Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Obama gives amnesty to known gang member, ‘Top Model’ murder suspect

The man accused of murdering a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model” was already a known gang member when he was approved for President Obama’s amnesty for so-called Dreamers, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed Tuesday.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with approving amnesty applications, admitted it broke its own rules in approving the gang member for tentative legal status, agency chief Leon Rodriguez said in a letter to Sen. Charles E. Grassley.

“Based on standard procedures and processes in place at the time, the [deferred action] request and related employment authorization should not have been approved,” Mr. Rodriguez said in admitting his agency’s catastrophic error in approving Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez.

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5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Effects Linger And Recovery Is Slow

Five years ago, BP's out-of-control oil well deep in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. Eleven workers were killed on the Deepwater Horizon rig. But it was more than a deadly accident — the blast unleashed the nation's worst offshore environmental catastrophe.

In the spring and summer of 2010, oil gushed from the Macondo well for nearly three months. More than 3 million barrels of Louisiana light crude fouled beaches and wetlands from Texas to Florida, affecting wildlife and livelihoods.

Today, the spill's impacts linger.

Buried Oil, Brought Back By The Surf

On a remote string of barrier islands off the Louisiana coast, longtime outdoorsman Bob Marshall, an environmental writer for The Lens, steers his Twin Vee catamaran toward East Grand Terre. Marshall was on this island when the oil hit the shore in 2010.

"I'll never forget the day it came in here," he says. "It was the peak nesting season in April for brown pelicans."

He describes waves of reddish-orange gunk rolling in with the tide.

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HOUSTON FAMILY BOBBI KRISTINA BREATHING ON HER OWN ...

The Houston family is now changing their tune, saying Bobbi Kristina is OFF life support, but they continue to maintain there's no real hope for recovery.

The Houston family now tells TMZ, Bobbi Kristina is breathing without the assistance of a ventilator. They say, "According to the doctors she's breathing on her own but the trach has to stay."

But the family still maintains Bobbi Kristina has "global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive."

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O'Malley: America's Economy Needs 'Sensible Rebalancing,' Not 'Pitchforks'

Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland, says he'll decide by late May whether he's running for president. Running would put him — even he seems to acknowledge — in an uphill battle against Hillary Clinton, currently the only Democrat who has declared.

O'Malley is positioning himself to Clinton's left, and even President Obama's left.

He's for a much higher minimum wage, and against a major trade deal — the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, O'Malley also said he wants to increase Social Security benefits, even though some people would pay more taxes.

Surveys put O'Malley far behind Clinton. But, he's hoping his travels across the country can change that. Last month, he addressed a crowd in Iowa while standing on a chair. Last week, he gave a speech at Harvard. And this week, he's in the early primary state of South Carolina.

"I've been an executive and a progressive executive with a record of accomplishments," the former Baltimore mayor said of the difference between him and Clinton. "I think contrasts will become apparent."

(A full transcript of the discussion is available here.)

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Willie Nelson says he'll grow, sell 'Willie's Reserve' marijuana in Colorado, Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.

The move makes the 81-year-old "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" singer the latest celebrity to jump into the marijuana marketplace.

"Willie's Reserve" will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot is legal. Nelson said in a statement that he's "looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market."

Nelson joins other famous pot personalities, including rapper Snoop Dogg, who endorses vaporizing products; singer Melissa Etheridge, developing marijuana-infused wine; and reality TV star and self-help guru Bethenny Frankel, who is working on a strain of Skinnygirl weed that wouldn't leave users with the munchies.

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Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Release 4-21-15

Mason Dale Wolfe, and Daniel Wayne Wilson of Worcester County, arrested 4-13-15 on warrants regarding theft over $1,000 and theft scheme. Both subjects were later released on a unsecured bond. The arrests were the result of a theft investigation reported by the Westover Scrap Company.

Lavernea Khasjia Michell Hodge of Princess Anne, criminal summons served on 4-3-15  for 2nddegree assault. Hodge was later released on signature pending court actions.

Bill Hughes Kennedy of Westover, criminal summons served on 4-6-15 for two counts of malicious destruction of property, and trespassing. Kennedy was later released on signature pending court actions.

Vicente Leonardo Hernandez of Princess Anne,  and Shauntice Darlene McCorkle of Suitland Maryland, arrested  4-7-15 for underage possession of alcohol, and furnishing alcohol to someone under the age of 21. Both subjects were later released on signatures pending court actions. The  arrests were the result of a patrol check in the area of Raccoon Point.

Victor Vaughn Armwood Jr. of Princess Anne, arrested 4-7-15 on warrants for failing to appear in court. Armwood was later released to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated warrants.

John Nelson Price of Westover, arrested 4-7-15 on a warrant for 2nd degree assault, and trespassing. Price was later released on personal recognizance pending court actions.

James Joseph Miskimon of Westover, criminal summons served for malicious destruction, and trespassing. Miskimon was later released on signature pending court actions.

Stephen Wayne Carey Jr. of Eden, arrested 4-9-15 on a warrant for violation of probation. Carey was held on a $20,000 bond.

Nilton Aquino Gonzalez of Baltimore, arrested 4-9-15 on a warrants for violation of probation. Gonzalez was later held without bond.

Thomas Huston Craige 4th of Princess Anne, arrested 4-11-15 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Craige was held on a $500.00 bond.

Deondre Lamont Dyson of Capital Heights Maryland, arrested 4-12-15 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Dyson was held on a $25,000 bond.

