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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
A proposal for Morgan State University to offer joint academic programs with Towson University is drawing objections from some Morgan officials who believe such a setup would benefit Towson far more than the Baltimore institution. The plan, which is in the early stages, emerged just months after a judge ordered the state and the state's four historically black colleges, including Morgan, into mediation to settle alleged disparities in funding and duplication of programs at historically black institutions by other state colleges and universities.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
The owner of Zeke's Coffee is Thomas Rhodes, the fellow with the tattoos, ear piercings and gray goatee. He might still look the part of a rock 'n' roll roadie, but that career was years ago, before he found a life in coffee. He was a barista at the Daily Grind in Fells Point, then went to work for the coffee shop's then-owner in the Key Coffee roastery. He took the leap into his own company in 2005, dubbed with the nickname his father gave him and all four of his siblings. A one-pound roaster turned out the first coffee he sold at Baltimore farmers' markets, leading to larger and larger roasters.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Public library advocates are questioning a Baltimore County plan to transfer library information-technology services to the county government's IT office, saying it could set a precedent that threatens the library's autonomy. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's budget includes the transfer of 28 positions in the Baltimore County Public Library system to the county's Office of Information Technology starting July 1. A County Council vote on the budget is scheduled for Thursday. Administration officials say the move is part of a long-term strategy to make government more efficient.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and a prominent developer are funding a campaign chest that can be used to back candidates they support — even as the developer, Caves Valley Partners, is awaiting county approvals to proceed with major projects. Kamenetz's campaign has transferred more than $100,000 to A Better Baltimore County, according to the latest campaign finance report. The fund's other seven donors, which all have ties to Caves Valley Partners, contributed $23,000 to the political fund founded by the county executive.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
None of the Ravens' three roster additions following their rookie minicamp over the weekend are strangers to the NFL. Tight end Phillip Supernaw , 24, spent part of the 2012 season on the Houston Texans' practice squad and played in one game for the Texans last season. Fullback Shaun Chapas , 26, played in six career games for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. And offensive guard Will Rackley , 25, played three seasons for the Jaguars, starting 25 games.
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By Jonathan D. Libber | May 19, 2014
By now, many people are aware that in order to opt out of a smart meter installation, an upfront fee of $75 - payable in three installations starting July 2014 - and an additional $11 to $17 per month will need to be paid, as ordered by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). While my organization, Maryland Smart Meter Awareness (MSMA), is certainly grateful that the PSC decided to grant a permanent opt out, the fees greatly undermine public choice as only those who can afford to pay will be able to opt out. Nevertheless, many people who for reasons of health, privacy or safety, would strongly prefer to keep their analog meter, will be forced to accept a smart meter due to these fees.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
The big question facing Baltimore's National Aquarium - whether to keep Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the amphitheater pool or release them to an ocean-side sanctuary - is the latest twist in the decades-long evolution of American zoos and aquatic attractions from circus-like menageries to portals into the natural environment. Much of the change is driven by emerging scientific evidence that shows the advanced intellect of marine mammals compared with species such as sharks and puffins.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
Banking industry veteran and native Baltimorean Scott Wilfong got involved with the Living Classrooms Foundation to help improve lives in some of East Baltimore's neediest neighborhoods, including Perkins Homes, the Fayette Street corridor and McElderry Park. Wilfong, chairman, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank Greater Washington/Maryland, began eight years ago working with the foundation's Children's Target Investment Zone initiative, in which the foundation, area public schools and other groups offer East Baltimore residents job training as well as training in work readiness, financial literacy, computer literacy and other life skills.
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May 14, 2014
Nobody brings out the Republican long knives quite like Hillary Clinton does, and this week, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart coined the perfect name for it: "Brainghazi. " It's the merging of the umpteenth investigation of Benghazi with the latest slander to be directed her way, the suggestion by Republican strategist Karl Rove that she's suffered brain damage. Mr. Rove tried to walk back that little smear on Tuesday after a New York Post headline to that effect set the Internet on fire.
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