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New age of Scouting joins boys with the girls

New age of Scouting joins boys with the girls

Julia Roth, a newly minted Cub Scout, misses nothing about being a Girl Scout. In September, Julia, 8, of North Laurel, joined Cub Scout Pack 602, leaving behind three years of being a Girl Scout. “I get to be with my brother,” Julia said. “We also get to do things we wouldn’t get to do in Girl...

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  • Have a heart, Md. judges: Hold a pre-holiday hearing

    Have a heart, Md. judges: Hold a pre-holiday hearing

    While considerable work remains to repair Maryland’s pretrial justice system, there’s one sensible thing that judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys can do right now to make a significant difference in dozens of lives: take a close look at the incarcerated population awaiting trial to see who...

  • Hitting kids is no way to discipline them

    Hitting kids is no way to discipline them

    In a policy statement released last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics aims to end the debate over whether corporal punishment is an acceptable parenting tool. The verdict? It’s not. “Corporal punishment is associated with increased aggression in preschool and school-aged children,” write...

  • You know of Johns Hopkins, but do you know 'Johnsie'?

    You know of Johns Hopkins, but do you know 'Johnsie'?

    People around the globe are conversant with Johns Hopkins Hospital and its university and medical school in Baltimore, but almost no one is conversant about the man. Of course, that’s how “Johnsie,” as he was known to family and friends (“Mr. Johnsie” to servants), wanted conversations to be directed...

  • Pitts: George H.W. Bush is gone, and so is his vision of 'a kinder, gentler nation'

    Pitts: George H.W. Bush is gone, and so is his vision of 'a kinder, gentler nation'

    On the last night of the Republican National Convention in 1988, the candidate sought to impart to the country a vision of the America it could be. "Some," he said, "would say it's soft and insufficiently tough to care" about troubled children. "But where is it written, that we must act as if we...

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  • Former L.A. Times publisher reportedly got $2.5 million settlement after secretly recording his ex-boss Michael Ferro

    Baltimore Sun parent company reportedly paid $2.5 million settlement to ex-publisher who recorded boss

    The Los Angeles Times’ former publisher and editor, Davan Maharaj, reportedly received a $2.5-million settlement following his exit from Tribune Publishing Co. after revealing to a mediator he had recorded anti-Semitic comments allegedly made by the company’s largest shareholder, Michael Ferro....

  • Obamacare sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline approaches

    Obamacare sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline approaches

    Health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll, even though premiums are stable, consumers have more choice and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. Barring an enrollment surge, the nation's uninsured rate could edge up again...

  • FCC encourages phone carriers to block spam text messages

    FCC encourages phone carriers to block spam text messages

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to clarify that telephone companies may block unwanted text messages in a move the agency said would help prevent spam from polluting the popular service. The action is a loss for messaging company Twilio and free speech groups that had asked...

  • Elon Musk is getting the last laugh on Wall Street after Tesla's wild 2018

    Elon Musk is getting the last laugh on Wall Street after Tesla's wild 2018

    It was only a few months ago that Wall Street was bashing Elon Musk's Tesla. One analyst called the stock "no longer investable," citing Musk's erratic behavior in tweets and taunts. A short seller bet on a dramatic drop, saying it's "more and more apparent that Tesla is having difficulties paying...

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  • Robin Wright gets a SAG Award nod for 'House of Cards'

    Robin Wright gets a SAG Award nod for 'House of Cards'

    Robin Wright’s final stint on “House of Cards” is getting some love from her fellow actors. Wright’s performance as U.S. President Claire Underwood, in a final season that saw the veteran actor pushed to the front of the show after Kevin Spacey was fired following allegations of sexual abuse, has...

  • 'The Importance of Being Earnest's' gay code explained

    'The Importance of Being Earnest's' gay code explained

    Like oppressed minorities throughout the centuries, gay Victorians used a coded language to communicate privately with another, a code designed to be undetectable by members of mainstream society. In the hands of the sophisticated and witty Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, that secret cipher became...

  • Conrad's Seafood of Perry Hall seeks to open restaurant at Boulevard at Box Hill in Abingdon

    Conrad's Seafood of Perry Hall seeks to open restaurant at Boulevard at Box Hill in Abingdon

    When Chris Conrad moved back to Maryland from the West Coast two years ago, he asked his brother where people in Harford County go to eat seafood. “They come to our place,” said Anthony Conrad, who founded Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant in Perry Hall with his wife, Andrea. What if they don’t want...

  • DVD rental store Beyond Video to open in Baltimore Friday

    DVD rental store Beyond Video to open in Baltimore Friday

    Baltimore will be getting back into the movie rental game this weekend. Beyond Video, a non-profit movie-rental store that’s been years in the making, will have its “soft opening” on Friday, organizers announced on their Facebook page this week. The non-profit, housed in a former record store on...

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