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BWI taxicab contract extended despite continuing protests

After more than a year of controversy, the Board of Public Works approved a contract granting a Maryland taxi franchise the continuing exclusive right to operate and manage the cab service at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The board — consisting of Gov. Martin O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp — voted to extend the contract with BWI Taxi Management, Inc. until June 2017, giving the Linthicum-based company sole jurisdiction over the airport’s taxis. Read more

Republicans oppose calling special session, as unions organize to support one

Republican legislators and conservative groups are mounting a campaign against a special session of the legislature to raise taxes, as teachers and public employees advocates are organizing to bring the lawmakers back to Annapolis to do just that.

At a news conference Tuesday, Republican delegates downplayed cries that the the “doomsday budget” enacted by the General Assembly’s failure to pass a revenue bill last week would severely hurt Marylanders and said any special session would be “tax-laden” and costly. Read more

Kosher Soul

A warm February sun beams through the skylight above the entry hall of the Jewish Museum of Maryland. On most Sundays, the building is bustling with Baltimoreans exploring various Jewish history exhibits, but today the smells of sautéed vegetables waft through the halls instead.

Stationed at a table looking out at an audience of about 100 people, Michael W. Twitty, a culinary historian who is both black and Jewish, wears a knitted black kippah, a Jewish head covering, while preparing the first of several dishes for a cooking demonstration he calls “Kosher Soul.” Read more