The approval of Maryland's same-sex marriage law last week can be traced in part to the decision by pastors Donte Hickman and Delman Coates to lend their names, faces and reputations to a campaign on an issue that remains highly controversial in their community.
After months of being bombarded by slick advertising, celebrity endorsements and candidate pleas, it is Maryland voters who will turn out to the polls today — in large numbers, according to one estimate — to have the final word.
The main ballot committee supporting same-sex marriage in Maryland has raised $3.2 million and still has $1.2 million in its war chest to defend the law in the Nov. 6 referendum, according to a disclosure filed last night with the State Board of Elections.
Restaurant and bar owners in Baltimore may soon be required to post a letter grade on the front of their establishments rating their performance in city health inspections — a system aimed at informing the public on the cleanliness of neighborhood eateries.
A group of Johns Hopkins ethicists have written a letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg supporting a proposed amendment to require written consent for circumcisions that include an orthodox Jewish practice some say leads to to herpes.
At the new $1.1 billion Johns Hopkins Hospital there will be Xboxes and a basketball court for kids, sleeper-sofas for families, single rooms for all patients, an improved dining menu and extensive sound-proofing.
The storm that dumped inches of water on the state over the weekend included a silver lining of sorts for Maryland's politicians: A chance to show-off leadership styles amid wall-to-wall local television coverage and even national exposure.