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  • New State Budget Offers Pension Reform, No Furloughs

    Gov. Martin O’Malley unveiled his much-anticipated 2012 state budget proposal last week, apparently closing a $1.3 billion projected budget shortfall by reforming the state’s pension system, consolidating governmental offices and calling for deep cuts to Medicaid. Yet, the budget ...

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  • Dispatches from Annapolis

    After demolishing Bob Ehrlich last November in the General Election, Martin O’Malley officially began his second and final term as Maryland governor with his inauguration last week, the first full week of work for the 2011 version of the Maryland General Assembly. And the governor, the ...

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  • Community Activists Criticize Handling of Beating Case

    A group of independent Black journalists and community activists are demanding comment from freshly sworn-in State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein about his dismissal of felony charges against a Jewish man accused of attacking a Black teenager in Northwest Baltimore last November. Last week, ...

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  • Homegoing for Irene Reid

    Irene Bennett Reid, 78, died of lung cancer at Sinai Hospital on Jan. 11. She served the Baltimore community as a social worker and then later, the world community as a missionary. Her family held services in celebration of her life on Jan. 15, beginning with a wake, an Omega Omega Service ...

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  • State and Local Officials Explain Health Care Reform

    While Republicans strove to repeal federal health care reform this week, Baltimore City’s health groups and politicos promoted awareness of the bill at a Jan. 15 community health fair. About 30 city vendors provided on-site health coverage enrollment, free flu-shots and health screenings ...

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  • Finance Officials Paint Bleak Picture of City Budget

    Baltimore finance officials say they project an $80 million city budget shortfall in 2012 and “virtually flat” revenues for the next three years. When Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took the helm as Baltimore’s top official last February, one of her most daunting tasks was ...

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  • Maryland Schools Ranked Nation’s Best

    Maryland’s public schools were recently ranked the number one public school system in the country by a national education newspaper, the third straight year the state has received the honor. Education Week, the country’s leading education publication, gave Maryland public schools a ...

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