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Baltimore County Schools Suspending Too Many Students, According to Advocates

“Students are being repeatedly suspended, transferred to alternative schools."


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The University of Maryland Medical System’s board of directors has asked its president and chief executive officer to take a temporary leave of absence and said it will hire an outside firm to conduct an “exhaustive” review of its contractual relationships.

The moves came after an emergency Thursday meeting when the UMMS board asked the president, Robert A. Chrencik, to begin his leave of absence Monday.

Rachel Baye

University of Maryland Medical System leaders met Wednesday afternoon with Gov. Larry Hogan and state Senate President Mike Miller to discuss hundreds of thousands of dollars in business deals between the hospital and its board members.

Board Chairman Stephen Burch said a board meeting Thursday will determine next steps and ways to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Nick Wass / AP

In an effort to "preserve" the Preakness Stakes' Baltimore location, Mayor Catherine Pugh filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Stronach Group to seize the track and prevent moving the race from Pimlico to Laurel.

A 1987 Maryland law prohibits moving the middle jewel of the Triple Crown to a different racecourse. The suit alleges that the Stronach Group, which owns both Pimlico and Laurel, is "openly planning to violate" that law by moving the race to a different racetrack "despite the absence of any disaster or emergency, except for the disaster that they are in the process of creating."

Making the Beer Cold in Baltimore

Mar 20, 2019
Tom Flynn

Baltimore has long been a city that loved its beer, from the time John Leonard Barnitz opened the first commercial brewery in the city in 1748 through the heady days of National Bohemian Beer (…brewed on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay!).

But national and international firms bought out the locals and moved them elsewhere. Now, however, brewing beer in Baltimore has become a bit of a trend, starting with Hugh Sisson and his Heavy Seas brand in 1989 through what Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Brewers Association of Maryland, calls an explosion of brewers.

Rachel Baye

Monday was Crossover Day in the State House. Any legislation that had not passed in either the House or the Senate and crossed over to the other chamber by the end of the day faces a tougher road to becoming law. WYPR’s State Politics Reporter Rachel Baye talks with Nathan Sterner about some of the things that made the cut and some that did not.

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700 Fallsway: Masterpiece in the Mire

One man spent more than half his life in prison. Another fled his country to avoid religious persecution and ended up on the street. One was left to live alone at age 12. One relapsed after 18 years clean. And one carries the burden of a lost sister. These men live together in a long-term residential program called Christopher Place Employment Academy on the 700 block of Fallsway, one block south of the Baltimore Jail. In this episode, we listen to their stories, and we meet the staff supporting them as they attempt to redefine their lives.

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Stay Classy, Baltimore!

Dec 6, 2013

The Oriole cafeterias were made for fine dining, with slow dinner music accompanying - until the patrons made a choice - fast food over slow music! 

Tom welcomes Stanley Thurston, the Founder and Music Director of the Heritage Signature Chorale, a chorus based in Laurel, MD that specializes in the art of the Negro Spiritual.

Maryland’s medical marijuana law has been in effect for barely two months, and already there are people who say it needs to be reworked. They plan to ask the General Assembly to loosen some restrictions when it convenes in January so more people who need marijuana can get it faster.

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A look at this morning’s fog-related school delays on the Eastern Shore. Plus: tonight’s Baltimore City Council meeting, MD’s minimum wage, public transit use, hospital rates, speed camera citations, and the annual lighting of the Washington Monument in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon.

Understanding the Relationship Between Sleep and Chronic Pain - 12/5/13

When Maryland became the first East Coast state to ban the sale, trade, and distribution of shark fins into law, it served as a much-needed victory for these essential ocean-dwellers. However, sharks are still facing an uphill battle.

Carmela Coyle is the President & CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), a position she has held since July 2008. MHA is the advocate for Maryland hospitals, health systems, and the communities and patients they serve. In her role, Carmela is sharpening the association’s focus on advocacy and public policy. Quality and patient safety is a priority, where she is helping hospitals make health care in Maryland the safest in the nation. She is currently leading an effort to rethink the future of payment in Maryland and to both preserve and modernize Maryland’s Medicare waiver for the next 30 years. In addition to her post at MHA, Carmela also serves on the Board of the Maryland Patient Safety Center, the Maryland Healthcare Education Institute, and PRIME, MHA’s shared services organization.

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Chateau Peyros, Madiran 2008 $ *1/2   
(Tannat/cab suav in a rustic format)

Gordeyant Cahors 2011 ** $  
(The original Malbec, with depth and finesse)

Domaine Les Haut de Riquets "Diablerie", Cotes du Duras 2011 * $
(Mostly merlot with a touch of malbec)

Chateau K, Begerac 2009 *** $$  
(A delicious "bordeaux on steroids")

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