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Erin Cox and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Possession of small amounts of marijuana will no longer be a crime in Maryland under a law passed Monday and sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his expected signature. Adults caught with less than 10 grams of pot will get a citation that will be treated like traffic ticket and pay a fine, but they could no longer be sent to jail. O'Malley said he plans to sign the law, a reversal from views he held as he gained prominence as Baltimore's tough-on-crime mayor. "As a young prosecutor, I once thought that decriminalizing the possession of marijuana might undermine the public will necessary to combat drug violence and improve public safety," O'Malley said in a statement.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson will be honored at the White House on Thursday along with eight other local leaders who have taken steps to reduce gun violence, the Obama administration said Monday. Johnson testified at an emotional Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on federal gun control proposals early last year, just weeks after the shooting massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead at a Connecticut elementary school. The Democratic-controlled Senate ultimately failed to pass any legislation on the issue.
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February 23, 2011
The Arab world is quaking for democracy. Tunisia has led the surge; Egypt, Bahrain and Libya follow in its footsteps. Arab revolutionaries must learn from the events that have unfolded in every struggle for one's unalienable rights in the past, from that of Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr. Reports continue to pour in ascribing violence to governments under siege. Libyan armies have even bombed certain parts of their own capital. Revolutionaries must consider the government's resort to violence as a weakness.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Two domestic violence bills on Gov. Martin O'Malley's wish list won final passage in the General Assembly Monday night, pushing his agenda closer to completion. One of the measures would ease the burden of proof for domestic violence victims asking a judge to issue a protective court order against an alleged abuser. Maryland is now the only state to require "clear and convincing" proof of abuse. The bill would change that to the "preponderance of the evidence" standard used in other states.
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January 25, 2011
Once again, Thomas Schaller, offers his far left opinion regarding the rhetoric of the last few weeks ( "Violence on the right: more evidence," Jan. 25). The major flaw in Mr. Schaller's opinion is his great assumption, like others of his ilk, that his cited list of incidents prove a direct cause and effect connection to the political right's "violent rhetoric. " He also references David Neiwert's book as support for his opinion; he's a professor at Columbia University (farther left-leaning than Mr. Schaller)
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By Peter Hermann | April 25, 2012
The Sun's Mary Gail Hare reports this morning more violence: Two shootings in the city Tuesday have left one man dead and another critically wounded. A 22-year-old man was shot multiple times in the torso shortly before 6 p.m. in the 4800 block of Northwood Drive near Winston Avenue in Govans. Police said the victim was approached on the street by an unidentified man who fired at him with a handgun. The victim remains in serious condition at an area hospital.   At 10:05 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 4100 block of Norfolk Ave. in the Forest Park area.
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November 11, 2013
The recent article, "Gansler, Brown clash over domestic violence proposals (Oct 29), pointed out to your readers where two candidates stand regarding domestic violence, so how about giving me an opportunity to express my thoughts on this issue? Unfortunately, I have been a victim of domestic violence. I know first hand what it is like when a spouse hits you, spits at you, attempts to scratch your eyes and uses verbal abuse as well. My experiences from this dreadful situation serve to validate the importance of getting out of those horrendous circumstances immediately.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
On a day when at least four people were shot in Baltimore before dinner time - two of them fatally - hundreds of city men took to the streets in a planned 10-mile march along North Avenue, shutting down portions of the thoroughfare, to protest the recent spike in gun violence. "There's a war going on in our streets" that "starts and ends with our young black men," City Councilman Brandon Scott told the crowd, which included the mayor and police commissioner. "We're going to take our city back.
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February 20, 2013
I'm writing you to express concern over how the media has covered the death of South African Reeva Steenkamp ("Pistorius breaks down in first court appearance," Feb. 16). She has been sexually objectified, and her loss of life has been trivialized. I ask that you please avoid sexualizing her in this publication, avoid glorifying the man who stands accused of her murder, and be more acutely aware of how you report violence against women generally - an issue that impacts at least a billion women worldwide every year.
