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School budget woes hit the suburbs; how will Hogan respond?

Baltimore County’s school board just voted to send County Executive John A. Olszewski Jr. a budget request he says the county can’t afford. There’s actually talk in the county about raising taxes for the first time since the ‘90s to avoid cuts to the schools. The Howard County school board made...

  • Shutdown averted

    Shutdown averted

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    What is the measure of blackness in a presidential candidate?

    The ruckus over whether presidential contender Kamala Harris is black enough has grown to ridiculous proportions, for all the wrong reasons. Critics question her bi-racial background — her mother is Indian and father Jamaican — and her decision to marry a white man, despite attending historically...

  • The public needs some way to judge the judges

    The public needs some way to judge the judges

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Bring back the Chesapeake Bay ferry

With the state spending $5 million just to find a new site for a third bridge over the Chesapeake Bay, you would think that they could budget a small amount to study the possibility of a pedestrian and bike ferry from the Inner Harbor to Rock Hall (“A third Chesapeake Bay bridge is no road to the...

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