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State officials, advocates debate giving Marylanders a raise
BY Heather Norris
February 6, 2014

For Monique Tracy, raising Maryland’s minimum wage would be the difference between living paycheck to paycheck and having some money to spare. “It would help me a lot,” said Tracy, 25, an employee at a Rite Aid in Pikesville. Tracy has been working at the store for two years. Her $8-an-hour salary must pay her CONTINUE »

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Sentence comes after incidents involving a Jewish couple and a police-involved shooting
BY Marc Shapiro
February 6, 2014

A woman was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court for assaulting, stalking and burglarizing a Pikesville couple. Stephanie Kamlot, 41, was given 10 years with all but five suspended by Judge John Turnbull II. She pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to second-degree assault, stalking and fourth-degree burglary. She must also CONTINUE »

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Partnership between Jewish, African-American communities brings new development to area south of Northern Parkway
BY Simone Ellin
February 6, 2014

Frigid temperatures did not deter the standing-room-only crowd that gathered to celebrate the Jan. 28 grand opening of the Jean Yarborough Renaissance Gardens, a new residential community for seniors in Southern Park Heights. Joining the approximately 200 guests were Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young and Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton as well CONTINUE »

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During a routine shift in the Northwestern District, officers face a myriad of problems — from the mundane to the very serious
BY Heather Norris
January 30, 2014

In a city where the murder rate, which just hit a four-year high with 234 homicides recorded in 2013, gains national attention year after year, it’s just business as usual for officers in Baltimore’s busy Northwestern District. “You’re never more than a block away from sheer, unadulterated violence,” says police officer Jacob Gabbard. Gabbard, 38, CONTINUE »

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Disabilities awareness month features webinars, programs, speakers
BY Melissa Gerr
January 30, 2014

The goal of the National Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month is to initiate discussion and promote inclusion for everyone in all aspects of Jewish life, regardless of their physical or mental ability. But “the discussion shouldn’t be about deciding things for people with disabilities but should include people with disabilities in the discussion,” said Shelly Christensen, CONTINUE »