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By Michael Dresser | November 22, 2013
The Battle of the Pledges continued to rage in the 2014 campaign for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor Friday as Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's  campaign called Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's proposed promise of a positive race a "political ploy. " Bob Wheelock, Gansler's communications director, charged that Brown's use of a "tracker" to videotape Gansler's public appearances has already violated the spirit of positive campaigning. He continued to challenge Brown to agree to Gansler's proposed pledge to keep third-party money out of the campaign.
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By Janine DiPaula Stevens | September 30, 2014
We at Network 2000 are giving careful consideration to which candidate for governor is willing to make a sincere and honest commitment to the women of the state of Maryland. Recognizing that the next administration will have the opportunity and responsibility of appointing approximately 1,000 of Maryland's citizens to positions of authority, Network 2000 feels it is important for women in Maryland to have an equal opportunity and role as appointees. We, as an organization, raised our voice to challenge each of the candidates for governor to commit to having 50 percent of their gubernatorial appointments to commissions, committees, task forces, advisory boards and intrastate agencies be women.
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NEWS
July 25, 2011
If the problem with the tea party/Republicans is that they do not want to offend Grover Norquist and high income Americans that they call "job creators," why don't they just show the rest of us how many jobs these folks have created since they have had the Bush tax breaks? If the number was significant, why do we have such high unemployment? I worked for more than 30 years, paid into Social Security and do not think that I should have to worry about next month's payment because of folks who refuse to see that a diverse country like this one must be governed by people who realize that all points of view must be heard.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to unveil dozens of recommendations Wednesday intended to lure immigrant families to Baltimore and retain them. The proposals, from increasing the availability of translators at city agencies to making it easier for the undocumented to buy homes, offer insight into the mayor's pledge to attract 10,000 new families over the next decade - an effort that is focused in part on the city's burgeoning immigrant neighborhoods. "I want to make sure that Baltimore isn't behind the curve on this trend," said Rawlings-Blake, who will formally announce the recommendations today.
NEWS
April 12, 2012
In just a few months, I will take the helm of Baltimore County Public Schools, a district with the unshakable belief that all students can learn at the highest levels. For the past 12 years, Superintendent Joe Hairston's vision, passion and drive in leading a team of outstanding individuals have resulted in phenomenal gains in student achievement. I am humbled that the Baltimore County Board of Education has selected me to build on his legacy. These are challenging but exciting times for public education.
NEWS
May 13, 2010
All Marylanders should note the good news about Maryland's 30-year low in violent crime. ("This is progress," May 11). Even more striking is the 12 percent reduction in the murder rate. Many factors come into play to reduce crime and violence. Local law enforcement certainly deserves much credit, but so does the leadership at the top of our state. Maryland has been among the top 10 most violent states for far too long. This is changing thanks to effective, statewide strategies fostering cooperation between local, state and federal crime reduction efforts.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | May 20, 2013
In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, Joe Flacco was criticized for saying at a news conference that the idea of a cold-weather Super Bowl was “retarded,” something the Ravens quarterback apologized for a day later. This past weekend, Flacco -- and fellow Ravens players Ed Dickson and Gino Gradkowski -- signed a pledge to eliminate the use of the "r-word.” Special Olympics Maryland tweeted out a photo of the players on Saturday. After he was drafted by the Ravens in 2008, Flacco quickly established a relationship with Special Olympics Maryland, hosting several events and even jumping into the frigid Chesapeake Bay at the Polar Bear Plunge.
NEWS
January 8, 2010
G ood afternoon. I want to thank you all for coming today so I can provide to you and to the citizens of Baltimore an update regarding transition activities currently under way. Before I begin I would like to thank all of the many city officials, staff, citizens, community leaders and elected officials, not just in Baltimore and Maryland, but throughout the country who have expressed to me their sincere desire to support the city of Baltimore and...
SPORTS
April 22, 2012
Baltimore native Sam Cassell Jr. discusses his commitment to Maryland with Capitol Hoops after the Capital Classic on Saturday in Alexandria, Va.
NEWS
April 13, 2014
Those supporting Columbia Association Directors' secret giveaway of a hunk of Symphony Woods for a private group's folly disregard the intent of the visionary they invoke.  Last week, a former board member claimed here that James Rouse would love what looms ahead for the tract. Actually, early on Mr. Rouse decreed that 22 percent of Columbia's acreage would forever be set aside as Open Space.  For years this pledge echoed at the Visitors Center in the orientation film that he helped craft. It highlighted the solitude of Symphony Woods as the new town's elegant centerpiece.  Rouse's formula focused on making Columbia comfortable for residents and workers, not burdening them with excessive tourist traffic destined to a gimmicky exhibit wiping out many trees and natural ambiance.
