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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 22, 2004
PITTSBURGH - When Teresa Heinz Kerry weighed in on the planned expansion of Pittsburgh's convention center - as she does on almost every major project in this town - Mayor Tom Murphy was skeptical. Turn the convention center into the world's largest "green" building, designed to reduce energy costs, save water and cut down on trash? In Pittsburgh, a financially beleaguered city formerly known for its belching smokestacks and black rain? Seven years later, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center juts over the Allegheny River, its curved roof looking like a ramp in a giant skateboard park.
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March 3, 2014
Speaking as a retired detective, I heartily agree with Dan Rodricks ' observation that Maryland police officers want - a little too much - to maintain marijuana prohibition ( "The social fears behind the pot wars," Feb. 27). Based on my 17 years of involvement in reform, the last eight on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist and advocate, my profession has three reasons to keep marijuana illegal: money, money and emotion. Police make lots of money in the easy overtime for the minor bust and drug squads and receive lots of "free" money from the federal and state governments to chase a green plant.
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March 11, 2011
In Maryland we have sanctuary cities and counties, go to great lengths to ensure illegal aliens have full access to all social services and now propose giving illegals in-state tuition at our public colleges and universities. And we wonder why we have a problem with illegal immigration? Why do we feel it is necessary to encourage illegal immigration? Is it because not enough citizens are utilizing our social services and unemployment benefits? In-state tuition for illegals will make it more difficult for in-and out-of-state citizens to attend our public colleges and universities, but it will encourage more illegals to come to Maryland.
NEWS
January 26, 2014
I'm glad people such as Dr. Joe Black assume their individual experiences with a naturally occurring substance must necessarily be common to all users ( "Pot not same as tobacco, alcohol," Jan. 23). Certainly his specific peculiarities should serve as the basis for a social policy which impacts all Marylanders! Some people get flabby from drinking beer. Some people get violent from tequila. Some people can't abide the taste of red wine and get headaches from it. Some people become amorous after downing a Riesling.
NEWS
By Perdita Huston | July 15, 1991
FAMILY planning was not something you talked about. Peopl said we were corrupting the morals of society in addition to interfering with people's very private affairs."
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | February 2, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The 1980s were "a decade of deterioration for children" as increasing numbers of them came to live in poverty, died before adulthood, were sent to jail or gave birth out of wedlock, according to a study released yesterday."
NEWS
By Patrick Ercolano and Patrick Ercolano,Evening Sun Staff | January 3, 1992
State officials and about 25 local Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders will gather next week for the second phase of their "conversation" about using spirituality to stem substance abuse.The group will meet at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Homewood on Monday, more than two months after a larger group convened at the Forum banquet facility in northwest Baltimore for a series of speeches and workshops titled "Substance Abuse: A Spiritual Issue."The Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, the Maryland Interfaith Legislative Committee, the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council and local Muslim congregations sponsored the October meeting.
NEWS
May 4, 1995
The Rev. John C. Bennett, 92, whose views on ethics and religion helped mold the nation's conscience, died Thursday in Claremont, Calif. The Congregationalist minister was a leader in the ecumenical movement and an activist in social causes over many years: anti-fascism before World War II, civil rights, women's rights and opposition to the Vietnam War. Co-founder with Reinhold Niebuhr of the magazine Christianity and Crisis, he came to represent the liberal...
NEWS
January 17, 1992
There are many ways to take a nation's pulse. This country is especially fond of economic and military statistics; we hear a lot about the gross national product, the Consumer Price Index or even relative troop strength in critical areas of the world. But officials don't wait for the release of social indicators with the same anticipation or apprehension that greets monthly unemployment figures or variations in the prime interest rate.The government doesn't even keep social statistics in a comprehensive way; it's done piecemeal by various departments and agencies.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 15, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan moved yesterday to reshape the national debate on Social Security by offering a comprehensive proposal to cut payroll taxes, reduce the annual cost-of-living adjustment and encourage workers to establish personal savings accounts for retirement.Moynihan, a New York Democrat who is respected by members of both parties as an expert on social policy, said it is imperative that defenders of Social Security propose changes in the program, rather than just resist the proposals of conservatives hTC who want to turn it into a vehicle for investing in stocks and bonds.
