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Green Party Holds Convention in Baltimore

The Green Party nominated its candidate for the 2012 presidential campaign in Baltimore this weekend.

Dr. Jill Stein, a physician from Massachusetts, was formally nominated at the 2012 Green Party convention, which took place at the University of Baltimore and the Holiday Inn on West Lombard Street.
While the Green Party's convention was held in Maryland, there is a chance that Stein won’t be on the ballot here this fall. The Greens have until August 6 to present 3,000 valid signatures to the State Board of Elections to put Stein’s name on the ballot.

In any case, the convention's locale got press from a number of national outlets, including the New York Times and Time.
Jill Stein picked homeless activist Cheri Honkala as her running mate over actress and comedian Roseanne Barr, who had also been seeking the nomination.
The Republicans and Democrats will host their conventions in Tampa Bay and Charlotte, respectively, in August.

Morgan State University Teams With Local Watermen On Innovative Program

In a program believed to be the first of its kind, Morgan State University has teamed with the Calvert County Watermen's Association to help watermen make the transition to aquaculture.

From the source:

A historically black college and Maryland’s designated “Public Urban University,” 140-year-old Morgan State’s campus is in Baltimore, where about 6,000 students are enrolled. The university offers graduate and postgraduate degrees and has programs in architecture, engineering and education, and other liberal arts programs.

And since 2004, Morgan State has run a marine research facility that is working with the Calvert County Watermen’s Association to provide equipment and training to help the watermen make the transition to oyster aquaculturists while preserving the culture and heritage of the profession.

“I believe we’re the first historically black college with this kind of facility,” said Kelton Clark, director of the Morgan State University Estuarine Research Center.

Read the whole story here.

GM Plant in White Marsh to Produce Electric Car Parts

The groundbreaking ceremony has been held and now it's official: the GM plant in White Marsh will begin manufacturing electric motor components in 2013.

From the source:

"Chevy Volt fans with any lingering fears that the electric car might meet a similar fate to the GM EV1 should take comfort in General Motor's latest announcement: the automaker's plant in While Marsh, Maryland near Baltimore, is scheduled to build components for electric motors (for both plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles) starting in 2013. It will be the first of its kind for a U.S. automaker and should be a good indicator that vehicles like the Volt will be around for a long time.

GM broke ground yesterday for the planned addition to the White Marsh plant which currently builds transmissions for Heavy Duty and two-mode hybrid vehicles. GM reports a total investment of $269.5 million for the project."

Read more at Motor Trend.

Bmore's Second Chance deconstructs old houses to give them a new life

Second Chance, a Baltimore-based non-profit, is making a name for itself by salvaging what might normally be thrown away and repurposing it.

Here's an excerpt:

"Where does stuff salvaged from old homes go? To answer that question, I drove an hour north to Baltimore Saturday to check out four warehouses run by Second Chance, a non-profit training group.

The warehouses, open to the public as retail outlets, are brimming with sofas, antiques, fireplace mantels, stained glass windows, chandeliers, old church pews, appliances, cabinetry, bathtubs, doors and lumber taken from dozens of houses and sold at low prices."

Read the entire article here.
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