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  • Memorial Day travel: What does gas cost in Maryland?

    Memorial Day travel: What does gas cost in Maryland?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorists in Maryland are paying 5 cents more at the pump when compared with a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.32, up from $2.27 a week ago. The price of gas in the state is the same...

  • Inside the BDC, questions about Port Covington

    Inside the BDC, questions about Port Covington

    The board of the Baltimore Development Corp. voted unanimously in March to back a request from Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank for $535 million in city financing to support his plan to redevelop Port Covington with a dense, mixed-use project, including a new Under Armour campus. Despite appearances,...

  • Many uninsured still are not enrolling health plans despite Obamacare

    Many uninsured still are not enrolling health plans despite Obamacare

    Three years after the launch of the state's health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, three in five of Maryland's eligible uninsured still lack coverage. Despite the state's outreach efforts — and penalties imposed on those who don't buy health plans — officials acknowledge that they...

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  • 'Game of Thrones' author draws faithful crowd at Balticon 50

    'Game of Thrones' author draws faithful crowd at Balticon 50

    The one question you're not supposed to ask George R.R. Martin remained unspoken Saturday as the "Game of Thrones" author greeted hundreds of fans — he did not give any hints as to when his next book might come out. Martin was the guest of honor at this weekend's Balticon 50, the annual convention...

  • BSO brings back 'Hairspray' -- and John Waters

    BSO brings back 'Hairspray' -- and John Waters

    Edna Turnblad will be arnin' some more clothes and her likewise well-fed daughter, Tracy, will be trying out again for a spot on a TV dance show when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brings back a concert version of the hit musical "Hairspray" this week. Three years ago, the BSO brightened things...

  • With Haussner's building to be demolished next week, a look back at the beloved restaurant

    With Haussner's building to be demolished next week, a look back at the beloved restaurant

    The landmark building that housed the storied Haussner's restaurant in Highlandtown will soon come crumbling down as work crews make way for an apartment building on the site.  The corner building at Eastern Avenue and Clinton Street has been vacant for the last decade, and is scheduled to be demolished...

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  • Subtle beach home decor goes beyond seashells and sailboats

    Subtle beach home decor goes beyond seashells and sailboats

    When starting a recent project at a client's Ocean City home, interior designer Phillip Smith wasn't looking to create an obvious beach home feel. "When you are at the beach, it's hard to convey beach without screaming it," he said. Smith focused on color, reflective objects and natural fibers...

  • Crooked Road leads the way to country music's roots

    Crooked Road leads the way to country music's roots

    At 9 o'clock on a Thursday morning, the Dairy Queen is jammin' with live bluegrass music. It doesn't seem to matter that most of the musicians are grizzled older men; they are twanging up a storm. And this isn't a flukey one-and-done thing; music like this happens here every week. The next night,...

  • Local man to release "Baltimorials" coloring book

    Local man to release "Baltimorials" coloring book

    The people of Baltimore can soon color their way through the city’s statues of historical figures. Brandon Nicklas, 36, is the author of the coloring book “Baltimorials: Color your way through Baltimore’s Memorial Sculptures, from Armistead to Zappa!” The Middletown native said in a press release...

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  • Netanyahu's loose cannon

    Netanyahu's loose cannon

    Avigdor Lieberman is detested by the military he's supposed to lead. In naming Avigdor Lieberman to the post of defense minister this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu erased virtually any chance of peace with the Palestinians and instead presented the world with a far right-wing...

  • Nothing was the same after 'Roots'

    Nothing was the same after 'Roots'

    Everything was different, the day after. If you are a child of the millennium, if you've never known a world without 500 networks, it may be difficult for you to get this. You might find it hard to appreciate how it was when there were only three networks and no DVR nor even VCR, so that one major...

  • Could we have a four-way race for president?

    Could we have a four-way race for president?

    Could Bernie Sanders put Mitt Romney in the White House? I haven't gotten my 2012 and 2016 wires crossed; I have a theory that's slightly more realistic than a Donald Trump presidency seemed a year ago. As it stands now, it seems almost inconceivable that Senator Sanders could become the Democratic...

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  • MTA now says release of Mondawmin unrest footage would facilitate 'terrorist attack'

    MTA now says release of Mondawmin unrest footage would facilitate 'terrorist attack'

    The Maryland Transit Administration has once again denied a Public Information Act request by The Baltimore Sun for surveillance footage from the Mondawmin Metro station on the day last April that riots broke out in Baltimore, saying that releasing the video would "facilitate the planning of a...

  • Small drones in Maryland, nation now outnumber other kinds of aircraft

    Small drones in Maryland, nation now outnumber other kinds of aircraft

    There are now more registered drone owners in the United States than there are other kinds aircraft, according to new figures from the Federal Aviation Administration. Almost 460,000 drone owners have registered with regulators, the FAA reports. Owners are required to register only once, even if...

  • Critics of Baltimore school board secrecy have little recourse

    Critics of Baltimore school board secrecy have little recourse

    When the Baltimore school board revealed this month that it had secretly hired a new CEO, city and state officials were incensed that the panel had circumvented a process that would have given them and the public a say. But they have little recourse beyond airing their grievances. For two decades,...

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