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  • Unilever to close last Md. factory (Baltimore, 137 layoffs)

    05/23/2015 8:53:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 12, 2015 | Natalie Sherman
    Unilever plans to move production of vegetable oil and margarine spreads from Baltimore to Kansas beginning at the end of the month, shutting its Baltimore plant and laying off 137 workers. The consumer goods giant plans to shift operations from its Southwest Avenue factory to Olathe, Kansas, where it performs similar work and embarked on a $152.5 million expansion in 2013. Unilever informed Maryland regulators of the layoffs, which begin this month, in a notice last month, as required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The plant is slated to close by the end of September. The Southwest...
  • Corrections Officers Accused of Looting Store During Baltimore Riots

    05/15/2015 7:40:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 15, 2015 | 3:19 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Two female Baltimore corrections officers were caught on tape last month allegedly looting a 7-Eleven store during the riots, according to a CBS affiliate. According to police, they reviewed the surveillance footage after receiving a tip and saw Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard leaving with merchandise while the store was closed. …
  • Something fishy about Baltimore

    05/09/2015 7:18:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Times of India ^ | May 10, 2015 | Amitabha Bagchi
    In the summer of 1996 I got off a long flight at Baltimore to begin a PhD at Johns Hopkins University. My roommates-to-be were two Indian students who had rented a car to pick me up were somewhat unfamiliar with the roads. So, having taken a wrong turn off the highway, we found ourselves in West Baltimore, not far from Mondawmin Mall where two weeks ago rioting began in the wake of the custodial death of Freddie Gray. Out of the backseat I saw shabbily dressed people sitting on plastic chairs or on the stoops of their rowhouses. These houses...
  • Report: Only 16% of Baltimore Teens Raised With Married Parents

    05/07/2015 7:24:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 7, 2015 | Lauretta Brown
    A new report released by the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) says that only 16 percent of 15- to 17-year-old teens in Baltimore have been raised in an intact, married family. The report, released Wednesday and compiled in light of the recent Baltimore riots, cites Census Bureau statistics showing that, in terms of family units, Baltimore is “one of the five least intact counties of America,” along with Cuyahoga, Ohio; the Bronx, N.Y.; the District of Columbia; and Shelby County, Tenn. The report cites studies indicating that children who grow up in intact, married families are...
  • Murder charges against Freddie Gray cops may be DROPPED

    05/07/2015 12:18:55 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 84 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 7, 2015 | Ted Thornhill
    Murder charges against Freddie Gray cops may be DROPPED because police findings don't support the case, say officials Baltimore City State Attorney charged six officers over death of Gray Separate police probe of case says manslaughter is most serious crime Defense lawyers are arguing that arrest for knife possession was legal 'If this case falls apart, will Baltimore burn?' one official asked The murder charges filed against the Baltimore officers who arrested Freddie Gray could be dropped, because the police investigation into his death doesn't support the prosecution's case, it's been reported. Last Friday, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby...
  • Maryland’s senators support federal probe in Baltimore

    05/07/2015 12:09:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2015 2:54 PM EDT | David Dishneau
    U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski said Thursday that she and other members of Maryland’s congressional delegation support Baltimore’s mayor in asking for a broad federal investigation of whether city police engage in discriminatory patterns or practices—a request sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody last month. The Democratic senator told U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch during a Senate subcommittee hearing that Lynch would get a letter later Thursday from the Maryland delegation supporting Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s request, made Wednesday. “In many cities throughout the country, including my own city...
  • Elderly Black Woman Shreds Democrats on C-Span.

