month. Mountain Road in Anne Arundel County, also known as state Route 177, has seen many such memorials in recent decades. At least 20 people — many in their teens or only a little older — have died along the 11-mile stretch since the early 1990s.
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