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Baltimore County scraps controversial severance policy for top officials

Baltimore County scraps controversial severance policy for top officials

Baltimore County has scrapped rules that let top appointees receive severance payments in addition to their retirement benefits when they leave their jobs. Under the Executive Benefit Policy, eligible appointed employees could get between 80 and 120 days of severance pay in addition to their earned...

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  • Baltimore must fund an inclusionary housing study

    Baltimore must fund an inclusionary housing study

    According to a recent Abell Foundation report, 57 percent of all renters in Baltimore spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. This means that even Baltimoreans earning middle incomes ($40,000-$75,000 a year) are struggling to pay the rent, while the city’s poorest residents face slum...

  • Fate of Md.'s blue crabs hangs in the balance

    Fate of Md.'s blue crabs hangs in the balance

    Much has been made over the Maryland Department of Natural Resources making some minor tweaks to limit the harvest of female blue crabs this fall in response to warnings from the Blue Crab Advisory Report, which urged reductions because of a precipitous decline in juvenile crabs in 2017 — down...

  • The great caterpillar factory

    The great caterpillar factory

    Turn the calendar back two months to early May, and the great caterpillar factories of eastern North America are in full production. If you stand quietly at night in any mature forest or woodlot, you'll hear it: a soft crackling and hissing in the dead leaves underneath the trees, an invisible...

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  • Investors back out of Evergreen Health deal

    Investors back out of Evergreen Health deal

    A group of investors that had applied to acquire Evergreen Health said Wednesday that they were backing out of the deal, leaving the Baltimore-based health insurer’s future in doubt. The investors said in a joint statement that “new financial information came to light that raised significant concerns”...

  • Legg Mason earnings up for quarter

    Legg Mason earnings up for quarter

    Legg Mason reported a profit of $50.9 million for its first quarter, compared with $33.5 million in the same April- to-June period last year. Earnings per share rose to 52 cents from 31 cents a year ago, beating analysts expectations. The consensus analysts' expectation was 43 cents a share, according...

  • iPhone-maker Foxconn to open Wisconsin plant expected to create as many as 13,000 jobs

    iPhone-maker Foxconn to open Wisconsin plant expected to create as many as 13,000 jobs

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history. The announcement comes at a critical juncture for a Trump administration...

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  • Bay Area on a budget: San Francisco and Napa Valley without the hefty price tag

    Bay Area on a budget: San Francisco and Napa Valley without the hefty price tag

    San Francisco and Napa Valley regularly are among the top U.S. vacation destinations — and for good reason. With its historic neighborhoods, homes in the hills and picturesque views of the bay, San Francisco is a cultural and food mecca bursting with diverse options sure to please the most discerning...

  • Sascha's 527 cafe to close next week

    Sascha's 527 cafe to close next week

    Sascha’s 527 cafe will serve its last chopped salad next week. The Mount Vernon restaurant at 527 N. Charles St. is closing after service Aug. 4 as new owners take over the building. Owner Sascha Wolhandler put the building on the market in January*, and sold her catering business to Mallory Staley,...

  • Creative Alliance aims to tackle anti-Muslim bias by featuring renowned female Muslim performers

    Creative Alliance aims to tackle anti-Muslim bias by featuring renowned female Muslim performers

    Baltimore’s Creative Alliance announced Wednesday that it will tackle anti-Muslim bias by bringing a half-dozen renowned female Muslim performers to Baltimore. The “Nisa/Women” program — “Nisa" is the Arabic word for “women” — is funded by a $145,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic...

  • Food truck owners continue fight to overturn city's '300-foot rule'

    Food truck owners continue fight to overturn city's '300-foot rule'

    Baltimore food truck owners continued their fight Wednesday to overturn a city rule that bars them from operating near brick-and-mortar restaurants. Attorneys representing food truck owners Joey Vanoni and Nikki Marks (nee McGowan) and lawyers for the city went before a Baltimore City Circuit Court...

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  • Scaramucci tweets, deletes, compares his and Priebus' relationship to Cain and Abel

    Scaramucci tweets, deletes, compares his and Priebus' relationship to Cain and Abel

    New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci went after chief of staff Reince Priebus on Thursday as a suspected "leaker" within the West Wing in a pull-no-punches interview that laid bare the personality clashes and internal turmoil of Donald Trump's presidency. "The fish stinks...

  • Senators prepare bill to block firing of special counsel

    Senators prepare bill to block firing of special counsel

    Warning of "holy hell" to pay if the president fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a top Senate Republican is working to prevent the potential end result, the dismissal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is working on legislation that would block the firing...

  • Senate Republicans push 'skinny bill' to advance goal on Obamacare repeal

    Senate Republicans push 'skinny bill' to advance goal on Obamacare repeal

    They couldn't pass a repeal of "Obamacare," or find the votes for a White House-backed replacement. So now Senate Republicans are lowering their sights and trying to unite behind a so-called "skinny repeal" that would merely undo just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama's law. ...

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  • State reaches settlement in Tyrone West death lawsuit

    State reaches settlement in Tyrone West death lawsuit

    Maryland has reached a $400,000 agreement to settle its share of a lawsuit in the 2013 death of Tyrone West from injuries received during a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore. The settlement is scheduled for a vote Wednesday by the state Board of Public Works. It is part of the resolution of a...

  • Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

    Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

    A young woman who says she carried a gun for her own protection. A truck driver passing through Baltimore with a gun in his cab. The manager of an optometrist’s office who, after a car accident, was found to have a gun in his vehicle. As Baltimore’s City Council considers a proposed one-year mandatory...

  • Neighborhood tensions arise as residents learn of plans for medical marijuana dispensaries

    Neighborhood tensions arise as residents learn of plans for medical marijuana dispensaries

    John Seifert was having trouble renting out his shuttered flower shop in Baltimore County. Finally, a real estate agent found a potential tenant: a medical marijuana dispensary. Seifert signed a five-year lease with the firm, which wants to sell cannabis tinctures, oils and other products to patients...

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