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1 General Assembly

The state legislature has a tough act to follow in 2014, after the 2013 session saw the repeal of the death penalty, the approval of a massive school infrastructure project, and limited approval of medical marijuana. But as the assembly begins its work this week, there is potential for another momentous session that could see an increase in the minimum wage, expansion of pre-K programs, and broadening of pot legalization. Spark it up!

2 Cops

The Sun reports that Baltimore City and state police are both considering equipping officers with cameras attached to their body to record interactions with the public, as departments in some parts of the state already do. Advocates say the practice promotes accountability, but it would vastly increase police power if departments control access to the footage and are not required to ask for consent from citizens on the street.

3 O’Malley

The governor has proposed legislation that would extend retroactive health care coverage to people who tried to sign up on the crippled state exchange before the December deadline but were unable to. After the exchange’s launch was so royally fouled up under the command of his lieutenant, Anthony Brown, it’s the least he can do.

4 Towson University

OK, so the Tigers lost 35-7 to North Dakota State in the Football Championship Subdivision title game—but it was the title game, played on ESPN2, and getting there was a huge surprise that could spark a boost in reputation and income for the school (stupid that football can do that, but ’Murica!). The school has come a long way from its days as Towson State and rarely have we seen the swelling of Tiger Pride as we did during the recent run. Roar!

5 Gambling

A 4-year-old girl was left unattended in a car while her mother was inside the Maryland Live casino for eight hours on New Year’s Eve. Apparently this kind of thing happens often enough—and at least once before in Maryland Live’s short existence—that casino security have an incident category called “children unattended in vehicles.” Addiction is a miserable disease and it’ll no doubt spread when downtown Baltimore Horseshoe Casino opens later this year.

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