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  • Democratic primary field for governor likely to keep growing

    Democratic primary field for governor likely to keep growing

    A wise man once told me that in politics, "Always expect the unexpected." Donald Trump's election as president showed the veracity of that statement, as does the current stampede of candidates considering a run in next year's Democratic primary for governor. One Baltimore County candidate is making...

  • A slow cooker makes this casserole a breeze

    A slow cooker makes this casserole a breeze

    I've been looking at old church dinner recipes of casseroles that are inexpensive and includevegetables with protein. Since it's been so hot again this week I went to work converting one of these old recipes to a slow-cooker version. You can make this with any ground meat, but make sure to drain...

  • Health care puts Hogan in a precarious position

    Health care puts Hogan in a precarious position

    While controversy rages in Washington and around the country over the Republican effort to kill Obamacare, Maryland leaders are anxiously watching in fear of what they may confront down the road. Total repeal of the Affordable Care Act would deprive state government of $1.3 billion in Medicare...

  • Two court cases could determine fate of redistricting

    Two court cases could determine fate of redistricting

    While politicians celebrated the Fourth of July at every parade, festival and cookout they could spot in Reisterstown, Glyndon and Owings Mills, the eyes of our congressmen also were focused on what's happening in federal court. That's because two political gerrymandering cases could have a direct...

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  • Owings Mills preschool comes to the aid of a Houston school ravaged by Hurricane Harvey

    Owings Mills preschool comes to the aid of a Houston school ravaged by Hurricane Harvey

    Felicia Minnix, assistant director at The Goddard School, a preschool in Owings Mills, was searching for some way to help those dealing with the post-Hurricane Harvey aftermath in Houston. Goddard staff just couldn’t quite figure out where to begin, however. Then one night Minnix was looking around...

  • Jim Brochin joins race for Baltimore County executive

    Jim Brochin joins race for Baltimore County executive

    As Jim Brochin considered where to announce his campaign for Baltimore County executive, he settled on a place with symbolism: Towson Manor Park. The community park in east Towson was almost replaced by a fire station, which was necessary because the county government was selling off the old one...

  • Baltimore County football programs addressing concerns over the sport’s potential for head injury

    Baltimore County football programs addressing concerns over the sport’s potential for head injury

    It’s not your father’s football. Today’s gridiron warriors, starting in youth leagues as young as age 5 and continuing through high school and beyond, are learning how to play a kinder and gentler version of America’s favorite contact sport — in part, because of the result of a growing concern...

  • Bill to ban circuses in county was ill-advised from the get-go

    If it were up to Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, never again would a circus perform in Owings Mills, Reisterstown or anywhere else in Baltimore County. Bevins jumped on the anti-circus bandwagon by introducing a bill aimed at banning from the county any circus containing wild or exotic animals — even...

  • Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joins Democratic race for governor

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joins Democratic race for governor

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is joining the crowded Democratic field in the race for Maryland governor. Kamenetz plans to launch his campaign Monday morning in Towson, where he has worked as county executive for the past seven years. Kamenetz, 59, said his experience running Maryland’s...

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