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December 24, 2011
One Maryland shore town is deciding whether to create a municipal website. Commissioners of Mardela Springs tell the Daily Times of Salisbury that they're considering a website to promote open government and to keep residents informed about events and meetings. The town currently spreads information by mailing out monthly newsletters. Commission president Stanford Robinson says the town is concerned about possible startup costs. He says it won't be able to start the site if it would cost the town $400 to $500 a year.
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ENTERTAINMENT
Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
On Oct. 11, the Ottobar will host a benefit event for staff member Tom Malenski, who died last Friday after being stabbed near the Remington music venue following a punk-rock concert. Details surrounding the benefit event are not currently available, but the Ottobar has set up a page for donations to the Malenski family. To make a donation or for more information, visit this MissionTix page . There is also a GoFundMe page accepting donations to help with funeral costs.
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NEWS
September 27, 2011
I just about spit out my coffee Sunday morning when I read that you are going to start charging for access to the online version of The Sun. The Sun website is the worst website I have ever tried to use. Have you ever looked at the Washington Post or the New York Times websites to see how it's done? You couldn't have or yours wouldn't be the way it is. It is very difficult to find any article when one clicks on "Print Edition. " Unless it is an article that is also available online, it is virtually impossible.
NEWS
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
When an opponent launches a site attacking your candidate's credibility, what do you do? You launch a competing one, of course. Before Republican Larry Hogan even announced his new site that decries Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's attack ads as lies, the Maryland Democratic Party ferreted out the site's likely URL this morning. And then the Democrats launched their own site, with just one letter differing from Hogan's. At stopbrownslies.com , voters can see Hogan's petition to ask local television stations to stop airing ads Hogan says distorts his record on a half-dozen issues.
NEWS
October 23, 2013
The federal and state governments are spending millions in advertising the insurance exchanges in Maryland. What they are not saying is that the only people who need go to the exchanges for insurance are those that need subsidies. People can go directly to an insurance company or agent and receive insurance quotes of the same type, same premium and in some cases, look at coverage not available through the exchanges, all with no medical questions and available with no preexisting condition restrictions.
NEWS
September 28, 2011
Another bite from my Social Security check ("Baltimore Sun to begin charging users of its website," Sept. 25)? I love my access to The Sun every day and need that fix. I was born in Baltimore in 1932 and love my city, love reading about my hometown and love the way it's reported. Now it's another thing I'll have to do without. Currently, I must pay for my Internet service, but having to pay again to keep current with all that's important to my city is beyond my budget. Along with everything else that's changing in my aging process, now The Sun has to fall away.
NEWS
October 3, 2011
Charging for The Sun's website is penny-wise and pound foolish. As The Sun continues to shrink, as familiar bylines sign off, as more content is generically generated from out-of-town Tribune sources, themselves reduced, one wonders why not drop the expensive Sun subscription and subscribe to the Washington Post instead? For me, a major reason to continue to subscribe to The Sun was the interaction between reading the paper and being able to follow-up on line. Having to pay an additional subscription for this on-line content tips the balance against The Sun especially because I am increasingly frustrated that the Tribune generated national and international coverage is not available on the Sun's webpage.
