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Open Data Policy called step forward for Md. transparency

Open Data Policy called step forward for Md. transparency

Maryland was recently ranked 46th in the nation for transparency, but a new law could put the state ahead with a policy requiring that data be made more easily accessible to the public.

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Conflict of interest questions raised in 1st Mariner fight

Conflict of interest questions raised in 1st Mariner fight

High finance is a small world just like Baltimore is a small town, and it showed as potential conflicts of interest cropped up during a fight over ownership of the city's biggest local bank.

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New high-paying jobs in city's DOT questioned

New high-paying jobs in city's DOT questioned

The city's Department of Transportation disclosed this week they've reorganized the agency, creating five new positions that pay $100,000 or more for upper management.

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City financial disclosure forms now posted online

City financial disclosure forms now posted online

For the first time, financial disclosure forms for nearly 1,900 Baltimore government officials will be online for public inspection, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Monday.

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Pregnancy used as leverage in criminal case, attorney says

Pregnancy used as leverage in criminal case, attorney says

When Trena Williams was charged last fall with first-degree murder and held without bail, she was four months pregnant. Behind bars, inmates get prenatal care.

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Md.'s marijuana laws leave unanswered questions

Md.'s marijuana laws leave unanswered questions

Now that the state's medical marijuana program has been revived, officials say it will take about 15 months for the first patients to buy the drug legally in Maryland. Shannon Moore hopes her twin sons survive.

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Despite DNC role, Rawlings-Blake free to endorse Md. candidates

Despite DNC role, Rawlings-Blake free to endorse Md. candidates

Officers of the Democratic National Committee generally refrain from endorsing candidates in Democratic Party primaries.

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State of Schools address sponsored by school system contractors

State of Schools address sponsored by school system contractors

The Baltimore County Education Foundation put on the superintendent's annual "State of the Schools" address this month, a luncheon for hundreds at Martin's West in Windsor Mill during which Superintendent Dallas Dance highlighted successes and his plans for the coming year.

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State audit finds felons wrongly voted in 2010 election

State audit finds felons wrongly voted in 2010 election

Though felons are prohibited from voting in Maryland, 15 of them cast ballots in the 2010 gubernatorial election, according to a recently released audit.

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Correlation between weather and homicide rates unclear

Correlation between weather and homicide rates unclear

As temperatures dipped in February and March, Baltimore's homicide count dropped, as well, prompting many on social media to wonder if there's a correlation. Arguments on both sides can be bolstered by just looking at the first three months of 2014.

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Health exchange visitors leave heated feedback on Maryland's site

Health exchange visitors leave heated feedback on Maryland's site

Thousands of Marylanders who had trouble signing up for health coverage on the state's glitch-riddled exchange last year have vented their frustrations in the site's online feedback forms.

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Speed camera reform bill passes General Assembly

Speed camera reform bill passes General Assembly

The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation Thursday that will provide new protections for motorists from erroneous tickets and other speed camera abuses, sending the bill to the governor for his expected signature.

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As Carroll debates prayer, founding fathers' faith comes into focus

As Carroll debates prayer, founding fathers' faith comes into focus

Despite a federal judge's order that the Carroll County commissioners stop praying to Jesus at their meetings, Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier reached into history and summoned George Washington to aid her cause last week.

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Maryland State Police say they never got Amber Alert request for Relisha Rudd

Maryland State Police say they never got Amber Alert request for Relisha Rudd

On March 20, police in Washington issued an Amber Alert for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, alerting residents that the girl could be traveling with a suspected abductor.

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Hopkins doctor's files included 1,200 videos, images of patients undressed

Hopkins doctor's files included 1,200 videos, images of patients undressed

The Johns Hopkins gynecologist suspected of surreptitiously recording patients had more than 1,200 video clips and images depicting them in states of undress, according to prosecutors, a collection investigators believe he amassed over the course of eight years.

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No charges in case of Nikita Levy, Hopkins doctor accused of secret taping

No charges in case of Nikita Levy, Hopkins doctor accused of secret taping

Authorities have concluded the investigation into the Johns Hopkins gynecologist suspected of recording patients during exams and determined that no one will face criminal charges, according to court records.

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Wills of state's celebrities show wealth, interests

Wills of state's celebrities show wealth, interests

Willard Hackerman collected maps and antique cars. Tom Clancy vacationed in Martha's Vineyard and drove a Cadillac. Art Donovan ran a Towson country club.

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Repayment for Naval Academy education can vary

Repayment for Naval Academy education can vary

Naval Academy midshipmen get a free education courtesy of American taxpayers in exchange for serving five years in the military after graduation. But when students leave the academy — voluntarily or not — they often have to repay Uncle Sam for the cost of their education.

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Like many prisoners, police shooting suspect was out early

Like many prisoners, police shooting suspect was out early

After Gregg Thomas pleaded guilty in 2004 to killing a teenager, a Baltimore judge ordered him to serve 15 years in prison. He was out in less than 10, and by last week he had been charged in the shooting ambush of off-duty Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Mcneill.

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Blown over by wind? Workers' comp claims take many forms

Blown over by wind? Workers' comp claims take many forms

The Baltimore Sun has recently reviewed hundreds of workers' compensation claims at government agencies in the area. Many were quite serious: Teachers were frequently assaulted in schools; police were often injured on the city's dangerous streets; firefighters were burnt rushing into blazing buildings.

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Lost in jail, defendants wait weeks for chance at freedom

Lost in jail, defendants wait weeks for chance at freedom

Shykill Brewer was arrested on a misdemeanor gun charge days before Christmas. He should have been able to post bail in plenty of time to celebrate with his infant son and the rest of his family, but instead spent six weeks in jail.

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Loaded gun, bullets and drug paraphernalia found in Wes Brown's room

Loaded gun, bullets and drug paraphernalia found in Wes Brown's room

Police seized a loaded handgun, a bag of ammunition and drug paraphernalia, including packaging material and a scale, during a search of University of Maryland football player Wes Brown's campus apartment last summer, newly released documents show.

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Terp running back told police he drove car involved in drive-by shooting

Terp running back told police he drove car involved in drive-by shooting

When University of Maryland football player Wes Brown was suspended last year, officials released few details to explain the action other than to tie it to an alleged confrontation with a police officer who wanted to question him in a shooting investigation.

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