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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 20, 2013 Legislative panel examines mystery fee for water and sewer connections in new homes
QUOTE: unexplained and unexpected charges that has made it more difficult to afford their homes. The charge is assessed for the installation of pipes that connect new homes to the public water and sewer system. But in 1998, the Maryland General Assembly changed the law for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to allow developers, rather than the public water and sewer commission, to lay the pipes, and then charge homeowners for the work.
Washington Post Nov 29, 2012 Guardianship case in McLean illustrates lack of regulation for those caring for the elderly
QUOTE: raised questions among elder-care advocates and legislators about how a small number of paid guardians — both lawyers and non-lawyer professionals — are treating the aging and how states oversee the process.
Washington Post May 09, 2012 North Carolina's ban on gay marriage sparks cheers, jeers
QUOTE: North Carolina voted Tuesday to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 15, 2009 Lanham Hospital Fined for Not Reporting Errors
QUOTE: Doctors Community Hospital in Prince George's County has been fined by Maryland health regulators after failing to notify them that a patient had died and that at least seven others suffered serious harm last year as a result of mistakes by the medical staff.
Washington Post Jun 06, 2009 Bank Accused of Pushing Mortgage Deals on Blacks
QUOTE: systematically singling out blacks in Baltimore and suburban Maryland for high-interest subprime mortgages. These loans, Baltimore officials have claimed in a federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo, tipped hundreds of homeowners into foreclosure and cost the city tens of millions of dollars in taxes and city services.
New York Times Apr 06, 2009 New Approach Sought in Battle to Block U-Md. Porn Screening
QUOTE: state legislator [State Sen. Andrew Harris] who is trying to halt the event [porn film showing at the University of Maryland]... threatening an attempt to cut those funds [for the university]
Washington Post Mar 14, 2009 Report Cites Safety Issues at Md. Hospital for Clergy
QUOTE: report by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said St. Luke Institute has left potentially suicidal patients in unsafe environments...
Washington Post Mar 10, 2009 Muslim Woman Asked to Leave Line at Credit Union Because of Head Scarf
QUOTE: A Muslim woman was asked to leave her place in line at a credit union in Southern Maryland and be served in a back room because the head scarf she wore for religious reasons violated the institution's "no hats, hoods or sunglasses" policy...
Washington Post Mar 09, 2009 Montgomery Police Seeking Disability Find System Weighted in Their Favor
QUOTE: If a Montgomery County [Maryland] police officer can show that his bad knee limits his ability to chase a suspect through the woods... he gets the same tax-free benefits as an officer paralyzed from a gunshot,
Washington Post Dec 20, 2008 Maryland Students Use Speed Cameras for Revenge: Students in Montgomery County, Maryland use fake license plates to send speed camera tickets to enemies.
QUOTE: High school students in Maryland are using speed cameras as a tool to fine innocent drivers in a game, according to the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper. Because photo enforcement devices will automatically mail out a ticket to any registered vehicle owner based solely on a photograph of a license plate, any driver could receive a ticket if someone else creates a duplicate of his license plate and drives quickly past a speed camera.
theNewspaper.com Nov 08, 2008 Citing Workload, Public Lawyers Reject New Cases
QUOTE: Public defenders’ offices in at least seven states are refusing to take on new cases or have sued to limit them, citing overwhelming workloads that they say undermine the constitutional right to counsel for the poor...in the most open revolt by public defenders in memory, many of the government-appointed lawyers say that state budget cuts and rising caseloads have pushed them to the breaking point.
New York Times Sep 08, 2008 Montgomery Disability Practices Under Fire: Report Calls Patterns Seemingly 'Abusive'
ABSTRACT: More than 60 percent of Montgomery County police officers who retired in the past four years are collecting disability payments, including one who was a top finisher in a fitness contest a year after retiring on disability....Inspector General Thomas J. Dagley cited "questionable practices" and patterns or behaviors that a "prudent person would consider abusive."
Washington Post May 30, 2008 FBI Raids Home of Maryland State Senator: Consulting Relationship With Shoppers Food Warehouse Comes Under Investigation
QUOTE: Agents took file folders from the District Heights residence of Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's), who has served as chairman of the senate's Budget and Taxation Committee since 2002. They also took boxes from the small office building that houses the Shoppers Food and Pharmacy headquarters, where a spokeswoman confirmed that Currie has served as an "outside consultant."
