By Meredith Cohn | April 17, 2014
Thousands of Americans are still being infected by their food every year, and infections from only one germ among 80 tracked by government officials dropped significantly in 2013, according to new data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of Salmonella infections dropped by about 9 percent compared with the previous three years, though it was unchanged from 2006-2008, baseline years used for comparison. But campylobacter infections mostly from dairy and chicken are up 13 percent since 2006-2008.
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts will meet with members of the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community this month to answer questions, address concerns and share progress that has been made within the department in the last year. The April 14 community forum, organized by the police department's LGBT Advisory Commission that was founded last year, follows a lightly-attended hate-crime forum in Mount Vernon in October , where Batts and many of his top brass nearly outnumbered the attendees.
Thomas F. Schaller | March 30, 2014
Columnist Thomas F. Schaller's sobering commentary on American politics concludes that the deep divisions between blue and red states may require Washington to shift more power back to the states and allow voters to "more closely tailor policies to their partisan liking" ( "Adapting to a politically divided nation," March 18). Notwithstanding a concession of power by Washington, we are already seeing states like Maryland take the initiative with respect to issues of importance to its voters.
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
Documents filed Friday in the University of Maryland's legal battle with the Atlantic Coast Conference show that subpoenas have been issued to at least 10 ACC schools - plus various broadcast media partners - seeking information about the ACC's $52 million exit fee and a number of other topics. In accompanying court filings, Maryland, which is contesting the exit fee as it prepares to join the Big Ten Conference in July, accuses the ACC of seeking to withhold information, along with more than $20 million in shared conference revenue.
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Maryland has faced several challenges in fulfilling its $250 million promise to overhaul the way it educates students and evaluates educators, the U.S. Department of Education reported Wednesday. In a report on the state's progress in reaching goals in the third year of the federal Race to the Top program, the department identified the greatest obstacles: implementing the Common Core standards, creating new teacher and principal evaluations, and building new data systems. The department assessed progress in 11 states and the District of Columbia that were among the first to sign on to Race to the Top, a $4.35 billion program created by President Barack Obama to encourage school reforms.
Dan Rodricks | March 15, 2014
I haven't visited Health Insurance Hell for a while, so I thought I'd stop and see how things are going. It's not so bad: At least 4.2 million new enrollees through federal and state Obamacare websites, with at least 1 million more expected through March 31, the deadline for getting insurance and avoiding a tax penalty. So, not as good as projected, but hardly the disaster Republicans keep saying it is. In addition to the federal, the state health insurance exchanges have picked up steam, too. As NPR reported: "The [state]
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Some restaurants have, apart from everything else, a likable quality. Diners pull for it and want it do well. On a recent Saturday night, the Grille at Maple Lawn was full, early-evening diners were smiling and there was the hum of general contentment in the air. All of the basic ingredients are in place. There's a warm, energetic atmosphere, a hospitable staff, and an appealing, accessible menu that easily mixes American and Mediterranean dishes - "Ameriterranean cuisine and beyond," is how the Grille puts it. You can get a filet mignon, if you like, or paella, a house specialty.
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
The starting attack for reigning national champion Stevenson has had somewhat of a quiet start, and that has been especially true for Edward McLoughlin. In three starts for the No. 3 Mustangs (2-1), the freshman has failed to score a goal despite taking nine shots and has recorded just one assist. And he has more turnovers (four) than ground balls (three). But coach Paul Cantabene expressed his confidence in McLoughlin. “Eddie's a freshman, and he's getting better and better,” Cantabene said recently.
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Through No. 13 Loyola's first two games, the starting attack of seniors Justin Ward and Brian Schultz and junior Nikko Pontrello have accounted for nine of the team's 25 goals and nine of 14 assists. It's the kind of production many expected from that unit. But the Greyhounds (1-1) have also benefited from an emerging offensive midfield. The first line of senior Matt Sawyer, sophomore Tyler Albrecht and redshirt freshman Brian Sherlock has combined for nine goals and four assists, and the second line of senior Kevin Ryan, sophomore Jeff Chase and freshman Romar Dennis has totaled six goals and one assist.
By Mark Newgent | February 17, 2014
Max Borders at The Freeman has very enlightening piece on why progressive media outlets have gone on the offensive against libertarians . Borders writes: Let's get to the heart of the matter: Progressives are afraid. Just when they seized the ring, their power is ebbing. Outlets have to make libertarian voodoo dolls so they act as pricks. But why is libertarianism gaining so much traction? What is the true source of the prog media's fear? He lists 10 reasons why progressives fear libertarianism.  I wont' go into all of them, here but suffice to say, they do not bode well for Gov. Martin O'Malley's nascent presidential campaign.  Borders argues that as more and more Americans have become disaffected with the failed economic policies of President Barack Obama on the left, and continue to distrust the social conservatives on the right, they are moving to a more fiscally conservative, socially liberal and distinctly libertarian vision.   Progressives represent the status quo, Borders writes.
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