| Mar 2, 2012
| 10:34 AM
While many Marylanders might consider their state a hotbed of political corruption, a leading expert on state government told lawmakers Friday that the Free State is a "model" for other states in its ethical standards.
Alan Rosenthal, a political science...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 8:24 PM
Former Mayor Sheila Dixon listened intently, scribbling notes on a legal pad, just as she had in countless meetings. But the topics of conversation Thursday evening were not those that were discussed in City Hall — at least not to her face.
| Nov 30, 2012
| 4:04 PM
The empty lot in West Baltimore is usually a desolate spot, the sort of place people visit to leave an old mattress in the bushes or sneak a drink at night.
But this week, chain saws buzzed, trucks rumbled and residents shoveled compost at North...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 12:58 PM
Will Rogers once observed that a newspaper ad was worth about 40 editorials, which many of us in the opinion writing side of that equation suspect would be quite the bargain. Little else could explain the public's indifference to a topic that has launched...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 4:54 PM
Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon has paid off the $45,000 a court ordered her to donate to charities, resolving charges that she violated her probation in the criminal case that led to her leaving office.
In early November, Dixon was charged with...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 8:38 PM
On Wednesday, the main topic of conversation at Northwestern High School will likely be the school's impending closing and what the move might mean to the current student body.
But when school dismissed at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, many Northwestern students...
| Nov 11, 2012
| 2:16 PM
Activists fighting a state plan to build a new $70 million juvenile detention facility in Baltimore received some high-profile backing Thursday night, as the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson joined their cause.
"We must revive the war on poverty tonight, not the...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Sheila, Sheila, Sheila ...
Girlfriend? You are making us look bad.
Ms. Dixon, who resigned as mayor of Baltimore in a plea deal that required her to make $45,000 in donations to charity, is behind — way behind — in her payments, and she's in...
| Nov 11, 2012
| 4:58 PM
Baltimore's ethics director is in charge of advising elected officials and fielding constituent complaints about them. It's unclear, however, if anyone is overseeing him.
A seven-member oversight panel, the Board of Legislative Reference, is...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 3:28 PM
Former Mayor Sheila Dixon's city pension deal rankled many in 2010 — even sparking a small protest outside City Hall — but she did not get a free pass after being found guilty of embezzlement and perjury charges.
To keep her $83,000 a year...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 7:12 PM
Armed with a plan for protests and petitions, phone banks and pep rallies, the Northwestern High School Alumni Association has set "Operation Hands-Off Northwestern" in motion.
The association's leadership met Tuesday with parents and community...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 12:20 PM
Northwestern High School, a comprehensive, coeducational public high school on Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore City, is a beautiful campus with a diverse student body, offering opportunities for cultural enrichment for all. It has a strong alumni group...