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  • Candidates rush to raise campaign cash

    Candidates rush to raise campaign cash
    As many Marylanders are busy preparing for the holidays, the state's politicians are scurrying to raise money for an election next summer. The political calendar is chock full of breakfasts, luncheons and evening receptions geared toward gathering as...
  • With traffic growing, state begins another study of Bay Bridge capacity

    With traffic growing, state begins another study of Bay Bridge capacity
    Another summer, another agonizing season of Bay Bridge traffic. Admired, cursed and studied, Maryland's sole Chesapeake Bay crossing is being eyeballed again as state engineers try to determine how many years remain in its girders and suspension...
  • Annapolis Market House reopens

    Annapolis Market House reopens
    Some tourists came for gelato. One couple lunched on raw oysters. And a woman hovered near a display of half-pound jumbo lump crab cakes, pointing to a companion and saying, "Oh, my God." As the historic Annapolis Market House reopened Monday amid a...
  • Bill banning smoking in cars with kids survives

     A bill that would ban smoking in vehicles occupied by children under 8 survived an attempt to love it to death on the Senate floor Friday morning as proponents managed to reverse the vote on an amendment that probably would have doomed the legislation....
  • Senate defeats bill allowing gas utility surcharge

    A bill that would have let gas utilities seek a surchage of up to $2 a month on customers' bill was shot down -- for a second time --  Wednesday by a bipartisan coalition of senators who contended the measure would let monopolies charge ratepayers up...
  • Narrow majority of Md. senators oppose repeal of death penalty, survey reveals

    Gov. Martin O'Malley's push to end the death penalty in Maryland would probably fall short if a legislative vote were held today, even though the governor insisted yesterday that the repeal effort "has a real shot this year." A Baltimore Sun survey of...
  • Senate set for a divisive debate today on the death penalty

    Maryland senators are bracing for a divisive debate this morning on capital punishment, with two influential state leaders pulling lawmakers in opposite directions. A staunch death penalty supporter, Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller has vowed not...
  • Senators turn away repeal of death penalty in Md.

    Baltimore County senators rebuffed an effort to abolish Maryland's death penalty yesterday, persuading lawmakers instead to restrict when capital punishment can be used. The Senate's first full debate on the death penalty in more than three decades was...
  • Senate OKs limits on use of death penalty

    Senate OKs limits on use of death penalty
    Maryland senators advanced a plan yesterday to make the state's capital punishment statute one of the most limited in the nation. Although the proposal is far short of the full repeal sought by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the governor said it might be the best...