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Annapolis event gives legislators, community members face time
BY Marc Shapiro
January 30, 2014

The Baltimore Jewish Council is gearing up for its annual Advocacy Day in Annapolis on Wed., Feb. 5. As in past years, organizers expect about 150 community members, state legislators and executive branch officials to come together to discuss the council’s legislative priorities. “On Advocacy Day, we enthusiastically represent the Jewish community and inform our CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
January 30, 2014

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gave his eighth and final State of the State address last week in Annapolis. He used the Jan. 23 speech as a way to chronicle his two terms as governor and call on the General Assembly to increase the minimum wage, move toward universal pre-kindergarten, better protect domestic violence victims and CONTINUE »

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Sam Gertner keeps on reading, learning
BY Melissa Gerr
January 30, 2014

On Sunday Jan. 26, Sam Gertner — father to three, grandfather to four, great-grandfather to five, accomplished musician, voracious reader, seasoned writer and avid traveler — celebrated a century of living surrounded by family and friends. The party took place at Springhouse of Pikesville, a senior living facility on Reisterstown Road, but Gertner has come CONTINUE »

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Shooting pierces quiet of Howard County suburb
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
January 27, 2014

Last Saturday morning’s fatal shooting at a popular Howard County shopping mall sent shock waves through the typically quiet suburb of Columbia, Md., with members of the area’s close-knit Jewish community joining their neighbors in mourning a sense of safety shattered by a teenager’s bullets. Lynn Green, president of local Reform congregation Bet Aviv, shops CONTINUE »

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State’s Medical Marijuana Commission is taking an academic approach to exploring the plant as a medicine, but critics doubt a program will get off the ground
BY By Marc Shapiro Photos by David Stuck
January 23, 2014

The waiting room at the Takoma Wellness Center looks not unlike a doctor’s office. Two black leather chairs bestride a coffee table, and informational pamphlets reside in a display on the back wall. A hamsa, a Middle Eastern symbol for health, happiness and good fortune, sits above one of the chairs. But in the next CONTINUE »