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How cellphones are changing 911

Kate Bergstrom was home alone with her toddler when the allergic reaction began. Her throat started to swell. It became difficult to breathe. There was no one else to help her. As precious seconds ticked by, the Baltimore County woman reached for her cellphone and tapped 911. But when the call...

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      Big Ten Network working to win over Maryland fans

      Eighteen months after the University of Maryland's jump to the Big Ten, the conference's television network is trying to make Terps fans feel more at home in their sprawling new neighborhood — an Illinois-based league with deep Midwestern roots. "No one is expecting it to happen overnight," said...

    • Tax assessment appeals persist in Baltimore

      Tax assessment appeals persist in Baltimore

      As the state deadline to file appeals of property assessments looms, officials are preparing for a flood of petitions — particularly in Baltimore, where property owners routinely appeal their tax assessments at rates double or triple the statewide average. Baltimore property owners filed about...

    • Casinos weather the winter storm; revenues are modestly up

      Casinos weather the winter storm; revenues are modestly up

      Maryland's casinos reported another month of revenue gains in January, but the increases were slowed by the recent weekend snowstorm, according to figures released Friday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Revenue from the five casinos totaled $88.3 million, a 4 percent increase...

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    • BMA to open show of 200 artworks acquired for the institution's centennial

      BMA to open show of 200 artworks acquired for the institution's centennial

      The Baltimore Museum of Art is opening an exhibit on Feb. 7 of more than 200 of the dazzling, quirky, enigmatic and enchanting artworks that it has acquired in celebration of the institution's centennial. "What you'll see in these galleries is just the tip of the iceberg," said Jay Fisher, the...

    • Super Bowl specials, viewing parties at Baltimore bars

      Super Bowl specials, viewing parties at Baltimore bars

      The only Super Bowl question more pressing than "Panthers or Broncos?" this Sunday is "Watch at home or head out to the bar?" For those still searching for Super Bowl plans, Baltimore bars and restaurants will offer viewing-party packages and discounted specials. Here’s a roundup (and feel free...

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      On its 100th birthday, a look back at the birth of the BSO

      It all started with a sort of "Kumbaya" moment. A municipal band founded by the city of Baltimore in 1914 played outdoor concerts in the summer months at the base of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. In June 1915, Frederick Huber, manager of the summer school program at Peabody, approached...

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    • 'One American family'

      'One American family'

      It was predictable that President Barack Obama would get slammed for speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore this week. The president's critics have taken the position that whatever Mr. Obama does must be wrong, including things Republicans themselves have done. President George W. Bush visited...

    • Can sitcoms erase bigotry?

      Can sitcoms erase bigotry?

      So it turns out sitcoms can erase bigotry. That's the bottom line of a study recently presented before a conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. And it doesn't even have to be a particularly good sitcom. To judge, at least, from a screening of its first two episodes, the...

    • Poultry processing, a thankless job

      Poultry processing, a thankless job

      Americans love chicken, and the day we love it most is today, Super Bowl Sunday, when we will consume 1.3 billion chicken wings. But how does a live chicken turn into a bag of frozen Buffalo wings? Who's doing the hard work of hanging, trimming and freezing the chicken? In 2014, over a quarter...

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    • O'Malley campaign secures public cash before dropping out

      O'Malley campaign secures public cash before dropping out

      When Martin O'Malley decided in November to rely on public financing for his struggling presidential campaign, he was tossing a Hail Mary with a federal program that watchdog groups say is in need of a major overhaul. The former Maryland governor was also ensuring he could pay off his debts when...

    • Former lieutenant governors weigh in on Rutherford's special snow plow

      Former lieutenant governors weigh in on Rutherford's special snow plow

      Former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said she could have warned the state's current No. 2 about last week's political dust-up over preferential snow plowing. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford came under fire for asking Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, a fellow Republican, to clear his Columbia...

    • Howard County delegation debates bill aimed at school information access

      Howard County delegation debates bill aimed at school information access

      Howard County parents are complaining that the school system has kept them in the dark on a number of issues, including mold discovered in several public schools. Some parents cited county schools' failure to respond to questions and requests for information when they launched an online petition...

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