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By Carrie Wells and Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Members of the public and most employers would be unable to look up the records of some people convicted of nonviolent misdemeanor offenses under a proposal before the state legislature. The recommendation, under which people could ask the state to shield such information from the public eye after they complete their sentences, was a key recommendation of a task force that examined how best to integrate ex-offenders back into society. But it has faced a tough fight; a similar proposal failed last year amid arguments that citizens are entitled to information about the actions of the legal system.
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By Blair Kerkhoff and The Kansas City Star | October 6, 2014
KANSAS CITY -- No surprise here. James Shields is expected to start the first game of the American League Championship Series for the Kansas City Royals against the Orioles on Friday at Camden Yards. “Friday is Shields' fifth day,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I imagine he'll be our starter. I'm almost certain Shields will start Game 1.” The Royals' three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels in an American League Division Series, completed with Sunday's 8-3 victory at Kauffman Stadium, has allowed Yost the luxury of setting up his pitching order as he sees fit. For the rest of this article, visit The Kansas City Star's website . Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article2538392.html#storylink=cpy
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By Luke Broadwater | May 2, 2011
White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan said at a press briefing today that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden died as a coward, hiding behind a woman "presumed to be his wife," who was also shot.  "Here is bin Laden ... hiding behind women who were put in front of him as a shield," Brennan said.  Maybe this is just U.S. propaganda, but if it's not, that's a pretty ignominious way to go.  Video below from ABC News.  ...
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Brandon Finney worked at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for only a few months, but he had quickly earned a reputation as hardworking and motivated. His hospital colleagues came Tuesday — some in pink scrubs— along with other mourners to the chapel at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral home in Randallstown to pay their respects to the young father. Finney died last week after he was fatally shot on his way home from work as he waited at a Saratoga Street bus stop. Police said Finney was an innocent bystander who was used as a human shield amid a gang fight between the rival Black Guerrilla Family and the Bloods.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | September 2, 2008
There was a time when I never missed an episode of The Shield. Sure, this raw and nasty cop drama was violent, but TV had more than enough prettified escapist fare. Besides, the rage of Detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis), the central figure of the series, spoke to me. But even I have to admit the violence in tonight's episode seems over the top. Does the camera really have to slowly trace a block's worth of blood on the street while one of the characters explains how gangsters are now dragging bodies to mark their territory?
NEWS
By DAVID ZURAWIK | November 25, 2008
After seven seasons, The Shield comes to an end tonight on FX. And I am surprised at how little emotion I feel about the finale. Once upon a time, I was crazy about this cop drama and its lead character, rogue LAPD detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis). I have freely acknowledged before that the pleasure I took in The Shield was probably not a good thing in that all its raw-edge violence was clearly speaking anger to rage. And I was the red-hot receptor. Still, it was compelling to watch Mackey and his renegade cops run roughshod over the urban mayhem of Los Angeles' nasty side.
FEATURES
By BOB POOL and BOB POOL,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 19, 2005
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. --Break out the swords and battle-axes. And don't forget the shields. The fight that's brewing in Beverly Hills, in fact, is about shields. Officials are trying to make money off the iconic brown "Beverly Hills" signs that mark its city limits. But to the dismay of some, revenue has been thinner than a millionaire's trophy wife. That is provoking debate among leaders in the city of designer boutiques and movie star mansions over how best to market the distinctive shield.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 15, 2005
Poor Vic Mackey. First, he lost all that money from the Armenian money train. Then he lost his elite Strike Team and was busted back to grunt-level detective duty. And now, he's got a new boss who sits him down her first day on the job and says, "You've got one week to get your [expletive] together" - or things are going to get worse. Even Mackey (Michael Chiklis), the rogue street cop and master of precinct-house insubordination on FX's The Shield, isn't eager to challenge this lady, Capt.
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 1, 2000
WASHINGTON - This weekend the leader of the world's only superpower will go to Moscow as a supplicant, seeking Russia's permission to defend his people from nuclear attack. Back home, some of those people think President Clinton's mission is entirely appropriate - not just his desire to shield his citizens, but also his deference to a country whose prestige has sharply waned in recent years. But not everybody. Clinton's visit to Russia highlights one of the most enduring, divisive and portentous U.S. national security debates of the past half-century.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | February 28, 1991
A federal judge has ruled that Blue Cross-Blue Shield wrongly denied breast cancer treatment to two Maryland women when the insurer claimed that the treatment was "experimental."In a decision filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Judge Marvin J. Garbis said Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Maryland must pay for the therapy, called "high dose chemotherapy with autologous bone marrow transplants," at an estimated cost of $100,000 a patient.The suit was regarded as a test case on the insurability of the therapy, known as HDCT-ABMT, and on the Blues' contention they have the right to deny coverage based on their own determination of the treatment's medical acceptability.
