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Editorial: Fund Legal Services

This one really is a no-brainer. In a little more than four months, one of the critical funding mechanisms for legal assistance to low-income individuals is set to expire. If the increased surcharge on filing fees in civil cases is allowed to sunset, the nonprofit Maryland Legal Services Corp. would lose 40 percent of its available funds — about $6 million.

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Editorial: Dram-shop responsibility

Although this week a U.S. District Court jury has ruled that a popular Ocean City nightclub has no legal responsibility for a rape that occurred in its parking lot after bar employees escorted a visibly intoxicated woman outside and left her there alone, the case against Seacrets raises a larger issue: Maryland’s lack of any dram-shop liability law.

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Editorial: A new sense of purpose

The drive from Chicago to Maryland takes about 10 hours, if you go just a few miles over the speed limit. I did this drive twice in the past few weeks, along with a few O’Hare-BWI flights (one that routed me through Philadelphia on a seemingly pointless 20-minute jaunt), and for the past week, I’ve been sleeping on a rather uncomfortable air mattress.

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Editorial: The governor’s choice

Secretary Christian S. Johansson sent pulses racing this week with the announcement that he plans to leave his cabinet post come January, but any anxiety was short-lived. Within hours, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced that Deputy Secretary Dominick E. Murray would be taking charge of the Department of Business and Economic Development upon Johansson’s departure.

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