    05/03/2015 1:25:51 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 42 replies
    Start the video at 28:29. This woman blames Baltimore riots entirely on decades of rats and the fatherless homes they caused.
  • Poll: Nearly Half Of Marylanders Would Rather Move Somewhere Else

    05/02/2015 9:20:58 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 58 replies
    CBS via WJZ ^ | May 2, 2014 11:33 PM | Meghan McCorkell
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Do you want out of the state of Maryland? A new poll shows nearly half of Marylanders say they are fed up and ready to pack up if only they could. Meghan McCorkell explains what has so many thinking about leaving. In a poll of all 50 states, Maryland ranks third for people who say they would rather move somewhere else. We’ve got the beach, the mountains, the O’s and Natty Boh, but some say they’re ready to break up with Maryland. According to a new Gallup poll, 47 percent of Marylanders say they would move out...
  • Can you run from police? US courts apply a double standard

    04/29/2015 11:04:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 29, 2015 12:34 PM EDT | Curt Anderson and Juliet Linderman
    When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off running through his Baltimore neighborhood, officers made a split-second decision to give chase, setting in motion his death in custody and rioting in the streets. Fleeing from police is not, by itself, illegal in America, and the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that in safe neighborhoods, people not suspected of criminal activity can ignore a police officer who approaches them, even to the point of walking away. But courts have set a different standard for places where street crime is common, ruling that police can chase, stop and frisk people...
  • Freddie Gray Rap Sheet

    04/28/2015 10:59:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies
    Claim: Freddie Gray, who died from injuries he sustained while in Baltimore police custody on 12 April 2015, had a lengthy arrest record.TRUE Example: [Collected via email, April 2015] Did Freddie gray really have a rap sheet? Origins: On 12 April 2015, a 25-year-old man named Freddie Gray sustained grave injuries (from which he subsequently died) while in police custody in Baltimore. Although details about Gray's arrest, custody, and death are still unclear, some aspects of the case have come to light. On 27 April 2015, the web site Heavy published an article that included Gray's arrest record, as follows:...
  • Men Dressed as Women Shot Outside NSA Gate, Tried to Ram Past Checkpoint, Officials Say

    03/30/2015 9:13:10 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 74 replies
    ABCNEWS ^ | 3-31-2015 | JUSTIN FISHEL
    One man is dead and another severely injured after a shootout at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland. Two men dressed as women attempted to “penetrate” the entry point with their vehicle when a shootout occurred, officials said. "There are indications they were dressed as females," an official said. At least one officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One perpetrator is confirmed dead on the scene; the other "severely injured” and probably won’t survive, according to one official. The FBI said they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism. Aerial images...
  • Motel ‘party’ with strangers preceded spy agency shooting

    03/31/2015 10:45:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3-31-15 | Merideth Somers
    Two cross-dressing men who were shot at by National Security Agency police when they disobeyed orders at a heavily guarded gate had just stolen a car from a man who picked them up for a motel “party,” police said Tuesday. One suspect was killed and the other was injured, along with an NSA police officer, as the driver of the stolen SUV apparently tried to get away from the guards. The SUV’s owner, a 60-year-old man from Baltimore who has not been publicly identified, told investigators that he had picked up the two strangers in Baltimore. They arrived around 7:30...
  • Audit says Maryland overbilled federal government $28.4M in health exchange launch

    03/27/2015 5:39:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 27, 2015 | By John Fritze and Meredith Cohn
    A long-awaited audit of Maryland's health insurance exchange has found that the state improperly billed the federal government $28.4 million as former Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration struggled to launch what would become one of the most troubled websites in the nation. Though the year-long probe by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general found no fraud or criminal wrongdoing, auditors said the state lacked oversight and internal controls — and they recommended that Maryland refund what the federal government paid to subsidize the cost of signing people up for coverage. The report — obtained by The Baltimore Sun...
  • Bill would require fertility benefits for lesbians

    03/19/2015 3:09:55 PM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 24 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 18 Mar 2015 | Michael Dresser
    If Fiona M. Jardine had a husband, the expensive fertility treatments she's now undergoing would be covered by her health plan. But Jardine, 29, is married to a woman, so she and her wife have to pay out of pocket. A bill that would grant married lesbian couples the same fertility treatment benefits as husbands and wives is advancing in the Maryland General Assembly. - snip - Maryland has required state-regulated health insurance plans that offer pregnancy-related benefits to cover the costs of in vitro fertilization since 2000. It is one of a dozen states that require coverage of the...
  • AP sources: Edwards to seek Maryland Senate seat (Donna Eddwards, Barbara Mikulski)

