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By Meredith Cohn | August 6, 2012
Sometimes holding onto a little anger after a marital spat is healthy, according to new research. Expressing the anger might be necessary to move past it, said James McNulty of Florida State University , who was investigating “positive psychology.” He said an honest conversation that is uncomfortable benefits the long-term health of the relationship. He said research in recent years had suggested forgiveness, optimism, kindness and positive thinking can save relationships after serious transgressions.
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Eileen Ambrose | August 14, 2013
Federal agencies have been playing catch-up since the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act that had prevented same-sex married couples from receiving federal benefits. Labor Secretary Tom Perez notified his staffers last week that the agency had updated guidance on the Family and Medical Leave Act to reflect the court's decision. The act allows federal employees and workers at private companies with more than 50 workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a child or family member without losing their jobs.
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NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
Authorities are investigating the death of a spouse of a service member at Fort Meade. The woman was found dead Thursday afternoon in her home on the Army base in Anne Arundel County, according to a spokesman. Officials said they do not suspect foul play. The woman's name is being withheld for 24 hours to allow time to notify kin. Fort Meade emergency responders were called to the residence at about 2:15 p.m., base spokesman Chad Jones said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:33 p.m. The Army Criminal Investigation Command, or CID, is leading the investigation.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
A Baltimore County jury on Tuesday rejected a White Marsh woman's claim that the only way to end years of spousal abuse was to hire a hit man to kill her husband. The jury, composed of nine women and three men, convicted Karla Porter of first-degree murder in a case that tested the scope of self-defense arguments. The 51-year-old defendant stood stoically in a dark pant suit with her long red hair tightly braided as the jury foreman read the verdict, which could send her to prison for the rest of her life without the possibility of parole.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
Investigators do not suspect foul play in the death last week of a service member's spouse at Fort Meade, a base spokeswoman said. Jaimee Hernandez was pronounced dead in her home Thursday. Emergency workers who were called to her home that afternoon arrived to find her unresponsive. Hernandez was the wife of Senior Airman Johnathan Hernandez of the 94th Intelligence Squadron. She was 28. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating. matthew.brown@baltsun.com twitter.com/matthewhaybrown
BUSINESS
January 28, 2001
Dear Mr. Azrael, Is it good to have our mortgage in just my spouse's name? My husband and I remortgaged our home. Instead of putting the mortgage in both our names, the mortgage company decided to put it in just my husband's name. I have fairly good credit before and after we remortgaged our house. I asked why they felt it would be good. I myself don't feel good about it. What do you think? Linda Smoot Severn Dear Ms. Smoot, Most married couples want their home to be titled jointly.
BUSINESS
By JANE BRYANT QUINN | November 20, 1995
NEW YORK -- THE LIFE insurance industry loves to show pictures of good-looking men buying life insurance to save their grateful wives from the poorhouse.Guess what? In most states, those good-looking men can also use life insurance to disinherit their wives (and wives can disinherit their husbands). You just dump your savings into a cash-value policy and leave that policy to someone else.A number of states are considering laws to prevent this from happening. But the powerful insurance lobby is obstructing change.
NEWS
By JUDITH GRAHAM and JUDITH GRAHAM,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | February 17, 2006
Highlighting the deep bonds between longtime husbands and wives, new research suggests that when an older person falls seriously ill, his or her spouse faces a heightened risk of death. "We showed that you can die of a broken heart not just when your partner dies, but also when your partner falls ill," said Dr. Nicholas Christakis, lead author of the study and a professor at Harvard Medical School. The study, published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed more than 518,000 elderly couples for nine years.
BUSINESS
By ELLEN JAMES MARTIN | December 1, 1991
Think you know your husband or wife well? Then try shopping for a home without discussing your preferences and watch the sparks fly."It's just surprising how little people know about each other's tastes. Sometimes the agent ends up having to be a mediator," says Daryl Jesperson, senior vice president with the RE/MAX International real estate chain.Some husband-wife housing disputes become so intense that one partner bullies the other into buying a property. In other cases, one spouse stubbornly drops out of the home search because of an inability to get his or her way."
