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  • Baltimore politicians seek nearly $3 raise to minimum wage

    09/05/2013 2:43:22 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 44 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 9-5-13 | Luke Broadwater and Erin Cox
    The state's minimum wage has been set at $7.25 per hour since 2009. That means minimum-wage workers earn about $15,000 a year for full-time, year-round work. The bill backed by city politicians would incrementally increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016 and automatically increase it with inflation thereafter. They argue the increase would inject $466 million into Maryland’s economy, and create 4,060 jobs in the state. State Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller said Thursday that "it's time" to raise the state's minimum wage. He said the measure might be tied to a cut in the...
  • Frederick Douglass Escapes Slavery, 175 Years Ago

    09/04/2013 5:10:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    History Channel ^ | September 3, 2013 | Christopher Klein
    On September 3, 1838, Frederick Bailey undertook the riskiest journey of his life. The 20-year-old slave made a daring escape from his master in Baltimore, and with his newfound freedom came a new name -- Frederick Douglass... After Douglass’ attempt to escape slavery two years prior was betrayed by a fellow slave, he had been jailed, sent to Baltimore by his master and hired out to work in the city’s shipyards. Undeterred, Douglass vowed to try to escape again on September 3, 1838, although he knew the risk. "I felt assured that if I failed in this attempt, my case...
  • The beautiful row houses once part of sprawling tenements that illustrate Baltimore's urban decay

    09/03/2013 8:08:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 1, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    One of the architectural quirks of certain cities on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. is the solo row house. Standing alone, in some of the worst neighborhoods, these nineteenth century structures were once attached to similar row houses that made up entire city blocks. Time and major demographic changes have resulted in the decay and demolition of many such blocks. Occasionally, one house is spared - literally cut off from its neighbors and left to the elements with whatever time it has left. Still retaining traces of its former glory, the last house standing is often still occupied.
  • That Awful 'Racist' Reagan Visited Victims of Md. Cross Burning in 1982,

    09/01/2013 7:21:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 1, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    <p>Earlier this evening at NewsBusters, Tim Graham noted that the Washington Post gave space, in an item entitled "Reagan Historians to Decry 'Ahistorical Caricature' as Racist in 'The Butler' Movie," to refute the false portrayal of the Gipper in that film.</p>
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Drivers in Washington, D.C., crash more than anyone, Allstate says

    08/28/2013 6:32:47 PM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    MSN ^ | August 28, 2013 | Clifford Atiyeh
    Whether it's their problems with "taxation without representation" or the flood of foreign diplomats weaving around town, drivers in the nation's capital are the most likely to get into a car accident, according to a new report from Allstate. The insurance company's annual study on safe drivers, now in its ninth year, looked at property-damage claims in 194 cities from January 2010 through December 2011 and compared them to the national average. In Washington, D.C., drivers were 109 percent more likely to get into a crash, while the D.C. suburbs of Alexandria and Arlington, Va. – along with Baltimore, Providence,...
  • Six year old punched while trying to stop assault

    08/23/2013 7:19:03 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 33 replies
    ABC 7 ^ | August 23, 2013 | Staff
    A 6-year-old girl was punched Thursday when she tried to help her mother who had been attacked on a sidewalk. Police say the girl and her mother were walking in the 1200 block of Whittington Drive in Lothian around 4:40 p.m. when a teen approached them from behind and asked for money. The girl's mother was punched and knocked to the ground. Police say the suspect began kicking and punching her while trying to grab her purse. When the young girl tried to break up the fight, the suspect punched her in the chest and ran off. “She was knocked...
  • Professor's son, 22, pleads guilty to stabbing and dismembering his roommate

    08/19/2013 7:06:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    A professor's son who attacked his roommate with an axe while he slept before dismembering and eating his heart and parts of his brain today pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible. Former Morgan State student, Alexander Kinyua, 22, entered the plea for the first-degree murder of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, whose body parts were discovered four days after he vanished last year. Agyei-Kodie, 37, had recently moved from Ghana and was staying with Kinyua's family in Joppatown, a suburb of Baltimore when he was attacked.
  • Police presence inside a showing of ‘The Butler’ causes outrage

    08/18/2013 2:20:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    MSNBC's The Grio ^ | August 18, 2013 | Joy-Ann Reid
    Washington D.C. woman says a weekend trip to see the movie, “The Butler” was marred by the presence of police inside the theater. Tiffany Flowers says she and her boyfriend, Alan Hanson, were attending a screening of the Lee Daniels film at the Regal Cinemas Majestic Stadium 20 theater in Silver Spring, Maryland Saturday, when the experience turned sour. She said that after waiting in line and having their tickets double validated, with the second ticket taker just ten feet from the first employee to tear their stubs, she and Hanson approached the theater entrance, only to find a police...
  • Kentucky's Ted Cruz? (Bevin against McConnell)

    07/30/2013 5:46:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/29/13 | Katrina Trinko
    Last week, the Kentucky businessman announced he would challenge Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in next year’s Republican Senate primary. This will be Bevin’s first entry into the political rodeo. But the longtime Republican has often been a frustrated party member. “I have a Peroutka for President T-shirt from 2004 in my drawer,” Bevin tells National Review Online in an interview at his Louisville home. He’s referring to Constitution-party candidate Michael Peroutka, for whom he cast his ballot in the general election rather than George W. Bush. “In ’04, I was just so fed up with the choices that we...
  • Syrian Electronic Army hacks Washington Post Web site

