Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mikulski, Cardin Lead Maryland Delegation in Requesting Major Disaster Declaration for Baltimore

Mikulski, Cardin Lead Maryland Delegation in Requesting Major Disaster Declaration for Baltimore

May 27, 2015

Delegation asks President Obama to support Governor Hogan’s request for a major disaster declaration as Baltimore recovers from recent unrest

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) were joined by members of Maryland’s Congressional Delegation today in sending a letter to President Barack Obama supporting Governor Hogan’s request for a declaration of a major disaster for Baltimore following recent unrest in the city. If awarded, Maryland will become eligible for federal disaster recovery dollars through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ensuring the state’s already strained budget is not stretched any thinner. The letter was signed by Senators Mikulski and Cardin, as well as U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.), Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) and John Delaney (D-Md.).

“Following the tragic death of Freddie Gray, citizens of Baltimore reacted with outrage in their demands for truth and their demands for justice,” the Members wrote. “For seven days, from April 25, 2015 through May 1, 2015, the City of Baltimore experienced civil unrest... Maryland and its local jurisdictions have contributed a vast amount of resources, which will continue to have economic impacts around our state. A Major Disaster declaration is necessary to help provide the resources needed by all.”


The full text of the delegation’s letter of support is as follows:

May 26, 2015

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to express our strong support for Governor Hogan’s May 21, 2015 request for a Major Disaster declaration for the City of Baltimore. Given the massive impact that the situation in Baltimore is having on the state’s resources, we respectfully request that you urgently approve Federal assistance.

Following the tragic death of Freddie Gray, citizens of Baltimore reacted with outrage in their demands for truth and their demands for justice. For seven days, from April 25, 2015 through May 1, 2015, the City of Baltimore experienced civil unrest. The boiling emotions of a small fraction of Baltimoreans turned into violence and vandalism to homes and businesses that the vast majority of Baltimore’s citizens have been working to rebuild and restore.

Governor Hogan took appropriate action under State law and directed the execution of the State Response Operations Plan in accordance with Section 401 of the Stafford Act. In addition, the Governor issued an Executive Order declaring that a State of Emergency existed and activated the Maryland National Guard to State service. The Governor has certified that additional Federal assistance is needed. The Governor has provided the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with a preliminary damage assessment of over $19 million in expenditures for local jurisdiction law enforcement, security, firefighting, and emergency management costs as well as out-of-state resources required to supplement local and state resources. This Major Disaster declaration is necessary to address emergency protective measures and public buildings and contents per Category B & E of Public Assistance under the Stafford Act. This situation has the potential to negatively impact services in other areas, given an already strained state budget environment.


Maryland and its local jurisdictions have contributed a vast amount of resources, which will continue to have economic impacts around our state. A Major Disaster declaration is necessary to help provide the resources needed by all.  We appreciate your consideration of Maryland’s request, and look forward to continue working with you in this recovery.
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News from The Hill: Obama asserts power over small waterways By Timothy Cama

News from The Hill

Obama asserts power over small waterways

By Timothy Cama

The Obama administration asserted its authority Wednesday over the nation's small waterways like streams and wetlands, moving forward on one of the most controversial pollution rules of recent years.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers said they are making final their proposed waters of the United States rule, which Republicans and many businesses have long panned as a massive federal overreach that would put the EPA in charge of ditches, puddles and wet areas.


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10 States to Avoid if You Have Poor Driving Skills 05/24/15 By Laurie Kulikowski

10 States to Avoid if You Have Poor Driving Skills 05/24/15 By 

TheStreet) -- Using bad judgment when driving is not only dangerous, but can cost you thousands in insurance premiums.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/13143555/1/10-worst-states-to-be-a-terrible-driver.html
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10.Maryland
Base Annual Premium: $1,626
Maryland is the tenth most expensive state to be a poor driver in. The state is in the top third of most expensive base premiums compared to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. And being a bad driver will really pile on the cost. For instance, getting into two accidents in two years in Maryland adds $2,015 to annual premiums. Getting a DUI conviction adds $827 per year, according to WalletHub.
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Contracts Don’t Make a Family Any Less Natural by Martha Ertman

