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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...

  • 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...

  • How to judge judges

    How to judge judges

    If there was any Circuit Court judge Baltimore voters might have been expected to have an opinion about, it was Alfred Nance. When he ran for re-election in 2014, he had long since been investigated by the Judicial Disabilities Commission on complaints of inappropriate courtroom behavior and had...

  • Wall isn't a lifesaver, it's a boondoggle

    Wall isn't a lifesaver, it's a boondoggle

    A border patrol agent was killed and his partner seriously wounded in the line of duty Sunday in West Texas. Few of the details of the incident have been released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his...

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  • Ellicott City set to measure its comeback during holiday season

    Ellicott City set to measure its comeback during holiday season

    Jason Barnes was knocked off his feet by the July 2016 flash flood that nearly destroyed historic Main Street in Ellicott City. The owner of All Time Toys was washed down the street by swiftly moving waters. He not only managed to rescue himself, but locked arms with bystanders to pluck a woman...

  • Primitive Beginnings will open Fells Point store

    Primitive Beginnings will open Fells Point store

    Primitive Beginnings, a young women’s apparel retailer that started online and operates an Ellicott City store, plans a second location in Fells Point. The store will open next month at 1641 Thames Street. Ellicott City resident Katy Miller started the business as online-only in 2007. She opened...

  • Justice Department suing AT&T to block $85 billion bid for Time Warner

    Justice Department suing AT&T to block $85 billion bid for Time Warner

    The Justice Department sued Monday to block AT&T's $85 billion bid for entertainment conglomerate Time Warner, setting the stage for one of the biggest antitrust cases to hit Washington in decades. The move by the Justice Department's antitrust division is unusual because it challenges a deal that...

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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...

  • Center Cut Doughnuts in Hampden to close this weekend

    Center Cut Doughnuts in Hampden to close this weekend

    Center Cut Doughnuts will serve its last doughnut this weekend. The Hampden bake shop at 3528 Chestnut Ave. will close after a going away party Sunday, owner Josh Kowitz said. The shop will be open regular hours Friday through Sunday. Full Circle, another doughnut shop, will open in its place,...

  • Fallston's Earth, Wood & Fire restaurant serves up tasty pizza and burgers

    Fallston's Earth, Wood & Fire restaurant serves up tasty pizza and burgers

    After five years of operating Earth Wood & Fire in Baltimore County, partners Carter Mason and Mark Hofmann found just the right spot for their second location — Fallston. The new place opened in mid-August near the busy intersection of Route 152 and U.S. 1, offering the restaurant’s signature...

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  • Michigan Rep. John Conyers denies sexual harassment settlements

    Michigan Rep. John Conyers denies sexual harassment settlements

    Longtime Michigan Rep. John Conyers on Tuesday denied settling a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances. The website BuzzFeed News reported on Monday that the office of Conyers, 88, paid the woman over $27,000...

  • Trump and Putin spoke by phone about Syria, White House says

    Trump and Putin spoke by phone about Syria, White House says

    The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House says Syria, Iran, North Korea and Ukraine were on the agenda. Trump and Putin spoke informally several times last week when they attended a summit in Vietnam. They agreed on...

  • Trump ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians who came to U.S. after 2010 earthquake

    Trump ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians who came to U.S. after 2010 earthquake

    The Trump administration said it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation in 2010. The Homeland Security Department said conditions in Haiti have...

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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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