    03/09/2015 8:51:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 11:40 AM EDT | Erica Werner
    Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland intends to join the race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, hoping to become the first African-American elected to the Senate from her state, according to officials familiar with her plans. Edwards would become the second member of the state’s House delegation to announce her intentions to run for the Senate. Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen joined the race last week. No Republican has yet stepped forward to run for a seat in a Democratic state. …
  • Barbara Mikulski won’t seek reelection in 2016

    03/02/2015 6:56:25 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/02/2015 | Kyle Cheney and Burgess Everett
    Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski will announce later Monday that she won’t seek reelection in 2016, two sources familiar with her plans confirmed to POLITICO, opening up a seat long coveted by Free State Democrats looking to move up. The 78-year-old Mikulski is the longest-serving woman in congressional history. She was first elected to the Senate in 1986, after serving five terms in the House. Mikulski’s campaign called an 11 a.m. press conference in Baltimore on only a few hours’ notice, saying only that she’d make an “important announcement about her future plans.” Her retirement will create an open seat...
  • Free-range parenting: Maryland parents under fire for letting kids walk home alone

    01/16/2015 9:49:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    WTTG, Fox 5, DC ^ | Jan 16, 2015 9:48 AM EST | Laureen DeMarco/AP
    A Montgomery County couple says they’re being investigated for neglect for allowing their two children to walk home from a park by themselves. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say the county’s Child Protective Services began investigating them after police stopped their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter about half-way through a mile-walk home on Dec. 20 in Silver Spring. Police say they stopped the children and drove them home after someone reported seeing them. …
  • Maryland couple want ‘free-range’ kids, but not all do

    01/15/2015 5:02:57 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 114 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | January 14, 2015 | Donna St. George
    It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they are being investigated for neglect for the Dec. 20 trek — in a case they say reflects a clash of ideas about how safe the world is and whether parents are free to make their own choices about raising their children. “We wouldn’t have let them do it if we didn’t think they...
  • Hogan taps ‘highway builder’ as transportation secretary, appoints 7 others

    01/13/2015 8:53:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2015 | John Wagner
    Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) announced eight more senior members of his administration Tuesday, including a new transportation secretary whom he introduced as “the best highway builder in the entire country.” Hogan’s nomination of Pete Rahn, who has held top transportation jobs in New Mexico and Missouri, comes amid great uncertainty over the future of the light-rail Purple Line in the Washington suburbs and other proposed mass-transit projects. The governor-elect has strongly signaled that he will emphasize roads over rail after he takes office Jan. 21. Hogan, who made tax cuts a rallying cry of his campaign, also pledged to...
  • O’Malley’s Catholic values will propel potential 2016 run

    01/11/2015 5:23:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-10-15 | Maryland State Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D)
    Governor Martin O'Malley (D) announced last week he will commute the sentences of Maryland's last four death row inmates. Given his leadership in repealing the state's death penalty two years ago, his decision was not a surprise. But, just weeks before he completes eight years as governor and a year before Iowa's presidential caucuses, it dramatizes O'Malley's values and skills. Soon after he was elected governor and I elected to the state senate, we met to discuss the 2007 legislative session. He discussed his priorities and I pitched my ideas for higher education. As we walked out of his office,...
  • Gun owners fear Maryland cops target them for traffic stops

    12/30/2014 10:13:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 146 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    A year ago this New Year’s Eve, John Filippidis of Florida was driving south with his family on Interstate 95 when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police pulled over his black Ford Expedition and proceeded to raid it while his twins, wife and daughter looked on — separated in the back seats of different police cruisers. The officers were searching for Mr. Filippidis‘ Florida-licensed, palm-size Kel-Tec .38 semi-automatic handgun, which he left at home locked in his safe. (Maryland does not recognize handgun permits issued by other states.) When the search turned up nothing, Mr. Filippidis, 51, was allowed to go...
  • The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind