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Jessica Anderson and Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
As Baltimore's mayor on Wednesday consoled the family of a hospital worker used as a human shield during a gang shooting downtown, elected officials and community activists called on the city to do more to combat gang violence. The killing of Brandon Finney, a 25-year-old Maryland Shock Trauma Center technician, has rattled the city. He was waiting to catch a bus home after working a night shift Sunday when, police say, members of the Black Guerrilla Family targeted a rival Bloods member, who pulled Finney in front of him. Both died.
NEWS
September 24, 2014
Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor at Atlantic City's Trump Plaza, crowing that his new investment was the finest building in Atlantic City and possibly the nation. Last week, the Trump Plaza folded and the Trump Taj Mahal filed for bankruptcy, leaving some 1,000 employees without jobs. Mr. Trump, meanwhile, was on Twitter claiming he had "nothing to do with Atlantic City," and praising himself for his "great timing" in getting out of the investment.
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Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
A Maryland Shock Trauma Center technician was waiting for a bus home after work Sunday night when he was "used as a human shield" and killed during a gang shooting, Baltimore police said. Police said Tuesday that they have arrested two members of the Black Guerrilla Family in the death of Brandon Finney, a 25-year-old father who was saving up for his first car. The intended target - a Bloods gang member, Christopher Camphor, 20 - was also killed in the attack, police said. Finney's death drew dozens - some who barely knew him - for a vigil Tuesday night at the bus stop where he died at Saratoga and North Paca streets.
NEWS
August 4, 2014
How would you like to receive a quarterly check from the federal government? Most taxpayers would surely be happy with such an arrangement. But here's the really good part: What if by accepting that check you were also helping your country reduce a form of air pollution that is a threat to human health and responsible for climate change while simultaneously developing a rational, sustainable energy policy? That sounds too good to be true, but remarkably, it may not be. Under The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act introduced last week by Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, companies that drill for oil and gas or mine for coal would have to purchase through auction a permit to do so. Not a dime of the resulting revenue would be kept by the government but would simply be forwarded as checks to every man, woman and child.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
State and federal officials announced Thursday a $2.2 million research effort aimed at preventing harm to whales and other marine mammals from building massive industrial wind turbines off Ocean City . The two-year study, to be led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, will include using underwater microphones to record sounds of whales and other marine mammals in the ocean where the federal government is soliciting bids...
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
The U.S. Department of Interior has awarded more than $7 million to four projects in Maryland aimed at guarding Chesapeake Bay shoreline and habitat against future severe storms. The funding is part of $107 million in "coastal resilience" grants distributed among 11 states - from Massachusetts to Virginia and west to Ohio - to help protect them from the kind of damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. A plan to add 25 acres of new salt marsh and remove invasive plants in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge received $3.5 million.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | April 30, 1998
WASHINGTON -- A group of the nation's largest health insurers sued the tobacco industry yesterday, seeking to recover billions of dollars they paid to treat smoking-related illnesses.Blue Cross-Blue Shield plans from more than 35 states -- including Maryland -- alleged that the tobacco industry violated a law that has long been used against the Mafia.They also accused the industry of hiding information about nicotine's addictive properties and of marketing to children.The health plans may seek as much as $10 billion in damages for every year that they had to bear the costs of smoking-related illnesses, which could be decades.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | March 12, 2002
This is supposed to air on HBO or a major network in September, not on a basic cable channel in March. But to see the best cop drama on television, tune in to FX at 10 tonight for the premiere of The Shield, starring Michael Chiklis as a rogue cop on the Los Angeles Police Department. Michael who, on the F-what? Come on, you know Chiklis. He starred in The Commish, an ABC cop drama in the early 1990s - only, he's a little hard to recognize. Instead of the soft, friendly, roly-poly, teddy bear of a police commissioner he played in that drama, here he's gone muscle shirt, leather jacket, shaved head and pumped-up to the point where we think "steroids" when we meet his character, Detective Vic Mackey.
SPORTS
By Aaron Oster | June 3, 2014
The night after The Shield had arguably their biggest win as a group, the long-awaited breakup finally happened as Seth Rollins turned on them and joined Evolution. Earlier in the night, Triple H came out and said Evolution's fight against The Shield wasn't over. Batista took exception to this, as he wanted to move on. Rather than continue on with Evolution, Batista announced that he quit, and walked out (this is being done to allow Batista time to promote Guardians of the Galaxy)
SPORTS
By Aaron Oster and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Over the years, we've seen many "passing the torch" moments in pro wrestling. On Sunday night, we added another to the list when The Shield convincingly beat Evolution. If you read my prediction column, you saw that I had predicted Evolution , though I did say there were a few ways I could see The Shield winning. I thought maybe somehow Roman Reigns could end up with the final pin, or even take out multiple members of Evolution single-handedly. One thing I didn't expect were all three members to be still standing at the end, and for them to have completely dominated the last five minutes of what was a pretty strong match with some great spots in it. While I wouldn't use the term "squash," as it was a long match that did feature Evolution absolutely destroying the Shield members at times, it was a dominant finish that left no doubt as to who the superior team was. Now, I'm not going to say this was Warrior beating Hogan, or Austin beating Shawn Michaels.
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