BUSINESS
By JANET KIDD STEWART and JANET KIDD STEWART,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | January 29, 2006
Mary Hudson has some advice for couples thinking about retiring together: Don't. Although that may go against the romantic notion of marriage and spending your golden years together, people like Hudson and experts who study the issue say there are personal and financial incentives for one spouse to delay retirement. The 77-year-old widow and retired nurse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has seen plenty of married friends go through painfully difficult times as they adjust to spending many more hours together.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | August 9, 2013
Social Security says it has begun processing - and paying - some retirement spousal claims for same-sex couples. The agency's action comes after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that said the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. The act blocked federal recognition of gay marriages, leading to couples being denied federal benefits. Social Security says it will be implementing more policies and processing instructions in the coming weeks and advised people to check its website for more information.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
Investigators do not suspect foul play in the death last week of a service member's spouse at Fort Meade, a base spokeswoman said. Jaimee Hernandez was pronounced dead in her home Thursday. Emergency workers who were called to her home that afternoon arrived to find her unresponsive. Hernandez was the wife of Senior Airman Johnathan Hernandez of the 94th Intelligence Squadron. She was 28. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is investigating. matthew.brown@baltsun.com twitter.com/matthewhaybrown
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
Authorities are investigating the death of a spouse of a service member at Fort Meade. The woman was found dead Thursday afternoon in her home on the Army base in Anne Arundel County, according to a spokesman. Officials said they do not suspect foul play. The woman's name is being withheld for 24 hours to allow time to notify kin. Fort Meade emergency responders were called to the residence at about 2:15 p.m., base spokesman Chad Jones said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:33 p.m. The Army Criminal Investigation Command, or CID, is leading the investigation.
FEATURES
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
Federal employees who are in same-sex marriages will be allowed to sign up spouses and children for health insurance and other benefits immediately, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday — the first significant federal policy change to follow this week's landmark Supreme Court case. In a memo distributed to the heads of federal departments and agencies two days after the Supreme Court decision, OPM Acting Director Elaine Kaplan said that the agency "will now be able to extend benefits to federal employees and annuitants who have legally married a spouse of the same sex. " Federal employees will have until Aug. 26 to make changes to their health care, life insurance, and dental and vision plans.
NEWS
February 23, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's introduction of the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 is a great stride forward for Maryland's veterans. As the governor stated in his testimony on the bill in early February, military service members and their spouses too often face hurdles regarding employment. While a majority of those involved with the bill are supportive, the recent coverage by The Sun mentioned opposition within the nursing field ("Bill for hiring veterans draws praise, concern," Feb. 20)
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | December 19, 2012
Maryland's Comptroller Peter Franchot this morning released a statement, refuting a report in the Washington Time's that same-sex couples won't be able to file joint returns in Maryland. Voters here recently approved same-sex marriage in Maryland, which takes effect next year. The story apparently was picked up by the Associated Press: “ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland comptroller's office says same-sex married couples will not be permitted to file joint tax returns in the state.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2001
MARRIAGE IS a partnership. If it dissolves, the marital assets - house, pension, investments, bank account - should be divided. Who would argue with that? Battered spouses argue with it. Is it fair for a man to assault his wife, then walk away with half of the assets in divorce? It is fair for a wife to get half if she sliced up her husband with a knife? How about slicing him more than once? Most divorce courts don't even entertain these questions. States vary, of course. But in the majority, judges can't consider bad behavior (or "fault")
BUSINESS
By MICHAEL GISRIEL | February 25, 1996
Dear Mr. Gisriel:What will happen to my home if I die without a will?John MoriartyMillersvilleDear Mr. Moriarty:If title to your home is held as tenants-by-the-entireties (i.e. husband and wife) or as joint tenants, then by operation of the law, the title to your house will automatically vest in the survivor without the necessity of probate. Otherwise, if you die without a will, state law will determine how your probate assets will be distributed.In Maryland, if you are survived by a spouse and at least one minor child, your spouse will receive only one-half of the probate assets and your children will receive the other one-half.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | October 18, 2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing a change to the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act so that stay-at-home spouses and partners can get a credit card. The 2009 requires banks to determine whether applicants have the ability to pay bills before issuing them plastic under their name. This was created so that banks wouldn't allow people without means of repaying from opening up credit card accounts and getting in over their heads. But some critics complained that it could prevent stay-at-home spouses, often women, from getting credit in their name.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | August 6, 2012
Sometimes holding onto a little anger after a marital spat is healthy, according to new research. Expressing the anger might be necessary to move past it, said James McNulty of Florida State University , who was investigating “positive psychology.” He said an honest conversation that is uncomfortable benefits the long-term health of the relationship. He said research in recent years had suggested forgiveness, optimism, kindness and positive thinking can save relationships after serious transgressions.
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