Washington Post Mar 16, 2008 Suffering in Silence Over Foreclosure: In Upscale Md. Subdivision, Few Know the Troubles Neighbors Face
QUOTE: Perrywood's story is remarkable, not just for its cluster of defaults or the relative affluence of its residents. It also reflects a troubling national trend: African American homeowners and other minorities are more likely than non-Hispanic white borrowers to be saddled with the subprime loans and adjustable-rate mortgages that put them at greater risk of losing their homes.
Washington Post Feb 21, 2008 Bill on Child Abuse Receives Initial Nod
QUOTE: The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval yesterday to controversial legislation making it a crime for teachers, nurses, police officers and other professionals to fail to report evidence to authorities if they suspect a child may have been abused....Critics said the bill places too heavy a burden on state workers...
Washington Post Feb 01, 2008 Relief and Defiance At Smoking's Last Gasp: Health Saved? Rights Curtailed? Split Views, and Some Shrugs, Over Md. Ban
QUOTE: The [Maryland state smoking] ban has been lauded by health advocates as an important protection against the dangers of secondhand smoke, but [a critic] views it as an attack on the rights of business owners and smokers.
Washington Post Jan 21, 2008 One Teen's Campaign To Restore Voting Rights
QUOTE: Last month, [a Maryland high school senior], along with her father and a sympathetic state senator, persuaded Maryland's top legal minds to restore the right of suffrage to at least 50,000 teens who will turn 18 between the Feb. 12 primary and the Nov. 4 election.
Washington Post Jan 16, 2008 Montgomery Defends Sex Education Plan in Court
QUOTE: The plaintiffs, a coalition of groups that oppose homosexuality on religious grounds, [claim that the] lessons on sexual orientation violate state law...by stating that homosexuality is innate, a conclusion that has been rejected in the state courts. And a new video on the correct use of a condom, which includes allusions to oral and anal sex, violates a legal provision that bars schools from teaching "erotic technique."
Washington Post Nov 16, 2007 Vaccinate Your Kids--or Else: Maryland school officials are taking parents to court for refusing to inoculate their kids. Could other districts follow suit?
QUOTE: Should parents be fined or jailed for refusing to vaccinate their children? Hundreds of parents may face both if they don't show up at court to have their children vaccinated this weekend. A Maryland school district has ordered the parents of 2,300 students to court Saturday for missing the September immunization deadline.
Newsweek Oct 20, 2007 The Smoking Scourge Among Urban Blacks (Baltimore Journal)
QUOTE: Even as antismoking campaigns have sharply reduced tobacco use in society at large, smoking has remained far more common among the poor of all races.
New York Times Sep 02, 2007 Woman's Bond Revoked After Conviction in Crash: Driver Had Told Others Medication Made Her Drowsy; Judge Calls Her a "Ticking Bomb"
QUOTE: The judge's decision Thursday to revoke Evelyn Odette Velez's bond before sentencing came as a surprise to lawyers in the case because she wasn't drunk or speeding when the collision occurred and because prosecutors had asked only that she stay off the roads.
Washington Post Aug 09, 2007 Alliance Seeks to Expand Dental Care to Poor Kids
QUOTE: "Children are suffering every day because we have systematically failed to provide them with the dental care they need," said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.)... federal legislation to enhance pediatric dental care is in the works.
Washington Post Jun 28, 2007 Tree-Cutting Proposal Near C& O Canal Spurs Debate
QUOTE: A developer wants to cut down a swath of trees where he is building a home overlooking the C&O Canal in Potomac, arguing that the Americans with Disabilities Act gives him the right because his two young children are allergic to nuts on the trees.
Washington Post Jun 26, 2007 Hospital Board Refuses To Resign: Members Contend Johnson's Demand Is Undemocratic
QUOTE: Johnson contended the move would provide more public accountability for a board whose mismanagement he says has compounded the system's problems… [But] critics believe his move against the board is a thinly veiled attempt to gain greater control over its membership and the fate of the system.
Washington Post May 13, 2007 It's Right to Grant Former Felons the Right to Vote
QUOTE: The scarlet "F" worn by millions of Americans because of past felony convictions faded for some on April 24 as 52,000 citizens who live in Maryland regained their right to vote.
