| 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 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 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 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...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 4:47 PM
Weeks after officials at the state's health care exchange began blaming IBM software for the worst problems, including lost applications, IBM began pushing back, saying the state shares some of the blame.
It's the latest salvo in the blame game that...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Regarding commentator Jules Witcover's column on President Barack Obama's leadership, Mr. Obama's competence is in politics and campaigning; he is not a leader, a manager or even an administrator ("His cool gone, Obama needs to show competence," Nov. 18)....
| 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.
| 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...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 12:45 PM
In June 2009, my husband Sam and I slammed down the hatchback of our Honda CRV, the interior bulging with containers of Legos and books, school supplies and board games, and a box of shoes, a tin of Old Bay in the glove compartment. On the roof was a...