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Stronger drunk driving rule among new Maryland laws

A new law dedicated to the memory of a police officer killed by a drunk motorist will require anyone convicted of driving while intoxicated to install a device that will prevent their vehicle from starting if the driver has consumed alcohol. The measure, known as "Noah's Law," is one of 300 bills...

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  • McCormick boosts sales, profit in third quarter

    McCormick boosts sales, profit in third quarter

    McCormick & Co. boosted sales and profit in a third quarter driven by strong global demand for flavorings and healthy foods, the Sparks-based spice maker reported Friday. Net income rose to $127.7 million from $97.6 million in the third quarter of 2015. Earnings jumped to $1 per share from 76 cents...

  • Weis Markets converts two more former Food Lions in Maryland

    Weis Markets converts two more former Food Lions in Maryland

    Weis Markets Inc. will re-open two former Food Lion stores in Maryland under the Weis banner Friday. The stores in Edgewater in Anne Arundel County and Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County are among those Weis is converting after acquiring 38 Food Lions in three states this summer. Weis also...

  • Meningitis outbreak victims to be awarded compensation

    Meningitis outbreak victims to be awarded compensation

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime will award $40 million to victims of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak that began in the fall of 2012, department officials confirmed Thursday. The outbreak stemmed from contaminated drugs manufactured by the New England Compounding...

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  • Harry Potter Festival to draw thousands of witches, wizards to Chestertown

    Harry Potter Festival to draw thousands of witches, wizards to Chestertown

    You won't need a broomstick, floo powder or the Hogwarts Express to travel to the magical world of "Harry Potter" this weekend.  All it takes is a quick trip down to Chestertown, where the small Kent County town will be transformed into the wizarding world this weekend for the third annual Chestertown...

  • Judge denies motion to dismiss Baltimore food truck lawsuit

    Judge denies motion to dismiss Baltimore food truck lawsuit

    A lawsuit challenging the city's 300-foot buffer rule for food trucks will move forward after a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge on Thursday denied the city’s motion to dismiss the suit.  Represented by the Arlington, Va.-based firm the Institute for Justice, Joey Vanoni and Nikki McGowans — owners...

  • Celebrate National Coffee Day with deals at local coffee shops

    Celebrate National Coffee Day with deals at local coffee shops

    Every day is National Coffee Day in my book, but today it's on calendars across the country. And local shops are brewing up deals to recognize it.  These businesses are offering coffee deals to celebrate the most caffeinated of holidays: Baltimore Coffee & Tea (9 W. Aylesbury Road) is offering...

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  • Great urban hiking, biking trails in the Northeast

    Great urban hiking, biking trails in the Northeast

    It may seem counterintuitive to plan a city outing that involves your hiking boots and camelback, but urban trails are some of the best-kept secrets in metropolitan regions. After all, what's an active body to do after a day spent in convention halls or perusing museums and watching theater performances?...

  • Rescue group finds homes for Kuwaiti dogs in Baltimore

    Rescue group finds homes for Kuwaiti dogs in Baltimore

    As the dogs touch down on a plane from Kuwait, each arrives with a story: Hope was the last survivor pulled from a pile of dead puppies; Stella was stabbed eight times; Mandy is recovering from pancreatitis. Jennifer Yoon recalls their histories as she scrolls through pictures of some of the 152...

  • Telling a child the uncomfortable truth about gender inequality

    Telling a child the uncomfortable truth about gender inequality

    The night after the Democratic party chose Hillary Clinton as its presidential nominee, I tried to describe the historic nature of it all to my nearly-4-year-old daughter as I tucked her in. I started strong, gleefully announcing that, for the first time, a major political party was putting forth...

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  • Raiders at Ravens: Jeff Zrebiec's scouting report

    Raiders at Ravens: Jeff Zrebiec's scouting report

    Jeff Zrebiec breaks down each facet of the game and which team will have the advantage when they play at 1 p.m., Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

  • Dumervil likely to play, but Ravens can take their time with him

    Dumervil likely to play, but Ravens can take their time with him

    Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil is expected to play for the first time Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, but the good news is that the Ravens don't have to press him into action. It's only four games into the season, but the Ravens (3-0) aren't in a "must win" situation like Cincinnati...

  • Ravens offense has been sluggish to start games

    Ravens offense has been sluggish to start games

    The Ravens' perfect start has disguised their imperfect starts in three victories. While the team is one of just five still undefeated, it has not exactly been sprinting out of the locker room in those wins.

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  • Sexual assault victims need competency more than comfort from BPD

    Sexual assault victims need competency more than comfort from BPD

    Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says a made-over interview room at police headquarters sends a message to sexual assault survivors that "we believe you, you're safe, and we're here to help you." Here's a message for the commissioner: There's a better way to gain the trust of those who...

  • The U.S.S.R. was America's best enemy

    The U.S.S.R. was America's best enemy

    I never stood a chance against Russia. It was the early 1980s and Robert Massie had just published his riveting "Peter the Great" biography; Warren Beatty had produced his magisterial "Reds"; and the ABC TV network broadcast "The Day After," a movie about a Soviet nuclear strike that millions of...

  • Clinton for president

    Clinton for president

    We endorse Hillary Clinton for president. But let's be honest, you are not surprised by that. Although The Sun's record on political endorsements is more mixed than many might expect (the paper backed Richard Nixon three times and Franklin D. Roosevelt only once), we have supported the Democratic...

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  • Tweets from Rep. Donna Edwards often deleted

    Tweets from Rep. Donna Edwards often deleted

    Rep. Donna F. Edwards, who ran for Maryland's open Senate seat this year, is an established voice for liberal causes in Congress and has been an outspoken critic of what she sees as her party's failure to truly embrace African-Americans. But when it comes to Twitter, the Prince George's County...

  • A month later, Baltimore police surveillance program still shrouded in secrecy

    A month later, Baltimore police surveillance program still shrouded in secrecy

    A month after being revealed for the first time, the aerial surveillance program that the Baltimore Police Department has repeatedly insisted was never secret remains heavily shrouded from the public. "Secrecy is not the correct word because it's not a secret spy program. That is absolutely false....

  • Audit of Baltimore finances shows 'significant deficiencies' in water billing, handling of grant money

    Audit of Baltimore finances shows 'significant deficiencies' in water billing, handling of grant money

    An annual audit of Baltimore's finances found three "significant deficiencies," including in how the city handles water billing and grant money, according to City Auditor Robert L. McCarty. McCarty, who reports to Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, presented the audit's findings to the Board...

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