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Medical examiner’s office gets more staff to handle overdose deaths

The state medical examiner's office, overburdened by deaths related to the opioid epidemic, will be able to hire three additional examiners, state health officials confirmed. Examiners have been struggling to perform autopsies on schedule, and the office already has run afoul of national workload...

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Spring breaks next year will shrink to comply with Hogan Labor Day order

Spring breaks next year will shrink to comply with Hogan Labor Day order

The week-long spring break that Maryland schoolchildren just enjoyed will be much shorter next year in some counties. Several school systems in the state have shortened their 2018 spring breaks to comply with Gov. Larry Hogan's executive order mandating that the school year start after Labor Day...

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  • Trump has fulfilled only 10 of 38 promises in first 100 days

    Trump has fulfilled only 10 of 38 promises in first 100 days

    Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice — no small...

  • Trump wants corporate tax rate cut to 15 percent, even if it swells the national debt

    Trump wants corporate tax rate cut to 15 percent, even if it swells the national debt

    President Donald Trump is pursuing a drastic cut in the corporate tax rate, a move that is likely to grow the national debt and breach a long-held Republican goal of curbing federal borrowing. The president has instructed advisers to propose cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15...

  • State Department removes promotion of Trump's Mar-a-Lago from its website

    State Department removes promotion of Trump's Mar-a-Lago from its website

    The U.S. State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump's Florida resort, after a storm of ethics criticism Monday.In an April 4 blog post that was republished by several U.S. embassies abroad, Mar-a-Lago was described as "Trump's Florida estate," where he has...

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  • City Paper names new editor

    City Paper names new editor

    The City Paper has promoted Brandon Soderberg to editor of the free alternative publication, part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Soderberg, who had been deputy editor and arts editor, will oversee the print and online editions, the company said Monday. He has been writing for City Paper since...

  • America's manliest industries are all competing for women

    America's manliest industries are all competing for women

    Baby boomers are retiring in droves, vacating construction sites and body shops and 18-wheelers. Now America's male-dominated industries, faced with a looming worker shortage, are trying to tap talent that has traditionally found such working conditions hostile: women. The Iron Workers union this...

  • Chobani yogurt company sues right-wing radio host Alex Jones

    Chobani yogurt company sues right-wing radio host Alex Jones

    Greek yogurt giant Chobani filed a lawsuit Monday against right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company. Chobani says that Jones and his InfoWars website posted fabricated stories earlier this month that linked Chobani owner...

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  • 'A Short Reunion' is short on substance

    As part of its 10th-anniversary season, Single Carrot Theatre welcomes back alumni — only one original ensemble member remains after these 10 years — for a multi-location production billed as "A Short Reunion." It's not long on substance. Various playwrights whose works have been staged by the company...

  • Outdoor furniture and accents are evolving to be more weather-resistant

    Outdoor furniture and accents are evolving to be more weather-resistant

    Area residents are, increasingly, spending time outdoors. From spring through the warmer months of autumn, the "real" living, dining, kitchen and rec rooms are on the deck, porch, patio, poolside or on a grassy spot in the back or side yard. Obviously, one can't take the leather couch or grandma's...

  • Wedded: Sarah Lynam and Adam Shaub didn't let their career paths become a barrier

    Wedded: Sarah Lynam and Adam Shaub didn't let their career paths become a barrier

    Date: Feb. 25 Her story: Sarah Lynam, 31, was born in Newark, Del., and raised in Bel Air. She works as an OB-GYN in Baltimore and will soon start a fellowship in gynecologic oncology in Buffalo, N.Y. Her mother, Lynn Bayne, lives in Havre de Grace. Her father, Kenneth Lynam, lives in Newark. His...

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  • Ravens draft position-by-position breakdown: Linebacker

    Ravens draft position-by-position breakdown: Linebacker

    Ravens officials frequently call the draft the “lifeblood” of their organization and they put a tremendous amount of time and resources in preparing for it each year. They consistently downplay any outside attempt to place a greater importance on one draft compared to others. However, as this year’s...

  • Jabrill Peppers' NFL draft stock just took a double-shot of bad news

    Jabrill Peppers' NFL draft stock just took a double-shot of bad news

    Jabrill Peppers is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft, which starts Thursday. At least, Peppers was thought to go that early, but Monday brought a double-shot of bad news that may result in some NFL teams passing on the Michigan star. First, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Peppers...

  • After losing Destiny Slocum, Terps women land four-star point guard recruit

    After losing Destiny Slocum, Terps women land four-star point guard recruit

    The Maryland women's basketball team made a late addition to its incoming recruiting class Sunday, and it comes at an important position. Four-star point guard Channise Lewis signed with the Terps after visiting College Park earlier this month, giving the team a capable ball-handler after Destiny...

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  • A government shutdown? Seriously?

    A government shutdown? Seriously?

    As a political weapon, a government shutdown is a bit like self-immolation — it certainly demonstrates a commitment to one's cause, but there's no real victory possible for participants. The last shutdown was back in 2013 when Barack Obama, a Democrat, was president, and Republicans controlled...

  • Bill O'Reilly: Fall of a news icon

    Bill O'Reilly: Fall of a news icon

    The firing of Fox News provocateur Bill O'Reilly has been covered by the general news business as if he was the cable fraternity's equivalent of Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite. He was neither, although he did take on some major liberal organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union...

  • My life as a foster child

    My life as a foster child

    My life as a foster child began on Dec. 4, 2001. On that day, my little sister and I stood alone in court, having been abandoned by our parents, and abused and neglected by relatives. We were 11 and 13. The judge placed my sister and me in foster care in Prince George's County and made us the first...

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