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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
George Arlotto this week became the third Anne Arundel County superintendent in as many years submitting a capital budget proposal - but he said working within the school system for 10 years helped him hammer out the $163.4 million request. "Not a lot of changes were made, based on what we've done in the past and where we're headed in the future," said Arlotto, who was the system's chief of staff before becoming superintendent in July. Arlotto replaced Mamie Perkins, who served as an interim superintendent for a year while the school district sought a permanent replacement for seven-year Superintendent Kevin Maxwell.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
A federal judge in Baltimore ordered Maryland elections officials to adopt an online absentee voting tool in time for this year's general election, despite warnings from computer security experts that the system could lead to voter fraud. The ruling was sought by a group of disabled voters and the National Federation of the Blind, who say the tool will make it easier for people with disabilities to cast ballots without relying on another person. "The court today has protected the fundamental rights of voters with disabilities, including the rights to equal access and to a secret ballot," said Mark Riccobono, president of the federation.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The Maryland Food Bank will be joined over the next month by the State Police and the Baltimore Ravens for a communitywide drive to collect food and raise awareness for local families that risk going hungry. The food bank reports that nearly 780,000 Marylanders experience so-called "food insecurity," meaning they don't know if they'll be able to access food for nutritious diet. Other partners joining in the effort - which includes food banks across the country for Hunger Action Month - are the state Department of Transportation, Charm City Run and Giant Food.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
A family-owned produce distributor has moved from Washington to a new base in Jessup, where its 80 employees work to package and transport more than 1 million pounds of tomatoes each week. Pete Pappas & Sons Inc., founded in 1942 in Washington as a tomato distributor, started operations in August at its 120,000-square-foot warehouse in Jessup, said Paul S. Pappas, general manager for the firm, which is in its fourth generation of family ownership. The larger property will allow the firm to expand into new types of produce from its tomato and berries, he said.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Maryland is in the running for a data storage center with its own sizable power plant, a project planned for the University of Delaware until officials there spiked it amid an uproar over its scale and potential effect on the community. The Data Centers LLC said it's looking in Cecil County and elsewhere in Maryland as well as in Delaware and five other states. The company, which goes by TDC, eventually hopes to build two to three of the projects a year. Now, though, TDC is hunting for land for its inaugural project — which has proved harder to launch than the Pennsylvania firm anticipated.
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORTS | September 2, 2014
Plans to subdivide a portion of Winters Run Golf course for a cluster of five houses off Tollgate Road in Bel Air will be reviewed by the Harford County Development Advisory Committee Wednesday morning. The committee, also called DAC, meets at 9 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the county office building at 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air. The session is open to the public and comments will be received. Also to be reviewed is a plan to subdivide 75 acres into two lots in Perryman, located southeast of Chelsea Road and west of the Aberdeen Proving Ground perimeter.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Teams in replicas of Chinese dragon boats will take to the Inner Harbor Saturday for a Catholic Charities fundraiser, an event that's expected to raise $700,000. The all-day event, held every other year, begins at 8 a.m. and features a match-up between corporate-sponsored teams. The money raised will go toward the charity's 80 programs that benefit children, families and seniors, and includes individuals who are poor, immigrants or have developmental disabilities. "Our programs, and most importantly our clients, benefit tremendously from the generosity and energy that the teams bring," Bill McCarthy, director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Owings Mills-based Medifast has adopted a stockholder rights plan in an attempt to prevent a hostile takeover of the weight loss plan company. Medifast said Thursday its board of directors adopted the one-year plan, a so-called "poison pill," "in response to the recent rapid accumulations of significant portions of Medifast's outstanding common stock" and "to guard against any attempt to gain control of Medifast without paying all stockholders a...
NEWS
August 29, 2014
As the Red Line's cost escalates yet again to near $3 billion, how much longer can the MTA keep saying these increases are "unexpected" ( "City, county agree to help pay for Red Line as cost rises to $2.9 billion," Aug. 26)? The Red Line started in 2002 as part of a three-project transit plan with a combined cost of $2.5 billion to be completed by 2014. By 2008, plans for the two other projects were dropped and the Red Line became an isolated system, unconnected to any other transit line at a projected cost of $1.6 billion.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Maryland's health exchange reported Friday a decline in the number of people who were covered by private plans through the online insurance portal created by the Affordable Care Act. But the total number of people obtaining coverage through the exchange still grew to 433,947 because of people signing up for Medicaid. About 264 people canceled their private plans in the last month because of special circumstances and a total of 78,666 are now covered through those plans. The state exchange also lost Medicaid recipients who no longer qualified for the program, but gained more than it lost.
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