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By Todd Karpovich and Todd Karpovich,Special to The Sun | January 3, 2008
Towson forward Junior Hairston gathered his team before last night's Colonial Athletic Association home opener against Northeastern and told the Tigers that if they played hard for 40 minutes, there was no way they would lose. Hairston then set the tone with a dominant performance by scoring a team-high 25 points and blocking three shots to lead the Tigers to a 77-71 victory. Senior Jonathan Pease added 20 points for the Tigers, who won for the second time in their past seven games. "I told [the players]
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By James Drew and Laura Smitherman and James Drew and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporters | November 13, 2007
House budget writers identified yesterday nearly $500 million in potential savings in next year's budget, including recommendations to freeze inflation increases in the state's Thornton education funding plan, eliminate vacant state jobs and tap surplus funds in the state health insurance fund. "We're at a point where some very, very tough decisions have to be made," said Norman H. Conway, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, before the committee approved the bill to reduce spending by $498 million in the fiscal year 2009 budget.
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By Sara Neufeld and Sara Neufeld,Sun reporter | November 5, 2007
The Maryland State Teachers Association posted a video on YouTube last week highlighting the shortcomings of the state's schools: old books, portable classrooms, sweltering classrooms, large class sizes. "We've made real progress over the last four years, but many schools lack the tools and resources they need to help all students succeed," the video says. "And now our leaders are talking about cuts to education to balance the state's budget." Yet look on the teachers association Web site, and it says that a vote in favor of Gov. Martin O'Malley's revenue package "is a vote for public schools."
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October 18, 2007
Mandel's conviction remains an injustice When I served in the House of Delegates - from 1955 to 1959 - Marvin Mandel was chairman of the city legislative delegation. He demonstrated leadership, a keen legal mind and fairness to Republicans as well as Democrats. As governor, Mr. Mandel reorganized state government, which was long overdue, and was widely respected as one of our best governors. In 1975, he was indicted in federal court based on charges that he had personally benefited from the financial success of his close associates at some racetracks as a result of laws he helped enact ("Mandel trial revisited," Oct. 13)
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October 15, 2007
It's easy to sympathize with Gov. Martin O'Malley's dilemma. He has to close a $1.7 billion budget gap and is looking for savings in a sector - education - that accounts for a hefty share of state spending. He also promised during last year's gubernatorial campaign to help school districts with higher costs of living by adding funding called for as a supplement to the Thornton law. But he's adding with one hand while taking away with another. Under Thornton, Maryland has increased spending for K-12 education by nearly $2 billion in the last five years.
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,Sun reporter | October 13, 2007
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to change the way education funding is calculated in the landmark Thornton law has angered education leaders, who say the state would be backing off from its promises to schoolchildren. O'Malley is proposing to reduce the amount of state aid to school districts now required under a law passed in 2002 that increased state spending by $2 billion over five years. The law requires increases for inflation each year after this current school year. The governor favors not funding those inflation increases for two years, an action that would require the legislature to reopen the Thornton law. "We are not proposing that we reduce current levels of funding but we are requesting that they grow at a more moderate rate until we're able to get those other aspects, like the slots revenues, into place, which doesn't come until years three and four," O'Malley said Thursday on WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | September 28, 2007
Gov. Martin O'Malley is renewing his push to funnel tens of millions more in state dollars a year to schools in Baltimore City and suburban districts, a move aimed at helping counties with higher costs of living bear the price of providing a more expensive education. O'Malley's education spending plan emerged yesterday at a meeting with education, business and community leaders in the 111-year-old Annapolis Elementary School, the latest of his carefully planned events over the past week and a half to discuss his plan for erasing a $1.7 billion budget deficit through, among other things, a sales tax increase, property tax cut and income tax restructuring.
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September 27, 2007
Man fatally stabbed in West Baltimore An man whose name was not released died yesterday morning at a hospital after he was stabbed on a West Baltimore street by an unknown assailant. Police responding to a report of an injured man in the 600 block of N. Brice St. about 10 a.m. found the man bleeding from at least one stab wound. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died a short time later. Evidence recovered near where the man was found led police to the 700 block of Appleton St., where they believe he was attacked.
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August 24, 2007
Last week in Annapolis, House Republicans gave a classic something-for-nothing pitch to mend Maryland's $1.5 billion deficit. On the surface, it sounded pretty reasonable - restrain the growth of state government and taxes won't have to be raised. But as with most anything of consequence, the devil is in the details, and the GOP plan is short on specifics. Setting aside the $600 million the plan anticipates from the licensing of a whopping 15,000 slot machines at a half-dozen unnamed venues (surely a dubious proposal on many levels)
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By Lisa Tom . and Lisa Tom .,special to the sun | July 18, 2007
The Oakland Mills Tiger Sharks, the team with the fewest members in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League, had won only one meet since 1993 entering Saturday's competition against the Clary's Forest Sundevils. But they are back in the win column, thanks to a 307-296 victory over the Sundevils at the Swansfield pool. Tigers Sharks head coach Brandon Thornton, 24, remembers the victory 14 years ago when he was a 10-year-old swimmer on the team. He watched them win once more as an assistant coach in a meet against Clary's Forest in 2003.
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