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  • Abortion rights not synonymous with women's health

    Abortion rights not synonymous with women's health
    When your grandmother gets some bad news, do you tell her: "Well, at least you have your abortion rights"? Why not? Maybe it's because whatever you think of abortion, the right to have one is not synonymous with a woman's health. But don't tell that...
  • Court ruling gives U.S.-foreign couples new hope

    Court ruling gives U.S.-foreign couples new hope
    Outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Joseph O'Farrell searched the crowd of cheering same-sex marriage proponents for his husband. Before the couple connected, O'Farrell sent Rafael Ramirez a quick text message: "Yay!" For the Laurel couple, the...
  • Maryland's new Jim Crow

    Maryland's new Jim Crow
    The good news, such as it is, from the American Civil Liberties Union's report on racial bias in marijuana enforcement is that blacks in Maryland are only about 2.9 times more likely to be arrested for possession of the drug than whites. That's actually...
  • Maryland's gun background check backlog

    Maryland's gun background check backlog
    When government is given a job to do in seven days and it takes 10 weeks instead, anger and frustration is likely to be heard. Such is the case with the background checks for gun purchases. The Maryland State Police has a backlog, and gun dealers and...
  • ACLU announces $10 million gay marriage 'war chest'

    ACLU announces $10 million gay marriage 'war chest'
    The American Civil Liberties Union has announced it has a $10 million "war chest" that it will use to draw Republican partners into the state-by-state fight for marriage equality between now and 2016. The news follows the Supreme Court ruling this...
  • Marijuana laws are not constitutional

    Marijuana laws are not constitutional
    Marijuana remains illegal because the ACLU and NORML do not acknowledge that being arrested is deprivation of liberty and seizing marijuana is deprivation of property ("Md. marijuana arrest rate soars," June 6). Liberty and property are fundamental...
  • U.S. Supreme Court authorizes post-arrest DNA collection

    U.S. Supreme Court authorizes post-arrest DNA collection
    A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police in Maryland and elsewhere can continue the warrantless collection of DNA from people arrested — but not convicted — of serious crimes. The 5-4 decision upheld a state law that allows...
  • Maryland fourth in nation for marijuana possession arrests

    Maryland fourth in nation for marijuana possession arrests
    Maryland arrests people for marijuana possession at one of the highest rates in the country and spends heavily on those arrests, according to a new study by the American Civil Liberties Union. The state had the fourth-highest rate of marijuana...
  • NRA membership for boy sparks criticism

    NRA membership for boy sparks criticism
    Criticism mounted Thursday over the gift of a National Rifle Association lifetime membership from Anne Arundel County Republicans to a boy who was suspended from school in March when he chewed a pastry into the shape of a pistol. "It's outrageous that...
  • The time is now for Balto. Co. schools

    The time is now for Balto. Co. schools
    Baltimore County Public Schools resemble Baltimore City Public Schools in that both have aging infrastructures and many of the schools are not air conditioned, but there are major differences in enrollment trends and available local funding. While...
  • Fight cyberattacks, not privacy

    Fight cyberattacks, not privacy
    A Defense Science Board report made public last week contained shocking allegations about the extent of Chinese military hacking of American defense technologies. Though China's government denies it — huffily insisting that it has no need for...
  • Wicomico's voting rights choice

    Wicomico's voting rights choice
    The Eastern Shore's civil rights history is not a happy one. From the lynchings of the 1930s to the Cambridge riots of the 1960s, the Shore has struggled with race relations. Much of that is in the past — although perhaps not entirely. In the late...