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Poll: Marylanders Divided on Same Sex Marriage


Courtesy of Center Maryland – Maryland voters remain sharply divided on the state’s new same-sex marriage law, according to a new poll from OpinionWorks, with opponents of the law slightly ahead of supporters 43 percent to 40 percent.

“Although this result is within the poll’s margin of error, it is the intensity of feeling among same-sex marriage opponents that causes the overall result to lean slightly towards repeal,” said Steve Raabe, OpinionWorks President. While 37% of Maryland voters “strongly” feel they will vote to make same-sex marriage illegal in Maryland, only 31% of voters strongly feel they will vote to make it legal.

The poll of 601 Maryland registered voters — which was paid for by OpinionWorks and not commissioned by any advocacy group — was conducted March 16 to March 19, and has a margin of error of 4.0 percent.

To read the complete polling memo from OpinonWorks — including a look at different regions of the state and subgroups of voters by such categories as age and religious intensity — click here.

Three Lottery Winners Share Mega Millions Jackpot; One in Baltimore County


Winning tickets for the $640 Mega Millions jackpot were sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.

From the Associated Press:

“The Maryland Lottery announced earlier Saturday that it had sold a winning ticket at a retail store in Baltimore County.”

Our first question: Do we know him/her?

That’s all the news we have.  If you know anything, let us know in the comments.

Update: The ticket was sold at a convenience store in Milford Mill.



Baltimore Batman: Now There’s Video!


The Montgomery County Police have released video they took while following Baltimore businessman Lenny B. Robinson, who dresses as Batman to cheer up children at area hospitals. He was stopped last week, causing a minor media stir.


More Charles Street Grief (in the Name of $38 Million Improvement)



This just in: The Maryland State Highway Administration will close the right lane of Charles Street at Kenilworth on April 2nd — between the Joppa Road overpass and Kenilworth — for two months’ time. The 24-hour right-lane closure will be in effect through early June. All according to an official SHA announcement. Why? Crews are set to widen a section of Charles St. as part of the I-695/MD 139 Interchange Project. What should drivers do? Take a chill pill; plan ahead.

According to the SHA, “This section of roadway will be reconstructed to meet the alignment of the future northbound lanes of the new Charles Street Bridge over I-695, which will be complete later this summer.

The State’s contractor for the $38 million interchange reconstruction project is the Six-M Company of Delta, Pennsylvania. Citizens who have questions about traffic operations along I-695 and Charles Street may call the project field office at 410-296-9041 or SHA’s District Four Office Construction Division at 410-229-2420 or toll free at 1-866-998-0367.  Citizens may view the I-695/Charles Street project web page on SHA’s website.”

Citizens who just need to vent can turn to their passenger and say, “Grrrrrr!”

Ivy League Acceptance Rates Drop in 2012


If you just opened your Ivy League rejection, you’re not alone. Ivy League universities, which began notifying most applicants of decisions via email today at 5 p.m., report lower acceptance rates than in previous years.

Yale offered admission to just 6.8 percent of applicants, down from  7.7 percent last year and Princeton‘s acceptance rate declined to 7.9 percent, from 8.5 percent a year earlier. The University of Pennsylvania‘s acceptance rate was down to 12.3 percent this year, compared to 12.4 percent last year. Cornell’s rate is down too.

Princeton said in a statement that this year’s applicant pool was the second largest in the university’s history. In the last eight years, applications to the school have doubled.

As schools release admissions decisions to anxious applicants, they are reporting their acceptance rates for 2012.  See a more complete list of colleges’ acceptance rates across the nation at Business Insider.

Here’s What Ray Lewis is Doing in the Off-Season


Wonder what Ray Lewis is up to? Here’s Baltimore’s favorite Raven giving a pep talk to the Stanford basketball team before its game on Tuesday. Stanford beat UMass, 74-64.

Hat tip to Deadspin for the video.



Adrienne Rich, RPCS Alum, Award-Winning Feminist Poet, Baltimore-Native, Dies


Adrienne Rich, a poet and essayist born in Baltimore in 1929, who won the National Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and more, died today in her home in Santa Cruz, California.

Her father was a pathologist and professor at Johns Hopkins; her mother was a concert pianist.  Rich went to Roland Park Country School, which she described as a “good old fashioned girls school [that] gave us fine role models of single women who were intellectually impassioned.” Rich went to  Radcliffe College, where her first collection of poetry, A Change of World, was selected by the poet W.H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award.

Rich was best known as a feminist and advocate of women’s rights, which she wrote about in her poetry and prose. She also wrote antiwar poetry and took up the causes of the marginalized and underprivileged.