Contracts Don’t Make a Family Any Less Natural by Martha Ertman
Oscar Wilde famously quipped that the only thing worse than being talked about isnot being talked about. Paradoxically, much of the testimony in his 1895 trial for “gross indecency”—which was reported in papers throughout the world—concerned his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, the very person who coined the phrase“the love that dare not speak its name.”
A little more than a century later, that love is on everybody’s lips.
In the United States we’re waiting to see how the Supreme Court decides the marriage cases it’s reviewing, and Wilde’s home country just became the first in the world to extend marriage equality to same-sex couples by popular vote. Freakishly smart and always happy to grab the spotlight, Wilde would likely have been one of the many Irish expats who traveled home to vote “yes” on the marriage referendum and probably would have taken delight in eviscerating the arguments put forth by nay-sayers, like Michael Brendan Dougherty, who claim that same-sex marriage is “unnatural.” Wilde would be right. It’s clear that when defenders of what they call “traditional marriage” have to justify their position, none of their arguments stand up to scrutiny.
Marriage opponents’ first error is historic. Dougherty imagines a past where genetic parenthood determined legal and social parenthood. But that past does not exist. To the contrary, both law and society have long recognized that love comes in different packages. Some are more common—heterosexuality, marriage, parents raising kids conceived with the fun, free stuff lying around the house—but that hardly makes them “natural.”
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cleveland agrees to strict new rules on its police department


By Sari Horwitz


The city of Cleveland has agreed to have its police department overseen by an independent monitor and subject its officers to strict and explicit new rules on the use of force under an agreement with the Justice Department that was announced Tuesday.

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The settlement, set against the growing debate over policing tactics in the United States, comes just days after a judge acquitted a white Cleveland police officer in the fatal shooting of two unarmed African Americans in 2012. The agreement is an outgrowth of a scathing report the Justice Department, issued in December, accusing Cleveland police of illegally using deadly force against citizens.





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It's the time of the year for Aloha Sno-Balls at Baugher's in Westminster.





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May 27, 2002 135th Westminster Md. Memorial Day parade and ceremonies

May 27, 2002 135th Westminster Md. Memorial Day parade and ceremonies
 
The speaker at the 135th Westminster Memorial Day parade and ceremonies on May 27, 2002, U.S. Naval Reserve Cmdr. Thomas Hiltz, also a member of the Carroll County Board of Education, and Rick Will; at the Carroll County Vietnam Memorial on Memorial Day May 27, 2002. Photo by Kevin Dayhoff May 27, 2002
 
The left to right, Westminster elected officials march in Westminster for 135th Westminster Memorial Day parade and ceremonies on May 27, 2002. From left to right is Council members Roy Chiavacci, and Greg Pecoraro, and Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff.  Photo by Caroline Babylon May 27, 2002


 The rain poured down in Westminster for 135th Westminster Memorial Day parade and ceremonies on May 27, 2002. From right to left is Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff is at the podium, Harry Emigh, Charles Fisher, Sr. and the speaker at the 135th Westminster Memorial Day parade and ceremonies, U.S. Naval Reserve Cmdr. Thomas Hiltz, also a member of the Carroll County Board of Education. Photo by Caroline Babylon May 27, 2002
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Singapore’s Postal Service Reinvents Itself for the Digital Age - NYTimes.com

Singapore’s Postal Service Reinvents Itself for the Digital Age - NYTimes.com

Singapore’s Postal Service Reinvents Itself for the Digital Age



"SINGAPORE — http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/business/international/singpost-reinvents-for-digital-age-of-ecommerce.html?emc=edit_th_20150519&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=45685287&_r=0

When a German lingerie brand wanted to sell bras online in Malaysia, it turned to Singapore’s nearly 200-year-old national postal service.

Singapore Post built a website, developed a marketing strategy and now delivers packages for the company, Triumph International. 


The customer service team even answers questions about sizing. 

 As postage stamps give way to keyboard clicks, SingPost is redefining the role of the letter carrier, by creating a one-stop shop for retailers’ e-commerce needs in Asia.

In South Korea, SingPost is helping to sell Levi’s jeans. In Singapore, it is stocking Toshiba laptops. In Malaysia, it is delivering Adidas sneakers. 



 With traditional mail services in decline, post offices around the world are scrambling to reinvent themselves for the digital age.

“Sitting on that burning platform, we looked around and said, ‘Where could we develop?’” said Wolfgang Baier, the chief executive of SingPost.

Continue reading the main story  
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/business/international/singpost-reinvents-for-digital-age-of-ecommerce.html?emc=edit_th_20150519&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=45685287&_r=0

RELATED COVERAGE

Alibaba to Buy Stake in Singaporean Postal System MAY 28, 2014 


Japan Post is buying the largest private package and freight delivery company in Australia, Toll Holdings, in a bid to create a rival to UPS and FedEx. The United States Postal Service, which lost $5.5 billion last year, is providing Sunday deliveries for Amazon. Australia Post is working with the Chinese Internet giant Alibaba to help local businesses connect with consumers in China."

