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Final five contenders for Harford Teacher of the Year announced

The top five finalists for Harford County's 2016 Teacher of the Year award have been released, with the winner to be announced next month. The finalists are: Amy Beighley, Darlington Elementary School special education teacher; Sharalyn Heinly, North Harford Middle School mathematics teacher, Grade...

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    • Statewide bills propose end to newspaper notices on government meetings

      Statewide bills propose end to newspaper notices on government meetings

      Though Anne Arundel County has withdrawn a proposal to advertise some public notices on the government’s website rather than in newspapers, other bills in the legislature could have similar implications across the state. Sen. Nancy King has two pieces of legislation, requested by Montgomery County,...

    • Baltimore's quick economic growth contributes to loss in state aid to schools

      Baltimore's quick economic growth contributes to loss in state aid to schools

      Here's the good news: For the second year in a row, Baltimore's economy is improving faster than anywhere else in Maryland. Here's the bad news: Once again, that has contributed to deep cuts to the city schools budget. Because much of Baltimore's economic growth has been fueled by a wide array of...

    • Storm prompts Hogan to curtail stumping for Christie

      Storm prompts Hogan to curtail stumping for Christie

      An impending winter storm prompted Gov. Larry Hogan to cut short his political trip to New Hampshire, where he had been campaigning since Saturday on behalf of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's presidential bid. Hogan aides said Monday the Republican governor will return to Maryland two days early...

    • NSA reorganization to combine offense, defense

      NSA reorganization to combine offense, defense

      The National Security Agency is about to launch its most ambitious reorganization in years, bringing together teams charged with gathering intelligence around the world with those tasked with defending U.S. secrets. The plan, which the agency calls NSA21, is expected to be detailed publicly next...

    • Building bipartisanship in Annapolis proves tricky

      Building bipartisanship in Annapolis proves tricky

      Gov. Larry Hogan spent much of his annual address to the General Assembly calling for cooperation and bipartisanship, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say that is unlikely to happen. Aside from the philosophical divide that splits Republicans and Democrats, a pattern of slights — small...

    • How could Sheila Dixon not know of DeRay Mckesson?

      How could Sheila Dixon not know of DeRay Mckesson?

      Sheila Dixon, who wants to be mayor of Baltimore again, says she'd never heard of DeRay Mckesson before he filed as a candidate for the same office. In telling a Baltimore Sun reporter that, Dixon sounded out of touch. Or maybe she was being disingenuous. Either way, she does not look good. Mckesson...

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    • Anne Arundel school board lacks black representation for first time in decades

      Anne Arundel school board lacks black representation for first time in decades

      For the first time in at least 42 years, the Anne Arundel County school board will not have a single black representative among its members. Terry Gilleland, who is white, and Maria Sasso, who is Hispanic, will replace Debbie Ritchie and Solon Webb on the nine-member Anne Arundel County Board of...

    • Harford schools' ban on trips to city lifted

      Harford schools' ban on trips to city lifted

      Harford County school officials lifted their ban Monday on field trips and other travel to Baltimore. The decision came after Harford County Executive Barry Glassman urged the school system to reconsider the ban, and Baltimore elected officials criticized the county's schools for denying children...

    • Volunteer school aide charged with making child porn

      A volunteer aide at a Prince George's County elementary school has been charged with producing child pornography, including some cellphone videos that police say he made inside the school. County police detailed the allegations against 22-year-old Deonte Carraway on Monday. He was arrested Saturday...

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    • As their numbers grow, centenarians get more company

      As their numbers grow, centenarians get more company

      Each Thursday, Dr. Walter Ehrlich can be found along busy 41st Street in Roland Park, surrounded by signs protesting excessive war and expressing concerns about climate change. The 100-year-old regularly talks with family on Skype, sends emails, and recently learned to use the Uber transportation...