NEWS
November 7, 2013
"Pride Protecting People" that is the motto displayed on the Baltimore City Fire Department patch. However, the department's social media policy is assisting with taking that "pride" away ( "City Fire Department implements new social media policy," Nov. 2). I can agree with its basic premise - do your job and do no harm to the citizens we protect, and that this includes photos of people, addresses and license plate numbers. I must disagree with no photos of department-owned equipment, buildings and apparatus without express written consent.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
Ushering in an exciting new era, the Howard Count Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the revisions to a technology policy that now encourages the use of social media within our school system. The June 27, 2013, approval came from the six elected Board members who were present at the meeting: Board Chair Frank Aquino, Sandra French, Ellen Giles, Janet Siddiqui, Cynthia Vaillancourt and me. Brian Meshin was not present and did not vote. As a board, we are one oversight body.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
From #SaveBigBird and #womeninbinders, to #Lauerfail and #DrunkDianeSawyer, it seems like we are awash in stories with hashtags these days --stories about the 140-character wonders of Twitter and their impact on media and politics. And while there is no shortage of reporting on the latest record number of tweets on any given topic, it feels like the faster the stories about social media come, the further we fall behind the curve of understanding how they are shaping the culture or what they might be trying to tell us about ourselves.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2012
The Baltimore Fire Department has implemented a strict new social media policy outlining what firefighters can post on Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs — drawing criticism that the department is trampling on First Amendment rights. Under the policy, department personnel can be reprimanded for anything they write online about their jobs that doesn't adhere to conduct rules, which require "good judgment" and "courtesy and respect to the public and to fellow employees. " The policy also restricts them from sharing information about fire scenes.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
The Baltimore City Fire Department plans to implement new social media guidelines after Chief James S. Clack said he found that firefighters and officers were "crossing the line" by posting inappropriate or sensitive information online. The social media website Twitter has become a forum for griping about City Hall policies in 140 characters or fewer - the maximum allowed in postings. The new policy comes after fire personnel have written a number of heated, politically charged barbs aimed at the department, Clack, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City Council over a recent budgetary decision to close three fire companies in the city.
SPORTS
By Steve Gould | March 14, 2012
Major League Baseball has delivered on its pledge to formulate a policy for players' social media use, as Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports points out . I'm not going to delve into all the details of the policy (Calcaterra does a nice job outlining them in his post), but much of what you'd expect to be in it is there. A lot of it as common sense - don't condone steroid use in a tweet, for example - but as we've seen all too many times, common sense takes a back seat when some athletes get their hands on a smartphone.
NEWS
March 3, 2014
Speaking as a retired detective, I heartily agree with Dan Rodricks ' observation that Maryland police officers want - a little too much - to maintain marijuana prohibition ( "The social fears behind the pot wars," Feb. 27). Based on my 17 years of involvement in reform, the last eight on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist and advocate, my profession has three reasons to keep marijuana illegal: money, money and emotion. Police make lots of money in the easy overtime for the minor bust and drug squads and receive lots of "free" money from the federal and state governments to chase a green plant.
NEWS
By WILEY A. HALL | October 22, 1992
The homes along High Tor Hill in Columbia sit upon broad green lawns that are speckled, as if by design, with brightly colored autumn leaves.The comfortable-looking houses are two-story brick colonials, framed by trees and shrubbery, with smoking chimneys and asphalt driveways that curve gently into two-car garages.It is early afternoon on a sparkling autumn day. Two women, dressed in sweat suits, jog by. Another woman pushes a baby in a stroller. A gray-haired man is raking leaves.As the commercial says: It doesn't get any better than this.
NEWS
March 11, 2011
In Maryland we have sanctuary cities and counties, go to great lengths to ensure illegal aliens have full access to all social services and now propose giving illegals in-state tuition at our public colleges and universities. And we wonder why we have a problem with illegal immigration? Why do we feel it is necessary to encourage illegal immigration? Is it because not enough citizens are utilizing our social services and unemployment benefits? In-state tuition for illegals will make it more difficult for in-and out-of-state citizens to attend our public colleges and universities, but it will encourage more illegals to come to Maryland.
NEWS
By Timothy D. Armbruster | December 1, 2009
The late senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once wrote, "If you don't have thirty years to devote to social policy, don't get involved." Good advice from someone who spent the better part of his career doing just that, along the way reminding us that the hard business of repairing urban communities is decidedly not for the short of wind. As it happens, it has been 30 years - just a bit less than half my lifetime - since the directors of the Goldseker Foundation invited me to Baltimore to work toward lessening some of the many social and economic challenges this city and region confront.
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