NEWS
September 16, 2014
President Barack Obama announced today that he will send up to 3,000 health workers and military personnel to Liberia to help stem the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa that has paralyzed the health system there and threatened the lives of millions of people in the region. It's about time. The epidemic represents a crisis of global dimensions, and the fight against it requires the U.S. to take a leadership role if the effort is to succeed. We can only wonder how many lives could have been saved if the Obama administration had taken these steps - and more - weeks ago. The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 20,000 people could be infected by the Ebola virus in the coming months, which would make it the largest outbreak in history.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is on the board and Gov. Martin O'Malley offered his preliminary backing, but Maryland's role in a bid to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the Washington region remained largely undefined. The nonprofit Washington 2024 unveiled a website and announced its board Thursday, but Plank was its only Baltimore-area member, and Maryland's participation is only nominally suggested in the newly released promotional material. Maryland appears to be a secondary partner in this effort, but likely would host multiple events if the bid is successful and be asked to make a significant financial contribution.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
Baltimore County Public Schools officials on Tuesday pledged to improve communications with Rodgers Forge residents regarding updates and revisions of a controversial proposal to renovate Dumbarton Middle School - a project that involves removal of several historic trees on the property. The $27.5 million plan calls for additions and renovations to make the 58-year-old school compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, bring the interior up to 21st-century standards and improve traffic flow and safety.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
The state's major education players — from school boards to teachers unions and superintendents — signed a pledge Friday to work together to fine-tune a new teacher evaluation system put in place this school year. The action taken at the state school board meeting came moments after a preliminary vote to approve new regulations that would require 20 percent of a teacher's evaluation to be based on annual goals that take test score data into account for the next two years. Teacher evaluations continue to be a delicate issue because some educators have been critical of the use of test scores to evaluate teachers and believe the new system is being pushed through too quickly with a host of other changes.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Gordon Gund is the CEO of a venture capitalist fund, the former principal owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and a member of the Kellogg Co.'s board of directors. He has also been blind for more than 40 years. On Saturday, Gund announced that his family plans to give $50 million or more in matching gifts to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a Columbia-based nonprofit that he co-founded. "Our family is committed to finishing the job we helped start, and we hope this Challenge requires us to match as much as is needed to fast-track progress for promising treatments from the lab to clinical trials," Gund said in a statement.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Government officials involved in the multistate Chesapeake Bay cleanup pledged Monday to broaden and accelerate the long-running effort, including a vow to address the impacts of climate change on the ailing estuary. Governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware signed a new bay restoration agreement in Annapolis, which for the first time formally encompasses "upstream" states with smaller slices of the 64,000-square-mile watershed, including New York and West Virginia.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 12, 2013
Thousands of fifth-graders around Harford County have pledged never to try tobacco by signing their names on banners that will be exhibited on National Kick Butts Day March 20. Harford County Health Department's Cigarette Restitution Fund Tobacco Program School Health Specialist, Dottie Ruff, teaches students of all ages, throughout the county about the dangers of tobacco, while empowering them to make healthy decisions to refrain from using tobacco...
NEWS
December 3, 2012
I have to disagree with your statement that Grover Norquist was only a symptom of the GOP's refusal to raise taxes ("Bucking the pledge," Nov. 28). Most, if not all, of the Republicans in Congress have signed his pledge. In doing so they pledged their primary allegiance not to the United States but to Mr. Norquist. And there were real consequences to pay for those who didn't side with him. Have you forgotten that Maryland lost Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrist, a talented, moderate Republican House member from the 1st District, thanks to Mr. Norquist's operatives?
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Baltimore police plan to deploy officers around city schools until the school year ends to ensure student safety amid recent racial tensions, while school officials joined civil rights leaders to urge students of different races to peacefully resolve differences. The actions followed recent threats and violent attacks on Latino students as well as the Memorial Day robbery and murder of a 15-year-old Mexican student who had dropped out of high school to help his family. Black and Hispanic leaders called for peace at a news conference Monday afternoon, before police deployed several officers to Federal Hill near Digital Harbor High School to deter groups of students from fighting in the streets.
SPORTS
By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
Tariq Owens wasn't stressed out when Jim Christian was hired away from Ohio to coach Boston College last month. The Pallotti grad and Bobcats signee was, however, a little apprehensive about how his recruitment would play out the second time around. “I just thought when I got my release [from Ohio], I didn't know how [the recruitment] was going to go,” Owens said Wednesday. “I thought it was too late in the process for a school to pick back up and recruit again.
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