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March 23, 2011
British writer Aldous Huxley once observed that the only "completely consistent" people were dead. If so, then the majority of Maryland's highest court can be congratulated for producing incontrovertible evidence that they are still very much alive and breathing. In a 5-2 decision released Tuesday, the Court of Appeals ruled that just because a person's signature on a petition for referendum is so sloppy that it is impossible for someone else to read doesn't mean that signature should not be counted.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. filed Wednesday to run as a write-in candidate for Baltimore state's attorney after a city judge issued a ruling that kept his name off the ballot. The only name that will be presented to voters in the Nov. 4 election is that of Democratic nominee Marilyn Mosby, an insurance company attorney and former prosecutor. In a video posted to his Facebook page, Neverdon urged his supporters to continue backing his candidacy. "My name will not appear on the ballot, but I am a candidate for the office," he said.
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NEWS
March 7, 2010
A coalition against slot machine gambling near a popular shopping mall has submitted thousands of additional signatures to force a vote on the proposal. The coalition, which includes community groups and the Maryland Jockey Club, says it delivered 16,702 signatures to the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections on Friday. Opponents need 18,790 signatures to put a zoning measure needed for the project near Arundel Mills Mall on the November ballot. The elections board already has verified 13,136 signatures.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Veteran defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. has lost another battle in his effort to get his name on the November ballot as a candidate for Baltimore state's attorney. Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin P. Welch ruled against Neverdon on Tuesday in Neverdon's appeal of a ruling by city elections officials denying him a place on the ballot. Elections officials found that he had fallen more than 1,000 signatures short of the 4,160 that he needed to challenge Democrat Marilyn Mosby as an independent candidate.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | June 25, 2012
A group trying to repeal Maryland's new same-sex marriage law said they submitted 39,743 additional signatures to the state Monday, bringing to 162,241the number of people who asked to put the law on the November ballot. The amount far surpasses the nearly 57,000 needed to trigger a referendum and exceeds a self-imposed goal of reaching 150,000 signatures made by the Maryland Marriage Alliance, a group spearheading the repeal effort. "These incredible numbers clearly show that Marylanders strongly reject the idea of redefining marriage," said Derek McCoy, the executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, in a statement.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
Backers of a referendum drive to challenge Baltimore County zoning decisions say they have gathered enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot in 2014. The supporters say they have collected more than 70,000 signatures — far more than the number required — and filed them Friday with the county elections board. A referendum would put all zoning decisions in the districts of Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond and Councilwoman Cathy Bevins on the 2014 ballot. Each district's petition needed more than 28,000 signatures by mid-November.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
Activists who worked to repeal the death penalty anxiously awaited news Friday that their efforts would not be overturned by a successful petition drive.  "It sounds like they're going to announce that they don't have the signatures," said Jane Henderson, executive director of Maryland Citizens Against State Executions. "We're happy with that scenario. Democracy's already been served. ... I'm excitedly waiting to see if, come midnight, I'm out of a job. "  Despite a flurry of last-minute signature-gathering, proponents of capital punishment may abandon their efforts to put the death penalty to a referendum vote in 2014.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | July 1, 2012
A Republican-led effort to overturn Maryland's new Congressional map has theoretically turned in enough signatures to trigger a state-wide referendum, but the margin is so tight that it is still unclear if the issue will go to voters. The group, led by Del. Neil Parrott, filed a final batch of 36,267 signatures to the Maryland Secretary of State's Office late Saturday evening, according to documents obtained by The Sun. That brings the total number of signatures turned in to 63,030.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | March 12, 2010
Opponents of a casino at Arundel Mills mall appear to have enough signatures to force a voters' referendum in November that could block the largest site of the state's fledging slots effort. According to its Web site, the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections has accepted 19,054 signatures - more than the necessary 18,970 - on a petition to place a slots referendum on the fall ballot. The petition seeks to overturn a hard-won zoning measure to allow a 4,750-machine parlor to be built on a mall parking lot. Slots opponents submitted 40,407 signatures.