Washington Post Apr 07, 2007 Seeing Other Agents
QUOTE: Designed to ensure that the agent receives a commission if he or she has anything to do with the transaction, contracts are not easy to break. Sometimes they even stipulate that the agent is due the commission for a certain period of time afterward....Stark recommends that if you're unhappy with your agent to talk to his or her broker or manager. Your contract is with your agent's brokerage, not the individual agent...
Washington Post Jan 29, 2007 Psychiatric System Crunch Worsens: Waits for Beds Increasingly Exceed Md.'s Legal Maximum
QUOTE: "Because of a shortage of beds at Maryland psychiatric hospitals, a growing number of patients, including many who are involuntarily committed, are spending days in emergency rooms, often in violation of a state law that mandates that they be placed at a comprehensive care facility within 30 hours of commitment, heath-care officials and patient advocates say."
Washington Post Jan 19, 2007 Many in Senate Back Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Legislation Part of Growing Effort to Combat Cervical Cancer by Inoculating Middle School Girls
QUOTE: "Nearly half of the Maryland Senate has signed onto legislation introduced yesterday to mandate that middle school girls receive a new vaccine for cervical cancer."
Washington Post Jan 14, 2007 Bethesda Rescue Squad's D.C. Service Draws Criticism
QUOTE: "Unlike city ambulances, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase service is free. It also delivers patients to their hospital of choice....leading some critics to view the service as an outdated, unfair perk for the District's wealthiest majority-white neighborhoods."
Washington Post Dec 31, 2006 States Take Lead on Ethics Rules for Lawmakers
QUOTE: Several states, responding to the federal scandals as well as their own statehouse imbroglios, have already adopted more sweeping gift and travel bans, broader measures to end the central role of lobbyists or government contractors in financing campaigns and new public campaign financing intended to reduce lawmakers’ dependence on big donors.
New York Times Oct 09, 2006 Mother Tries to Unadopt, Citing Boy's Troubled Past: Mother Says Caseworkers Failed to Disclose Child's Stormy History
QUOTE: taking the highly unusual step of trying to unadopt him....[The adoptive mother--Ed.] said she did not know he had lived in five foster homes since he was 16 months old. Nor that his alcohol- and drug-addicted biological parents had physically abused him...
Washington Post Sep 27, 2006 States, Counties Begin to Enforce Immigration Law
QUOTE: law enforcement officers did not check the immigration status of people they came into contact with, and in the vast majority of cases, a run-in with the law carried little threat of deportation. But that accommodation for the burgeoning illegal population ended abruptly in April....Some Latino leaders say the program here is contributing to a discriminatory climate in which Hispanic drivers feel as if they are being "hunted" by police.
Washington Post Sep 21, 2006 Ehrlich Wants Paper Ballots For Nov. Vote: State Election Chief Says Staff Toiling to Fix Electronic Glitches
QUOTE: A week after the primary election was plagued by human error and technical glitches, Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) called yesterday for the state to scrap its $106 million electronic voting apparatus and revert to a paper ballot system for the November election.
Washington Post Sep 06, 2006 Hornsby Pleads Not Guilty: Ex-Chief Accused Of Kickback Scheme
QUOTE: Hornsby, 52, was indicted Aug. 23 by a federal grand jury on charges of steering school business to associates in exchange for kickbacks that were intended to exceed $100,000 and possibly include expensive art or a yacht.
Washington Post Aug 19, 2006 Touch-Screen Machines Stir Election Anxiety in Md.
QUOTE: Touch-screen polling machines...have become a politically charged topic in Maryland. Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who agreed to purchase them three years ago, now questions whether they can provide fair and accurate elections, given their vulnerability to computer hackers and their lack of a paper trail to document votes.
Washington Post Aug 07, 2006 States' Healthy Approach to Wal-Mart: Maryland's law was overturned, but Massachusetts' wins praise. How states are tackling the problem of health care for big box retailers
QUOTE: With Washington getting nowhere in its efforts to insure 44 million Americans who don't now have coverage, states are where the action is. More than half of the states, and many municipalities, are considering legislation to prod companies into providing their workers with some health-care coverage.
BusinessWeek Aug 01, 2006 FCC Finds Possible Bias Against MASN by Comcast
QUOTE: Federal regulators said yesterday that Comcast Corp. may have discriminated against a regional sports television network by refusing to carry the network's broadcasts of Nationals games.
Washington Post Jul 26, 2006 11 Sex Offenders Eligible to Teach: Audit Faults School System Oversight
QUOTE: State auditors told legislators yesterday that they had found 11 convicted sex offenders who were certified as teachers and eligible to be hired by Maryland public schools.
