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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
How many votes does it take to win a primary for governor in Maryland? Considering this is a state of nearly 6 million people, not many. If turnout Tuesday is on par with the last gubernatorial primary four years ago, 180,000 votes could theoretically carry the day for the Democratic nomination. Just 75,000 would be enough to squeak by in the Republican field. That's less than 10 percent of registered voters in each party. "It's a really striking realization," said Laslo Boyd, a political columnist and consultant who has worked on political campaigns in Maryland.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
How many votes does it take to win a primary for governor in Maryland? Considering this is a state of nearly 6 million people, not many. If turnout Tuesday is on par with the last gubernatorial primary four years ago, 180,000 votes could theoretically carry the day for the Democratic nomination. Just 75,000 would be enough to squeak by in the Republican field. That's less than 10 percent of registered voters in each party. "It's a really striking realization," said Laslo Boyd, a political columnist and consultant who has worked on political campaigns in Maryland.
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NEWS
November 6, 2013
The Baltimore Gas & Electric Company and the Maryland Public Service Commission should not consider the small number of customers who showed up at the first rate-increase hearing as an indication that most people have no opinion on the fact that their energy costs are going up ( "Public a no-show at first BGE rate case hearing," Nov. 4). Rather, they should see it as a sign that many of BGE's customers understand that the company will get its way no matter how many people show up and voice their displeasure.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. officials said they had restored nearly all the outages associated with Wednesday's ice storm by Saturday morning, but were contacting some customers who will enter a fourth day without electricity. Winds weighing on weakened branches added 10,000 outages Wednesday and Thursday nights, on top of those outages that immediately followed the ice storm, for a total of 182,000 outages since early Wednesday morning. Outages had fallen to about 2,800 by 9 a.m. Saturday, most of them in Baltimore and Carroll counties.
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By Matthew Hay Brown | November 2, 2012
Turnout remained strong Friday during the final day of early voting, with more long lines and waits at several centers. By 10 p.m., 425,565 Marylanders - more than 12 percent of eligible voters - had cast their ballots during early voting. That far exceeded the six-day standard of 219,601 set during the gubernatorial election of 2010, the state's first experience with early voting. Turnout Thursday was the strongest yet, with 97,750 casting their ballots.  Eying the lines, at least one state lawmaker said he would file legislation to expand the number of early voting centers for future elections.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
Dickie Small grew up fox hunting with his family in Baltimore County, and the veteran horse trainer has occasionally seen the skittish red or gray creatures running around various tracks over the years. So the sight of a red fox at Pimlico Race Course early one morning last month did not make Small blink. The difference with this fox became quickly apparent — it kept coming out of its den, almost on a daily basis. "If it rains, it stays in," Small said Friday. "And sometimes it oversleeps.
NEWS
By ISAAC REHERT and ISAAC REHERT,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 13, 2000
Nearly everyone today has now lived in two centuries. But a small number -- a very small number -- has lived in three. People living today who were born on and before Dec. 31, 1899 can claim not just the 21st but the 20th and 19th centuries as their own. The State Department of Aging estimates that between 500 and 750 of the five million residents of Maryland are in this group. They might be called the Three Centuries Club. Pamela Causey of the State Department of Aging says: "With the advances in medical science, more and more people are living longer and the number who reach 100 will only go up. ... People need to be shown that growing older doesn't necessarily mean that life is no longer interesting or joyful."
NEWS
By Emily Scarr and Charlie Cooper | January 21, 2014
Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC ruling, when the court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited amounts to influence elections. Our democracy is built on the basic premise that people - regardless of gender, creed, geography, states or religion - are politically equal. One person, one vote. The decision four years ago opened the floodgates for big money in our elections, enabling a small number of mega-donors to drown out the voices of average Americans.
NEWS
November 22, 2013
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts' long-awaited consultant's report on how to reshape his department and drive down crime comes to what sounds like an obvious conclusion: The city's police should focus on gangs, guns and violent repeat offenders. The 200-page document underscores the extent to which that is easier said than done - it includes dozens of recommendations for changing the department's structure, procedures and use of technology. But at its heart, it tells us what we already knew - that gun crimes are the city's most pressing concern and that focused efforts by the police can help drive them down.
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By Luke Broadwater and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2011
Two Baltimore City Council candidates were poised to overcome write-in challenges Tuesday, converting their Democratic nominations into general election victories. Councilman Warren Branch of the 13th District was leading write-in challenger Shannon Sneed, widening a margin of victory from the September primary. Meanwhile, political newcomer Nick Mosby appeared to have turned back a write-in challenge from incumbent Councilwoman Belinda Conaway, whom he defeated in the 7th District's Democratic primary.