OC Summer Camps

Registration is off and running for Ocean City’s summer youth camp season. Ocean City Recreation and Parks (OCRP) will again offer a large variety of more than 70 different camp sessions for both residents and visitors.

Ocean City’s day camps – both Camp Horizon (ages 5 to 12) and Scamper Camp (ages 3.5 to 5) – continue to be the most popular among residents, as parents choose to rely on the heavy dose of entertainment and social activities administered to their children while they work. Yet, it is the large variety of sports, arts and science camps offered that has gained increasing attention over the past few years among both residents and visitors alike.

“The camps’ growing success may be because the selection of camps was designed to offer maximum variety and flexibility during the summer months when kids are inclined to want to spend some of their free time on Ocean City’s beautiful beach and enjoying its many parks and attractions,” said Recreation Superintendent Kate Gaddis. “But, for those times when families would like to include some more structured “play” or learning in their children’s schedules, we have lot to offer them,” she continued.

Army To Shut Down Some Specialized Care Units For Wounded Warriors

The Army will shut down some of its specialized care units for wounded warriors. The Army says the number of service members with complex physical, mental and emotional wounds has decreased dramatically as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down. The Army has 25 warrior transition units open. It plans to close 10 of them by next August. Officials said they have the option to re-open them and restart the care if needed. About 3,600 service members are in the care units now.

SPD & WCSO Calls For Service 4-20-15

Homeland Security is wasting a bunch of money on empty flights to deport illegal immigrants

The government wasted more than $41 million by sending illegal immigrants home on empty charter flights in the last 3 ½ years, according to a Homeland Security report released earlier this month.

The report, titled “ICE Air Transportation of Detainees Could Be More Effective,” was first reported Monday by the Washington Post.

The department’s inspector general’s office said in the April 9 report Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, “may have missed opportunities to improve the program’s overall effectiveness even though it has identified some ways to reduce costs associated with detainee transportation.” ICE’s air program had poor planning and management, which contributed to the wasteful spending, the report said.

“As a result, ICE Air operated charter flights with empty seats and could have realized cost savings of up to $41.1 million upon determining optimum flight capacity,” the report’s authors found.

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OC: Bi-Annual Hydrant Flushing to begin on Sunday, April 26

The Town of Ocean City’s Public Works Department will begin conducting the spring hydrant flushing of the water system beginning Sunday, April 26. The hydrant flushing, which is done bi-annually, will progress from south to north, beginning on South 1st Street and covering several blocks per day. Currently, public works personnel are scheduled to perform the hydrant flushing throughout the late evening and into the early morning, however; circumstances may require those times to change. Residents and businesses are reminded that after flushing there may be a slight discoloration of the water. This is not harmful and will dissipate after a short time. If you wish to clear your pipes, run cold water for several minutes until the water runs clear. The completion of this project is expected to be done by the afternoon on Thursday, April 30. For questions or concerns about the hydrant flushing in your area, please contact the Public Works Water Department at 410.524.8388.

One of investors' greatest fears about betting on China was just confirmed

This story has been developing for months, and it's confirmation of what can go wrong for investors who are making risky bets in an emerging economy.

It's also a reminder that China's economy is slowing, real estate activity is contracting, and developers are financially-stretched.

In a statement from the Hong Kong stock exchange on Monday, Kaisa announced that it did not make an interest payment on either of its bonds due in 2017 or 2018.

The company didn't pay $16.1 million in interest on its 2017 notes, or $35.5 million in interest on its 2018 notes. This $51.6 million missed payment is the first time a Chinese developer has defaulted on US dollar-denominated debts, according to Bloomberg.

Back in January, Kaisa appeared to be on the road to defaulting on its debt, after reports indicated that the company hadn't paid its debt, though company representatives said that they "weren't sure" if the payment was made or not.

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MORE BLACKS SEE GUNS AS LIFESAVER

Two years after the Newton, Connecticut, school massacre, Americans are coming to appreciate their gun rights more than ever. And despite the billions of dollars spent to convince people otherwise, the idea of more gun control is anathema to most Americans.

Even women and black Americans are less likely to see guns as a safety risk and more likely to view them as protection against crime, according to a Pew Research Center poll.

And for the first time in 25 years, more Americans say that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, 52 percent to 46 percent.

Americans now believe having a gun is the best way to protect against crime, 63 percent to 30 percent, a dramatic shift from 10 years ago.
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Mark Zuckerberg vs. Barack Obama: guess who’s winning?

After an incredibly pleasant week in Medellin, I departed this morning for Panama where the capital city’s already notoriously painful traffic has become a parking lot in the wake of the Summit of the Americas.

Leaders from most of the Western Hemisphere are here for the summit, including one Barack Hussein Obama.

So you can just imagine the security nightmare. Everything in the city has ground to a halt.

Yet despite all the fanfare for the big bosses who are in attendance, so far it’s been Mark Zuckerberg who has stolen the show.

Yesterday the Facebook co-founder announced that, through his Internet.org foundation, he would provide free Internet access across Panama.

He’s already been doing it successfully in Colombia and several African nations.

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Wife of ex-Virginia governor: Corruption trial was unfair

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell’s legal team said in court filings Monday that her convictions on several public corruption charges are based on an overly broad definition of bribery and that she did not receive a fair trial owing to mistakes by the presiding federal judge.

In a 101-page brief filed in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, her attorneys said McDonnell’s convictions should be overturned or that, at minimum, she should be given another trial because of those errors.

McDonnell and her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, were convicted in a joint trial in September of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company’s nutritional supplements.

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DEVELOPING: Ferguson police are involved in a standoff with a man who barricaded himself after reportedly shooting his brother.

