Fraser Smith's Commentary
1:09 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Smith: Maryland Leaders Shows Rare Bi-Partisanship

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 12:06 pm

Remember when cooperation between political leaders was almost routine? Can’t remember back that far? Neither can I. 

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5:16 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Maryland House, Senate Pass Fracking Bills

Sen. Bobby Zirkin sponsored legislation that would set tough liability standards on hydraulic fracturing in Maryland.

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 3:05 pm

The two chambers of the Maryland General Assembly took up and passed separate bills related to the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on Tuesday. One would put a moratorium on fracking until a panel can study the potential public health consequences. The other sets strict standards to hold gas drillers accountable if those consequences occur.

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9:06 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Hogan, Congressional Delegation Unite Around FBI Bid

From left: Rep. Andy Harris, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Sen. Ben Cardin, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, Gov. Larry Hogan, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 5:08 pm

Gov. Larry Hogan and the state’s Congressional delegation met Monday morning to discuss Maryland’s federal priorities, and bringing the new FBI headquarters to Maryland was at the top of the list. The project, with its 11,500 jobs, seemed enough to overcome any partisan differences between Maryland’s mostly Democratic congressional delegation and its Republican governor.

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12:29 am
Mon March 23, 2015

City Bill Aims At Human Trafficking

Baltimore City Councilman Jim Kraft (center) leads a work session on his bill that aims to prevent human trafficking in the city's hotel rooms. A public hearing is expected to be scheduled soon.

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:38 am

City tourism representatives and advocates for victims of human trafficking have dropped their objections to a bill aimed at stemming the practice in Baltimore now that the sponsor has dropped one provision--a ban on rent-by-the-hour rooms.

The move came after several meetings among the sponsor, Councilman Jim Kraft, tourism representatives and victims’ advocates.

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Sports At Large
3:39 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Sports At Large: U of Maryland Is A Basketball School

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:38 pm

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University of Maryland Baltimore County
3:02 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

UMBC’s Chess Team Heads to Final Four …. Again

Giant Chess Pieces and Trophies are Prominently Displayed in the UMBC Commons

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 11:34 am

  The chess team at the University of Maryland Baltimore County is arguably the dominant sports program in Maryland. The team will compete in the 15th annual college final four in New York City later this month. The tournament is governed by the United States Chess Federation. UMBC has made it every year and won it six times.

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General Assembly
2:05 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

General Assembly Considers ‘Death With Dignity’

Brittany Maynard sparked aid-in-dying legislation across the country after she moved to Oregon to end her life under that state's death with dignity legislation. She had an inoperable brain tumor. (Courtesy Compassion and Choices)

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 12:11 pm

Five states allow physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives. Now, the Maryland General Assembly is considering legalizing the practice here. Supporters call it death with dignity. Opponents say it’s physician-assisted suicide.

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12:03 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

State of the City: From Black Crime to Small Business to Garage Sale

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake delivered a State of the City address Monday that touched on a variety of issues.

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 12:33 pm

During a wide ranging State of the City address Monday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for an end to violence among African-Americans. She also laid out a plan to attract more businesses to the city and called on the city council to move on her proposal to sell four city-owned parking garages.

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3:54 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Mikulski Retirement Scrambles Maryland Congressional Calculus

Barbara Mikulski in 2011

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 7:56 am

The retirement of Senator Barbara Mikulski is causing seismic shifts in Maryland’s mostly Democratic Congressional delegation as members jockey for position to succeed her.

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6:21 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

What’s in the Water? EPA Investigating Offshore Contamination Around Sparrows Point

A capacity crowd shows up to get an update from the Environmental Protection Agency on the cleanup at Sparrows Point. The meeting was held February 26 in Dundalk, at the North Point Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 12:15 pm

  Environmental regulators have long known of the contamination in the soil at Sparrows Point in eastern Baltimore County. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency is probing the mud under the waters around the old steel mill to test for contamination.

But people who live nearby fear the agency isn’t paying enough attention to that part of the massive cleanup project.

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