    08/15/2013 11:59:43 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2:06 PM | Paul Farhi and Hayley Tsukayama
    The Washington Post’s Web site was disrupted Thursday morning by a hacker group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that apparently launched a coordinated wave of attacks on American news outlets. A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army briefly infiltrated The Post’s Web site and redirected readers of some stories to the SEA’s site. The organization supports Assad, who has led a long, bloody campaign to crush a rebellion in Syria. The intrusion lasted for about 30 minutes and affected a number of foreign-news stories. “We’ve taken defensive measures, and at this time there are no other issues affecting...
  • CPAC Civil War: Ron Paul Supporters Scream “War Criminal” At Dick Cheney

    02/10/2011 3:52:58 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 80 replies ^ | 02/10/2011 | Jon Bershad
    Things should have been nice and chummy at CPAC an hour ago. Dick Cheney strolled on stage to cheers and the inspirational tune of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” and got began to present the “Defender Of The Constitution” award to Donald Rumsfeld. However, as the chants of “USA! USA!” died down, a voice screaming “War criminal!” could be heard. And then, as Cheney continued to talk up his former colleague, a shouting match began between supporters of Ron Paul and the rest of the convention hall. The Paul supporters eventually walked out in the middle of Rumsfeld’s speech as...
  • 2016 President: Republican Outsiders Rising (From Sabato's Crystal Ball)

    08/15/2013 8:54:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Center For Politics ^ | 08/14/2013 | Larry Sabato
    Our most recent rating of Republican presidential contenders features a top tier of three notably different candidates: A Midwestern governor (Scott Walker) who is known best by the activists who will help decide the nomination; a leading national figure (Chris Christie) who has irked conservatives; and a firebrand senator (Rand Paul) with devoted supporters who would shake up the party’s platform and, perhaps, identity.Chart 1: Updated Crystal Ball Republican presidential rankings First Tier Candidate Key Advantages Key Disadvantages Since Last Update Scott WalkerGovernor, WI •Midwest GOP gov. in Obama state •Heroic conservative credentials •Shown political durability •Too bland? Next Pawlenty?...
  • Pentagon’s Giant Blood Serum Bank May Provide PTSD Clues

    08/13/2013 8:09:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Scientific American ^ | August 12, 2013 | Dina Fine Maron
    The massive repository of genetic material is poised to advance research—just don’t bother asking for your samples back Inside DoDSR Image: Dina Fine Maron SILVER SPRING, Md.—Nestled inside a generic-looking office building here in suburban Maryland, down the hall from cable-provider Comcast, sits the largest blood serum repository in the world. Seven freezers, each roughly the size of a high school basketball court, are stacked high with row upon row of small cardboard boxes containing tubes of yellow or pinkish blood serum, a liquid rich in antibodies and proteins, but devoid of cells. The freezers hover at –30 degrees Celsius—cold...
  • Mosby: Florida Business Boycott Due to Stand Your Ground's 'Subjective Nature' (Baltimore)

    08/13/2013 5:52:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Patch Blog ^ | August 13, 2013 | Sonia Su and Adam Bednar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Councilman Nick Mosby's resolution calling on the city to review doing business with Florida firms due to the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law will be given a committee hearing like its sponsor wanted. The resolution encourages the city to review doing business with firms in that state, not because Mosby wants to see the law abolished, but rather to consider the "the subjective nature in which it's been applied in the state of Florida," Mosby told Patch. The resolution, according to the meeting agenda, calls for: Divestment from the State of Florida FOR the purpose of requesting that...
  • Bomb squad, hazmat units at Rep. Cummings' Baltimore office

    08/07/2013 9:19:19 AM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 25 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 7, 2013 | Justin Fenton
    A hazardous materials unit and federal agents are investigating a suspicious substance found at the Baltimore office of Rep. Elijah Cummings, officials said.
  • The Phony IRS Scandal

    08/04/2013 9:10:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 4, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    The White House publicity machine has tried to turn the national conversation from the topics of the day to attempt to make our President relevant again. Obama, who has gained the new nickname Griffin (as in H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man), has all but disappeared since his failed attempt to change the national gun laws in the beginning of this year. To clear grass so high that Obama needs a weed whacker just to be seen, his team has attempted a typical Obama technique. In this case they are creating a new mantra to discredit legitimate concerns of American voters...
  • Netanyahu meets congressmen, urges increased pressure on Iran

    08/06/2013 2:11:52 PM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    ynetnews ^ | Published: 08.06.13, 19:47 | Moran Azulay
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Tuesday evening with a delegation of 36 American congressmen headed by Congressman Steny Hoyer. During the meeting Netanyahu claimed that though Iran's president said pressure wouldn't help, in the last two decades pressure was the only thing that helped. snip
  • Archaeology dig may uncover nation's earliest free African-American settlment

    08/05/2013 2:19:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    In Easton, Md., an untold story of free African-Americans is being discovered through bits of glass, shards of pottery and oyster shells. Piece by piece, archaeologists and historians from two universities and the community are uncovering the history of The Hill, which they believe is the earliest settlement of free African-Americans in the United States, dating to 1790. Treme, in New Orleans, is recognized as the oldest free black community in the nation, dating to 1812. But researchers say that could change based on findings from the Easton dig. "It's not just a black story. It's an American story," said...
  • Open wide: Hundreds show up for Catholic Charities free dental clinic

    08/04/2013 1:00:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 3, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From my Shamelessly Proud of Where I Came From file…a great story involving my alma mater in Maryland, St. Vincent Pallotti High School: The first two people in line arrived within 10 minutes of each other Friday evening, ready to sleep on the sidewalk overnight for free dental care at a high school in Laurel on Saturday morning.Twelve hours later, one woman was reclining in a dentist’s chair, getting a new tooth made of a synthetic composite. The other was heading home: The temporary clinic, which served 700 people Friday and Saturday, was unable to provide the treatment she needed,...