DEVELOPING: Ferguson police are involved in a standoff with a man who barricaded himself after reportedly shooting his brother.

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PROOF that the US peaked during Ronald Reagan’s presidency

On March 16, 1936, the government of the United States published the very first edition of the Federal Register.

President Roosevelt had been taking a lot of heat over the previous year; under his New Deal program, dozens of government agencies were passing new rules, regulations, and codes at an absolutely feverish pace.

It became impossible for anyone to keep track of them—even the other agencies within the government.

So in the summer of 1935 they created a new law requiring every executive agency to publish a daily, official record of their activities.

This official record was called the Federal Register. And it would contain a complete set of every rule, regulation, code, and proposal issued by each of the executive agencies.

The first edition was published on March 16, 1936. It was sixteen pages.

Every single work day since then, without fail, the government has published the Federal Register.

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MSP Press Release THREE KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH ON MD 404

Maryland State Police Press Release
04/21/2015

THREE KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH ON MD 404

(Queen Anne’s, MD) – State police are investigating a crash which claimed three lives early this morning, after one of the vehicles drove into oncoming traffic along Route 404 in Talbot County, Maryland.

The people involved are not being identified at this time, pending confirmation of their identities and notifications to next of kin. All were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel from Talbot County. Their bodies have been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsies. Investigators are able to confirm the deaths of two male drivers and one female passenger. The occupant of the third vehicle was not injured.

A preliminary investigation conducted by the Maryland State Police CRASH Team, with the assistance of troopers from the Easton Barrack, indicates that just before 7:00 a.m. this morning, the driver of a tractor trailer was traveling westbound on MD 404 in the area of Church Lane. For reasons unknown at this time the vehicle crossed the double yellow lines into the eastbound lane, side swiping another tractor trailer. The westbound tractor trailer continues in the eastbound lanes and struck another tractor trailer head on.

After the second collision, both vehicles came to rest on the eastbound side of the road. At that time the tractor trailer burst into flames and became fully engulfed. The driver of the vehicle was unable to exit the vehicle to safety. The driver and passenger of the westbound tractor were unable to get out of their vehicle.

After receiving the 9-1-1 call, troopers from the Easton Barrack responded along with members from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office. Emergency medical personnel were contacted and responded to the crash to assist. Talbot County Fire Department was immediately called and responded to handle the fire.

Due to the severity of the crash, MD Route 404 from U. S. 50 east to Church Lane continues to be closed at this time. The Department of the Environment has responded to address the spill of diesel fuel. Canines were called to the scene to search the area for additional victims. Road closures and detours are being handled State Highway Administration personnel.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Trooper First Class Gore at the Easton Barrack at (410) 819-4753.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Governor Hogan Launches New Initiatives To Maximize Resources And Results For Maryland’s Children, Youth, And Families

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Today Governor Larry Hogan charged the Children’s Cabinet with the responsibility of contributing to his goal of an economically secure Maryland by focusing on two new initiatives: 1) Reducing the impact of incarceration on children, families, and communities; and 2) Increasing the number of youth and young adults who are either advancing their educations or engaged in the workforce.
“In order to provide economic stability and opportunity for all of Maryland’s children, youth, and families, I need you to work together to help build a stronger economy in our state,” said Governor Hogan. “I am tasking you with developing, implementing, monitoring, and being successful in a Maryland strategy that will provide critical services to vulnerable families and children. Be results-driven in your thinking. Provide the best return on Maryland's investment.”
“The Children’s Cabinet will move aggressively to break down the 'silos of government,’” said Arlene F. Lee, executive director of the Governor’s Office for Children. "We will work across agencies and with other partners to ensure a more efficient and coordinated use of resources toward the common goals set for us by Governor Hogan.”

It is estimated that on any given day, approximately 90,000 children in Maryland have a parent under some form of correctional supervision -- parole, probation, jail or prison -- and most reside in Baltimore City. One in 10 teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 is either not working or not in school, with the highest percentages located in Worcester County, Caroline County, Baltimore City, Washington County, and Dorchester County.
The Children’s Cabinet, established in 1988, is chaired by the executive director of the Governor’s Office for Children, and made up of the superintendent of the Department of Education and the secretaries of the Departments of Budget and Management, Disabilities, Health and Mental Hygiene, Human Resources, and Juvenile Services. The purpose of the Children’s Cabinet is to ensure the effective, efficient, coordinated, and comprehensive delivery of services.
Governor Hogan also reaffirmed two other Children’s Cabinet initiatives – reducing the incidence of childhood hunger and youth homelessness, ongoing statewide activities established in the two previous administrations.
 

US government was more forgiving of the Nazis than its own citizens

70 years ago, the United States of America had just emerged from World War II as the most dominant superpower in the world.

At that point America’s economy was the only one left standing.

And the US government had essentially dictated terms in establishing a new global financial system (known as the Bretton Woods agreement).

Doing so thrust the dollar at the center of world trade and banking.

Suddenly every government, central bank, and major corporation needed to hold and transact in US dollars… and to establish a banking relationship in the United States.

This gave the United States a tremendous amount of power—power they respected and never abused.

At the same same time, high ranking members of the Nazi party had fled to the four corners of the world, often with a vast treasure trove stashed away at Swiss banks.

Most of this wealth was acquired through mass genocide. And yet Switzerland’s secrecy laws protected Nazi clients from having their information turned over to authorities.

No one pressed the issue further.

Think about it—the US government could have done something.

