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Health-care changes offer mixed bag for Marylanders
BY Heather Norris and Marc Shapiro
November 20, 2013

For 73,000 Marylanders, the launching of the Affordable Care Act has brought with it a mix of excitement and trepidation. According to Maryland Health Care Administration statistics, that is the number of people who will lose their current insurance plans due to new federal requirements for comprehensive coverage. However, the Obama administration says their plans CONTINUE »

BJC outlines budgetary priorities
BY Marc Shapiro
November 20, 2013

The Baltimore Jewish Council met with Gov. Martin O’Malley earlier this month to discuss budgetary and policy priorities. “We left feeling very positive from that meeting,” said Cailey Locklair, the BJC’s director of government relations. She discussed the group’s requests for FY2015 at a board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14. The BJC asked for $60,000 CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
November 20, 2013

Pikesville teacher Ralph Jaffe says he’s not a politician. In fact, the main goal of his 2014 bid for governor isn’t to get elected. “Changing the corrupt system is the goal,” Jaffe said. “But if elected, I will serve. Free, of course.” Jaffe’s goal is to replace money in politics “with ethics,” he said. He CONTINUE »

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New BGU program, sponsored by local philanthropist, is changing the way addiction is handled in the Jewish state
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 20, 2013

Toby Mower has always been considered an iconoclast in Baltimore. Nearly 20 years ago, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev President Rivka Carmi, the Mowers — Toby and husband Morton — got involved with the school. The couple had a longstanding philanthropic relationship with several Israeli projects and this was simply another. Then, about CONTINUE »

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BY Simone Ellin
November 20, 2013

Some readers may recall seeing or hearing about the documentary “Some Kind of Monster.” The film, released in 2004, follows heavy metal rock band Metallica as it travels to performance venues across the country with a therapist in tow. The band, as the film reveals, has contracted with the therapist to help them resolve their CONTINUE »