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In a Maryland prison, Girl Scouts get to visit with their moms

Nine-year-old Kuhmaria VanBuren ran into the prison gymnasium and jumped into her mother’s arms with so much force they almost fell down. For the next two hours, Kuhmaria let her mom braid her hair and cuddled in her arms, savoring the rare contact. Sapphire VanBuren, 26, has been incarcerated...

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    • Elephants' reprieve: How about the rest of the animal kingdom?

      Elephants' reprieve: How about the rest of the animal kingdom?

      There is no shortage of cute elephant videos on YouTube, and the millions of views they’ve recorded demonstrate why. Elephants are exceptionally smart. They can use tools. They respond to the human voice, and they demonstrate empathy toward other creatures. And, frankly, there are few sights more...

    • Gratitudinal, or what to say on a holiday about which everything interesting, and lots that's not, has already been said

      Gratitudinal, or what to say on a holiday about which everything interesting, and lots that's not, has already been said

      As our national discourse plunges daily toward new lows of debasement, it would be tempting to offer up a Thanksgiving editorial calling on the nation to return to decency, wholesomeness and all else that the holiday implies. But we're figuring you're about as stuffed with politics as you're about...

    • Robert B. Reich: We're now seeing a backlash against the bullies

      Robert B. Reich: We're now seeing a backlash against the bullies

      Why are so many women now speaking out about the sexual abuses they've experienced for years? Is there anything unique about the time we're now living through that has encouraged them to end their silence? I can't help but think that their decisions are part of something that's happening throughout...

    • John Kass: Sen. Franken should take a long walk

      Those popping sounds you hear aren't light bulbs breaking as they hit the frozen surface of Lake Wobegon. Instead, that sound comes from political heads exploding in the Democratic Media Complex. Because liberal Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota was exposed, completely, for what he really...

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    • Under Armour names new head of footwear

      Under Armour names new head of footwear

      Under Armour has tapped one of its sports division managers to head footwear, a key growth category for the brand, as part of restructuring announced earlier this year. Ryan Drew, previously general manager of the brand’s basketball division, will become head of footwear, Under Armour said Tuesday....

    • Performance Horizon relocates growing Baltimore office

      Performance Horizon relocates growing Baltimore office

      Performance Horizon, a United Kingdom-based partner marketing software provider, has relocated its Baltimore office to a larger space in Highlandtown to accommodate its growth. The company is moving out of the Emerging Technology Centers space in the old Crown Cork & Seal factory into its own 7,000-square-foot...

    • MTA bus service changes in Baltimore represent 2 percent cut, report says

      MTA bus service changes in Baltimore represent 2 percent cut, report says

      The seasonal bus service changes proposed by the Maryland Transit Administration represent a loss of 183 bus runs and 3,350 miles per week — a 2 percent cut to the overall service, according to a report released Tuesday by a local rider advocacy group. The Central Maryland Transportation Alliance...

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    • Hampden's Miracle on 34th Street named 'most outrageous Christmas lights' in Maryland

      Hampden's Miracle on 34th Street named 'most outrageous Christmas lights' in Maryland

      With the holidays near, ’tis the season for dazzling lights displays. Luckily, if you live in Baltimore, you don’t have to go far to see Maryland’s best. Financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St. has named Baltimore’s Miracle on 34th Street the best place to see holiday lights on its list,...

    • Tio Pepe is beloved for more than nostalgia — it's the real deal

      Tio Pepe is beloved for more than nostalgia — it's the real deal

      Do Baltimoreans rave about Tio Pepe in downtown Baltimore because of nostalgia and fierce loyalty? Or does the fondness stem from a genuine appreciation of the sumptuous Spanish dishes, intimate dining rooms and polished wait staff? I was curious what an outsider from another state would think...

    • Riptide by the Bay will head to auction in December

      Riptide by the Bay will head to auction in December

      Riptide by the Bay will hit the auction block next month after nearly a decade in business in Fells Point. Known for its steamed crabs and other seafood, the restaurant and bar at 1718 Thames St. will be auctioned onsite at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 as owners Meredith and Roger Rippel step away from the...

    • 'Baltimore Rising': What they're saying about HBO documentary on post-Freddie Gray Baltimore

      'Baltimore Rising': What they're saying about HBO documentary on post-Freddie Gray Baltimore

      “Baltimore Rising,” the HBO documentary about Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, premiered Monday. Here’s a sampling of how people and critics reacted to the film, directed by Sonja Sohn of “The Wire.” Many were moved by the documentary’s portrayal of Baltimore. Others saw gaps...

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    • Coalition urges limit on when officers can view own body camera footage

      Coalition urges limit on when officers can view own body camera footage

      As more police departments use body cameras, a coalition of civil rights groups is raising concerns about officers’ unrestricted access to view their own footage, saying it can affect their memory of events. The Baltimore County Police Department is among the agencies that allow the practice, according...

    • Lengthy terms, discipline process cloak Maryland judges from scrutiny

      Lengthy terms, discipline process cloak Maryland judges from scrutiny

      Baltimore’s highest-ranking judge faces removal for misconduct. City judges are criticized for their handling of gun cases during a record spike in violent crime. And landlord-tenant judges are undergoing retraining after multiple studies found them misapplying housing laws. Amid the recent string...

    • Troubled Spring Grove lacks required citizens advisory board

      Troubled Spring Grove lacks required citizens advisory board

      State law is clear: Every psychiatric hospital operated by the Maryland Department of Health must have a citizens advisory board to help consult with its administrators. Each does except one — the troubled Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville. By law, the advisory board at Spring Grove is...

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