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Parkside Students Building Structures For Offshore Reef System

OCEAN CITY — While the Ocean City Reef Foundation is in the midst of one of its biggest projects ever with tons of concrete pipes getting deployed on the various artificial reef sites off the coast, it continues to get a major contribution from an unlikely source.

For about five years, Parkside High School welding teacher Biazzio “Bill” Giradano has had his students making large steel structures for the Ocean City Reef Foundation to submerge on the vast network of artificial reefs emerging off the coast of Ocean City. The latest batch was deployed on the artificial reefs last week as part of a larger reef-building initiative undertaken by the foundation throughout April.

For much of the month, truckload after truckload of concrete pipe has been arriving at the staging area in West Ocean City, a vacant lot near the commercial harbor. The pipes are being loaded onto a huge 100-foot plus barge and hauled out to the artificial reef areas off the coast.

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Republicans Eye Tax Credits As Obamacare Alternative

If the U.S. Supreme Court blows up the tax subsidies at the heart of Obamacare in June, Republicans hope to deliver on their promise to offer an alternative healthcare plan.

But key parts of it may resemble the one President Barack Obama delivered five years ago in the Affordable Care Act, partly reflecting Republican concerns that they could pay a political price if insurance subsidies are yanked from millions of Americans later this year.

Two front-running Republican options at an early stage in Congress include a refundable tax credit that experts say is virtually the same thing as the Obamacare tax subsidy being challenged before the Supreme Court. Republicans deny that their ideas are tantamount to "Obamacare Lite" but acknowledge they will need bipartisan support for their plans to stand any chance of avoiding an Obama veto.

"It's not going to be like Obamacare, in my opinion," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, whose plan includes a refundable tax credit for low-and middle-income Americans.

"It's not a literal subsidy, it's a recognition that they should have this credit."

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4 Officers At Anne Arundel Co. Detention Center Arrested With Charges Of Misconduct

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Anne Arundel County police say four officers at the county detention center have been arrested and charged with misconduct in office after they smuggled illegal contraband into the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis.

Anne Arundel County police believe the jail guards had intent to provide the illegal contraband to inmates.

They recovered loose tobacco, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, fast food, lighters, matches, an electronic cigarette and a cell phone and accessories during the investigation.

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Christie at All-Time Low in NJ Polls

Gov. Chris Christie's job approval ratings are at their lowest point in New Jersey since he was elected, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, which also gave him the lowest rating for any governor this year in the nine states where such surveys have been held.

"The governor’s job approval hits a new low and voters think his presidential ambitions are distracting him from his day job," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll in a press release about the poll. "Besides, they don't think he’d be a good president."

The 1,428 New Jersey voters surveyed between April 9-14 said they disapprove, 56 percent–38 percent, of the job Christie is doing. Further, they said by 65-29 percent that they do not believe he would make a good president, and said by 64-33 percent that he should not run for president at all.

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Embarrassing! Sexist college students say the top reason they’re voting for Hillary Clinton is her gender

Obama Admits That Unborn Babies Have Feet That Kick

(CNSNews.com) - In a speech yesterday about working families--while trying to explain why he thinks too many women face "being reprimanded or fired for taking too many bathroom breaks when you're pregnant"--President Obama let it slip that he knows unborn babies have feet that kick.

"Too many women face unnecessary difficulties on the job, like the difficulty of being paid less than a man for doing the same work," said Obama. "That’s a difficulty. Or being reprimanded or fired for taking too many bathroom breaks when you’re pregnant. Clearly that’s a man making that decision because they don’t have five pounds of kicks pressing down on their bladder.

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College Serves Mexican Food at Sci-Fi Night, Lefty Students Immediately Cry “Racist!”

Why would liberal students cry “racism” when their college served Mexican food during Sci-Fi Night? Stevenson College in California is apologizing for their insensitivity after such an incident this week. Because obviously if you’re talking about aliens and space, and serving Mexican food, your intent is to slam illegal immigrants. Right?

Stevenson College, part of the University of California, Santa Cruz, is apologizing to its students for serving Mexican food during “Intergalactic” night.

In a letter sent out to students, the college apologized for having “a Mexican food buffet,” while also featuring spaceships and aliens. The college received complaints saying the combination was racist because of the association between Mexicans and illegal immigrants.

“We would never want to make a connection between individuals of Latino heritage or undocumented students and “aliens” and I am so sorry that our College Night appeared to do exactly that,” wrote Carolyn Golz.

After receiving complaints, Dr. Golz said that the event “demonstrated a cultural insensitivity on the part of the program planners and, though it was an unintentional mistake, I recognize that this incident caused harm within our community and negatively impacted students.”

As a result, Dr. Golz “will require cultural competence training for Programs staff, in addition to implementing mechanisms for future program planning that will ensure college programs are culturally sensitive and inclusive.”

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JUST IN: Fatal crash closes Route 404

CORDOVA — Maryland State Police continue to investigate a fatal crash that took place on Route 404 near the intersection of Church Lane early Tuesday morning, April 21. Shortly after 7 a.m. multiple vehicles, including three tractor-trailers were involved in a crash. Three fatalities have been reported.

According to troopers at the scene, one vehicle was carrying lumber and caught fire. Route 404 between U.S. Route 50 and Starr Road (Route 309) was closed following the crash. Police said they expected the closure to continue through the day Tuesday for accident reconstruction and debris and fuel spill clean up.

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Democrats Not Giving Up Battle For Education Funding

In Annapolis Democrats, along with the man credited with establishing the state's education funding formula ,will gather on Tuesday, to urge Governor Larry Hogan to spend the $68-million added to the budget for the state's 13 largest school systems.

