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By Robert J. Strupp | May 5, 2013
As we recently celebrated the 45th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, it is significant to note that the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan regions are among the most segregated in America. Last month, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law recently reported on a study showing that Maryland's public school system is among the most segregated in the nation. The report, conducted by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, revealed that more than half of the state's black students attended schools with minority enrollments between 90 percent and 100 percent during the 2010-2011 school year, up from 33 percent in 1989.
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Marta H. Mossburg | April 23, 2013
Human nature frequently disproves theories. Conventional wisdom, for example, says that open office space plans with workers grouped like cattle encourage creativity and collaboration. But study after study shows that people are more inventive, productive and healthy with more privacy. Susan Cain writes about this eloquently in "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. " But examples are legion of experience trumping ideology. Would that legislators, like state Sen. Jamie Raskin, keep this in mind when trying to help people.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2013
Another day and another player linked to the Orioles goes elsewhere. This time it was Lance Berkman, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal (with a $1 million option buyout) to be the Texas Rangers' designated hitter, according to several reports. Berkman's penchant to get on base (a lifetime .409 mark) certainly made him intriguing to the Orioles, but given his persistent knee injuries and the fact that, at 36, he is strictly a DH these days, it wasn't really a fit. He is like a lot of other free agents on the market this year.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Autograph session vouchers for this month's Orioles FanFest will go on sale Saturday morning at 10 on the team's website (Click HERE for the link). The event's autograph session schedule will be posted on the website by 9 p.m. on Friday. This year's FanFest will take place on January 19 at the Baltimore Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Orioles season plan holders will gain early entry at 10 a.m. Autograph vouchers, limited to 250 for each session, will be $15 each, with the proceeds going to OriolesREACH.
NEWS
September 13, 2012
For once I agree with Marta Mossburg, that something needs to be done about Baltimore City public schools ("Baltimore City schoolchildren deserve a real choice," Sept. 12). But I'm very curious where she came up with the numbers she uses to push her idea for vouchers. Unless she's living in a very different world from Baltimore, her numbers just don't add up. She says that Baltimore City spends $14,711 per student, which she says is the third highest in the nation. That may be true, but then she follows it up by saying, "Private school costs are lower than public school costs" and that a voucher system would cost only $42,00 per pupil over a three year period.
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Marta H. Mossburg | September 11, 2012
"Greetings from Maryland, home of the number one public school system in America for four years in a row!" That is how Gov. Martin O'Malley opened his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last week to a roar of applause. He was referring to the state's ranking from Education Week magazine. If he had said, "Greetings from Maryland, where more than 60 percent of public school graduates who studied a 'college prep curriculum' and went on to community college needed remedial help in math" (which was the case as recently as the 2008-09 school year)
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | May 20, 2012
Just when you thought the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program for poor, predominantly minority kids was fully protected from politics, here comes the Obama administration with another broadside. The popular program (which falls under congressional jurisdiction) allows impoverished children in the notoriously underperforming D.C. public school system to attend area private schools with vouchers of up to $12,000. Its contentious history includes full-scale support from congressional Republicans and theGeorge W. Bush administration.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina | January 11, 2012
Because of lingering symptoms of a concussion suffered 16 months ago, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts most likely will be skipping next weekend's FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center. A club source said it was “highly doubtful” Roberts, who played in just 39 games in 2011 because of the concussion, would be at the Jan. 21 event but it “is not completely out of the realm of possibility.” Roberts was originally slated to be there, and vouchers for one of his two joint autograph sessions had sold out. But he recently informed the club that, because he has been advised by doctors the event could cause further stress, he would not be attending.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina | January 6, 2012
Here's the autograph schedule for this year's Orioles FanFest, which will take place on Jan. 21 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Autograph session vouchers will go on sale Saturday morning at 10 on Orioles.com. All but one autograph station at FanFest will require the advance purchase of autograph vouchers at www.orioles.com/fanfest   for $15 each. For that price, fans will get an autograph from from each of the three or four players at that station. One autograph station will be exclusively for kids ages 4-14 and will be free of charge.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly | January 5, 2012
Here's an Orioles' press release worth passing on to those of you who are hoping to get autographs at FanFest later this month: "Vouchers for autograph sessions at the Orioles' 2012 FanFest will go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The list of autograph session times and participants will be posted online for preview at www.orioles.com/fanfest by 9:00 p.m. this Friday. Orioles FanFest will be held on Saturday, January 21 at the Baltimore Convention Center from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with early entry for Orioles Season Plan Holders to begin at 10:00 a.m. At this year's FanFest, the Orioles will continue an autograph policy designed to support youth charitable endeavors through OriolesREACH and reduce fan disappointment by shortening wait times.
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