    12/11/2014 3:45:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 11, 2014 | Binyamin Appelbaum
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Frank Walsh still pays dues to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, but more than four years have passed since his name was called at the union hall where the few available jobs are distributed. Mr. Walsh, his wife and two children live on her part-time income and a small inheritance from his mother, which is running out. Sitting in the food court at a mall near his Maryland home, he sees some of the restaurants are hiring. He says he can’t wait much longer to find a job. But he’s not ready yet. “I’d work for...
  • Maryland man charged with threats to Obama

    11/03/2014 5:10:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 3, 2014 6:12 PM EST
    A Maryland man is facing federal charges after being accused of emailing a threat to kill President Barack Obama and his family. The Secret Service says in an affidavit that Christopher Perkins O’Brien of Annapolis sent an email to the White House on Oct. 16 threatening the president and Michelle Obama. …
  • Frederick-based Bechtel’s move to Reston [Virginia] upsets Marylanders

    10/27/2014 4:18:56 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    WJLA.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Brad Bell
    Bechtel Corporation, the company that built Metro’s Silver Line in Northern Virginia, is bringing hundreds of jobs to that area, but it’s coming at the cost of Frederick, where the global engineering and project management firm is based, a move that is sparking frustration and anger. The news hit Frederick like a ton of bricks. Nobody is happy about it—not politicians, not merchants.
  • Maryland Governor Claims WiFi is a Human Right

    10/08/2014 3:09:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    townhall.com ^ | october 8, 2014 | christine rousselle
    Governor of Maryland and potential 2016 Democrat presidential candidate Martin O'Malley raised eyebrows on Wednesday when he was quoted in a CNN profiledeclaring access to wireless internet (WiFi) as a "human right." The quote occurred when O'Malley was discussing the "rebirth" of the American city and the skills of young people that make these changes happen. 
  • Maryland cuts revenue expectations by $405 million

    10/01/2014 3:10:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 25, 2014 | Michael Dresser
    Maryland is now facing a $405 million revenue shortfall over this year and next, largely the result of sluggish job growth, stagnant incomes and a weak housing market, state officials reported Wednesday. Five years after the official end of the recession, Maryland continues to confront fiscal trouble. This latest shortfall will force Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration and the General Assembly to make deeper cuts than previously expected to balance the state's roughly $40 billion budget. "Another year has passed, and ordinary families and small businesses haven't even recovered to where they were before the financial collapse, much less made up...
  • Montgomery County plan for police, fire drones indefinitely grounded

    09/26/2014 3:42:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/26/2014 | Bill Turque
    County Executive Isiah Leggett has grounded Montgomery’s plans to experiment with drones as a tool for firefighters and police, calling the idea “not ready for prime time.” A group of officials, led by chief innovation officer Dan Hoffman, told a County Council committee earlier this month that they had purchased four small, commercially available helicopter-style models of the unmanned craft to assess their possible use at fire scenes or during police emergencies. Council members, expressing concern about privacy and other issues, said they wanted staff to return with a firm set of policies and protocols covering drone use. On Tuesday,...
  • [MD] Pr. George’s Council might ban hotel hourly rates to discourage sex trafficking

    09/23/2014 6:33:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/23/2014 | Arelis R. Hernández
    Prince George’s County Councilmember Karen R. Toles (D-Suitland) introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit hotels and motels from renting rooms at hourly rates in response to a growing human trafficking problem in the county. The legislation was a policy recommendation by the county’s human trafficking task force — established in 2013 — that found the hourly room rentals help facilitate criminal activity involving young men and women caught in the sex trade. “We need to tighten up our county laws so there is no loophole and [businesses] are held accountable,” Toles said. “We don’t want Prince George’s County to...
  • [MD] Montgomery confirms 29 recent cases of whooping cough, most involving schools

