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Solar jobs soar as Maryland prioritizes renewable energy

Matt McDonough and his crew rolled up to the Brookly Park home around 8 a.m., unloaded their ladders, harnesses and tools, and got to work tiling another roof with solar panels. It was a typical work day for the four-man team. They don't talk much as they check electrical connections and begin...

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    • Chesapeake Bay advocates alarmed by plan that could open oyster sanctuaries to watermen

      Chesapeake Bay advocates alarmed by plan that could open oyster sanctuaries to watermen

      Some of the Chesapeake Bay's most densely populated oyster sanctuaries could be opened to periodic harvesting under a plan being floated by state officials, setting up more conflict between alarmed environmentalists and watermen seeking to make a living. Neither side is pleased with the first draft...

    • Bills altering rape laws advance in Maryland Senate

      Bills altering rape laws advance in Maryland Senate

      The Maryland Senate will consider two bills next week aimed at improving the prosecution of rape cases. The Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee gave approved a bill Thursday that would change the legal definition of rape so that proving the victim resisted would no longer be required. Prosecutors...

    • OSHA finds BWI chief retaliated against whistle-blower in old job

      OSHA finds BWI chief retaliated against whistle-blower in old job

      A federal agency has made a preliminary ruling that the chief executive at BWI Marshall Airport, while in his previous job, retaliated against a whistle-blower who reported runway safety concerns to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration made a preliminary...

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    • Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid to buy Unilever

      Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid to buy Unilever

      Ketchup maker and packaged food giant Kraft Heinz has withdrawn a $143 billion offer to buy Unilever, backing away after the mayonnaise, tea and seasonings maker rejected the bid as too low. The companies announced the decision Sunday in a joint press release, saying that Kraft Heinz has "amicably"...

    • Student debt in America hits record

      Student debt in America hits record

      Total U.S. student debt hit a record $1.31 trillion last year, the 18th consecutive year Americans' education debt rose, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Outstanding loans taken out for higher education have doubled since 2009, data show. No other form of household debt has increased...

    • SpaceX launches supplies to space station; 'Baby came back,' Elon Musk says of booster's return

      SpaceX launches supplies to space station; 'Baby came back,' Elon Musk says of booster's return

      SpaceX launched almost 5,500 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station on Sunday morning after scrubbing its Saturday attempt because of a potential issue with its Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket lifted off at 6:39 a.m. PST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the Hawthorne-based...

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    • 'Walking While Black' documentary aims to bridge gaps in police, community relations

      'Walking While Black' documentary aims to bridge gaps in police, community relations

      After an interaction with Howard County police in 2012 that he found deeply troubling, filmmaker A.J. Ali says he was motivated to address relations between police and the African-American community. "I wanted to do something, a short film … to say, 'Hey, look what's happening to us," he said....

    • Hutzler's flagship to reopen as part of Contemporary art installation

      Hutzler's flagship to reopen as part of Contemporary art installation

      Last June, when Michael Jones McKean stepped into the empty first floor of the long-closed Hutzler Brothers department store on a stretch of Howard Street once percolating with retail businesses, he sensed right away the possibilities for creating an art installation there. The 40-year-old McKean...

    • Here's our first look at HBO's Henrietta Lacks movie, starring Oprah

      Here's our first look at HBO's Henrietta Lacks movie, starring Oprah

      HBO this week announced a premiere date for the docudrama "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Now, the network has also released the first trailer, which you can watch above.  The movie, which stars Oprah Winfrey, explores the life of Henrietta Lacks, a Baltimore County woman whose cells were...

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    • Get governors out of parole decisions

      Get governors out of parole decisions

      Gov. Larry Hogan has demonstrated a more enlightened, less politically cowardly approach to parole and commutations than either of his two Democratic predecessors, Govs. Martin O'Malley and Parris N. Glendening. That is about the faintest praise anyone could possibly bestow. Mr. Glendening upended...

    • The 'lost' tier map law

      The 'lost' tier map law

      Five years ago, then-Gov. Martin O'Malley convinced members of the General Assembly to limit new subdivisions that rely on septic systems. It was seen as an important weapon in the effort to protect the Chesapeake Bay — counties could still authorize new developments, but they'd have to designate...

    • A way out for Judge Gorsuch

      A way out for Judge Gorsuch

      If Judge Neil Gorsuch gets fed up with President Trump, as any good judge should, I offer this as a model resignation latter to opt out of his Supreme Court nomination: Dear President Trump, I have made a decision that has been extremely difficult, but which I feel I cannot avoid. I respectfully...

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    • HIV cases down in Maryland, U.S.

      HIV cases down in Maryland, U.S.

      HIV infections in the United States have fallen for several years, and few places have seen a bigger drop than Maryland, according to new estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases in the state dropped an average of 7.5 percent per year from 2008 to 2014. That was...

    • Newsday, New York Times reviewing work of 'Pill City' author

      Newsday, New York Times reviewing work of 'Pill City' author

      A New York newspaper is reviewing the work of one of its former reporters after his new book on Baltimore was widely questioned by police and other officials here. Newsday managing editor Richard Rosen confirmed to The Baltimore Sun that the paper is reviewing the work of Kevin Deutsch, who worked...

    • Good Shepherd Services to close Baltimore County residential treatment program

      Good Shepherd Services to close Baltimore County residential treatment program

      Good Shepherd Services will close its troubled residential treatment program for adolescents in Halethorpe after two state agencies decided to withdraw the children they had placed there. The decision to withdraw the children followed moratoriums imposed late last year by the agencies on sending...

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