The governor hasn't said if he will spend the money.

Last week he was worried the education spending and another 70-million dollars added to the budget would add to the state's structural deficit next year.

On Maryland's News This Week, Senate Budget Committee Vice Chairman Rich Madaleno said the structural deficit is the result of lawmakers being required to project spending five years into the future, and funding schools now is a bigger priority.

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Liberals Celebrate Earth Day By Completely Trashing The National Mall!

Yes, it’s that time of year where liberals celebrate Mother Gaia by trashing every place they touch like a bunch of smug, pot-smoking, latte-drinking, garbage-ridden locusts. This time it was the National Mall where they held a “Global Citizen” concert with the likes of Usher and No Doubt. Apparently being a “global citizen” doesn’t include picking up after yourself:

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Top Labor Union Bosses Raked In Millions in 2014

Union bosses known for bashing the rich are often millionaires themselves, paid with dues taken from workers' paychecks.

Laborers' International Union of North America president Terry O'Sullivan, who was paid $670,403 in 2014, slammed Charles and David Koch and other critics of big government in a speech last July.

"Today's Republican party has been hijacked, poisoned and taken over by a bunch of Tea Party maggots," O'Sullivan shouted. "These anti-union, anti-worker bastards are not only crazy, they're mean!"

When it comes to taking a huge paycheck from workers he claims to protect, O'Sullivan is in good company. Leaders of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the International Association of Machinists and other powerful unions have done the same for years.

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When This Female Air Force Vet Saw Protesters Stepping on the Flag, It Took Four Cops to Bring Her Down

This Air Force vet saw protesters desecrating OUR flag. I’m surprised it didn’t take more that four cops to slow her down.
Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart was detained — but not charged — in Georgia after an altercation in which she took a flag from Valdosta State University protesters who were stepping on it, the Valdosta Daily Times reported.

Video from the scene shows Manhart debating with the protesters as she clutches the tattered flag in her hands.

“This flag actually belongs to the entire United States,” Manhart asserts as the protesters argue that she stole their property.

The protester claimed that Manhart was “stealing” the flag from her, but we think it could better be described as “liberating” the flag from anti-American forces.

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Book ‘Clinton Cash’ Claims Foreign Donors Got State Dept. Favors

Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign is just one week out of the gate, but already a supposedly bombshell book threatens to rock her candidacy.

The New York Times reported Monday that the book, set for release on May 5, will make new claims about donations to the Clinton Foundation by foreign donors. Specifically, the book reportedly claims foreign entities that donated to the foundation -- and that gave former President Bill Clinton high-dollar speaking fees -- in turn received favors from the Clinton State Department.

Author Peter Schweizer reportedly claims to have found a "pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favorable U.S. policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds."

According to the Times, which got an advance copy of the book, Schweizer's examples include a Colombia free-trade agreement that helped a major donor and projects in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., himself a 2016 White House candidate, claimed earlier this month that "big news" is coming on the foundation.

"I think there are things that went on at the Clinton Foundation that are going to shock people," he said, in response to a question from Fox News in New Hampshire. "And I think they're going to make people question whether or not she ought to run for president."

According to the Times, he and other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were briefed on the book's contents.

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SPD Press Release (Shoplifting 04-13-15 through 04-19-15)

Obeying the law starts at the top

If politicians don't treat the law as worthy of respect, don't expect citizens to either.

Some people are now encouraging President Obama to basically ignore the Supreme Court where its rulings might impede the implementation of Obamacare. And a recent Rasmussen poll showed that 26% of likely voters — a minority, but still a significant number — say the president should beable to disregard federal court rulings "if they are standing in the way of actions he feels are important for the country."

Faced with a Supreme Court order to turn over the White House tapes, President Nixon complied and, shortly thereafter, resigned. But if Obama were to violate a high court decision, he wouldn't be the first president to do so. President Andrew Jackson, after all, ignored the justices' decision in favor of the Cherokee Nation in Worcester v. Georgia and sent the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears. His picture is on the $20 bill today, and although there's now a move to replace him, it's motivated more by a desire to have a woman on U.S. currency than by any disgust over Jackson's lawlessness.

The only remedy for presidential lawlessness, short of a coup or a civil war, is impeachment, and only two presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, have ever been impeached. Neither was removed from office.

Of course, presidential lawlessness is a special case. Because the president controls not only the nation's law enforcement apparatus but also its military, it's pretty hard to call him to account. But what about the rest of us? If presidents can violate the law, why can't we?

It would be a bad thing for the country if Americans started to ask that question.

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The Popularity of Concealed Carry Gun Laws is Growing

A new poll finds that more people than ever support concealed carry gun laws in their states.

The survey was conducted by John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center. The survey finds that more people are now considering such laws as a way to make society safer.

When asked, “In the United States, are guns used in self-defense more often than they are used in the commission of a crime?” North American respondents agreed answering 88% yes, to 12% no.

Respondents, at a rate of 91%, felt that gun-free zones were more likely to attract criminals than they are to deter them. Gun-free zone was defined as an area where “civilians are banned from having guns.”

Suicide, especially among males, in the United States is usually committed with a firearm. However only 28% the survey respondents answered “yes” when asked, “Would you say that, in the United States, having a gun in the home causes an increase in the risk of suicide?”

Firearm murders have been steadily declining in the United States and concealed carry has been making rapid gains. The National Rifle Association estimates that each year up to 2.5 million crimes are prevented or deterred by an armed citizen.

