Dr. Ben Carson launches weekly Washington Times column, attacks 'PC police'

Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has joined The Washington Times as a weekly opinion columnist, about a week after retiring from his post at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In his first column, published Wednesday, Carson outlined much of the viewpoint that gained him attention in the political realm after speeches earlier this year — criticizing political correctness and defending his position against same-sex marriage. (Balt. Sun)

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O’Malley, Rawlings-Blake Announce Summer Jobs Funding In Baltimore

One sure way to keep kids off the streets is to put them to work. And Baltimore is working on that. Governor O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pitched in with the student workforce at Maryland Institute College of Art, or MICA, after announcing a joint $2.8 million investment in YouthWorks – taking the definition of an after-school program to a new level. After school is out for the summer, young people are placed in government, non-profit and private sector positions. (WJZ-TV)

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O'Malley Blames Ehrlich In Part For Hotel Woes

The Baltimore City-owned Hilton Hotel has become a financial drain, and next month a decision will have to be made whether to tap the city's general fund to cover debt payments. The taxpayer-funded hotel has lost millions each year since it opened in 2008. Then Mayor Martin O'Malley pushed the project through City Council to boost Baltimore's convention business. Now governor, O'Malley blames former Gov. Bob Ehrlich for not committing state taxpayers to the project. (WBAL)

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Ireland trip sparks plans for Irish month in Annapolis

While Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen and an Annapolis group were on a trip to Ireland last month, the delegation laid groundwork for a possible month-long Irish heritage celebration in Annapolis, local tourism bureau officials said. They hope the event could become an annual affair centered on St. Patrick’s Day and be used to attract more Irish visitors. (Capital)

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Neuman: Firefighters union circumvented bargaining process

County Executive Laura Neuman vetoed a bill extending benefits for the International Association of Firefighters Local 1563, saying the union didn’t ask for those benefits during bargaining. In an opinion piece released to the media Tuesday night, Neuman said the bill, which gave union members an additional year in the Deferred Retirement Option Program, “undermines the labor relations process of contract negotiations.” (Capital)

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Is Smith hinting about future on council on Facebook?

Is this a case of "vague-booking?" C'mon. We know you've seen those posts on Facebook so vague you've just gotta ask: "What in the world does that mean?" Anne Arundel County Councilman Pete Smith appears to be a perpetrator after posting Facebook and Twitter around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday: "Believe I know what needs to be done." The cryptic status immediately drew curiosity from the Severn Democrat's followers, with several posts asking what he was referencing. Could he be talking about his future on the council? (Capital)

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Baker’s son, aspiring politician, charged with driving on suspended license

Rushern L. Baker IV, who is planning to run in 2014 for state delegate from Prince George’s County, was charged in late May with driving on a suspended license after he was stopped for speeding on northbound Route 4, court records show. (Wash. Post)

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C-SPAN TV crews to visit Annapolis

C-SPAN TV crews are coming to Annapolis for a week to produce segments on the city’s history and literary life. Mayor Josh Cohen, the City Council and Comcast will have a kick-off event to welcome the national public affairs cable network to Annapolis on Tuesday. (Capital)

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