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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Sports At Large
12:24 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Sports At Large: Should A Sixth Grader Be Recruited? Even If His Name Is Lebron James, Jr.?

LeBron James

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 10:09 am

LeBron James proclaimed he was stunned that his 10-year-old son was already the subject of recruitment by college basketball coaches. James has to be acting if he wants to convince anyone that he’s not aware that recruiting of kids is going on. How could he not? The practice of attempting to attract youthful talent into the pipeline of sports has gone on for well over a century, back to the dawn of intercollegiate athletics.

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2:03 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Where Our ‘Last in the Nation’ Charter Law Has Gotten Maryland

Kindergartners at Patterson Park Public Charter School learn animal names in Spanish by acting out the sounds they make.

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 11:34 am

A dozen years after Maryland passed one of the strictest charter school laws in the country, charter advocates are calling for changes to make starting and operating a charter school in Maryland easier.

At Patterson Park Public Charter School in East Baltimore principal Chad Kramer will show you what’s working about Maryland’s charter schools.  Middle schoolers are giving power point presentations on bloody Elizabethan sports, and kindergartners in Spanish class are up and about imitating animals.

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12:45 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Police Accountability Advocates Pack Senate Hearing

Advocates hold a news conference Thursday before state Senate hearings on several bills dealing with police accountability, including one that would alter the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:16 am

After years of complaining about police misconduct, advocates packed the state Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee room Thursday to support several bills aimed at making police more accountable.

Among them was one proposed by Baltimore City Senator Lisa Gladden that would alter the rights given to police officers under investigation for misconduct.

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3:07 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Hogan Lays Out Plan To Fight Heroin

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, left, to head up his administration's efforts to combat heroin-related deaths in Maryland.

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 2:21 pm

Gov. Larry Hogan announced new initiatives Tuesday to combat what he calls heroin emergency in the state. States across the East Coast have seen a dramatic rise in heroin. In Maryland, heroin-related deaths have nearly doubled since 2010, and now outpaces the state-wide homicide rate.

Hogan, who grew emotional while announcing the initiatives, said he knows first-hand the devastation of heroin addiction after he lost his cousin to an overdose. Still, he said he was surprised by how far-reaching the problem was when he was out campaigning throughout the state.

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1:38 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

"Rain Tax" Repeal: Campaign Fodder But a Budget Headache

Storm Drain

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 1:46 pm

Repealing the storm water remediation fee, what opponents call the rain tax, was a rallying cry for Republicans in the November election. But nearly four months later the controversial state law continues to vex both local officials and legislators in Annapolis.

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3:02 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

"Papa Bear" Remembered

A wake was held before the funeral of Frank Conaway Sr., long-time clerk of the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 10:36 am


Frank Melvin Conaway Sr., who died at his home Feb. 15, was remembered Monday as an accomplished African-American insurance agent, state delegate, Baltimore City Circuit Court Clerk, father and friend. 

Speakers at his funeral at Morgan State University's Murphy Fine Arts Center praised Mr. Conaway, who was 81, as a fighter and tireless advocate for the city of Baltimore and its citizens.

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General Assembly
11:21 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Beekeepers Raise Alarm Over Nicotine-Derived Pesticides

Honeybee drone

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 11:39 am

Beekeepers turned up in Annapolis on Tuesday to raise concerns about pesticides linked to beehive collapse and support a bill that would limit access to those chemicals. But Hogan administration officials voiced doubt on the science and the practicality of the proposed legislation.

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Sports At Large
11:00 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Sports At Large: Liars In The Little League

Little League Baseball Park, Miles City

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 2:03 pm

Sad to say, a group of kids who desperately needed encouragement and positive reinforcement got the worst lesson of all last week: that the adults they thought they could trust to give them a moment of joy had instead exploited them.

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11:54 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Long Time City Politico Conaway Passes

Frank Conaway Sr., 1933-2015

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 8:05 pm

Frank Conaway Sr., the long time Clerk of the Baltimore City Circuit Court has died.  Family members said the 81-year-old passed away in his sleep Saturday night.

A self-described godfather of African-American politics in Baltimore, Mr. Conaway, or "Papa Bear" as he was called by supporters, was the patriarch of a political dynasty in the city.

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