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Use of local foundation allowed Baltimore police surveillance project to remain secret

The Baltimore Police Department was able to keep secret the funding for a surveillance plane that monitored wide swaths of the city by routing project funds through a private foundation — whose director says he was not aware of the purpose of the spending. A Texas-based private donor supplied $120,000...

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  • Kevin Plank's Sagamore Ventures invests in Baltimore tote-bag maker and shop

    Kevin Plank's Sagamore Ventures invests in Baltimore tote-bag maker and shop

    Under Armour's Kevin Plank has invested in a Baltimore-based tote and duffel bag maker and shop. Plank's Sagamore Ventures LLC has invested an undisclosed amount in Treason Toting Co., started in 2013 in by Baltimore craftsmen Jason Bass and Aaron Jones. The maker of leather and canvas bags and...

  • Baltimore food technology startup gets boost from German software company SAP

    Baltimore food technology startup gets boost from German software company SAP

    German software giant SAP SE is investing in a Baltimore-based startup that takes flavor "fingerprints" of people and food with technology initially developed at McCormick & Co. SAP said Wednesday it will invest an undisclosed amount in Vivanda, founded in December 2014 by a former executive of...

  • Rollback of septic system requirements raises questions about bay impact

    Rollback of septic system requirements raises questions about bay impact

    Some environmental advocates worry that a state plan to roll back regulations for septic systems in parts of Maryland could stall efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. But proponents of Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal say the O'Malley-era rules, which require septics with advanced technology everywhere...

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  • Baltimore's wine professionals hit the books — and the bottles

    Baltimore's wine professionals hit the books — and the bottles

    Sixteen years ago, when Chris Coker first started his career as a sommelier, Baltimore's community of wine professionals was practically nonexistent. Coker, who was working at the now-closed Corks restaurant in Federal Hill, was thrilled by his job. But he was lonely in his profession. Though some...

  • The Maryland State Fair revives the Grand Parade, a treasured tradition from its past

    The Maryland State Fair revives the Grand Parade, a treasured tradition from its past

    When the 135th Maryland State Fair revives it Grand Parade this weekend after a 35-year absence, Marvin and Libby Fox will be celebrating more than marching past the grandstand at the Timonium fairgrounds. After all, the Parkville couple met during the parade 57 years ago and were married three...

  • 'Bachelor in Paradise' recap: Caila v. Ashley showdown

    'Bachelor in Paradise' recap: Caila v. Ashley showdown

    We return to "Bachelor in Paradise" to find that Vinny, the barber whose mom showed up at “The Men Tell All” to tell everyone he’s single, is still standing outside getting ready to talk to Izzy, who told him last night that she went from 100 percent into him to 70 percent into him after Brett,...

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  • Relief for 'deadbeat dads'

    One of the biggest hurdles many inmates recently released from prison face is the accumulated debt of child support payments they were unable to pay while behind bars. The courts generally issue child support orders based on the parents' income and ability to pay when their case is heard. But if...

  • Bathroom breakdown

    Bathroom breakdown

    Transgender individuals have been using their choice of bathrooms — yes, including school bathrooms — for decades, but thanks to a U.S. District Court judge, their ability to do so has once again been compromised. Monday's ill-timed injunction granted by Judge Reed O'Connor of Northern Texas will,...

  • Parallel dimensions

    Parallel dimensions

    Last year, officials at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration decided they would no longer test prospective drivers for parallel parking skills. A lot of folks immediately assumed this would substantially increase the pass rate. Guess what? They were right. Newly-released statistics show that...

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  • With Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at convention, GOP fundraising gets boost

    With Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at convention, GOP fundraising gets boost

    For the first time since he took office, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan attended the annual conference of local government officials in Ocean City this week, and his arrival ushered in more robust GOP fundraising. The three-day annual Maryland Association of Counties' summer conference has always...

  • Hatewatch blog led city to fire an attorney, but what is it?

    Hatewatch blog led city to fire an attorney, but what is it?

    When a team of researchers in Alabama published a blog last week, they effectively ousted a veteran attorney working for the City of Baltimore. On Wednesday, team leader Heidi Beirich wrote online that Glen Keith Allen had been a dues-paying member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance. On Thursday,...

  • Maryland public defenders juggle heavy caseloads; critics say indigent clients suffer

    Maryland public defenders juggle heavy caseloads; critics say indigent clients suffer

    The Annapolis district courts have not been gaveled into session for the day, but already more than a dozen criminal defendants and their relatives are milling around in the hallway when a public defender arrives, a stack of thick manila folders under his arm. He calls out a list of names. One...

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