The laws prohibiting most fireworks in Baltimore County are not actively enforced by the police. And penalties for violations are so light (a maximum fine of $250) as to be virtually meaningless — a joke — to perpetrators who easily spend hundreds of dollars on a typical bombardment.
As Congress considers legislation aimed at limiting lawsuits filed by so-called patent "trolls" -- those who collect patents solely so they can sue others for infringing upon them -- there is another kind of intellectual property abuse that members should look into: patent pools.
When the winter Olympics gets underway next month in Sochi, Russia, Under Armour's logo will be seen by millions of viewers around the globe as the Baltimore-based brand sponsors two U.S. teams and another from Canada
Nearly four years after it was signed and after months of scrambling and uncertainty, President Obama's landmark bid to guarantee Americans health security takes full effect Wednesday as the Affordable Care Act begins delivering health coverage to millions of the nation's uninsured.
By Noam N. Levey, Chad Terhune and Andrea K. Walker and Tribune Newspapers
After some morning snow and cold weather made local roads slick in places, the sun came out as many Harford County residents headed to Bel Air area stores to exchange or return Christmas gifts that were broken or didn't fit or just plain weren't wanted
Although Harford County Public Schools has one of the highest teacher retention rates in the state, the school system faces challenges in recruiting and retaining teachers and other staff members as pay rates fall behind neighboring counties and the cost of benefits increases.
Though New Year's Eve is less than a week away, even last-minute party planners have time to add a Maryland sparkling wine to their celebrations. With seven of the state's 56 wineries producing America's version of champagne, the local wine industry has a lot to offer.
Maryland will receive about $86 million for principal reduction, the sixth-highest amount, or 4.3 percent of the relief available, according to Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler. There are also 2,461 loans eligible for cash payments, with disbursements expected to be more than $1,000 each.
It's hard to argue that we're fighting a War on Christmas when so many combatants don't know what they're fighting for. How are we supposed to understand why maintaining Christmas as part of our culture is important, when we don't understand what Christmas represents?
Two days after Gov. Martin O'Malley declared the state's online insurance marketplace finally worked for most consumers, a server crashed Monday morning, the call center became overwhelmed and the governor announced he was bringing in another contractor to improve the website.
By By Andrea K. Walker and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun
Maryland regulators Friday approved a rate increase on Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers that was less than half of what the company had requested, and also gave the go-ahead for a monthly surcharge on electric bills over the protests of consumer advocates.
Gov. Martin O'Malley acknowledged for the first time Thursday that he considered delaying the Oct. 1 launch of the state's health insurance exchange, given the potential for problems, and that the site's problems soon would be corrected.
Many believe that in recent years the mega-merger of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons have conspired to make your life crazy. To make matters worse, this year Mother Nature and the calendar have joined the fray.
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown cast uncertainty Tuesday on the administration's ability to meet a deadline for repairs of the state's online insurance marketplace, which has had one of the country's most troubled rollouts of Obamacare.
Howard County's new Conscious Venture Lab will be one of a relative few in the business incubation world specifically focused on what's often dubbed responsible or sustainable capitalism. But it joins a long line of efforts to encourage, aid and prod corporations to do good while doing well, a movement that has gained momentum and high-profile advocates in recent years.
It's probably a good thing Bruce Gartner served as acting executive secretary of the Maryland Transportation Authority for seven months before being named permanently to the position last month. He'll need to hit the ground running.
The success of Maryland's bars, liquor stores and restaurants today results from lessons learned years ago when this nation banned alcohol, drove it underground and released a torrent of unintended consequences.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently published a draft proposal that would remedy an injury the Supreme Court dealt to generic-drug consumers two years ago in a case known as Pliva v. Mensing.
Despite extra time to shop as more retailers opened for business on Thanksgiving Day, consumers spent less money this year during the first four days of the official start of the holiday shopping season, according to figures released Sunday by the National Retail Federation.
Scores of independent merchants in the Baltimore area did their part Saturday to get the "Shop Small" message out for the fourth annual Small Business Saturday. American Express launched the initiative four years ago to help small shops compete with national chains and online sellers during the traditional kickoff weekend to the holiday retail season.
Baltimore city, like many other cities around the country is dependent on a comprehensive, multi-year Farm bill that addresses the current needs of local farmers, low-income residents, and consumers who want access to healthy foods grown nearby.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said Tuesday that it would offer more than 55,500 individuals the chance to extend their healthcare plans for a year even though they don't comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.