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  • Hogan, Rutherford raise nearly $4.5 million in past year

    Hogan, Rutherford raise nearly $4.5 million in past year

    Gov. Larry Hogan's re-election war chest swelled by nearly $4.5 million this year, campaign finance reports show, bringing his campaign accounts to $5.1 million. The reports were filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of a midnight deadline. The popular Republican...

  • Trump's pick for EPA vows to support Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort

    Trump's pick for EPA vows to support Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort

    President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a frequent critic of environmental regulations, appeared to offer support Wednesday for a federally directed Chesapeake Bay cleanup program he once sued to stop. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who...

  • Bilal Ali nominated to become Baltimore's newest state delegate

    Bilal Ali nominated to become Baltimore's newest state delegate

    Bilal Ali, a community liaison in the Baltimore state's attorney's office, was selected Wednesday to become Baltimore's newest state delegate — part of a series of recent changes to the city's delegation triggered by the election of Mayor Catherine Pugh and the retirement of state Sen. Lisa Gladden....

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  • In final act as president, Obama commutes 330 drug sentences

    In final act as president, Obama commutes 330 drug sentences

    Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, more than...

  • Trump's Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry says he regrets call to eliminate agency

    Trump's Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry says he regrets call to eliminate agency

    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, said Thursday he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the federal agency and insisted it performs a critical function. Perry told a Senate committee that if confirmed, he will be a passionate...

  • Trump's Treasury pick defends his foreclosure actions

    Trump's Treasury pick defends his foreclosure actions

    Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department, on Thursday defended his handling of thousands of foreclosures during the height of the financial crisis, saying he had worked hard to assist homeowners to refinance so they could keep their homes. "Since I was first nominated...

  • As soon as he is inaugurated, Trump will move to clamp down on immigration

    As soon as he is inaugurated, Trump will move to clamp down on immigration

    Aides are clearing the way for President-elect Donald Trump to take the first steps toward transforming the immigration system as soon as he takes office Friday, fulfilling a major campaign pledge while deepening the fears of immigration advocates about what’s to come. Gone will be the temporary...

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  • Data breaches hit record in 2016 as DNC, Wendy's hacked

    Data breaches hit record in 2016 as DNC, Wendy's hacked

    U.S. companies and government agencies suffered a record 1,093 data breaches last year, a 40 percent increase from 2015, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Headline-grabbing hacks, with victims ranging from Wendy's to the Democratic National Committee, are increasing despite regulatory...

  • Pure Barre will open at The Rotunda next month

    Pure Barre will open at The Rotunda next month

    Pure Barre will open a location in the redeveloped Rotunda shopping center in Hampden in late February, joining tenants such as Mom's Organic Market, which opened last spring, and CineBistro, an upscale dinner-and-a-movie theater opening early this year. The barre studio will open in the 150,000-square-foot...

  • New Amazon distribution center in Cecil County brings hope to corridor

    New Amazon distribution center in Cecil County brings hope to corridor

    The announcement that Amazon would open a new distribution center in Cecil County brought hopes that the warehouse could revive the Northeast Maryland Interstate 95 corridor as a distribution stronghold. The 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center, to be built in a business park in North East...

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  • Butchers Hill Society brings diners in on a neighborhood secret

    Butchers Hill Society brings diners in on a neighborhood secret

    In case you haven't noticed, chef Malcolm Mitchell is making his mark on Baltimore's food scene. He opened Ryder's, a gastropub in Upper Fells Point, last summer; The Kitchen Market, a specialty food shop, in the fall; and most recently, Butchers Hill Society, a wine bar in the neighborhood that...

  • Baltimore musician Cris Jacobs talks growth and fatherhood

    Baltimore musician Cris Jacobs talks growth and fatherhood

    Before an interview last week, Cris Jacobs whispered a warning. "I may talk a little quieter," said the 38-year-old singer-songwriter, on the phone from his Reisterstown home. A couple days after back-to-back sold-out shows at the 8x10 in Federal Hill, Jacobs was doing his best to discuss his latest...

  • 'Hamilton' coming to Baltimore's Hippodrome in 2018-19; 'Phantom' sequel on tap for '17-'18

    'Hamilton' coming to Baltimore's Hippodrome in 2018-19; 'Phantom' sequel on tap for '17-'18

    Call it the pre-"Hamilton" season. The gaga-hit musical will finally reach Baltimore during the Hippodrome Theatre's 2018-2019 season, and subscribers to the theater's 2017-2018 lineup, announced Wednesday, will be first in line for tickets.  "We're not saying you have to subscribe to get tickets...

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  • A blue state guide to surviving the era of Trump

    A blue state guide to surviving the era of Trump

    Presidential elections come and go, and lingering hard feelings among those whose candidate lost are nothing new. But the sentiment among enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporters (and maybe even more so among those who reluctantly supported her) that the apocalypse will commence at approximately...

  • Inauguration Day: a uniquely American spectacle

    Inauguration Day: a uniquely American spectacle

    On Friday, tens of millions of people will watch the pomp and spectacle of a uniquely American tradition. The gleaming marching band on parade, the holy men and women delivering solemn invocations, the politicos in tuxes and gowns dancing their way through evening balls. And, of course, the next...

  • Support key to education

    Support key to education

    Eager. Anxious. Willing. Hopeful. More than 80,000 students entered Baltimore City public schools this fall largely optimistic about the new year. Sure, many were nervous, but behind that nervousness they felt an energy unlike any other time of the year. Students cannot wait to come to school. ...

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  • Baltimore consent decree contains denial of police misconduct allegations

    Baltimore consent decree contains denial of police misconduct allegations

    When the U.S. Department of Justice issued a scathing investigation into the Baltimore Police Department in August, city officials welcomed the findings. Then-Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the investigation, which found that city police routinely violate residents' civil rights, was an "important...

  • NSA records allege dozens of cases of workers ripping agency off

    NSA records allege dozens of cases of workers ripping agency off

    A group of five National Security Agency contractors falsified their time sheets to claim they had worked almost 200 days that agency investigators concluded they in fact had not, according to the agency's inspector general. The incident was one of more than 100 in which the NSA's internal watchdog...

  • Maryland's tailor-made deal for Marriott

    Maryland's tailor-made deal for Marriott

    The $62 million incentive package Gov. Larry Hogan and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett promised Marriott for building a new headquarters in Bethesda was tailor-made for the firm, down to the definition of who counts as an employee. The mix of forgivable loans, tax credits and grants from...

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