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  • Governor Larry Hogan Announces Advancement of I-270 Congestion Relief Project

    05/05/2017 4:53:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Governor Larry Hogan ^ | April 19, 2017 | Press Release
    April 19, 2017 Will Save Drivers up to 30 Minutes on Morning CommuteANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced advancement of the state’s $100 million I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project, which will save drivers up to 30 minutes on their morning commute southbound from Frederick to I-495. The winning design-build team, comprised of 16 firms, was selected following a competitive bidding process to deliver a modern adaptable highway by creating an automated smart traffic system that will move the most vehicles fastest and farthest on I-270 between I-70 and I-495. The governor was joined by Montgomery County Executive Isiah...
  • Fracking Ban Passes House With Veto Proof Majority (Maryland)

    03/10/2017 9:28:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    WBAL-AM ^ | March 10, 2017 | Robert Lang
    The House of Delegates has approved a bill to permanently ban natural gas fracking in Western Maryland. The bill passed by a vote of 97-40. The 97 votes is 12 more than the minimum of 85 needed to override a veto from Governor Larry Hogan. That majority was important to the chairman of the committee hearing the bill in the Senate. The chairman of the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, Joan Carter Conway of Baltimore City, says she wont bring the bill to the Senate floor unless lawmakers have enough votes to override a possible veto from Governor...
  • Confederate statue to be removed from outside courthouse [Rockville MD]

    03/01/2017 9:13:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 1, 2017 11:26 AM EST
    A century-old statue of a Confederate soldier that stands outside a Maryland courthouse will be moved to private property. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said in a news release Tuesday that the county will cover the cost to relocate the bronze statue from the courthouse in Rockville to Whites Ferry, a docking site on the Potomac River named for a Confederate general.
  • Maryland prosecutor resigns, sentenced for indecent exposure

    02/15/2017 2:09:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 15, 2017 1:29 PM EST
    A Maryland county prosecutor has been sentenced for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct after authorities say he performed sex acts in front of a hotel room glass door, in full view of tourists. News outlets report Cecil County States Attorney Edward Rollins III submitted his resignation Monday. [] A judge gave Rollins a suspended jail sentence, 18 months supervised probation, 100 hours community service and fined him $1,000. He will also have a mental health evaluation.
  • Crime Deterrent Or Inconvenience? Coffee Shop Goes Cashless

    02/03/2017 3:24:24 PM PST · by simpson96 · 32 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | 2/2/2017 | Devon Bartoletta
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) After being robbed a handful of times in the past few months, one Baltimore coffee shop is no longer accepting cash to stop the robberies and keep their staff safe. Nowadays, many people dont carry cash in their wallets day-to-day, and at Park Cafe in Bolton Hill, cash payments are no longer on the menu. Were not going to accept cash anymore, said Park Cafe & Coffee owner David Hart. Im going to take that out of the equation. Park Cafe was robbed five times from October to January. While the armed suspect is now behind bars,...
  • Attorney: DC sniper life sentence unconstitutional

    01/13/2017 3:33:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 5:40 PM EST | Juliet Linderman
    An attorney for a man convicted of taking part in sniper shootings that left 10 people dead in the Washington area is asking a judge to toss his life sentence because he was convicted as a juvenile. In a motion filed Friday in a Maryland county court, public defender James Johnston argues that Lee Boyd Malvos mandatory life sentence is illegal because the U.S. Supreme Court determined such sentences are unconstitutional for juveniles.
  • Obama May Get Rejected From Golf Club Over Israel Policies

    01/10/2017 8:01:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    New York Post ^ | anuary 10, 2017 | Daniel Halper
    President Obamas clashes with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may cost him a membership at an exclusive golf club, sources said. Obama is looking to join the elite Woodmont Country Club in Maryland once he becomes a private citizen. But members of the mostly Jewish club are at each others throats over whether to accept the golf-loving president, with many saying he deserves to be snubbed for not blocking an anti-Israel vote at the United Nations, according to the sources.
  • Baltimore, US reach consent decree over policing

