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Forbes Ranks Ravens 19th Most Valuable Sports Team in the World

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 10:31am

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From Citybizlist - America can’t lay claim to possessing the world’s most valuable sports team. In the most recent Forbes ranking, the United States’ most valuable sports team, New York Yankees, worth $2.5 billion, is ranked fourth in the world.

According to Forbes, the top three are all European soccer clubs: Spain’s Real Madrid, worth $3.44 billion; Spain’s Barcelona, worth $3.2 billion; and Manchester United, worth $2.81 billion. Read More →

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State Sen. Hershey Forced to Drop Rip-Off Signs

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 9:32am

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Maryland state Sen. Stephen Hershey Jr. believes he may be a distant relative of Milton S. Hershey, founder of the famous candy company. But that has been no help in the politician’s fight to keep his chocolate brown campaign signs that feature his last name in bold and all caps. Neither has his argument that the bold, blocky letters are from a “common font” and that the Hershey Company’s trademark infringement lawsuit against him threatens his “constitutional rights of freedom of speech, freedom of association, and participation as a candidate in the political process.”

A federal judge ordered Hershey to stop using the knock-off signs. This is just a preliminary injunction, but it suggests that the Hershey Company is likely to win its suit, and state Sen. Hershey will have to dig deep for some new graphic design inspiration.

 

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David Simon Bonds with O’Malley over The Pogues

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 8:25am

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David Simon

So recently — and there’s photographic evidenceThe Wire creator and frequent O’Malley critic David Simon found himself on an Acela train with Maryland governor and The Wire hater Martin O’Malley. At the urging of his son, Simon bought O’Malley a beer and the two attempted a civil interaction.

Simon details the friendly encounter — well, not so much “details” as the two spoke mostly off the record — on his blog, The Audacity of Despair. It’s a good read, and Simon’s blog is one of the few places on the Internet where the comments section does not shatter one’s faith in humanity. Read More →

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O’Malley Brainstorms with Faith Leaders on Immigrant Children

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 7:39am

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Photo via the Blue Journal

Only a few days ago, Gov. Martin O’Malley got into a little tiff with White House aides when he blasted the Obama administration’s less-than-welcoming stance toward the wave of unaccompanied immigrant children that recently flooded our border. O’Malley decried the president’s plan to send most of the children back to their home countries as a move that would send them “back to certain death.” In retaliation, the White House leaked that O’Malley had opposed housing the children at a facility in Carroll County. Now O’Malley has to put his money where his mouth is.

On Monday, the governor convened a group of religious leaders to brain-storm how Maryland might aid the immigrant children. According to the Washington Post, the group discussed reuniting families and organizing clothing drives in addition to securing housing. Read More →

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A Comfortable Mortgage – Direct Mortgage Loans Will Answer All of Your Questions

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 1:00pm

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The Direct Mortgage Loans Sweet16 Pledge compresses the process to just 16 days. The appraisal management firm is local – not nationally-based like most banks and credit unions. The in-house processing and underwriting keeps things moving at top speed for you and your buyer.

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57,000 Md. Health Exchange Enrollees May Need to Re-enroll This Year

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 8:52am

The old health exchangeSigning up for health coverage through Maryland’s online health exchange last year was a terribly frustrating experience for many residents, and it looks like some 57,700 of them will be required to re-enroll this fall or risk losing their tax subsidy. There’s just no way to transfer subsidy data to the new Connecticut-inspired system, adopted after our own exchange was abandoned in April.

According to the Baltimore Business Journal, with open enrollment beginning Nov. 15, the new system is being created “on a very tight deadline,” though officials say they are on track. Read More →

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You Need $88,275 to Be Happy in Maryland

2 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 10:44am

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As Groucho Marx said, “Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.” But as Puff Daddy also said, “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.” So which is it?

According to Princeton researchers, who asked nearly half a million Americans to evaluate their happiness and reveal their salaries, having more money does make you happier… up to a point. And that point, according to their research, was $75,000. Beyond that annual salary, more money added negligible happy points.
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I’m with Rodricks: O’Malley Needs to Get Mark Farley Grant $1M

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 9:50am

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Okay, fine. $5 million.

Mark Farley Grant makes his living as a meat cutter at Seven Mile Market in Pikesville, but as far as Sun columnist Dan Rodricks is concerned, he should be swimming in cash, $1 million to be exact, and I agree.

Beginning when he was 15 years old, Grant spent 28 years in prison for a murder he was absolutely unconnected to. And the last four of those 28, were the solely the fault of Gov. Martin O’Malley. In 2008, O’Malley received the results of a thorough investigation by the University of Maryland School of Law that proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that Grant was framed for the murder and wrongfully convicted. The documents revealed previously unknown details about coerced testimony, recanted testimony, failed polygraphs. The report concluded unequivocally: “Mark Grant did not kill Michael Gough. There is now no question about the fact.” Read More →

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Maryland to Start Regulating Arcades Like They Do Casinos

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 8:28am

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I think those unicorns are probably good to go.

Arcades in Maryland are about treated an awful lot more like casinos. In 2012, the General Assembly passed a bill that placed “skills-based amusement games and electronic gaming devices” under the regulatory oversight of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission, and the claw game may never be the same!

Under the new rules, all game machines in arcades would need to be registered. The commission says the majority of those machines may be registered for free. But when it comes to games — like the claw — that offer prizes worth more than $30 wholesale, in comes a $50 licensing fee as well as quarterly requirements to test the machines and document their locations.

If you find it hard to believe that any prize in those claw games is worth more $30, then you haven’t been to Ocean City in a while. Sportland, on the boardwalk, gives customers a chance at grabbing GoPro cameras, iPod Nanos, Beats headphones, and the like. Read More →

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Ocean City Has Seriously Banned Laser Pointers

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 8:49am

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I told you they’d come for our laser pointers!

I love keeping up with Ocean City’s efforts to crack down on vice on the beach. Recently, we’ve seen the resort town implement an unenforceable “ban” on boardwalk profanity (a campaign they say is going quite well) and decide to make the “vast majority of the beach” smoke-free in 2015. They’ve also cracked down on underage drinking during beach week. In the frenzy, I somehow missed the Town Council’s passage of a ban on the sale and possession of laser pointers back in May.

On its face, it seems like a pretty frivolous ban (at least to me), but apparently it’s no joke. According to WBAL, Ocean City Police had received 975 reports of “laser pointer abuse” in the last three years. The laser pointers were being aimed at helicopter pilots, bus drivers, and tram operators. Read More →

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