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JCRC, BJC take opposite sides in Annapolis anti-boycott debate
BY Suzanne Pollak and Heather Norris
February 27, 2014

On its surface, legislation being discussed in Annapolis is an effort on the part of the state to stand up to those who would boycott Israel. But the inclusion of financial penalties and ambiguous wording now pits two Jewish communal advocacy organizations on opposite sides, with the Baltimore Jewish Council facing off against the Jewish CONTINUE »

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Growing up alongside a sibling with special needs
BY Simone Ellin
February 20, 2014

It’s been almost 14 years since Emily Hecht and Owings Mills-based psychologist Eve Band published “Autism Through a Sister’s Eyes: A Young Girl’s View of Her Brother’s Autism.” Nowadays, Hecht, who grew up in Pikesville, is a 23-year-old graduate student at Washington University in Indiana. Recently, she recalled what it was like for her as CONTINUE »

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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 »