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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 20, 2014
I have a question for George Will. If he can't answer it, maybe Brit Humecan. Both men were recently part of a panel on "Fox News Sunday" to which moderator Chris Wallace posed this question: Has race played a role in the often-harsh treatment of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder? Wallace was reacting to a clip of Mr. Holder strongly hinting that a testy encounter with House Republicans was part of a pattern of race-based abuse of himself and the president. Some of the panelists framed their answers in political dimensions, i.e., what does this mean for the midterms?
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NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Residents at a notorious subsidized housing complex in West Baltimore sued their landlord and two private security firms Tuesday, alleging that they were forced to live in filthy conditions and suffered reprisals from guards when they spoke out about problems. The case was filed in Baltimore Circuit Court on behalf of 32 adults and their children who live at the Madison Park North Apartments, which city officials have said is called "Murder Mall" by its residents. The city has tried to oust the company that runs the apartments, and tenants say they cannot move to escape the conditions because of how their housing vouchers work.
NEWS
April 13, 2014
The Sun's story regarding Medicare payments to ophthalmologists is incomplete and does not report the fact that the treatment in question is effective in restoring vision ( "Hundreds of millions paid by Medicare in Maryland," April 10). Maybe if Medicare payments are reported, then it should also be reported whether the treatment is beneficial to the patient. Not every surgical procedure requires general anesthesia. Report the number of "failed" laminectomies. Report the number of joint replacements which were unnecessary.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
t is clear we need to provide reasonable treatment for the seriously mentally ill who refuse to seek treatment on their own. A clinical review panel of professionals and layment would ensure that mandatory treatment is not abused. Currently, many individuals and their families suffer from lack of mandatory treatment services. Our current laws and practices fail to provide the care needed for the seriously mentally ill. We can do better for our families, our friends and our neighbors.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
While Stan Ber is correct that Ray Rice only has been indicted, not convicted for the offense of domestic violence, I am puzzled why he hopes that Rice avoids prison time. In recent months, athletes, entertainers, military personnel, and the heir to the DuPont fortune, have received slaps on the wrist for violence against women. (Just today, Minnesota Timberwolves player, Dante Cunningham was accused of choking hs girlfriend).  If Rice is convicted but avoids prison, most Ravens fans will cheer for him, ignoring his offense.  While athletes and entertainers should not be punished solely because of their status, neither should they be given preferential treatment by the courts compared to non-celebrities convicted of similar crimes.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Local medical professionals will gather with members of Baltimore's gay community later this month to discuss a new medical treatment that involves HIV-negative patients taking a daily pill to avoid becoming infected. The April 28 forum, hosted by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore, will cover the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, which "has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection among adult men and women at very high risk for HIV infection through sex or injecting drug use," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
The recent article, "Arundel police officers to carry drug to counteract heroin overdose (March 24) yet again brings attention to the heroin epidemic taking root in communities throughout our state. As the article accurately outlines, heroin-related deaths are increasing in Maryland with Anne Arundel County experiencing overdoses at a rate of more than one per day. Adding to this already alarming news, health officials expect the number of deaths and overdoses throughout the state to climb even higher.
NEWS
March 19, 2014
Regarding your recent editorial on the Columbia Mall shooting, it is vitally important that people not remain silent but intervene to get a mentally disturbed people into treatment ( "With no warning," March 16). The recent Columbia Mall shooting should remind us that, since the Newtown massacre, there have been 44 additional shootings just in schools. Scientific research shows that how the media report on suicide, especially in school-age children, can inadvertently spread the idea - particularly if the coverage is sensationalized.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Lying awake at night staring at the ceiling is never fun. But we all experience this insomnia at some points in our lives. When sleeplessness becomes chronic, it can cause other health and lifestyle problems. Dr. Audrey Liu, a sleep specialist at Mercy Medical Center, talks about how to treat insomnia. What are the different symptoms of insomnia? Nighttime symptoms of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep, recurrent awakenings throughout the night and early awakenings.
NEWS
March 13, 2014
Well, well, what a surprise, Maryland is poised to pass some form of an indefinite forced medication bill ( "Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment," March 10). Presumably the forced ingestion will end when the subject is cured or hell freezes over, whichever comes first. And all in the name of some perceived safety benefit. I say perceived because, 1) the evidence shows the so-called mentally ill are not any more prone to violence than the general population, and 2)
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