    01/11/2017 10:50:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 11, 2017 12:28 PM EST | Juliet Linderman
    A spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says the city and the U.S. Justice Department have reached agreement on a consent decree that will require the city to reform its police department. Negotiations are done, Anthony McCarthy said Wednesday. The final document has gone to the principals to be signed. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is expected to speak on community policing Thursday at the University of Baltimore Law School, as well as meet with community members, law enforcement and other local officials.
  • Baltimore mayor's ex-aide faces election law charges

    01/09/2017 3:10:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 9, 2017 5:57 PM EST | Brian Witte
    A former aide to Baltimores mayor has been charged with making illegal contributions to the mayors campaign, prompting officials on Monday to cancel his planned swearing-in ceremony for a vacant seat in the Maryland House of Delegates. Gary Brown Jr., a Democrat who was a legislative aide to new Mayor Catherine Pugh when she was still a state senator, has been charged with six counts of election law violations, State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced. Brown had recently been nominated to the House vacancy. Prosecutors allege that Brown, who worked on Pughs campaign, deposited $18,000 in cash between Jan. 13, 2016...
  • Nation's bedbug capital is no longer Chicago, Orkin says

    01/03/2017 7:20:23 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 3, 2017 | By Becky Yerak
    Some good news for Chicago: It's no longer the bedbug capital of the nation. In its annual ranking, released Tuesday, pest-control services provider Orkin said Baltimore tops its annual list of the top 50 cities for bed bugs. Chicago had been the center of bedbug action for four straight years. The list is based on data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments, both residential and commercial, from Dec. 1, 2015, to Nov. 30, 2016. Chicago ranked third this year. Baltimore moved up nine slots to No. 1, marking the first time it has made...
  • House Democratic Whip Blasts Obamas Betrayal of Israel

    12/29/2016 9:52:58 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec. 28,2016 | John Hayward
    The number-two Democrat in the House, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, has published several statements which are strongly critical of the Obama administrations betrayal of Israel at the United Nations. Before the vote was cast at the UN, Hoyer urged the President to exercise Americas veto power against the anti-Israel resolution: The resolution, as proposed, seeks to place responsibility for continued conflict fully on Israel and ignores violence and incitement by Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority and Hamas leaderships. Any workable and long-lasting solution to this conflict must come about through direct, bilateral negotiations, and this resolution undermines that...
  • Lynch pushes Baltimore to reach police consent decree

    12/15/2016 9:14:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2016 10:56 PM EST | Eric Tucker
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Thursday stepped up the pressure on Baltimore officials to reach a deal with the federal government to overhaul the citys police practices, saying the ball is in the citys court to conclude negotiations soon. Lynch, who took office in April 2015 as riots roiled Baltimore after the death of a black man in police custody, said she intends to return to Baltimore in January to give an update on efforts to reach a court-enforceable consent decree. Her statements seemed intended to publicly push Baltimore toward a resolution and appeared to reflect disappointment in the pace...
  • Teacher disciplined: Told students to write 'fun' slave song [MD]

    12/14/2016 11:29:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2016 11:57 AM EST
    A Maryland high school teacher has been disciplined after encouraging students to have fun writing a slave song for an assignment as part of a lesson on abolitionist Frederick Douglass. [] Principal Andrew Cockley wrote in an email to parents Dec. 7 that the assignment was linked to a lesson on The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Cockley says the activity was culturally insensitive.
  • Maryland city cleared to remove statue linked to slavery [Frederick]

    10/14/2016 5:24:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2016 5:11 PM EDT
    A Maryland city has cleared what could be the last obstacle to its plan to rid the City Hall courtyard of a statue of the man who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery. Fredericks Historic Preservation Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to allow the removal of the bust of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, and a nearby bust of Marylands first governor, Thomas Johnson, who owned slaves. City officials say both will go to nearby Mount Olivet Cemetery, where Johnson is buried.
  • Maryland Police Impersonator Pulls Over Real Officer, Police Say

