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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Duly Noted: Verdict highlights

School bus company to pay $1.5M to drivers for overtime A school bus company has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a class-action overtime lawsuit by its former Maryland employees. The bus drivers, aides and others, who worked in ...

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Unbillable hours: The Soldier’s Tale

Jake Scott, a 19-year-old soldier who returns from Vietnam partially paralyzed and psychologically scarred, is technically the main character of Joe Cassilly’s semi-autobiographical novel. But Scott’s wheelchair is the real star of “Decoration for Valor.” Harford County State’s Attorney Cassilly, ...

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Teacher settles overtime suit for $16K 

A Frederick County pre-school teacher has settled her federal overtime lawsuit against her former employer for $16,000. The Children’s Center for Discovery, Inc., a child-care provider chain headquartered in Monrovia, has agreed to pay roughly two-thirds of that amount to ...

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Cost of mortgages is trending up 

The outlook for 2010 is beginning to take focus, and from recent actions of the Federal Housing Administration and the latest words from the Federal Reserve, the cost of getting a mortgage is heading up. The Federal Reserve left short-term ...

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O’Malley leans to recognizing gay marriage

Gov. Martin O’Malley said “there’s a reasonable foundation … in the law” for Maryland to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states but added that he will await a coming attorney general’s opinion on this “really culturally contentious issue” before ...

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Riffin: Not your average pro se litigant

James Riffin graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1975 and received a master’s in law from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1981. But he is not a practicing attorney, saying he got his legal ...

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An online resource for the swimming community

Ever heard the term “It takes a village?” Well, Mark Randall, a local entrepreneur, has launched The Athlete Village. If you haven’t heard about this site, I believe you will. Launched Jan. 19, www.theathletevillage.com was built to create an online ...

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O’Malley: Short-term fixes over  

Two weeks after introducing a state spending plan held together with fund transfers and other one-time accounting maneuvers, Gov. Martin O’Malley said he has “pretty much exhausted” the short-term fixes that have been hallmarks of his recession-era budgeting. “We’re running ...

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Maryland industry focus: Hospitality and tourism

Overview Due to Maryland’s varied landscape and geographic location, the Hospitality and Tourism sector includes a variety of establishments, ranging from land and water sightseeing and transportation to museums and historical parks. The industry is a significant part of the ...

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