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Bills make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil fine and establish an effective medical marijuana program
BY Marc Shapiro
April 17, 2014

Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a new medical marijuana bill and a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The Maryland General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill that would make possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine, and a bill that allows doctors to prescribe CONTINUE »

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Bnos Yisroel benefits from kindness of strangers
BY Simone Ellin
April 10, 2014

Whether you call it “divine providence,” as Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore’s Language Arts department chairwoman Sara Arno did, or “kismet,” as Wee Chic children’s apparel storeowner Bridget Quinn Stickline did, it must have been fate that Stickline and Arno met in Greenspring Station in Timonium. “I was there to take a child CONTINUE »

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Northeastern pro-Palestinian group’s actions raise civil rights concerns
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
April 3, 2014

American universities have long been a place of political engagement, where rhetoric far from the sphere of mainstream political discourse is often the norm. But the recent suspension of a pro-Palestine student group has thrust Boston’s Northeastern University into a national debate on what constitutes free speech and what crosses into anti-Semitism and intimidation. The CONTINUE »

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Construction should start on the Owings Mills center this summer
BY Marc Shapiro
March 27, 2014

Foundry Row developers have cleared another hurdle in their plans to build a Wegmans-anchored mixed-use center on Reisterstown Road. Development plans by Greenberg Gibbons and Vanguard, the companies building Foundry Row at the site of the old Solo Cup factory, were approved on Feb. 24. Arguments opposed to the plans were also rejected in the CONTINUE »

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Hundreds attend hearing on future of Esther Lebovitz’s killer
BY Melissa Gerr
March 21, 2014

Approximately 250 people from Baltimore’s Jewish community traveled by bus, car and subway train to protest the appeal trial of then 24-year-old Wayne Stephen Young, who was convicted of killing 11-year-old Esther Lebovitz in 1969. A student of the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, she was last seen in Pikesville after being dropped off at CONTINUE »