    10/01/2016 5:00:04 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 11 replies
    NBC 4 (Washington DC) ^ | 1 October 2016 | Mark Segraves
    A Maryland man posing as a police officer turned his lights and sirens on behind a real police officer, officials said. John Vincent Angelini, 51, of Baltimore, was arrested Wednesday after Montgomery County police said he trailed an off-duty detective driving on the Intercounty Connector in an unmarked car. The detective was headed eastbound on the ICC near Georgia Avenue about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday when he saw a car alongside him. It was a Ford Crown Victoria that looked like an unmarked police car, police said. The driver of the Crown Victoria then slowed down so that he was behind...
  • Baltimore Police: 3 gunmen shoot, wound 8 in attack

    09/24/2016 8:24:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2016 11:23 PM EDT | Juliet Linderman
    Three gunmen shot and wounded eight people including a 3-year-old girl on an east Baltimore street Saturday night, police said, adding the suspects fled and the victims were all expected to survive. The shooting erupted outside some rowhouses about 8:30 p.m. after the three armed men converged on the group from different points, Baltimore Police Commissioner Ken Davis told The Associated Press. Davis, who went to the scene, said the shooting was a premeditated act of retaliatory violence in response to a Labor Day weekend shooting in which a person was fatally shot and two others were wounded, including a...
  • Baltimore Votes To Keep Schools Open On Muslim Holidays

    08/25/2016 8:54:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 24, 2016 9:25am ET | Dan Joseph
    The Baltimore County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 6-5 against closing schools for two Muslim holidays when they fall on school days. According to the Baltimore Sun, the Muslim community had advocated for more than a decade to close Baltimore schools on the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. The vote followed a heated discussion among school board members as dozens of Muslims waited in the audience. The results of the vote prompted shouts of Injustice! by some in attendance, and the board had to call a five-minute recess before continuing.
  • US to release report criticizing Baltimore police force

    08/09/2016 7:52:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2016 10:50 PM EDT | Juliet Linderman and Eric Tucker
    Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday. The report, the culmination of a yearlong investigation into one of the countrys largest police forces, also found that officers make large numbers of stops mostly in poor, black neighborhoods with dubious justification and unlawfully arrest citizens for speech deemed disrespectful. Physical force is used unnecessarily, including against the mentally disabled, and black pedestrians and drivers are disproportionately searched during stops, the report says. The Justice Department released...
  • Court Must Dismiss Police Lawsuits Against Marilyn Mosby (says Michael Brown lawyer)

    08/09/2016 11:01:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    News One ^ | 08/08/2016 | Benjamin L. Crump
    Lawsuits filed by Baltimore police officers against Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby must be dismissed, according to the law. The United States Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors acting within the scope of their duties in pursuing criminal prosecution are immune from civil suits.The role of a prosecutor in a criminal case is to seek justice and represent the People of a given jurisdiction against a person charged with committing a criminal offense. This is exactly what Marilyn Mosby did when the officers involved in Freddie Grays death, which the medical examiner ruled a homicide, were indicted by a grand jury....
  • Arrest Made in Pipe Bomb Attack on Maryland Police Vehicle

    08/07/2016 8:01:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    NBC 4 Washington ^ | August 7, 2016 | Darcy Spencer
    Authorities say a Thurmont, Maryland, man has been charged in a pipe bomb explosion that damaged a local police department vehicle. Officials said Saturday that 22-year-old Kyle Rutger Mueller is charged with four counts of possession of a destructive device, two counts of malicious destruction of property and one count of reckless endangerment. Officials say the pipe bomb with black powder residue and nails exploded about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, damaging a marked police SUV parked in front of an officer's home on Clark Avenue. No one was hurt. Police told News4 a Burger King receipt left in a bag of...