    09/23/2014 6:28:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/23/2014 | Donna St. George
    Montgomery County health officials said Tuesday they have confirmed 29 cases of whooping cough since an outbreak occurred during the first week of school. Parents at a total of 12 Montgomery public schools have been advised of cases of the highly contagious illness, most recently at Briggs Chaney Middle School in Silver Spring and College Gardens Elementary School in Rockville, officials said. Health officials said that increased awareness about whooping cough and more medical testing may be contributing to a continuing uptick in cases, which came to public attention after an outbreak was linked to a Pennsylvania summer camp in...
  • Maryland County Proposes Lowering Voting Age To 16, Allowing Noncitizens To Vote

    09/18/2014 1:57:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller's DC Trawler ^ | September 18, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Montgomery County, Maryland, is one of the wealthiest and most liberal counties in America. If there’s a dumb progressive idea that didn’t start there, it will get there sooner or later. Along those lines, the powers that be in Montgomery County are very concerned about low voter turnout. So concerned, in fact, the all Democrat County Council formed a “Right to Vote” Task Force to come up with ways to encourage more people to vote. The task force produced a 76-page report with more than a few suggestions that could raise a few eyebrows. Recommendations 1-3 are: 1. The Task...
  • Maryland lottery sales slide as casino revenue surges [what will they tax next?]

    08/11/2014 6:54:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/11/2014 | Annys Shin
    Before Maryland’s largest casino opened less than two miles away, convenience store manager Chirag Patel was hoping to sell more lottery tickets than he was already moving. “We were doing very good business with scratch-off games,” he said. “I was trying to get another terminal” from the Maryland lottery commission. Then the massive Maryland Live opened near his Dash In gas station, and in the two years since, he estimated, his lottery ticket sales have gone down by 25 percent. And so has his commission, which used to be about $3,000 a month. Maryland lottery commission officials can commiserate. On...
  • White teacher wins $350,000 in Prince George’s schools bias lawsuit

    08/10/2014 5:25:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    Washington Post | 8/8/2014 | Ovetta Wiggins
    A former Prince George’s County teacher won a $350,000 jury award after accusing the school system of discriminating against him because he is white. Jon Everhart alleged in his lawsuit against the Prince George’s County school board that a black principal forced him out of his job because of his race. “Justice was served,” Everhart said. “I do feel as though I have been vindicated.” Everhart, 65, speaking by phone from Ohio after the verdict in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, said he faced years of racial harassment from the Largo High School principal, who he...
  • Hoyer: Obama 'Can’t Legalize' Illegals--But He Can Decide How to 'Implement the Laws'

    07/29/2014 11:20:31 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 29, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said that President Obama “can’t legalize” the illegal aliens in the United States, but then added that the president “can implement the laws as he believes they should be implemented." "Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution states that Congress has the power to make laws governing naturalization. Given this, does President Obama have the unilateral power to legalize illegal aliens?" CNSNews.com asked Hoyer. “I don’t think he does,” Hoyer responded, “and I don’t think that’s what he’s going to do. You’re right. He can’t legalize them.” “What the president can in fact do, however,...
  • Beretta: Gun Law Forcing Move Out Of Maryland

    07/22/2014 8:55:22 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    AP ^ | July 22, 2014 | N/A
    Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee. The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015. Beretta general manager Jeff Cooper said that a sweeping gun-control measure that was passed last year initially contained provisions that would have prohibited the Italian gun maker from being able to produce, store or even import into Maryland the...
  • Was Einstein wrong all along? Controversial theory suggests the speed of light is SLOWER...

    06/28/2014 12:14:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 73 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | : 06:57 EST, 27 June 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    The University of Maryland physicist believes the delay could have been because the light was in fact slowed as it travelled due to something known as 'vacuum polarisation'. During this phenomenon, photons break down to something known as ‘positrons’ and electrons for a split second. before combining together again. When they split, quantum mechanics creates a gravitational potential between the pair of ‘virtual’ particles. Dr Franson argues that the process might have a gradual impact on the speed of the photon, meaning that over 168,000 light years, the photons may have suffered a near five-hour delay. If the physicist is...
  • Dad hits Perry Hall teacher with baseball bat after 'inappropriate' texts surface with teen daughter

