Thursday, May 2, 2013
Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and Del. Neil Parrott are scheduled to make an announcement Friday morning.
Two elected officials Friday are expected to make an announcement related to a possible effort to overturn Maryland's repeal of the death penalty -- a measure signed into law this week by Gov. Martin O'Malley. Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger, a Democrat, and Washington County Republican Del. Neil Parrott are expected to make an announcement related to an effort to place the issue on the 2014 ballot as a referendum question. Parrott runs the website MDPetitions.com, which was responsible for placing laws such as the state's recognition of same sex marriage on the 2012 ballot. Shellenberger testified against the repeal of the death penalty during hearings in Annapolis earlier this year. A March poll released by the …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Funds raised go toward multiple sclerosis programs and research.
Registration is now open for Walk MS: Towson, a fundraiser that raises money for multiple sclerosis programs and research. The 5K walk is scheduled for April 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Goucher College, according to the Walk MS website. Martin Denholm, who has a younger brother diagnosed with MS, was named the Walk MS: Towson ambassador. "My efforts are a way of doing something for him, and the thousands of other who have this harsh and unpredictable disease," Denholm said in a news release. Walk MS has taken place since 1988 and the events have raised more than $10 million dollars to benefit those living with MS, according to the website. Interested participants can register online.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
A survey by Goucher College finds support on issues from banning assault-style weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds to fingerprinting and prohibitions on owning weapons for persons who are involuntarily committed.
From bans on assault-style weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines to fingerprinting anyone purchasing a gun, a new poll finds that a majority of Marylanders want stricter state gun laws. Eighty-two percent of those surveyed in a poll conducted by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College believe those purchasing a gun should be fingerprinted. The poll also found: Last month the Maryland Senate approved sweeping changes to gun laws that requires a license for all handgun purchases, bans of sales of assault-style weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, requires fingerprinting for new gun purchases, and prohibits anyone involuntarily committed involuntarily for mental health reasons or who …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
New Goucher College poll finds the public is almost evenly split on the job performance of both Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Maryland General Assembly.
A narrow majority of Marylanders believe the state is headed in the wrong direction and most are split on the job performance of Gov. Martin O'Malley and the General Assembly. Forty-seven percent of those surveyed in a poll conducted by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College believe the state is on the wrong track compared to 44 percent who think it is going in the right direction. The same poll gave mixed reviews on the job performance of the governor and state legislators. Forty-six percent of Marylanders polled said they held a favorable view of O’Malley compared to 45 percent who said they held an unfavorable view. When asked O’Malley's job performance as governor, 47 percent approved and 43 percent disapproved. …
The latest poll from Goucher College shows that the majority of those polled do not see capital punishment as a deterrent to criminals.
A majority of Marylanders surveyed in a newly released poll say they favor retaining the death penalty in Maryland but appear to prefer life in prison without parole as a punishment for murder. The poll released by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College found that 51 percent of those surveyed favored retaining capital punishment in Maryland compared to 43 percent who said they favored abolishing the law. The poll released Wednesday afternoon comes just before the House of Delegates takes a scheduled preliminary vote on a bill to abolish the death penalty. That vote is scheduled for some time after 6 p.m. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed disagree that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder, while 37 …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A new poll released by Goucher College shows that Marylanders see negative effects on local and national economies but not always their own finances.
A majority of Marylanders say they are concerned about the effects of the federal sequester on state and national economies even if they aren't sure it will affect them personally, according a poll released Tuesday afternoon. The poll released by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College found that 75 percent of those surveyed said the automatic federal spending cuts that went into effect March 1 will negatively impact the state economy while 68 percent said the cuts would hurt the national economy. National Issue, Local Effect Closer to home, only 47 percent of those surveyed said the cuts would negatively impact their own personal finances. Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center, said the …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The colleges announced the closures on their websites.
Towson University and Goucher College will both remain closed on Tuesday due to inclement weather caused by Hurricane Sandy, according to their respective websites. Essential personnel are still required to report to both campuses. The colleges were also closed on Monday.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The charity for breast cancer patients celebrates its 10th annual 5K.
When Christopher Schardt lost his wife Ginny to breast cancer in 2002, all the fight that had been in him and their family and friends didn't go away. "You spend every day, every hour of every day fighting the disease and then when it ends you still have that momentum, you have that drive to make something happen," he said. "We still have a fight to fight." Ten years later, the Baltimore resident is still fighting. Schardt's family and friends, as well as the family and friends of Ginny's friend, Jessica Cowling (who also succumbed to breast cancer in 2002) started The Red Devils. On Sunday, the group runs its 10th annual 5K run and stroll at Goucher College. The North Baltimore nonprofit—named after a form of chemotherapy—aims not to find…
Monday, June 4, 2012
In the organization's first 5K, the Assistance Center of Towson Churches raised more than $10,000.
Hundreds of runners, volunteers and even a few pets came to Goucher College on Sunday to show their support for the Assistance Center of Towson Churches. The organization's first Call to ACTCion 5K run and 1 1/2 mile walk drew 279 participants and dozens more volunteers. The Towson nonprofit, an ecumenical group of 48 area churches, offers food, rent assistance, utility aid, transportation and medical care for needy residents in central and northern Baltimore County. The race raised over $10,000 for the group. Reader and volunteer Ruth Schaefer sent us these photos. Disclosure: Your intrepid editor ran, too, finishing his first 5K with a time of 30:34.93.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Check out some of Ira Glass' commencement speech at Goucher College this morning.
As he does many weeks on the radio, Ira Glass gave Goucher College's graduating seniors life lessons punctuated by personal stories and irreverent words of wisdom. Glass, a Baltimore native and host of Public Radio International's "This American Life," was invited to speak at Goucher's commencent by president and former NPR colleague Sanford Ungar. He spoke to the 273 graduating seniors, family, friends, faculty and others under a tent on the Goucher campus Friday morning. Glass' other connection to Goucher? Frieda Friedlander, his grandmother, graduated in 1931. The Milford Mill High School graduate began by expressing his deep disdain for the format of the commencement speech. "I believe that it is a doomed form," Glass said. "…