| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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 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 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...
| Nov 19, 2012
| 3:00 AM
For those keeping score at home, Baltimore Comptroller Joan Pratt appears to have slipped into the lead in the contest for who is most at fault for the continuing debacle that is the Baltimore City government's inability to modernize its phone system....
| Oct 15, 2012
| 2:28 PM
Every day that passes without the Baltimore City government installing a Voice over Internet Protocol phone system, the taxpayers waste thousands of dollars. About this fact there is no dispute. The city's old phone system is wasteful and inefficient, and...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 2:53 PM
There's one topic about which everyone at City Hall can agree: The phones are terrible.
Many lack basic features, such as call waiting and caller ID. Some don't tell you when you've received a voice mail. And the city's system is millions of dollars...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Susa Kessler, a retired World Bank analyst who had fled Nazi Germany as a child, died of breast cancer complications Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Canton resident was 88.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, she was the daughter of Dr. Caesar Hirsch,...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Frequently, we hear the lament that government should be run more like a business. As a fellow who has worked on both sides of the street, I can certify that there are vast differences in objectives and what we might call the rules of the road.