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By Emily Scarr and Charlie Cooper | January 21, 2014
Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC ruling, when the court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited amounts to influence elections. Our democracy is built on the basic premise that people - regardless of gender, creed, geography, states or religion - are politically equal. One person, one vote. The decision four years ago opened the floodgates for big money in our elections, enabling a small number of mega-donors to drown out the voices of average Americans.
NEWS
November 22, 2013
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts' long-awaited consultant's report on how to reshape his department and drive down crime comes to what sounds like an obvious conclusion: The city's police should focus on gangs, guns and violent repeat offenders. The 200-page document underscores the extent to which that is easier said than done - it includes dozens of recommendations for changing the department's structure, procedures and use of technology. But at its heart, it tells us what we already knew - that gun crimes are the city's most pressing concern and that focused efforts by the police can help drive them down.
NEWS
November 6, 2013
The Baltimore Gas & Electric Company and the Maryland Public Service Commission should not consider the small number of customers who showed up at the first rate-increase hearing as an indication that most people have no opinion on the fact that their energy costs are going up ( "Public a no-show at first BGE rate case hearing," Nov. 4). Rather, they should see it as a sign that many of BGE's customers understand that the company will get its way no matter how many people show up and voice their displeasure.
NEWS
By Mike Giuliano | May 8, 2013
The Columbia Orchestra knows how to fill the stage with musicians, but it also knows that a much smaller ensemble also can be music to the ears. That's why its season provides a mix of concerts deploying the full orchestra and other concerts that adopt a chamber music format. Where the latter format is concerned, you'll only count three musicians when the Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio performs a free concert on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, in Columbia.
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By Jonathan D. Hart | April 29, 2013
Over two years have passed since firefighter Mark Falkenhan was killed at an apartment fire on Dowling Circle in Towson. His death resulted, in part, from a collapse of the Incident Command System (ICS), when first-arriving units were faced with heavy fire and multiple rescues. ICS is a procedural policy for ensuring that command and control mechanisms are continually utilized during mitigation efforts at every incident. "Command" is assumed by the officer of the first-arriving unit and passed to the responding chief officer upon his or her arrival.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2013
A 546-acre deer hunting area that opened in Anne Arundel County shortly after Thanksgiving and will close at the end of January has seen only seven deer taken so far, according to the deer project leader for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. But the small number of deer killed by hunters at the Crownsville Cooperative Wildlife Management Area doesn't surprise Brian Eyler. "It normally takes a year or two for new areas to catch on," Eyler said. The hunting area in Crownsville opened Nov. 26, two days after the start of the deer firearm season, and will close when the bowhunting season ends Jan. 31. Deer hunting only is permitted there, and the program will follow the guidelines for bag limits in the 2012-2013 Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2010
The Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore County is offering temporary, voluntary layoffs to "a small number of its employees," said company spokeswoman Elizabeth "Bette" Kovach. She would not give a specific number of layoffs but said the company is still accepting volunteers. Russian steelmaker Severstal, which bought Sparrows Point in 2008, has been looking for ways to cut costs as its U.S. operations have dragged down earnings. The union that represents 2,500 employees at the plant received a draft proposal in the fall from Severstal detailing a restructuring that could impact as many as one-third of the jobs at the plant.
NEWS
By Mike Giuliano | May 8, 2013
The Columbia Orchestra knows how to fill the stage with musicians, but it also knows that a much smaller ensemble also can be music to the ears. That's why its season provides a mix of concerts deploying the full orchestra and other concerts that adopt a chamber music format. Where the latter format is concerned, you'll only count three musicians when the Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio performs a free concert on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, in Columbia.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown | November 2, 2012
Turnout remained strong Friday during the final day of early voting, with more long lines and waits at several centers. By 10 p.m., 425,565 Marylanders - more than 12 percent of eligible voters - had cast their ballots during early voting. That far exceeded the six-day standard of 219,601 set during the gubernatorial election of 2010, the state's first experience with early voting. Turnout Thursday was the strongest yet, with 97,750 casting their ballots.  Eying the lines, at least one state lawmaker said he would file legislation to expand the number of early voting centers for future elections.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
Dickie Small grew up fox hunting with his family in Baltimore County, and the veteran horse trainer has occasionally seen the skittish red or gray creatures running around various tracks over the years. So the sight of a red fox at Pimlico Race Course early one morning last month did not make Small blink. The difference with this fox became quickly apparent — it kept coming out of its den, almost on a daily basis. "If it rains, it stays in," Small said Friday. "And sometimes it oversleeps.
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