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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 18, 2001
A St. Mary's County man was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday for spray painting slogans on columns outside the State House in Annapolis. James P. Cusick Sr., 44, of Hollywood, was sentenced in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for spray painting "THIEVES OF CHILD SUPPORT" and "THOU SHALT NOT STEAL" in large red letters, state police said. He had been arrested for writing the same graffiti on a St. Mary's County government building in 1999. Cusick was also fined $2,500 and sentenced to make $1,250 in restitution, police said.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,gadi.dechter@baltsun.com | December 18, 2008
Gov. Martin O'Malley and dozens of others who work out of the nation's oldest operating capitol will begin moving back into the Maryland State House early next week, as a more than $10 million renovation project to the stately building ends in the days before the legislature convenes for its 426th session. "I never thought we'd move back," O'Malley joked, brandishing an oversized golden key given to him by the Department of General Services at yesterday's Board of Public Works meeting.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff | October 2, 1991
Hundreds of Maryland state troopers and their families marched in neat formation to the State House in Annapolis this morning to protest the governor's plan to fire more than 100 of their co-workers.Uniformed officers carried banners reading "Save Your Troopers." They formed a sea of khaki as they walked down Rowe Boulevard, forcing that main route into Annapolis to close temporarily.As they passed state government offices along the way, office workers leaned out windows and shouted their support.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Staff Writer | May 26, 1993
Marvin Mandel is returning to Maryland's historic State House, this time on canvas.Twenty-four years after Mr. Mandel replaced Spiro T. Agnew as Maryland governor, 16 years after he was convicted of mail fraud and racketeering and sent to federal prison and four years after he was exonerated of his crimes, his official portrait is finally being painted.Unlike the paintings of most other high state officials, however, the $25,000 painting of the former governor by Southern Maryland portraitist Peter Egeli is being paid for entirely with private funds.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,Sun Staff Writer | December 10, 1994
Gov.-elect Parris N. Glendening and some Maryland lawmakers say top state lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano should not return to Annapolis next month because of his recent mail-fraud conviction.If Bereano insists on continuing his lobbying practice, "I think it's obviously going to add to the mistrust that many voters have of the way the governmental process works currently," Mr. Glendening said."Were I in his position, I certainly would not be involved in any lobbying activity at this time."The General Assembly's most powerful members, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., declined to take a position on the issue.
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By Robert Timberg and Robert Timberg,Staff Writer | October 14, 1993
Marvin Mandel, backed by a generation of political figures who dominated the government of Maryland for decades, returned to the State House yesterday evening for an event many of those present called long overdue.Mr. Mandel, 73, the convicted, imprisoned, pardoned and legally exonerated former governor, sat quietly by, a look of melancholy playing across his features, as his portrait was finally hung in a place of honor, along with the portraits of most of his predecessors.He brightened considerably when his turn came to speak.
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November 24, 1993
Casper R. Taylor won a one-year tryout from Democrats in the House of Delegates yesterday. If the 58-year-old Cumberland delegate handles the job of House speaker with skill and finesse, he could wind up with a five-year run. But if dissatisfaction arises, or if Mr. Taylor's coziness with special-interest lobbyists becomes an issue, his show could close after next year's election.It will be a delicate high-wire act. Ambitious delegates from the Baltimore and Washington regions are already maneuvering for a battle with Mr. Taylor following the 1994 elections, in which incumbents must run in redrawn districts.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Evening Sun Staff | December 20, 1990
The most polite guys in the State House these days wear black combat boots and light blue uniforms and go to bed behind prison bars.As members of 1st Alpha Company -- part of the state prison system's experimental boot camp program for young inmates -- the 11 men are assigned to sweep the halls, polish the brass door plates and generally keep things tidy inside the State House.Although visitors to the State House have been accustomed for years to seeing prisoners perform custodial duties, the appearance this week of the boot camp inmates caught many people by surprise -- first by their appearance and then by their courtesy.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2004
James Edward Chambers, who became a discreet confidant of Maryland legislators and lobbyists while operating a shoeshine stand in the State House for more than half a century, died yesterday of congestive heart failure at the Genesis Spa Creek Center in Annapolis. He was 86. "To know the State House, you had to know Jimmy," said former Gov. Marvin Mandel. "He was really a fixture. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. When I first came into the legislature, he was there and he's been shining my shoes ever since.
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | January 29, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Chanting "Pro-Choice Teen-Choice" and "one-four-six," abortion rights advocates gathered in front of the State House last night to show their support of Senate Bill 146, which seeks to preserve the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision.Annapolis police estimated the crowd at 1,200 people. But Bea Poulin, the executive director of Marylanders for the Right to Choose, which organized the rally, said that about 3,000 supporters made the march from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to a grassy area across from the State House.
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