    • Baltimore Popscope looks to unite city through public astronomy

      Baltimore Popscope looks to unite city through public astronomy

      As Highlandtown resident David Smith walked his dog, a Goldendoodle named Finley, at the eastern edge of Patterson Park on a frigid January night, he noticed a small crowd down the hill. Did someone get mugged? he wondered. Why else would a group gather in the cold and dark? To look skyward, of...

    • Health officials expect Zika virus to reach Maryland

      Health officials expect Zika virus to reach Maryland

      As carriers of the Zika virus get closer to Maryland, the state health department said Friday it is keeping in close contact with federal health officials about spread of the disease and will soon begin testing people who have traveled to regions where it is prevalent. No cases have been diagnosed...

    • Obama to ask Congress for $1.8 billion to combat Zika virus

      Obama to ask Congress for $1.8 billion to combat Zika virus

      The Obama administration will ask Congress for $1.8 billion to respond to the Zika virus abroad and prepare for it at home, officials said Monday. "We must work aggressively to investigate these outbreaks, and mitigate, to the best extent possible, the spread of the virus," the administration said...

    Obituaries

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    • JoAnn E. Billman, registered nurse, dies

      JoAnn E. Billman, registered nurse, dies

      JoAnn E. Billman, a retired registered nurse who also had a second career as an au pair, died Jan. 22 at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center of complications from a stroke. The longtime Towson resident was 79. The daughter of Lawrence Bevenour, a stonemason, and Helen Bevenour,...

    • Funeral services set for former 92Q DJ Reggie Reg

      Funeral services set for former 92Q DJ Reggie Reg

      Funeral services for Reginald Calhoun, known to Baltimore radio listeners and club-goers as DJ Reggie Reg, will be held Friday morning. Services are set for at 11 a.m. Friday at the Empowerment Temple, 4217 Primrose Avenue. A wake precedes the service at 10 a.m. A visitation will be held from noon...

    • Alice B. Hoffberger, Baltimore arts patron and philanthropist, dies

      Alice B. Hoffberger, Baltimore arts patron and philanthropist, dies

      Alice Berney Hoffberger, a philanthropist and arts patron who rooted for the Baltimore Orioles — the team her husband's family owned — died of Alzheimer's disease Thursday at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. The longtime Riderwood resident was 90. Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter...

    • Harvey D. Gold, certified public accountant, dies

      Harvey D. Gold, certified public accountant, dies

      Harvey D. Gold, a former IRS agent who later became a tax and business valuation consultant, died Jan. 30 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., of a brain hemorrhage. He was 88. The son of Louis Gold, who managed a women's shoe store, and Doris Gold, a bookkeeper, Harvey David...

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    • O'Malley campaign secures public cash before dropping out

      O'Malley campaign secures public cash before dropping out

      When Martin O'Malley decided in November to rely on public financing for his struggling presidential campaign, he was tossing a Hail Mary with a federal program that watchdog groups say is in need of a major overhaul. The former Maryland governor was also ensuring he could pay off his debts when...

    • Washington suburbs dominated record Powerball drawing sales

      Washington suburbs dominated record Powerball drawing sales

      A beer and wine store in Montgomery County sold the most tickets of any of Maryland's 4,481 lottery retailers during the Powerball roll that ended with a record jackpot, according to state records. Retailers in the Washington suburbs dominated state sales as players sought a share of a jackpot...

    • Senator's second bite at veto apple called legal

      Senator's second bite at veto apple called legal

      When the House of Delegates voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to speed restoration of felons' voting rights last month, Del. Craig Zucker of Montgomery County cast one of the 85 votes needed. When the same bill comes up in the state Senate this week, Zucker — sworn in as a senator...

    • Former lieutenant governors weigh in on Rutherford's special snow plow

      Former lieutenant governors weigh in on Rutherford's special snow plow

      Former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said she could have warned the state's current No. 2 about last week's political dust-up over preferential snow plowing. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford came under fire for asking Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, a fellow Republican, to clear his Columbia...

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