    06/06/2014 3:25:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    WMAR ^ | 6/5/2014
    The father of a Perry Hall High School student struck a teacher with a baseball bat after police were made aware of a series of texts between the teacher, a 42-year-old man, and a 15-year-old student, Baltimore County police said. Police said an officer of the White Marsh Precinct read over dozens of texts that “described an emotional relationship that seemed inappropriate for a teacher and student,” according to a release from the Baltimore County Police Department. The girl's mother alerted police to the texts at about 3 a.m. at the precinct. Police determined however that no crime had been...
  • Top Democrat: Bergdahl Deal 'Dangerous Precedent that Puts All Americans at Risk

    06/04/2014 11:19:25 AM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 4, 2014 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Baltimore's CBS affiliate WJZ reports that Democratic congressman Dutch Ruppersburger of Maryland is blasting President Obama's decision to release five Taliban commanders in exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl: Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, calls this a “dangerous precedent that puts all Americans at risk throughout the world.” Ruppersberger is one of a growing chorus of critics who say five Taliban prisoners is too high a cost. “Since World War Two we have not negotiated with terrorists or other groups,” Ruppersberger said, according to WJZ’s media partner the Baltimore Sun. “What concerns me is the...
  • Court to hear dispute over state tax collection (MD)

    05/27/2014 7:12:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 9:59 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court is taking up a dispute over how a state may tax income its residents earn in another state. The high court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from Maryland officials who want to overturn a lower court ruling that found the state’s tax law unconstitutional. …
  • Longtime Minnesota congressman Oberstar dies at 79

    05/03/2014 12:37:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2014 2:03 PM EDT | Amy Forliti
    Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who represented northeastern Minnesota for 36 years and brought millions of dollars to the state as chair of the powerful House Transportation Committee, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning. He was 79. A statement released by his family said Oberstar died in his sleep. A cause of death was not provided. His former chief of staff, Bill Richard, said Oberstar died at his home in Potomac, Maryland. […] Oberstar, a Democrat, was elected to Congress in 1974 and served 18 terms—the state’s longest-serving member of Congress. Oberstar became chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee...
  • Student EXPELLED for forgetting to leave his hunting gun at home

    04/26/2014 8:10:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 25, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Zero tolerance strikes again, with a vengeance: A Maryland high school expelled a well-behaved 18-year-old student who accidentally brought a shotgun onto school property because he left it in his car after returning from a hunting trip. The student, 18-year-old Patrick Bryan Mitchell, was expelled from South River High School. He was also arrested by county police and received a mugshot. He is barred from possessing a gun for a year. He missed his senior lacrosse season, several weeks of school, and his chances at an athletic scholarship to Pfeiffer College were crushed. He was forced to drop out of...
  • Md. gov candidate suggests Iraq War vet opponent not up for 'real job'

    04/22/2014 7:53:25 AM PDT · by topher · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Fox News
    A Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland is defending comments he made Monday in which he suggested his opponent, an Iraq war veteran, was not up to the task of a “real job.” Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler drew ire from a veterans’ group after he made the comments about his opponent for the Democratic nomination, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, at an event held by the Tech Council of Maryland.
  • Maryland Grocery Store Forced to Cut Hours Due to Obamacare

    04/16/2014 1:00:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 14, 2014 9:46 am | (Free Beacon Staff)
    A well-loved Maryland supermarket is being forced to limit the amount of full time workers they hire because of the harsh mandates imposed by Obamacare. Snider’s Superfoods, family owned and operated since 1946, says that they will not be hiring any new baggers or cashiers in order to avoid the 50 worker threshold, which under the new Obamacare stipulations, would require that they provide health insurance if they employ 50 or more full time workers. …
  • Maryland to reportedly abandon $125M ObamaCare exchange for new system

