May 16, 2012 |
Skechers agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges that it made unfounded claims about the benefits of its toning shoes by asserting that they help people lose weight, tone lower body muscles and even combat heart disease. In a complaint filed Wednesday in federal court, the Federal Trade Commission said Skechers hyped advertising for its Shape-ups line with unsubstantiated tag lines such as "Get in Shape Without Setting Foot in a Gym. " The company also failed to disclose that a chiropractor...
February 26, 2013 |
Maryland residents overwhelmingly support Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to force gun buyers to submit to fingerprinting, safety training and more background checks, according to a new Washington Post poll . Across the state, fully 85 percent back the governor's licensing plan and 73 percent do so "strongly. " They also support banning high-capacity ammunition clips and assault weapons — two other portions of O'Malley's (D) bill, which in the wake of the December school...
April 13, 2013 |
For decades, if you cared about the pennies in your pocket and you were able, you've opted to buy your gasoline outside of the District, where prices were 20 to 30 cents cheaper per gallon. But the balance may tip in the opposite direction after lawmakers in Annapolis and Richmond recently tinkered with their gas-tax formulas to raise cash to meet transportation needs. Gas prices are sure to go up in Maryland . It's too soon to say for certain what a complex package of tax...
April 21, 2013 |
In the week since modest gun control died in the Senate , those of us who don't think guns make the country safer have been inclined to blame a few cowardly senators whose votes could have shifted the outcome. Unfortunately, the problem is bigger than that. Contrary to what then-Sen. Barack Obama told us in his inspiring breakout speech to the Democratic convention of 2004, there is a blue America and a red America. And the colors have been deepening over the decade since Obama spoke.
June 30, 2011 |
Just in time for the July Fourth holiday weekend, booze is the subject of a slew of new laws in Maryland and Virginia that take effect Friday. Underage drivers in Virginia face tougher penalties for drunken driving, Virginia restaurants can let diners bring their own wine, and drinkers in Maryland will pay an additional 3 cents on the dollar in sales tax. "Alcohol is probably the most regulated product in the country," said Steven Schmidt, a...
April 5, 2013 |
HAVING BALKED at raising gas taxes a year ago, Maryland reversed course this year — a victory of practicality over poll-driven politics that will pay dividends for years. With impressive speed, lawmakers adopted the first gas-tax hike in a generation in response to a coordinated push by Gov. Martin O'Malley and the two top leaders of the General Assembly, all Democrats. The legislation is expected to raise about $4.4 billion for new transportation projects and maintenance over six years, a...