NEWS
By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | April 3, 2010
A petition drive to reverse a portion of the 30-year redevelopment plan for downtown Columbia by referendum appears to be gaining momentum. Late Friday, organizers of the drive turned in 40 percent more signatures than required for the first deadline they faced, and they vowed to continue working. The group, Taxpayers Against Giveaways, turned in 3,510 signatures, spokesman Russell Swatek said, far more than the 2,500 required. They now have until April 30 to pass the 5,000 mark, which is Howard County's threshold for petitioning a County Council zoning vote to referendum.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
A veteran defense attorney running an independent campaign for Baltimore state's attorney argued in Circuit Court Friday that city election workers "messed up" when they ruled he did not have enough signatures to appear on the November ballot.  "Just because they say it's so, don't make it so," said Edward Smith Jr., the attorney for candidate Russell A. Neverdon Sr. "Each and every [signature] they looked at, they messed up. " Judge Martin P. Welch said he will postpone ruling on the case until after he hears more evidence next Friday.  The city's Board of Elections said earlier this monrth that Neverdon fell more than 1,000 signatures short of the 4,160 needed to challenge Democrat Marilyn J. Mosby on the general election ballot.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Families and roommates share plenty — food, bathrooms, dishes. A study published Thursday adds a less visible but ubiquitous item to the list: bacteria. Households carry a common community of bacteria, populating surfaces such as doorknobs, counters and floors, and shared by humans and pets alike, the study found. It travels with us like another member of the family and quickly takes over new environments, such as a new home or even a hotel room, with a distinct signature like fingerprints.
NEWS
August 27, 2014
The referendum process in Howard County is dead ( "Howard petitioners take referendum issue to legislators," Aug. 21). I'm not referring to the outcome of the court cases which stretched from December to August. I'm referring to the murder of any future effort. The unconscionable intimidation of the 50-plus caring citizens who collected over 6,000 signatures in two months' time will undoubtedly deter anyone making a future effort. The attempt by Citizens Working to Fix Howard County (FixHoCo)
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Jon Cole knew who he wanted to serve as his best man. The former McDonogh and Virginia soccer star, now 33, had high school pals and college teammates who floated in and out of his life, but one guy was constant. His high school coach, Steve Nichols, went from mentor to father figure to big brother to best friend over 20 years. At the time, two summers ago, Nichols joked at Cole's request: "I'm 43 years old, why me?" Cole never thought twice. "He's like the brother I never had," said Cole, who married in June 2012.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Has any creator in the realm of musical theater ever considered each syllable of text, each note and harmonic turn as deeply as Stephen Sondheim? His intense focus, his drive to find and express inner truths about the complexities of life, art and heart yielded one of Sondheim's most personal works, "Sunday in the Park with George," which has received a rewarding revival by Signature Theatre to launch the company's 25th anniversary season. I don't think it's stretching a point to see an autobiographical undercurrent to this 1984 show, which came along just a few years after the ill-fated "Merrily We Roll Along," perhaps Sondheim's most celebrated failure.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
A veteran defense attorney running an independent campaign for Baltimore state's attorney was dealt a significant setback Friday when elections officials determined that he did not collect enough signatures to appear on the November ballot. Russell A. Neverdon Sr. fell more than 1,000 signatures short of the 4,160 needed to challenge Democrat Marilyn J. Mosby, a city official said. Neverdon said he will appeal the decision to Baltimore Circuit Court and, failing that, would consider running a write-in campaign for the job. "This fight has not ended by any stretch of the imagination," Neverdon said outside the offices of the Baltimore City Board of Elections.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2010
Lawyers for the developer proposing a billion-dollar slots emporium at Arundel Mills mall argued Tuesday that the Anne Arundel County elections board failed to properly vet an anti-slots petition because it did not compare submitted signatures with those in voter registration records. Anthony Herman, a lawyer for the Cordish Cos. group, said state law calls for the election board to compare the signature on the petition with the signature on file with state voter registration records.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Veteran defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. brought about 6,000 signatures to the city's Board of Elections on Monday - a total that, if verified, will put him on November's ballot as an independent candidate for Baltimore state's attorney. With his family by his side, Neverdon, 46, pointed to the petition effort as evidence his candidacy has grass-roots support. "We've spent sleepless nights, long weekends, long days," Neverdon said. "The citizens of Baltimore spoke, and they want a choice.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Veteran defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. brought about 6,000 signatures to the city's Board of Elections on Monday - a total that, if verified, will put him on November's ballot as an independent candidate for Baltimore state's attorney. With his family by his side, Neverdon, 46, pointed to the petition effort as evidence his candidacy has grass-roots support. "We've spent sleepless nights, long weekends, long days," Neverdon said. "The citizens of Baltimore spoke, and they want a choice.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The Milton Inn   is running a Lobster, Champagne & Chocolate prix-fixe dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays through September. For $32, guests get a 1-1/2 pound Maine lobster with a choice of two sides from the a la carte menu, along with one glass of Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut and a chocolate truffle. Call 410-771-4366 for reservations. Corner BYOB   in Hampden has a new $25 three-course prix-fixe menu every Monday. On tonight's menu are things like seafood corn bisque, port marinated grilled beef heart, herb-infused lobster and corn risotto, pan-seared trout fillet, and beer-braised pork belly.
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