| Feb 25, 2014
| 9:34 AM
The temptation, upon hearing the news that Maryland has fired the prime contractor building its troubled health insurance exchange, is to echo Rep. John Delaney's question: What took so long? Indeed, there have been signs for months — dating to even...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 5:00 AM
At last week's Board of Public Works meeting, Comptroller Peter Franchot asked a series of pointed questions about the process by which the state selected the vendors who built Maryland's flawed health insurance exchange website. In particular, he...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 12:14 PM
Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler said Wednesday that his office would look into clawing back money from the contractors responsible for problems with Maryland's botched health exchange.
"We as the attorney general's office...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 10:20 AM
Three days after the Maryland health exchange launched its online marketplace for the uninsured and underinsured, Lynn Baklor enthusiastically logged on.
Three months later, she gave up in frustration.
"You win," she wrote in mid-January to Lt. Gov....
| Feb 10, 2014
| 5:44 PM
Maryland's poorly performing health exchange will cost taxpayers $33 million more than expected this year, bringing the state's total annual expense to $138 million, officials said Monday.
The money is needed, in part, to pay the company hired to help...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 4:20 PM
Philanthropist Willard Hackerman, who transformed a small construction firm into a national giant with $5 billion in annual billings and was instrumental in erecting Maryland landmarks such as Harborplace, died Monday of unknown causes at Johns Hopkins...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 2:00 AM
By now, just about everyone connected to the Internet is familiar with this process: Required to fill out and sign a form of some kind, you ask for and receive a hyperlink via email. You open the link, find the form you need (perhaps a pdf), download it,...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Legalize a drug with virtually no beneficial effect which, when used as intended, causes feelings of extreme paranoia, hostility, anxiety and panic attacks? A "gateway" drug which will almost inevitably lead to an unquenchable craving in some for an...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 7:50 PM
Although state officials have provided the public scant detail about the troubled launch of Maryland's version of Obamacare, emails and documents show that the project was beset behind the scenes for months by an array of technical issues, warring...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 8:14 AM
The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 5:36 AM
A few years back, a copy editor from The Sun who was attending a conference of the American Copy Editors Society was approached at the bar by an editor from another paper who asked, "Does McIntyre really wear a bow tie to the office?"
The answer was...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 1:00 PM
Karen P. Vojtko, who was nurse manager of the cardiac-care and progressive-care units at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where her career spanned more than three decades, died Wednesday of cancer at her Abingdon home. She was 56.