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  • Despite rejected charter change, Schuh says procurement process saw reforms

    Despite rejected charter change, Schuh says procurement process saw reforms

    The system Anne Arundel County uses for its purchases and contracts underwent reforms last year, County Executive Steve Schuh's office said Wednesday, even as voters rejected a proposal last fall to alter a key facet of the system. Last year's changes, outlined in a press release from Schuh's office,...

  • Hogan seeks background checks for appointed lawmakers

    Hogan seeks background checks for appointed lawmakers

    Gov. Larry Hogan is asking people nominated to fill vacancies in the General Assembly to undergo background checks before taking their seats, infuriating Democratic leaders. Two people recently nominated to fill seats in the House of Delegates — Baltimore's Nick J. Mosby and Montgomery County's...

  • 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...

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  • Trump's treasury nominee defends foreclosure practices, ties to offshore entities

    Trump's treasury nominee defends foreclosure practices, ties to offshore entities

    Treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin defended his ties to offshore business entities and his management of a controversial California bank during a testy confirmation hearing on Thursday. Speaking before the Senate Finance committee, Mnuchin said businesses in the Cayman Islands and Anguilla...

  • 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, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change. Perry told a Senate committee on Thursday...

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

    In final act as president, Obama commutes 330 drug sentences

    In a last major act as president, 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...

  • 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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  • Norwegian missile maker to open plant at Navy facility in Indian Head

    Norwegian missile maker to open plant at Navy facility in Indian Head

    A Norwegian missile manufacturer announced plans Thursday to open a production facility for rocket motors and warheads at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head in Charles County, creating 130 jobs over the next five years. The Nammo Group's Nammo Energetics Indian Head is partnering with...

  • As tax season approaches, regulators warn of fraud and identity theft

    As tax season approaches, regulators warn of fraud and identity theft

    As more taxpayers turn to online filing services and criminals become more sophisticated, regulators say they must balance the desire to get refund checks out quickly with the need to combat tax fraud. "The quicker you are on paying refunds, the greater the risk of not finding fraud," said Rod J....

  • Proposal would let employees use tax-free health accounts for fitness costs

    Proposal would let employees use tax-free health accounts for fitness costs

    Imagine paying for a yoga class, gym membership or child's soccer cleats with money set aside before taxes in an employer-sponsored account much as many people already do for out-of-pocket medical expenses and child care. That's what could happen under a proposal gaining bipartisan support in Congress...

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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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  • Trump's election may bode well for women

    Trump's election may bode well for women

    President Donald Trump, as he'll be known for better or worse tomorrow afternoon, has made it clear he's not a fan of public opinion polls unless they tell him what he wants to hear. But he might want to pay attention to this one, given that hundreds of thousands of women (and some men) will be...

  • 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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