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/business/international/singpost-reinvents-for-digital-age-of-ecommerce.html?emc=edit_th_20150519&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=45685287&_r=0

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See also - Kevin Earl Dayhoff Art www.kevindayhoff.com: Travel, art,artists, authors, books, newspapers, media, writers and writing, journalistsand journalism, reporters and reporting, music, culture, opera... Ad maioremDei gloriam inque hominum salutem. “Deadline U.S.A.” 1952. Ed Hutcheson:“That's the press, baby. The press! And there's nothing you can do about it. Nothing!”- See more at: http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/#sthash.4HNLwtfd.dpuf
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kasich: Cleveland a 'model' for responding to protests Kasich, a possible 2016 GOP presidential contender, urged protesters to be peaceful.

Kasich: Cleveland a 'model' for responding to protests  Kasich, a possible 2016 GOP presidential contender, urged protesters to be peaceful.  http://hill.cm/c1yldNu 

By Mark Hensch - 05/24/15 Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) praised Cleveland officials on Sunday for their response to protests after a police officer was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting of an unarmed black couple.
“What I will say is that I think the people of Cleveland handled this, I mean, they should be so proud of themselves and we should look at Cleveland as a model,” Kasich told host Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week.”
“But the credit goes to the leadership in Cleveland who have spoken in with one voice saying protest, but no violence is acceptable in Cleveland,” he said.
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Classico Pizzeria for dinner.





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Commissioner Steve Wantz' equipment rack at Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company.





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Setting up for the annual Pleasant Valley Community Memorial Day ceremonies. I am honored to be the speaker this year





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Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company - Protectors of the Valley





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Pastor Martha Clementson begins the 9 am praise service at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster





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Sunday services begin at Grace Lutheran Church with Caroline Babylon lighting the candles.





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Happy Pentecost and Happy Decoration Day from the morning services at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster.





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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Engine 31 Westminster Fire Department





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Westminster Fire Dept. 1924 American LaFrance City Service Truck





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Westminster Fire Dept. Museum 1933 American LaFrance triple combination pumper.





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Exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plane - CNNPolitics.com

Exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plane - CNNPolitics.com:
By Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent
Updated 8:32 PM ET, Wed May 20, 2015

"High stakes surveillance over the South China Sea 03:47

Above the South China Sea (CNN)The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence.

The series of man-made islands and the massive Chinese military build-up on them have alarmed the Pentagon, which is carrying out the surveillance flights in order to make clear the U.S. does not recognize China's territorial claims. The militarized islands have also alarmed America's regional allies.

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell told CNN's Erin Burnett Wednesday night that the confrontation indicates there is "absolutely" a risk of the U.S. and China going to war sometime in the future.

READ: China cautions U.S. Navy on patrols"

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/20/politics/south-china-sea-navy-flight/index.html

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Kevin Dayhoff is an artist - and a columnist for:
Smurfs: http://babylonfluckjudd.blogspot.com/
Google profile: https://profiles.google.com/kevindayhoff/

E-mail: kevindayhoff(at)gmail.com

My http://www.explorecarroll.com/ columns appear in the copy of the Baltimore Sunday Sun that is distributed in Carroll County: https://subscribe.baltsun.com/Circulation/

See also - Kevin Earl Dayhoff Art www.kevindayhoff.com: Travel, art,artists, authors, books, newspapers, media, writers and writing, journalistsand journalism, reporters and reporting, music, culture, opera... Ad maioremDei gloriam inque hominum salutem. “Deadline U.S.A.” 1952. Ed Hutcheson:“That's the press, baby. The press! And there's nothing you can do about it. Nothing!”- See more at: http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/#sthash.4HNLwtfd.dpuf
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

At Birdies for an emergency coffee

And to see Phil Grout's awesome new art photography show - www.birdiescoffee.com



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Lonely is the runner

This a test to see if I  smart enough to post a picture to my websites from my new Ssung S5 smartphone...


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Monday, May 04, 2015

Don't Judge Blacks Differently by Chloe Valdary, a student at the University of New Orleans



Published on Apr 27, 2015

https://youtu.be/xl7Q36V9pg4

Does race trump truth? In a confrontation between police and perpetrators, what is more important? Facts or skin color? When protests morph into riots, do we excuse bad behavior based on race? If we do, how are we ever going to end racism? Chloe Valdary, a student at the University of New Orleans, confronts these critical questions and offers a compelling answer.

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A new digest of articles in the Baltimore Sun on the recent unrest and other related events

A new digest of articles in the Baltimore Sun on the recent unrest and other related events

Just trying to catch-up after being away for a while.... May 4, 2015 at 6 a.m.... 




After more than a week of angry protests over the death of Freddie Gray, marred at times by violence and rioting, hundreds rejoiced and sang outside City Hall on Sunday.