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Is a call for slavery reparations coming in 2016?

Charles Payne, host of Fox Business News' Making Money, said on Thursday:
I think that there's going to be an official apology from the White House to slavery in America and then a major push to get cash, and I'm talking lots of cash.

Many including those closest to President Obama will push him to make this happen.
About reparations, Scottie Nell Hughes, Tea Party News Network director and a frequent Making Money guest, said:
Sure, slavery was a horrible thing that happened, but this [reparations payments] is not going to help race relations in the United States today.

Payne, who is black, broached the subject after reporting that Chicago will offer compensation to people who can prove they were tortured during the reign of police commander Jon Burge, who "... used electrical shock, burning, and mock executions to elicit confessions from suspects, mostly African-American, from the early 1970s through the early 1990s."
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Diagnosed with terminal cancer, grandfather takes job as Uber driver for last 10 weeks to pay off house debt

This is one of those stories that gives you chills it is so beautiful. Ken Broskey, 69, of Livonia, Michigan, was diagnosed with stage 4 Oropharyngeal cancer and told to enter a hospice. But instead of giving in to the fatal illness, the former real estate agent signed up for Uber in order to pay off the $95,000 owed on his home, so his daughter and her children might inherit it debt free. Incredibly, a college student who does not know Broskey, but who happened to catch an Uber ride from him, set up a GoFundMe campaign that has raised the full amount and more.

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Today's Survey Question 4-21-15

With Team Clinton to Raise Over $2.5 Billion for her Presidential run, is it even worth considering running for President of the United States any more?

Surprised solar customers find themselves with liens

Jeff Leeds says installing SolarCity’s panels on the roof of his home in the Northern California city of El Granada was the sorriest day of his life.

Agreeing to the company’s 20-year lease was like partnering with the devil, he claims. He says he has endured skyrocketing electric bills, installation of an inferior system and contract violations because SolarCity refuses to clean the panels or to provide a payment for his system’s poor performance.

The latest surprise: a notice from his bank telling him that SolarCity had placed a lien on his home, and that his equity line of credit application could not proceed until the lien was removed.

“I was totally surprised by this and very pissed off,” Leeds said. “When I talked to the bank they told me it was a lien. I had to pay the bank a $48 fee for removal. They held me up from closing my loan to buy a vacation home so I had to borrow from another account. It cost me time in calls to both Wells Fargo and to SolarCity.”

SolarCity say it’s not a lien, but a “fixture filing” that stakes the company’s claim to the panels, which it owns if consumers have taken part in its popular lease program. Owning the solar electricity-generating system allows SolarCity to claim lucrative state and federal subsidies available only to system owners. SolarCity has received approximately $500 million in tax subsidies and grants over the years.

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Man in his obituary: Do not vote for Hillary Clinton

He was probably too old to know the expression “pwned,” but Larry Darrell totally pwned Hillary Clinton on his death bed. From his obituary…
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Flat tax makes 2016 comeback

The flat tax is back.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have both floated an across-the-board tax rate as they've launched their 2016 presidential bids.

Neither Cruz nor Paul has spelled out the exact details of their plan, but both senators clearly see the flat tax as a way to appeal to both free-market conservatives that advocate for broad-based tax cuts, and the Tea Party sympathizers concerned with government intrusion.

“Moving to a simple flat tax and just padlocking the IRS — I think that is a powerful populist issue,” Cruz said Friday on “The Adam Carolla Show.”

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THIS Group is ‘The Most Hateful Group in America': Meet the Black Group Worse Than the Westboro Baptists

Everyone knows that the Westboro “Baptist Church” is a hate group with its “God Hates Fags” signs and its protests on funerals of soldiers. But there is a black group that is far worse in how it interacts with people outside its hate-filled membership.

The so-called “Hebrew Israelite” group is far, far worse in the hate speech coming out of their foul mouths. These guys have to take the prize as more hateful than the Westboro idiots because, after all, the Westboro folks don’t usually engage in screaming matches with people on the streets, nor do they hit people like these creeps do.

Take a look at these two videos shot in San Francisco…

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Obama and Erdogan to Open New Mosque Together in Maryland

A couple of years ago it was reported that Turkey was helping fund the building of a $100 million dollar mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland. In fact Erdogan visited the mosque when he was here in May of 2013, promising to come back for the opening.

Well that time has apparently arrived and now Erdogan and Obama will be together at the mosque for the big opening ceremony:

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When Doctors Want to Pull Life Support on Son, Dad Gets Into Armed Standoff. What It Leads to is Miraculous

A 27 year-old had a series of strokes/seizures and the hospital put him on life support. When his father got there, they told him they would be taking him off life support and harvesting his organs. The father had brought a gun… he intended to commit suicide if his son died and demanded time with his son. Another son wrested that gun from him, but there was a four hour standoff where the father spoke to his son and told him to wake up. The son squeezed his hand three or four times and later woke that night. The father never meant to hurt anyone but himself and spent 77 days in prison for defending his son and saving his life. He doesn’t regret a minute of it.

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Aggressive new federal labor rules on employee speech leave companies baffled

Businesses across the country are flipping through their employee handbooks trying to determine what has to be changed to comply new federal rules.

It is not an easy task, company lawyers say, because the new rules are often vague and confusing.

In many cases, it is difficult to know what is the difference between language the government now says is prohibited and what is acceptable. For example, the new federal rules say that a company policy to "avoid the use of offensive, derogatory, or prejudicial comments" is unlawful, while a rule prohibiting "use of racial slurs, derogatory comments, or insults" is acceptable.

