Saturday, February 9, 2013
Capital punishment in Maryland already is effectively dead, according to some prosecutors.
Saturday, February 9
By Julia Maldonado, Capital News Service A bill that would repeal the death penalty in Maryland appears to have the votes needed to clear the Senate, adding momentum to Gov. Martin O’Malley and proponents’ push for repeal. But some prosecutors and other death penalty supporters say a repeal would only make official what is already true—capital punishment doesn’t really exist in Maryland. The state has one of the most restrictive death penalty laws in the country. Combine that with bureaucratic opposition from the governor and judges’ reluctance to impose the ultimate penalty, and even the most violent criminals are not likely to ever be executed, some say. “I don’t want them to ever have the opportunity to do it again,” said Sen. Kathleen …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
A state senator wants a new state bird; one man's technolgical fortress is his castle; and the Senate president feels snubbed by Obama.
It's not a statue in front of the office building that bares his name but Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller did receive a bust of himself this week courtesy of the Regional Manufacturing Institute. Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, a Perry Hall Democrat, gave a sneak preview of the small, light-weight bust of Miller moments before presenting it to the Senate's top dog. "You can't have too much Mike Miller," Klausmeier said. The technology is similar to what was used in a scene of Jurassic Park 3 where a copy of a velociraptor's larynx was recreated. The institute offered legislators in Annapolis the opportunity to have themselves scanned into a computer and get busts of themselves. Miller seemed impressed with the petite bust but joked that it …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The 10-year-old building officially becomes a Super Walmart and will now be open 24 hours.
Nearly 10 years after first opening, the Walmart in Rosedale officially reopened on Wednesday. The store, located at 6420 Petrie Way, hosted a grand reopening ceremony to mark the completion of its transformation into a Super Walmart. The remodeled and expanded store will now be open 24 hours and has a full line of groceries, including a bakery, a deli, meat and dairy products section and fresh produce. "This [reopening] doesn't represent the end, but just the continuation of a journey that began almost 10 years ago to the day at this store," store manager Scott Bonsall said. Bonsall said the 16 months it took to complete the project definitely took its toll on him and many employees, who dealt with limited parking spaces, merchandise …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Council, state legislators and labor unions say the county executive is uncompromising and difficult to work with.
After a relatively quiet first year in office, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has found himself in conflict with other state and county elected officials and labor unions. The recent conflicts over legislation in Annapolis and in Towson have prompted complaints that Kamenetz has been difficult to work with, unwilling to compromise and arrogant. Former Councilman Bryan McIntire served with Kamenetz for 16 years on the Baltimore County Council. The Timonium Republican said problems between the Democratic county executive and others have been personality-driven. "(Kamenetz) is the kind of person who has to have his own way at any cost," said McIntire. "That's his nature and he can't change his nature anymore than you or I can …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Bill is scheduled for a committee vote Thursday but supporters aren't optimistic.
A bill that would create a partially elected school board in Baltimore County could get a vote in a Maryland state Senate committee but the result may not be what supporters are hoping for. "The prospects look very dim right now," said Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a sponsor of a Senate bill that would create a partially elected, partially appointed school board. The bill is set for a vote in committee today, according to the Democratic senator from Owings Mills. Zirkin made his comments Wednesday after learning that the chairwoman of the committee said the bill would likely die there rather than receive a vote on the Senate floor. "I don't like the bill and neither does the committee," said Sen. Joan Carter Conway, who chairs the committee and …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
High school seniors and college students living within parts of Perry Hall, Parkville and Carney may apply for the scholarship.
Listen up, high school seniors and college students. State Sen. Kathy Klausmeier of Perry Hall has announced information on her annual senatorial college scholarships. To qualify, each student's full-time residence (when they're not in school) must be within Legislative District 8, which includes much of Perry Hall and parts of Parkville and Carney. A student's parents (if he or she is still dependent on them) must also be Maryland residents, according to a news release. Students must currently be enrolled or plan to attend a college or qualified private career school during the 2012-2013 school year. Students must also file a federal student aid application and submit the scholarship application before April 1, the news release stated. …