    03/29/2014 2:09:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 29, 2014
    With just days to go before open enrollment ends on March 31, Maryland officials are reportedly planning to abandon its glitch-ridden ObamaCare website and replace the health exchange with technology from Connecticut’s marketplace. The Washington Post reported late Friday that the board of the Maryland exchange will vote on changing the system that has cost at least $125.5 million at a meeting on Tuesday, the day after the end of the first enrollment period under ObamaCare. …
  • Restaurants Would Have to Handle Customers with Food Allergies Under Md. Proposal

    03/22/2014 8:39:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 111 replies
    Crofton Patch ^ | March 18, 2014 | Deb Belt
    A new Maryland bill would let counties require each restaurant to have a staff member trained on food allergens, ready to advise customers. Is the measure needed? County governments may soon have authority to make restaurants accommodate customers with food allergies. A new bill would let counties require each restaurant to have a staff member trained on food allergens, ready to advise customers, reports WJLA TV. The bill would also require restaurants statewide to encourage customers to notify servers about their food allergies. The Senate passed the measure 33-14 Monday evening. A similar bill is pending in a House committee....
  • Cummings says Issa killed chances for Lois Lerner contempt proceedings

    03/13/2014 12:25:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 13, 2014 | BY JOSH HICKS
    --SNIP-- The committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner that Republicans have already botched any plans they might have for contempt actions against Lerner, who headed an IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Cummings, citing opinions from two legal experts and “Supreme Court case law,” said Republicans cannot pursue contempt charges against Lerner because of how the committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, abruptly adjourned a hearing with the former official last week. The letter said Issa “failed to take the basic — but Constitutionally required — steps necessary to hold...
  • Elijah Cummings misattributes Emerson quote to Mandela

    03/08/2014 8:37:27 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 64 replies
    quintonreport.com ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jeff Quinton
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  • Hoyer Said About the Most Sexist Thing Anyone Could Say

    02/07/2014 1:00:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 5, 2014 - 3:03 PM | Connie Mackey
    President Obama’s State of the Union speech closed with a truly uniting moment when he honored the sacrifice of Army Ranger Cory Remsburg. Sergeant Remsburg bravely fought for our country through 10 tours of duty. Too bad House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) ensured that division was the name of the game only hours later. Rep. Hoyer attacked Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who delivered the GOP response to the State of the Union. Ignoring her stature in the GOP and her intellectual acumen, he instead reduced her solely to her gender, calling her a “transparent” choice to give the...
  • Democrat Compares Republicans to Monkeys Typing “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!”

    02/06/2014 9:33:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/62014 | Jim Hoft
    Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) delivered the keynote speech yesterday at the Washington Press Club Foundation. The far left politician compared Republicans to monkeys and gave a shout out to Nancy Pelosi and “all my sisters in the libido caucus.” The Politico reported: Washingtonians sit through terrible speeches all the time: dry rules hearings, partisan floor lectures and, let’s face it, even the State of the Union some years. So it was a bad day for Rep. Donna Edwards Thursday, when Washingtonians gathered at coffee pots and in lunch rooms across town and deemed her performance at the Washington Press Club...
  • Automatic License Plate Readers Targeting Lawful Gun Owners (Maryland)

    01/27/2014 6:29:45 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    Front Line State ^ | Front Line State
    Are automatic license plate readers in Maryland alerting police when registered gun owners drive past them? Recently we posted a story about John Filippidas, the concealed carry permit holder from Florida who was stopped on I-95 by a Maryland Transportation Authority cop. The cop detained Filippidas and his family for nearly two hours while searching the family’s vehicle for the gun Filippidas legally owns. The gun was in a safe back in Florida. No ticket was issued.
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    01/26/2014 10:50:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 26, 2014 10:41 PM EST | Ben Nuckols
    The gunman who killed two people at a Maryland mall was a teenage skateboarding enthusiast who had no criminal record before he showed up at the shopping center armed with a shotgun, plenty of ammunition and a backpack filled with crude homemade explosives, authorities said Sunday. Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, took a taxi to the Mall in Columbia in suburban Baltimore on Saturday morning and entered the building near Zumiez, a shop that sells skateboarding gear. He went downstairs to a food court directly below the store, then returned less than an hour later, dumped the backpack in a dressing...