"To me, many of the examples the board gives beg the question, 'Well, what is wrong with that and what is right with this?' If they were trying to provide a practical guide to employers, it seems to me that they failed in that regard," said Howard Kurman, a Baltimore management-side lawyer.

The rules were included in a March 18 memorandum from the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel to the agency's regional directors. The board enforces federal labor laws.

The memo concerns protecting workers' "Section 7" rights — the right to take part in union-related activity — and addresses rules in company employee handbooks that may infringe on this right. The memo says in effect that any company rule that an employee could in any way interpret as limiting their ability to engage in union and union-related activities is no longer permissible.

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Washington Post Reporter’s Food Stamp Argument is the Most Ridiculous Thing We’ve Ever Heard

Washington Post reporter Elahe Izadi showed what a dimwit she really is by going on MSNBC and claiming that Kansas restricting how the poor use food stamps is mean-spirited and how they should not be told how to spend their money. The only problem with that is it is not their money. It is taxpayers’ money and the states have an absolute right and an imperative to dictate how that money is spent. Welfare is not meant to be an all-you-can-eat buffet of entitlements that are claimed as your own and spent however you like. It is meant to give you food and shelter until you can get on your feet again. Izadi is a typical Marxist, liberal media twit.

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Pilot as surprised as any he made it to the Capitol

Douglas Hughes, the guy who piloted a one-man gyrocopter onto the lawn of the Capitol last week told reporters Sunday that was as surprised as anyone else that he was actually able to land there. He had assumed he would have been stopped well before then. The incident that sparked a renewed emphasis on security at the White House and the Washington, D.C., region.

"I had expected to be intercepted on the the way," the 61 year-old former postal worker told reporters outside his Ruskin, Fla., home. He added that most people in the nation's capitol seemed amused by him and waved as he flew past.

"People were not frightened at all," he said. "I waved back. That part of it was surreal."

Hughes started his flight in Gettysburg, Pa., and literally flew under the radar until he made it into D.C. airspace. He has since said the flight was part effort to get D.C. to pass stricter campaign finance reform laws.

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Chicago Concealed Carrier Stops Gunman Shooting Into Crowd

A Chicago man was able to shoot another man who had opened fire on a crowd of people in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood on Friday night. The man who ended the shooting was in the area dropping off a customer from his Uber as the perpetrator began firing. Chicago officials said they will not be charging the Uber driver with any crimes since he was legally licensed to carry a firearm, the Chicago Tribune reports.

A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd, Quinn said.

The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records. Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said.

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New Salisbury Assistant Administrator Prepares To Work For The City of Salisbury

We're not sure if it's a policy, preparation or a personal thing but clearly Julia Glanz isn't taking any chances. 

Martin O’Malley: Marco Rubio’s Economic Claims Are ‘Patently Bulls**t’

In an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” potential 2016 presidential candidate former Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley said that Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s belief that big government hurts the middle class was “patently bullshit.”

HOST STEVE INNSKEEP: We spoke with Marco Rubio on the day that he announced his candidacy, a Republican of Florida. And he said an interesting thing that a number of other Republicans have said. He argues that an active government actually keeps people frozen at their economic status because if you are well off, if you can afford a lawyer, if you can deal with regulations, you can maneuver through government and stay prosperous. And if you are not so well off, it’s harder to work the system.

Is there some truth to that? You were a big city mayor; you know how government works.

O’MALLEY: No, I don’t think there’s any truth to that.

INNSKEEP: Not any truth to that?

O’MALLEY: No, I don’t think there’s any truth to that.

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SURPRISE!


Government should stop seizing property of the innocent

On April 10, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, R, signed into law a sweeping reform package that effectively ends her state's practice of taking property merely suspected of involvement in illegal activity. This process, which governments frequently engage in without a criminal conviction or even charges being filed, is commonly known as civil asset forfeiture.

As positive as Martinez's action is, civil forfeiture remains a major problem in the U.S., and only a few states are currently working to fix it. As the Institute for Justice's Darpana Sheth noted in testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, "Federal and state government can still take property for civil forfeiture without even charging, much less convicting owners of a crime."

Civil asset forfeiture has been the subject of several local and national journalistic investigations. It became an even more popular cause recently when HBO comedian John Oliver did an entire 16-minute segment on it for his show Last Week Tonight. Oliver focused on how police departments across America have been seizing and keeping money from people who are never even charged with crimes — in some cases with total freedom to use it to supplement their or the government's budget.

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THIS IS NOT ABOUT FEMINISM…IT’S ABOUT CONTROL BY THE STATE

BREAKING NEWS: Ousted Egyptian President Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prison

An Egyptian court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison on charges related to the deaths of protesters in 2012.

HEAD of the FBI’s Anthrax Investigation Says the Whole Thing Was a SHAM

FBI head agent in charge of anthrax investigation has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit

Agent In Charge of Amerithrax Investigation Blows the Whistle

The FBI head agent in charge of the anthrax investigation – Richard Lambert – has just filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit calling the entire FBI investigation bullsh!t:

In the fall of 2001, following the 9/11 attacks, a series of anthrax mailings occurred which killed five Americans and sickened 17 others. Four anthrax-laden envelopes were recovered which were addressed to two news media outlets in New York City (the New York Post and Tom Brokaw at NBC) and two senators in Washington D.C. (Patrick Leahy and Tom Daschle). The anthrax letters addressed to New York were mailed on September 18, 2001, just seven days after the 9/11 attacks. The letters addressed to the senators were mailed 21 days later on October 9, 2001. A fifth mailing of anthrax is believed to have been directed to American Media, Inc. (AMI) in Boca Raton, Florida based upon the death of one AMI employee from anthrax poisoning and heavy spore contamination in the building.

