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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2013
Sharing is often considered a good thing. But ask fishermen to share their catch, especially of Maryland's state fish, and things can get testy - with seafood consumers on the hook for how it plays out. Maryland is changing the way striped bass are caught for sale, ending decades of regulating the popular Chesapeake Bay fish by limiting the times when it can be harvested. Starting Jan. 1, commercial fishermen will have individual quotas of striped bass they can catch almost any time, not just in the relative handful of days permitted this year.
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July 18, 2014
Regarding Barbara A. Res' recent commentary on women in the construction industry: Just so you know, we're out here ( "Construction: a boys club," July 13). I own and operate a 1.5-woman electrical contracting firm. I'm not sure if I'll make it, but I've been in business four years. I am listed as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise by the Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises, but it does me no good because I'm so small. Your article is not news, and from what I hear they are taking away the quotas for women.
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NEWS
August 3, 1991
Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV says President Bush is lying. That is a harsh word. But it is a euphemism for what the West Virginia Democrat is really accusing the president of doing. He is really accusing him of resorting to racist demagogy for political gain."Republicans want to drive people apart to win elections," Senator Rockefeller told an AFL-CIO conference recently. "They want to turn our attention from what George Bush and Ronald Reagan have been doing for the last 10 years. That's why George Bush is making all that noise about the civil rights bill.
NEWS
By Amanda Frost | June 13, 2014
On Monday, the Supreme Court dashed the hopes of noncitizen children who had already waited years for visas to come to the United States with their families. Federal law allows immigrants to bring their unmarried, minor children with them to the U.S., but those same laws put strict annual quotas on visas, forcing applicants to wait years for a visa to become available. If the children turn 21 years old during that waiting period, they must be left behind. In its decision in Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio, the high court held that these older children must get in the back of a new line and start the visa petition process all over again, denying them credit for the years they have already spent waiting.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | June 2, 1991
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- President Bush declared yesterday that he wanted to "destroy the racial mistrust that threatens our national well-being as much as violence or drugs or poverty" and called for support for his civil rights bill, saying it would avert employment quotas."
NEWS
By Ira Eisenberg | January 26, 1995
Oakland, Calif. -- RIGHT AFTER the November election, a reporter for The Sun asked Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-Md., outgoing chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, to comment on the electorate's loudly heralded swerve to the ideological right."
NEWS
By Ryan Davis and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2004
A high-ranking Baltimore Police Department official has denounced the use of arrest quotas, a move apparently aimed at preventing orders such as the one recently issued in the Southwestern District. The Sun reported Friday that three sergeants had ordered Southwestern District officers to make at least two arrests a week, among other activities. Deputy Commissioner Kenneth L. Blackwell issued a memo Friday afternoon stating that directives such as the one drafted by the sergeants must be approved by superiors before being distributed.
NEWS
By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,stephen.kiehl@baltsun.com | March 14, 2009
Public universities should set goals - but not quotas - for minority enrollment, state university system Chancellor William E. Kirwan said yesterday. He said they "need to be pushing the limits of the law" to increase diversity on campuses. For too long, Kirwan said, universities have been afraid to aggressively promote diversity out of fear of lawsuits. The University of Maryland, College Park, for instance, retreated after a federal court struck down its blacks-only Banneker scholarship in 1994.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1999
Public health nurses and the Anne Arundel County Health Department are squabbling over quotas the department wants to institute to measure the nurses' job performance.The Health Department says the 11 nurses who administer the state's Healthy Start home-visit program in Anne Arundel should see at least 80 patients per month, a number most already meet or exceed.But the five nurses who are state employees -- the others are contract workers -- argue that their average is not that high and that meeting quotas will force them to cut corners with patients, who are pregnant mothers and newborns.