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January 26, 2011
In his op-ed column of Jan. 25, Thomas Schaller itemizes acts of violence by the right ( "More evidence of violence on the right" . Apparently he denies that the left deserves equal scorn. Really? What about the extremely violent deaths inflicted by liberals on millions of unborn babies? These killings far overshadow the comparatively few killings committed by conservatives. Furthermore, while killings committed by conservatives are condemned by the vast majority of right-wingers, those committed by left-wingers are supported and condoned by the vast majority of leftists.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown launched the  first issue ad  in his campaign for governor on Monday, choosing to highlight his work on domestic violence prevention. The 30-second spot opens by recalling the death of Brown's cousin, Catherine Brown, who was fatally shot by a former boyfriend in 2008 and tells voters that "no family is immune from the tragedy of domestic violence. " The advertisement mentions several domestic violence laws Brown lobbied to pass in Annapolis, including one that calls for people who have domestic violence protection orders filed against them to surrender their firearms.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
Notre Dame of Maryland University announced Thursday that a New Jersey liberal arts college provost known for her research on domestic violence will be its new president. Marylou Yam, currently provost at Saint Peter's University, a Catholic liberal arts institution in Jersey City, N.J., will take over the post at the North Baltimore school on July 1. In a statement, Notre Dame officials said Yam played a key role in Saint Peter's transition from a college to a university. They said she exemplifies Notre Dame's mission of preparing leaders to transform the world as well as its active and longstanding commitment to social responsibility.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Skateboarding apparel store Zumiez included "mall violence" in its annual report of business risks released Tuesday, after a January shooting at The Mall in Columbia left two employees dead. "Most of our stores are located in shopping malls," the Washington state-based company wrote. "Any threat of terrorist attacks or actual terrorist events, or other types of mall violence, such as shootings in malls, particularly in public areas, could lead to lower customer traffic in shopping malls.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 13, 2014
A few words about Nathan Entingh's hand gun. Meaning, you should understand, not a gun you hold in your hand, but rather, the hand itself, thumb cocked and index finger extended to resemble a pistol. One afternoon late last month, young Mr. Entingh, who goes to school in Columbus, Ohio, was goofing off in science class when he raised such a "hand gun," pointed it at another kid's head, and said, "Boom. " Not a good thing to do, and Mr. Entingh, who is 10, should certainly have been reprimanded.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
Victims of domestic violence would enjoy stronger legal protections under legislation passed Thursday by the House of Delegates. House members voted overwhelmingly for a trio of bills proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley that would make it easier for a domestic violence victim to get a protective order from a court, expand the circumstances under which such orders could be issued and impose an extra penalty of up to five years for domestic violence in...
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
The question has been debated in Baltimore for decades: How can the city cut its murder rate, which is among the highest in the nation? For the 50 young people and their advocates who spent Saturday at Liberty Rec and Tech Center in West Baltimore, part of the solution is to create more jobs. "We should not have to worry about walking home. We should not have to worry about our younger siblings being home alone," said Tyrone Holmes, 17, a City College senior and a student leader with the nonprofit youth advocacy group The Intersection.
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March 13, 2012
It is depressing that supporters of Second Amendment rights seldom if ever mention the frequent tragedies, such as the recent killing of the 13-year old girl in Baltimore. Because they do not mention them, one is left to assume they regard them simply as inevitable collateral damage not worthy of mention in discussions of gun control. R.L. Hall
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March 24, 2011
I have never served in law enforcement, but I want to offer a few suggestions in an attempt to curtail the rampant violence percolating in Baltimore: •Decriminalize marijuana. Too much manpower is wasted in pursuit of the penny-ante marijuana users and dealers. This energy wasted in chasing these people could be more positively utilized within the ranks of our frustrated police department. •Assign large masses of street patrols. If I were Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, I would park half the police cars and assign these officers to foot patrols.
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February 25, 2014
As an African-American man who understands history, I have a problem with the idea that whenever a white person kills a black person the reason is always race ( "A never ending war," Feb. 18). It is more an assumption that we make rather than what is stated or proven. If it was proven that color was behind the slayings, that is one thing. But if not, we overlook and oversimplify an important truth: Being stupid or over-reactive does not automatically equate to being racist. Does every white-on-black violent act evoke the days of slavery?
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