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HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
The union representing thousands of Maryland health care workers is renewing a push to apply state labor protections and collective bargaining laws to employees at the University of Maryland Medical Center, a move that hospital officials say is not needed to allow unionizing there. A November opinion from the state attorney general's office spurred 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East to argue that state officials should oversee the hospital's labor relations, which includes not just unionizing but responding to any grievances from nonunion employees.
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SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - There must be something about playing in the Caribbean that brings out the best - or the beast - in Maryland men's basketball sophomore Jake Layman. On a trip last summer to the Bahamas, where the Terps played three games against competition made up mostly of older, local players, the 6-foot-8 swingman was the team's breakout star in a Maryland sweep. And on Friday here at the Paradise Jam, Layman was a big reason why Maryland broke out of another early-game struggle against Marist to run away from the Red Foxes, 68-43 . The Terps (2-2)
NEWS
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
Business looks to be blooming in Mount Washington's commercial district. On Newbury Street, the Mount Washington Tavern recently celebrated the first anniversary of its reopening after a late-night fire tore through the North Baltimore gathering spot. There are other promising developments in the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, the longtime home of cozy restaurants like Ethel & Ramone's , Desert Cafe and Crepe du Jour . Ethel & Ramone's will reopen early next year as Ethel's Creole Kitchen . The restaurant is currently closed for renovations.
NEWS
October 30, 2013
Officials at the World Health Organization warned this week that a recent outbreak of polio among children in Syria potentially could threaten the entire region unless urgent steps are taken to halt its spread. The United Nations reported that the two-and-a half-year Syrian civil war has devastated the country's health-care system, disrupted vaccination programs and left millions of families living in squalid refugee camps whose unsanitary conditions make them ideal breeding grounds for diseases like polio.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Comedy Central Wednesday renewed three series including "Drunk History" from Lutherville's Derek Waters, a creator and executive producer of the show. The other two are "Key & Peele" and "Brickleberry. " The pickup will give the former a fourth season, while the latter will go into its third. This was the first season for "Drunk History," which in addition to Waters is executive produced by Jeremy Konner, along with Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
Coming out of Gilman two years ago, Darius Jennings drew comparisons to West Virginia star and fellow Baltimorean Tavon Austin for his physical stature and football accomplishments. After his first two seasons at Virginia, Jennings found himself next to former Cavalier stars Heath Miller and Herman Moore in the program's record books. As he gets ready for a final college homecoming of sorts when Virginia plays Maryland in College Park on Saturday, the junior wide receiver is not worried about those he has been compared to - if he ever thought about them at all. There is a more pressing concern: how to find his way back into Virginia's starting lineup.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | September 26, 2013
Maryland's insurance regulator is warning consumers against renewing their health insurance policies early. Doing so could mean you lose out on new protections required under the Affordable Care Act that fully kicks in Jan. 1. According to the Maryland Insurance Administration, consumers who buy health insurance directly from an insurer or an HMO may get a letter telling them to renew earlier than their regular renewal date. The reason, the regulator said, is that policies renewed before January don't have to have new consumer protections required under the health care law, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions.
NEWS
September 17, 2013
It's strange that Reid Detchon calls for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to endure given that his employer - the United Nations - has repeatedly pleaded with the United States to reign in this biofuels policy due to its detrimental effects on global food prices (" How Big Poultry sided with Big Oil," Sept. 11). Last year, more than 40 percent of the nation's corn crop went to ethanol production - not food - because the RFS requires that more and more ethanol be blended into our gasoline.
NEWS
By Reid Detchon | September 11, 2013
Oil is essential to our economic and national security because our transportation system runs on it. The danger of this monopoly is that consumers must pay whatever price is charged for gasoline or diesel. The danger to our nation is that our foreign policy and military strategy are hostage to the need to protect oil supplies in the Middle East. The only way out of this box is to give consumers something new — a choice in fuels. The most powerful step that Washington has ever taken toward energy independence — the goal of half a dozen presidents, including George H.W. Bush, for whom I served in the Energy Department — was a 2007 law that put us on a path toward a competitive transportation fuel market through the production and consumption of renewable fuel in America.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
A new manufacturing documentary that will get an advance screening in Baltimore this week suggests that average Americans aren't powerless to stop job loss in the sector. It's a simple and surprisingly old message that has seen a resurgence since the rough recession: Buy American. The independent filmmakers behind "American Made Movie" - being released Aug. 30 - say they're not protectionists and are happy to hear about foreign-owned manufacturers with factories in this country.
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