BUSINESS
By Keith Bradsher LTC and Keith Bradsher LTC,New York Times News Service | February 7, 1992
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and Democrats want Japan and other countries to open their markets to U.S. goods, but in the international trade debate the United States does not come to the table with clean hands.In comparison with Japan and other major U.S. trading partners, the United States is less protectionist, but many barriers to imports remain.Quotas double the price of sugar and limit imports per American to no more than seven peanuts, a pound of dairy cheese and a lick of ice cream each year.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | March 1, 2014
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is considering eliminating the black bear hunt quota and instead opening the season for a pre-determined number of days. The change is intended to help hunters plan more effectively and would eliminate the need for them to call a hotline each night to determine the status of the hunt. Last October, for the first time since the hunt was revived in 2004 after a 51-year hiatus, hunters who spent parts of six days in Garrett and Allegany counties failed to meet the quota set by the DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2013
Sharing is often considered a good thing. But ask fishermen to share their catch, especially of Maryland's state fish, and things can get testy - with seafood consumers on the hook for how it plays out. Maryland is changing the way striped bass are caught for sale, ending decades of regulating the popular Chesapeake Bay fish by limiting the times when it can be harvested. Starting Jan. 1, commercial fishermen will have individual quotas of striped bass they can catch almost any time, not just in the relative handful of days permitted this year.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | December 10, 2013
A recreational fishing group is taking issue with Maryland's plan to increase the allowable catch of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay next year, calling it "imprudent" in light of troubling trends in the coastwide population of the highly prized migratory fish. Coastal Conservation Association Maryland has written Natural Resources Secretary Joseph P. Gill urging him to rescind his agency's decision to raise the annual harvest quota for striped bass, or rockfish, by 14 percent in 2014.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2013
Maryland's annual black bear hunt went into overtime Saturday, and some might look at the outcome as a moral victory for the hairy, soon-to-be hibernating creatures. For the first time since the hunt was revived in 2004 after a 51-year hiatus, hunters who spent part of the past six days in Garrett and Allegany counties failed to meet the quota set by the state Department of Natural Resources' Heritage and Wildlife Service. According to Harry Spiker, the state's bear biologist, 94 bears were killed as of Saturday night - one shy of a quota that had been raised from last year with hopes of taking between 95 and 130. A year ago, 92 bears were killed with the quota between 80 and 110. But Spiker considered the event a success, particularly for the fact that there was a "major increase" in the number of bears taken in Allegany County.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2013
Administrative law judges who evaluate disability claims for the Social Security Administration want a federal court to ease a workload that they say makes errors more likely - the latest in a series of challenges confronting the Woodlawn-based agency. In a federal lawsuit filed this month, 1,400 judges said the agency's expectation that they decide as many as 700 claims per year is causing them to rush evaluations and possibly approve claims that should be denied, at a potential cost of millions of taxpayer dollars.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2012
Maryland's annual bear hunt will begin Oct. 22 with more hunters and the highest quota of bears allowed killed since the hunt was reinstituted after a 50-year hiatus in 2004. According to Harry Spiker, the bear biologist who runs the hunt for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 340 hunters have been issued tags with a quota set between 80 and 100 bears. After setting a quota of between 55 and 80 bears last year, a total of 72 were killed. The number of hunters has increased from 260 in 2011.
NEWS
By GUS G. SENTEMENTES and GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER | June 22, 2006
Two City Council members said yesterday that they believe two internal Baltimore police statistical documents offer further evidence that the department is requiring officers to meet arrest quotas, an assertion vehemently denied by top police officials. "There's an awful lot of concerns from police officers who have brought to my attention that they're under a quantitative measurement as opposed to a qualitative measurement to do their jobs," Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. said. "It gives the appearance of a quota system."
BUSINESS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 2, 2005
HONG KONG - The United States imposed quotas on imports of bras and certain expensive fabrics from China yesterday after American and Chinese trade negotiators failed to reach a deal in Beijing yesterday. The Commerce Department softened the blow by postponing until Oct. 1 any decision on whether to impose special limits on imports of Chinese sweaters, robes, wool trousers and knit fabrics. The department had set the deadline that expired Wednesday to set quotas on these categories, as well as bras and fabrics, to pressure China for a deal.
EXPLORE
January 27, 2012
Three cheers for county prosecutors' plans to appeal a judge's dismissal of charges against a woman accused of driving under the influence of alcohol because, the judge ruled, the police had illegal quotas for issuing DUI citations. It was a misguided decision and should be overturned. On Jan. 5, District Court Judge Sue-Ellen Hantman dismissed a case involving an Ellicott City woman who had been stopped for speeding and then found to have a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit.
NEWS
January 12, 2012
I was dismayed to learn that a suspected DUI offender's case was thrown out of court without due process ("Judge throws out DUI case, citing quotas," Jan. 6). District Court Judge Sue-Ellen Hantman should have allowed the case to go to trial, where any issue of police misconduct could have been adjudicated. The driver's alcohol blood content of .17, which is twice the legal limit, was a serious matter involving public safety, which is why we have a judicial system that is subject to appeals.
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