NEWS
January 16, 2014
As the former president of the Baltimore chapter of the American Advertising Federation, I was disturbed to read that the city has elected to hire and pay a New York firm nearly $300,000 to revamp its website ("City to pay $286K for website overhaul," Jan. 15). Surely if the city had looked, it could have found more than a sufficient number of candidates in the city. Firms whose employees live in the city, pay city income and residential real estate taxes. Firms whose landlords pay real estate taxes that benefit the city.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
The publisher of the "Curious George" children's books expanded its presence in the fast-growing early-childhood education market with the acquisition of Cockeysville-based children's learning website Curiosityville. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which publishes children's books and develops educational assessments, curriculum supplements and professional training for K-12 education, announced the purchase this week but did not disclose the purchase price. "We have looked for market extensions, and the most natural one is early childhood, served by special education and pre-K," said John Dragoon, chief marketing officer for Boston-based Houghton Mifflin.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
The state will launch a website today that it hopes will give people a road map to health care reform as the country marks the second anniversary of the signing of the landmark legislation. The website, HealthReform.Maryland.gov, will provide users with information about benefits they can already take advantage of as well as those that will become available later. Most parts of the health care package won't take effect until 2014. Reform provisions already available include those giving seniors prescription drug rebate checks, allowing young adults to remain on their parents' policies until they are 26 and issuing small businesses tax credits for insurance.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
A day after Maryland committed to a gradual launch of its health exchange, state officials are still working out some key details — including where the opening day sign-up will be held — but experts say it could be a way to avoid a repeat of last year's botched rollout.  Several health experts said the approach that limits enrollment in the first few days could allow Maryland to "kick the tires" on its new website. "It's a controlled way to open enrollment," said Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
If not for TMZ, Ray Rice would still be a Raven today and back in the National Football League, having served his joke of a two-game suspension from commissioner Roger Goodell. The assault on his then-fiancee in an elevator at a New Jersey casino would be largely behind him - with the public never having seen the brutality he inflicted upon her. And the wide-ranging discussion about domestic violence that took place several nights last week at the top of network evening newscasts and all day and night on cable news channels would in all likelihood never have happened.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
A winter forecast map that is going viral and suggests above-normal snowfall for most of the country -- and "well above-normal" snow for the mid-Atlantic and New England -- comes from a satire website. The story has been shared widely across social media, carrying the headline "Meteorologists Predict Record-Shattering Snowfall Coming Soon. " The accompanying map forecasts an unusually snowy winter for about two-thirds of the country, and a corridor of even heavier snow from Virginia to Maine.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Maryland health exchange officials plan to contact every person who bought one of their insurance plans last year to get them to re-enroll in November. Most of the nearly 79,000 people who gained private coverage in the state under the Affordable Care Act were subsidized, and they will lose that benefit if they don't sign back up manually. Most people who do nothing will be automatically re-enrolled in the same or equivalent plans, according to Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, state health secretary and chairman of the exchange board.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Former Raven O.J. Brigance has been the inspiration behind the team's participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral movement in which participants are challenged to either dump ice water on their heads or donate to ALS research. Brigance, now the team's senior adviser to player development, has lived with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, since 2007. He said in a video posted on the team's website that the challenge has "garnered unprecedented support and awareness for the ALS community.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Federal regulators expressed confidence this week in Maryland's move to new technology to run its health exchange website. In a letter to Gov. Martin O'Malley dated Aug. 4, the top official from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it had reviewed the cost and feasibility of using the same platform as used in Connecticut. CMS' approval and ongoing oversight are necessary for the state to make the change, which was needed because the current website used by the uninsured and underinsured to buy health coverage has never worked properly, causing problems for thousands.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2013
Hacker group Anonymous claimed to have taken over the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in protest of attempts by federal officials to prosecute open-data campaigner Aaron Swartz. Swartz killed himself earlier this month. And in a YouTube video Anonymous said he did so because he was faced with "an impossible choice" after federal prosecutors charged him in connection with copying academic journal articles from an online repository. The video was reportedly posted on the website of the sentencing commission, but as of Saturday morning the site appeared to be offline.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | October 28, 2013
Last week, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski tried to call the HealthCare.gov helpline and got an operator. That's right: an operator! The call went through! MSNBC, the unofficial AV department of the Democratic Party, had a scoop. The network tweeted out the big news along with a link to the video: "Mika called the Obamacare hotline and got through with no problems -- right on air. WATCH. " It's a sure sign that the bar has been lowered to curb height when spinners are touting the exciting news that phone calls actually go through.
SPORTS
By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 22, 2014
Woodbridge (Va.) coach Karibi Dede played at Auburn with five cornerbacks that went on to be selected in the NFL draft. He also later served as a graduate assistant on Auburn's coaching staff. He has seen firsthand what it takes to be a successful corner at the college level. And to Dede, new Maryland commit Mike Majette has the tools to be productive. “Mike has the tools to progress at the collegiate level and the ability to one day play on Sunday,” Dede said during a telephone interview.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Coding problems that led to coverage and billing troubles for thousands of consumers using Connecticut's online insurance marketplace will be fixed in Maryland's version of the technology, officials said today. Maryland officials had been preparing to use the technology underlying the Connecticut exchange after ditching their own glitch-prone software. They still expect the new Maryland Health Benefit Exchange website to be operating smoothly in November, when the next round of consumers will be allowed to buy health coverage.
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