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Chief judge recalls a court career that started with his arrest

October 1st, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Chief Judge Robert Bell’s first experience with the court system didn’t come during his studies at Harvard Law School nor when he opened his legal practice in 1969. Bell was introduced to the court system the hard way. In his junior year at Dunbar High School, in 1960 the 17-year-old bell was arrested for involvement in a sit-in demonstration at a restaurant in downtown Baltimore.


Dead people voted and registered to vote, watchdog group finds; hundreds of deceased still on rolls

September 30th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

At least two dead voters showed up to vote at least once in a Maryland general election between 2004 and 2008, according to a voter registration watchdog group that has reviewed thousands of voter records this year, 1% of the rolls in the largest counties. The group – Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) – filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections Aug. 30. The group said it found several potential dead voters, voters who registered after they had died and a living Maryland resident who has been voting twice in elections for years.


Md. Labor Department overpays unemployment claims, auditors find

September 28th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

The Maryland Labor Department’s Division of Unemployment Insurance overpaid millions in benefits to people who were actually working and shelled out unemployment benefits to people who were dead or in prison. The division also certified job stimulus tax credits for employers hiring the unemployed for some workers who weren’t actually receiving unemployment benefits.


Major paratransit contracts fail to meet minority business targets

September 27th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

The Maryland Transit Administration is trying to boost minority business involvement in two multi-million dollar paratransit contracts worth $42 million that have failed to achieve a required 25% Minority Business Enterprise goal. Veolia Transportation Services, Inc. only reached 13% participation, while MV Transportation, Inc. hit the 11% mark


Montgomery veterans hope to change delegates’ position on gambling at posts

September 26th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Advocates from Montgomery County veterans organizations, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, are lobbying the county's House delegation to change their minds on gambling machines for veterans posts. The veterans want the delegation to include the county in the state’s gambling expansion that allows up to five pull-tab video lottery terminals in veterans halls in other areas of the state


New Poll: Voters support Dream Act, close on gay marriage, slightly opposed to gaming expansion

September 26th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

In-state college tuition for children of illegal immigrants appears safely headed for passage on the November ballot, according to a new statewide poll. Opinion on the same-sex marriage question is closer yet trending toward approval, but expansion of gambling may have difficulty passing in a tight vote. U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and President Obama also have comfortable leads among likely voters.


New president of Md. Nonprofits group takes over in challenging time

September 25th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Greg Cantori takes over as president of Maryland Nonprofits next Monday at a time when nonprofit organizations and their clients – like many businesses in Maryland small and large – have been battered by the economy. “Not only did they have to weather this great recession, they have had to take up the slack” from the impact of the economy’s increasing demand for social services, Cantori said in an interview. “It’s been such an incredibly challenging time in the last five years.”



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