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General Assembly considering Holocaust reparations mandate that could prevent French company’s affiliate from participating in transit project
BY Suzanne Pollak
February 20, 2014

One of the four teams invited to submit a bid to operate Maryland’s proposed Purple Line will be prohibited from winning the contract under a bill introduced in the state’s General Assembly unless its parent company pays reparations to those it transported to Nazi death camps during World War II. Keolis America, a U.S. affiliate CONTINUE »

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New substance-abuse treatment center opens in Towson
BY Simone Ellin
February 20, 2014

The death of revered actor Philip Seymour Hoffman earlier this month has refocused the attention of the nation on the epidemic of drug addiction. Hoffman, who reportedly died from a heroin overdose, was discovered alone in his New York City apartment with a hypodermic needle in his arm on Feb. 2. Although heroin is widely CONTINUE »

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Mizeur pushing marijuana legislation; Brown, Gansler open to discussion
BY Marc Shapiro
February 20, 2014

Maryland gubernatorial candidates have voiced their support for decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Delegate Heather Mizeur, a Democrat from Montgomery County, introduced House Bill 879, which would make possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine not exceeding $100. Individuals under 21 caught with marijuana would be required CONTINUE »

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Aleph Learning Institute promotes power of one
BY Melissa Gerr
February 20, 2014

Flitting around the Chabad Lubavitch of Maryland building with the busy energy of a hummingbird, Rochelle Kaplan, founder and director of the Aleph Learning Institute, set out warm drinks on a very cold day in anticipation of her students. The latest snowfall and frigid weather did not deter her, as the full-day program of Aleph CONTINUE »

Expansion of pre-K funding both gives and takes
BY Heather Norris
February 20, 2014

As the idea of expanding prekindergarten in Maryland becomes more and more popular on both sides of the political aisle, the details involved in just how to implement the different programs are still a work in progress. State officials heard from panels of advocates Feb. 12, when discussion began on Senate Bill 332 and House CONTINUE »