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Oct 2, 2013

Best-selling author Tom Clancy has died at age 66

NEW YORK — In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller “The Hunt for Red October” came out, Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the White House, where he was questioned by Navy Secretary John Lehman. Who, the secretary wanted to know, gave Clancy access to all that secret material? Clancy, the best-selling […]

Sep 24, 2013

Bowie Training Center horse’s illness not due to herpesvirus

Officials at the Bowie Training Center said blood samples from a euthanized horse at the Bowie Training Center show the animal was not infected with equine herpesvirus. A hold order placed Saturday on 27 horses in Barn 16 at the training center has been lifted. Horses stabled in the barn will be allowed to train […]

Jan 20, 2013

Flu season fuels debate over paid sick time laws

NEW YORK — An unusually early and vigorous flu season is drawing attention to a cause that has scored victories but also hit roadblocks in recent years: mandatory paid sick leave for a third of civilian workers — more than 40 million people — who don’t have it. Supporters and opponents are particularly watching New […]

Oct 4, 2012

What lurks in what you eat

Do you think that some "organic" or "natural" labels are false advertising?

Mar 20, 2012

Ex-court worker loses FMLA fight

A former Maryland court employee’s $1 million lawsuit ended Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court, which held that states cannot be sued under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act’s self-care provision. Daniel Coleman, who was once the executive director of procurement and contract administration at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Annapolis, claimed […]

Dec 30, 2011

Maryland reports first case of seasonal influenza

Maryland health officials are reporting the state’s first case of seasonal influenza. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Friday that the first laboratory-confirmed case of seasonal influenza has been diagnosed in an adult in the Baltimore area. This season’s first confirmed case comes months later than last season’s. Officials say last season’s first [&he[...]

Nov 8, 2011

Sick daze

It’s that time of year again: everyone I know is sick, myself included. Working in the courthouse is almost like working in a school — it feels like every pen, door handle and elevator button is covered in germs and, at the rate I use it, I am seriously considering buying stock in a hand […]

Jul 27, 2011

Maryland panel launches plan to cut cancer deaths

Maryland is launching a plan to reduce cancer deaths. The Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan announced Tuesday aims to save the lives of an additional 1,200 residents annually by preventing, detecting and treating the illness. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, says the goal is to have to lowest […]

Mar 23, 2011

Panel: No follow-up on anthrax suspect’s mental illness

HAGERSTOWN — A court-ordered panel of experts said Wednesday that security investigators failed to follow up on signs of mental illness that should have prevented the apparent perpetrator of the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks from working with anthrax at the Army’s flagship biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick. The report says Bruce Ivins’ psychiatric […]

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