Trump’s Texas voting rights case stance leaves judge unclear

  The Trump administration’s effort to drop part of a lawsuit challenging Texas’s strict voter ID requirements was questioned by a federal judge who must decide whether state lawmakers intended to suppress voting by minority citizens. The Trump administration is seeking to abandon part of an Obama-era lawsuit challenging Texas’s strict voter ID requirements, as …

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Trump signs executive order on black colleges

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at signaling his commitment to historically black colleges and universities, saying that those schools will be “an absolute priority for this White House.” HBCU presidents are hoping Congress will bolster Trump’s actions to strengthen the schools with dramatically increased funding in the upcoming federal …

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Chick-fil-A opening in Linthicum Heights marked by road trip and year of free meals for 100

Chick-fil-A will open a location Thursday in Linthicum Heights, marked by a grand opening road trip and one-year supply of free meals offered to 100 customers.

A day-long community service-oriented road trip on Wednesday, hosted by franchise operator Billy McGrath, will replace the typical Chick-fil-A…

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Md. lawmakers consider allowing prior bad acts-evidence in sex offense cases

Legislation to allow prosecutors to introduce evidence at trial of past sexually assaultive behavior under limited circumstances has returned to the General Assembly, and while advocates say it is narrowly tailored and includes procedural safeguards, defense attorneys maintain it is still too dangerous to allow such highly prejudicial evidence into criminal trials. The cross-filed bills …

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Senate president briefly in hospital

ANNAPOLIS — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. was taken to a local hospital Tuesday afternoon. Miller, 74, reported feeling light-headed sometime after presiding over a Senate floor session earlier n the day. A nurse on duty at the State House recommended Miller be checked out by a physician, according to a spokesman for …

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Md. attorney disbarred for stealing $55K from client

Maryland’s highest court disbarred a lawyer after he was convicted of stealing nearly $55,000 in settlement proceeds from a client. The Court of Appeals had previously suspended Philip J. Sweitzer for his 2013 conviction while he filed an appeal. The conviction was upheld by the Court of Special Appeals in May 2015, and the top …

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Md. fracking ban, moratorium come down to votes and politics

ANNAPOLIS — As lawmakers debate banning fracking or extending a moratorium on the practice, one powerful Senate committee chairwoman said the final decision may come down to politics and votes. The debate over fracking this year comes as the state moratorium ends in October. Competing bills in the General Assembly seek to either continue that …

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Maryland bank profits increase 18 percent in fourth quarter

Maryland banks saw profits rise 18 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, in addition to growth in lending and deposits as economic conditions continue to improve.

The state’s 54 federally insured banks reported a $348 million profit in the quarter, compared to $295 million the year before, according to data released Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Deposits rose 7 percent to $31.1 billion from $29 billion a year ago. Total assets grew more than 7 percent to $38.5 billion. Total loans…

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Atlas Restaurant Group names hospitality veteran as COO

The Atlas Restaurant Group has named longtime restaurant industry executive Salvatore Feli as chief operating officer to oversee its growing restaurant lineup.

Feli comes to the Atlas Group from Fig & Olive where he was vice president of operations and oversaw the restaurant’s eight locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he worked for hospitality firms One Group and TAO Group.

Atlas Group owns Ouzo Bay, Azumi, Loch Bar and Harbor East Deli in Harbor East.…

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