Mary Jackson was watching CNN when the rioting broke out in West Baltimore last Monday, and she couldn't take her eyes off the screen.

Dr. Ben Carson, the celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon who spent his career at Johns Hopkins Hospital before becoming a darling of conservative voters, said Sunday he will seek the Republican nomination for president next year.

A message of hope was delivered by Baltimore elected officials and clergy at Southern Baptist Church Sunday afternoon, nearly a week after the Mary Harvin Transformation Center (a project of the church) and senior apartments were destroyed by a fire nearby during riots last Monday.

Mark Dantzler arrived home from a party early Sunday morning to find his neighborhood blocked off and his street saturated with blue police lights.
Baltimore began to move beyond unrest Sunday when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lifted a citywide curfew, the Maryland National Guard began withdrawing its forces and shoppers returned to Mondawmin Mall, which had been shuttered after looting.

Baltimore could be set to host a blockbuster sequel with Kentucky Derby champion American Pharoah and top rivals Firing Line and Dortmund all pointed toward the May 16 Preakness.

Pushing back against criticism of his own policing strategies in Baltimore, former Gov. Martin O'Malley said the tensions that erupted into riots last week would be central to his presidential campaign if he decides to run.

Baltimore City officials estimate the 39 hours an employee spent watching pornography on the job during a two-week period equated to about $1,166 in salary. They fired him in January after monitoring and documenting the employee's porn viewing.

One man is dead after two separate overnight shootings Saturday, Baltimore police said.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Sunday he was "comfortable" with State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's decision to charge six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

Gov. Larry Hogan attended mass at a Catholic church in the Sandtown-Winchester community Sunday, part of a "day of prayer and peace" he had declared in the wake of a tense week that saw looting and violence following the death of Freddie Gray.

As the 10 p.m. curfew went into effect Saturday night, police detained one man at Pennsylvania and North avenues, the site of a riot and looting earlier this week. The handcuffed man had been pepper-sprayed and police were pouring water into the man's eyes to try to ease the effects of the spray....

A group of about 50 mostly white protesters stood on a corner in Hampden on Saturday just as the citywide 10 p.m. curfew went into effect because, they said, they knew they'd be treated differently than black protesters in poorer parts of the city.

In a fourth-floor conference room at Baltimore police headquarters, two training officers in blue T-shirts and blue pants lowered themselves onto the carpeted floor to demonstrate the leg hold officers used to restrain Freddie Gray the day he was arrested — and sustained a fatal spine injury.

It was part dance party, and part angry cry for justice.

James Henderson grabbed his daughter Kya's tiny hand and reminded his youngest, Kendall, to hold on to him as the family joined a crowd of about 100 Saturday on a march to City Hall.

Unrest in Baltimore put on display the widely different leadership styles that Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake brought to a crisis that could come to define their administrations.

As more than a dozen pharmacies remained closed after fires and looting in Baltimore, city health officials on Saturday urged people who can't get their medicines to call 311 for help.

After riots overtook West Baltimore on Monday, a hashtag began to appear on Twitter and other social media — #BALTIMORELOOTCREW — linking together posts that depicted pilfered prescription drugs and demolished store shelves.

Tonight's Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao bout may be the fight of the century, but for some Baltimore bar and club owners, it's just another way the city's ongoing curfew is costing them and their employees money.

As arson investigators from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives dug through the charred rubble of a West Baltimore pawn shop Saturday, the bureau put out a call for citizen-captured videos of fires that erupted during Monday's riots. Anyone with fire videos can upload...

Baltimore City's top prosecutor, State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, charged all six officers who had been suspended in connection with Freddie Gray's death. The highest charge, second-degree depraved heart murder, went to the driver of the van.

Baltimore police arrested at least 53 people during peaceful protests Friday, the day charges were brought against the six officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray.

A popular fundraising website has disallowed contributions for the Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

The obstacles the Orioles have faced through the first four weeks of the season – several untimely injuries, an inconsistent pitching staff and this week's forced scheduling twist – pales in comparison to what has been going on in Baltimore over the past seven days.


Two men were arrested amid the ongoing unrest in Baltimore on Tuesday night after stealing a Maryland Transit Administration mobility van that police then tracked through GPS, a MTA spokesman confirmed.

A 49-year-old Highlandtown corner store employee was fatally shot at his business on Friday morning, one of two shootings reported in Southeast Baltimore.

Amid a cacophony of people shouting and car horns honking, Baltimoreans pulled each other into close hugs and joyful handshakes Friday as word spread that State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby was charging six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray.


All six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray were released from the Central Booking and Intake Center downtown Friday night after posting bail, court records show.
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