After years of bashing fellow Democratic leaders in Annapolis, the risk for State Comptroller Peter Franchot of losing his role regulating Maryland's alcohol and tobacco industries is serious and real. The legislature is advancing a bill that would give that work to an independent commission.
From daring direction by Barry Levinson to Robert De Niro's mesmerizing performance as disgraced financier Bernie Madoff, "The Wizard of Lies," which will premiere at the Maryland Film Festival Thursday in advance of its May 20 debut on HBO, is another grand-slam docudrama from TV's premier cable channel.
Nearly 40 years ago, Sissela Bok, wife of former Harvard University president, Derek Bok, wrote "Lying: Moral Choice in Private and Public Life." The book, with its detailed analyses of causes and consequences, was much acclaimed when it first appeared in 1978 and is still widely used in classrooms today. Unfortunately, perhaps in many of these same classrooms, cheating among students is rampant.
Baltimore Schools CEO Gregory Thornton tells us he will run the city schools like a business. This certainly sounds reassuring. But cannot help wonder what kind of business will serve as a model for Baltimore's schools.
Genevievette Walker-Lightfoot didn't have the same childhood dreams as a lot of her counterparts growing up. Rather than aspiring to be a police officer, prima ballerina or athlete, Walker-Lightfoot always knew she wanted to be a lawyer. This month, she'll join the Board of Appeals as the representative for District 4.
This year's Bel Air Film Festival is bringing to the screen at the Record Armory subjects as varied as the story of Secretariat's jockey, to the tale of what it was like to be the secretary of the high finance swindler Bernard L. Madoff.
Police officers convicted of a crime and sentenced to state prison are typically housed in segregated areas. But those prosecuted in U.S. District Court and sentenced to federal prison — like the Baltimore officers convicted in a kickback scheme — will mostly be with other convicts.