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  • Supreme Court to consider prayer at government meetings

    Supreme Court to consider prayer at government meetings
    Whether the Carroll County commissioners meet to discuss zoning, the budget or other local issues, they start the same way — with prayer. Commissioners take turns offering the prayer, often invoking God or Jesus. All five commissioners stand, as...
  • Both political sides praise drug changes

    — In a sign of growing disenchantment with the war on drugs, conservatives joined Democrats and reform advocates Monday in praising Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s declaration that it was time to rethink get-tough policies that have tied the...
  • Baltimore curfew push questioned by ACLU, police union

    Baltimore curfew push questioned by ACLU, police union
    With city leaders pushing to impose earlier curfews on Baltimore's youth, civil liberties advocates and researchers say such measures don't deter crime and truancy and lead to police targeting children from poorer areas. And though Police Commissioner...
  • State pledges to examine patient treatment history at Crownsville Hospital

    State pledges to examine patient treatment history at Crownsville Hospital
    It's a piece of history that many in Maryland want to forget: an underfunded, overcrowded, state-run mental hospital where African-American patients lived in squalid conditions, were given few helpful treatments and were made the subjects of experiments...
  • O'Malley notes fewer arrests, persistent violence in Baltimore

     O'Malley notes fewer arrests, persistent violence in Baltimore
    Gov. Martin O'Malley says he is concerned that Baltimore has stalled in its efforts to reduce crime, emphasizing that arrest rates have continued to fall as declines in violence have leveled off. The governor has brought up the connection between the two...
  • Task force calls for Arundel police to disband executive protection unit

    Task force calls for Arundel police to disband executive protection unit
    The Anne Arundel County Police Department should disband the executive protection unit that became entangled in the scandal that landed former County Executive John R. Leopold in jail, a task force recommended Monday. The county should create a unit...
  • What happened at Crownsville was a disgrace, but dredging up the past won't solve today's problems

     What happened at Crownsville was a disgrace, but dredging up the past won't solve today's problems
    I have been a life-long student of history, but there's something about the sudden recognition that injustices occurred at the now-defunct mental health hospital in Crownsville that is disturbing ("State pledges to examine patient treatment history at...
  • Stormwater fee debate continues flowing in Arundel

    Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has scheduled a series of public meetings on the implementation of a stormwater fee, while at the same time the County Council is considering an amendment to the fee that would essentially exempt all nonprofit...
  • ACLU slams Baltimore Police over 'stop and frisk' name change

    The ACLU of Maryland is criticizing the Baltimore Police Department's decision to change the name of its "stop and frisk" procedures and said they receive regular complaints from citizens about such stops.  Last month, the ACLU filed a public records...
  • Governor's push for more arrests causing 'anxiety' in Baltimore, mayor says

    Governor's push for more arrests causing 'anxiety' in Baltimore, mayor says
    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Gov. Martin O'Malley clashed publicly Wednesday over how to drive down crime in Baltimore, stoking a widening political debate after a violent summer in Maryland's largest city. The mayor flatly rejected the governor's...
  • Baltimore Police commissioner affirms rules on "stop and frisk"

    Baltimore Police commissioner affirms rules on "stop and frisk"
    Baltimore police officers will be retrained on when to use the controversial "stop-and-frisk" tactic, Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Thursday, after a civil liberties group criticized the department's decision to change the name of the tactic. "I...
  • Fight crime with secure buildings, more jail time

     Fight crime with secure buildings, more jail time
    After seeing the security tapes of the Navy Yard shooter in the hallways, it's hard to believe the building's surveillance cameras are not monitored in real time. Had this been the case, the shooter could have been stopped long before he killed so many....