Executive management at FBI Headquarters assigned responsibility for the anthrax investigation (code named “AMERITHRAX”) to the Washington Field Office (WFO), dubbing it the single most important case in the FBI at that time. In October 2002, in the wake of surging media criticism, White House impatience with a seeming lack of investigative progress by WFO, and a concerned Congress that was considering revoking the FBI’s charter to investigate terrorism cases, Defendant FBI Director Mueller reassigned Plaintiff from the FBI’s San Diego Field Office to the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters and placed Plaintiff in charge of the AMERITHRAX case as an “Inspector.” While leading the investigation for the next four years, Plaintiff’s efforts to advance the case met with intransigence from WFO’s executive management, apathy and error from the FBI Laboratory, politically motivated communication embargos from FBI Headquarters, and yet another preceding and equally erroneous legal opinion from Defendant Kelley – all of which greatly obstructed and impeded the investigation.


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AMERICAN JUSTICE – FBI LAB OVERSTATED FORENSIC HAIR MATCHES IN 95% OF CASES, INCLUDING 32 DEATH SENTENCES

The American justice system is broken

The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.

The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison.

“These findings are appalling and chilling in their indictment of our criminal justice system, not only for potentially innocent defendants who have been wrongly imprisoned and even executed, but for prosecutors who have relied on fabricated and false evidence despite their intentions to faithfully enforce the law,” Blumenthal said.

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Texas set to Clear 'Open Carry' Law

AUSTIN—Texas is poised to become the largest state in the U.S. to allow citizens to openly carry handguns, a change long sought by gun-rights activists.

The Texas House of Representatives voted 96-35 Friday to allow residents with concealed-handgun licenses to openly carry their guns in public in holsters. A similar “open carry” measure passed the Texas Senate last month; the two bills must be squared before being sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has indicated support for the idea.

In contrast to its reputation for being permissive on firearms, Texas is one of six states, including California, New York and Florida, that currently bars citizens from openly carrying handguns. People who want to carry handguns in public on their person must obtain concealed-weapons permits and keep the weapons hidden.

Texas currently allows citizens to openly carry long guns in public.

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Gas Jumps 10 Cents in Past Week

Last week was a little more painful at the pump than drivers have been used to in 2015 as prices rose anywhere from eight to 10 cents a gallon. Experts said we could climb toward some of the highest prices of the year by May 1.

This is because some gas stations are still in the process of changing from winter blend to more expensive summer blend gas.

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2015 HIGH HEEL RACE

HEY MEN!!! Don't let the ladies have all the fun... 
Join us in 2014's "Coolest Small Town", Berlin, MD for a night of revelry and competition in your most comfy high heel shoes! 

AWARDING: 
~1st Place Women 
~1st Place Men 
~1st Place Media/Local Celebrity 
~Best Looking Legs - Man & Woman - Top $ raised 
(Post a pic online through the link above and fundraise) 
~Hairiest Legs On a Man or Woman
Must pre-register by May 8th to guarantee a shirt size.
Please contact Mary at 410-213-1177 or 
Tassia at 410-548-7880 to register over the phone. 

SoBo's Lunch & Dinner Specials

Join Us For Lunch
Open Monday - Friday  11:30am

Daily Lunch Specials....

Mondays:  1/2 Price Salads

Tuesdays:  TACO TUESDAY, including Fish Tacos &                                                              Pork Tacos & Chicken Tacos   $7.99

Wednesdays:  Pick 2  $7.99, choose between our                                                                   Hand Crafted Soups, Half Salad and                                                 Half Sandwiches / Lunch Entrees

Thursdays:  Crab Cake, Fresh Fruit & Drink  $9.99

Fridays:  Flatbread & Drink  $8.99, our amazing Flatbreads,                   including Steak-Chipotle Marinade- Roasted Peppers  and                               Roasted Tomato - Pesto- Goat Cheese 

Monday's
Double Loyalty Points All Day


Join us every Monday for "Double Loyalty Points" all day.  Choose entrees from our New Seasonal Menu, or from Chef's Chalk Board Farm-to-Table Specials. Great way to begin the week!
 


Tuesdays
Butcher Block Nightly Features

Chef Arturo and the Culinary Team will be featuring Butcher Blocks every Tuesday. Hand Cut steaks by the ounce.
 This is a night not to miss! 

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Wednesdays 
Half Price Wine Bottles

One of our most popular nights of the week!  Grab a new varietal or one of your favorites, either way its half off and completely delicious! Great Chalk Board Specials makes Wednesdays a night to be at SoBo's.   

Thursdays
Lobster Night

Join us each Thursday for our incredible Lobster Night.  Whole Lobster, Baby Red Bliss Potatoes, Chefs Seasonal Vegetables and Warm Drawn Butter, all for $19.99.   Make your reservations fast, this is becoming a popular night for this deal!    Call 410.219.1117

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Saturday Night
Date Night

Time to relax and take that special someone out for a great night of wine and dinner, without breaking the bank!  Join us for Dinner for 2 for $69.99, includes 2 appetizers, 2 amazing entrees, a shared dessert, plus a glass of wine or pint of beer.  Come, relax and unwind after a busy week

Need Reservations?

Simply call us at 410.219.1117, or jump online at        www.opentable.com  for quick reservations.

See you soon!!

 
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