Washington Post Jul 17, 2006 Rights Groups Say Schaefer's Run Must End: Latest Immigrant Comment Helps Ignite a Political Drive
QUOTE: A far-reaching collection of Maryland's Asian, Latino, black and women's rights leaders denounced Comptroller William Donald Schaefer yesterday for what they called a series of intolerant public statements...
Washington Post Jul 10, 2006 Well-Paid Benefit Most As Economy Flourishes: Trend Is Pronounced In Washington Area
QUOTE: Wages are rising more than twice as fast for highly paid workers in the Washington area as they are for low-paid workers...the spoils of the region's economic expansion are going disproportionately to workers who are already well-paid, widening a gap between rich and poor in a place where it is already wider than in most of the country.
Washington Post Jul 05, 2006 Proposal For Mine On Farm Resisted: S. Md. Town Seeks To Save Rural Feel
QUOTE: a dispute over the continuing evolution of Southern Maryland's agricultural landscape into exurban Washington."
Washington Post Apr 13, 2006 Black Driver Sues Over Montgomery Police Stop
QUOTE: An African American martial arts instructor filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against Montgomery County and a county police officer, alleging that he was pulled over and handcuffed because he is black.
Washington Post Mar 13, 2006 Zoning Laws Are Looser for Some Family Ties: Suburbs to Scrutinize Loopholes That Allow Dense Building
QUOTE: family subdivision -- allows property owners to skirt zoning laws in rural areas and subdivide land for the use of their relatives.
Washington Post Mar 12, 2006 Electricity Deregulation: High Cost, Unmet Promises: Competition a 'Myth' as Prices Spiral Upward
QUOTE: At the time, in 1999, evangelists for deregulation described a competitive, efficient and lower-priced system of energy delivery that, for the most part, remains a fantasy in the Mid-Atlantic region and other parts of the country today...
Washington Post Jan 21, 2006 Judge Strikes Down Md. Ban on Gay Marriage: Ruling Is Stayed as Constitutional Fight Ignites
QUOTE: A Baltimore judge ruled yesterday that Maryland's law banning same-sex marriage is discriminatory and "cannot withstand constitutional challenge," throwing open the possibility of a bruising legislative battle over a constitutional amendment.
Washington Post Dec 17, 2005 Keeping a Close Eye On the Master Plan: Before Plunking Down a Deposit, Study Up on Maps and Zoning Rules -- And You May Still Get a Water Tower
QUOTE: ...real estate experts say buyers may avoid shocks if they closely examine the local land-use plan, keep up with plan amendments and development proposals, talk with longtime residents or homeowner groups, and pay attention to what is actually being built.
Washington Post Oct 05, 2005 N.Va. Home Contractor Admits to Fraud:Boom Market Provides Favorable Conditions for Scams, Officials Say
QUOTE: ...a growing number of home-improvement scams fueled by the housing market....increasing numbers of homeowners remodeling because rising home prices have given them enough equity to take out second mortgages or lines of credit.
Washington Post Oct 02, 2005 Chevy Chase's Conflict of Size and Sensibilities: 'Mansionization' Pits Old vs. New
QUOTE: While building a 5,000-square-foot house from scratch is common on the edges of suburbia, it is a more recent phenomenon in close-in suburbs such as Chevy Chase, and this summer, a group of residents there rose in revolt....saving the town's "special character" from houses that are turning it into "any other community in Gaithersburg." Among the arguments were that the new houses hulk over neighbors and create drainage problems, that builders are exploiting zoning rules and needlessly removing trees..."
Washington Post Oct 01, 2005 The Whole Truth About Disclosure: In Md., Sellers Now Have Greater Obligation to Tell Buyers About Defects
QUOTE: Sellers often list houses "as is," meaning they won't make repairs if problems are found. In the recent past, they have gotten so many multiple bids that they have been able to turn down contracts with contingencies for home inspections. As a result, say regulators, buyers frequently contend they didn't get a chance to investigate and were misled into a bad deal.
Washington Post Jul 20, 2005 Baltimore Makes Musical History By Choosing Female Conductor
QUOTE: Marin Alsop was confirmed as the 12th music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ... despite widespread opposition from the orchestra's musicians. The decision will make her the first female conductor in history to assume the artistic leadership of a full-time, full-size, world-quality orchestra.
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