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  • 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
    There’s no family I know,’’ Cummings continued encouragingly, “that when they have problems they say, ‘To hell with it.’ ’’ The most memorable part of his “life-altering” trip to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral in South Africa, he told his friends in the hotel ballroom, was when Mandela’s grandson said that the great man had counseled him, “Don’t be pushed around by your fears and problems; be led by your hopes and dreams.” Actually, Emerson said that.
  • 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.
  • Md. mall gunman was avid skater, no criminal past

    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...
  • Maryland welcomes wrong people to Medicaid

    01/19/2014 6:13:01 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/19/2014 | Jenna Johnson
    As many as 383 Medicaid enrollees in Maryland received welcome packets in the mail this month that contained the names and birth dates of strangers, health officials announced Sunday evening. They blamed the mix-up on a “programming error” caused by the chief IT contractor hired to build a health-insurance marketplace for the state. Officials at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said they learned of the problem Friday after a customer contacted a Medicaid enrollment broker and reported receiving the wrong packet in the mail. The enrollment packets are automatically assembled by pulling names, addresses and other information...
  • New Year Ushers in Md. Law Giving Illegal Aliens Driver’s Licenses

    01/03/2014 5:09:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 2, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – A new law in Maryland that took effect on Jan. 1 allows illegal aliens to get a driver’s licenses in the state.Proponents of the law, passed by state lawmakers and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, said it would make roads safer, because illegal aliens would have to pass driving tests and could get liability insurance from insurance companies.The Maryland Highway Safety Act allows illegal aliens to obtain a license without a Social Security number or proof of lawful residency, according to the Washington Post.The license cannot be used for federal purposes, including entering a federal building or boarding...
  • (AFL-CIO Owned) National Labor College to close in 2014

    12/19/2013 2:08:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/18/2013 | Nick Anderson
    The National Labor College, an education venture for working adults supported by the AFL-CIO, will close next year because of financial difficulties school officials attribute in part to the construction of a conference center several years ago on the Silver Spring campus. The college, with 599 online students this fall, announced Wednesday that its board of trustees voted this week to accept a closure plan. Word of the impending shutdown had been circulating since at least mid-November. “We’re all very, very sad,” said Paula E. Peinovich, the college’s president. The college will offer courses through the spring semester and have...
  • Catfight! Police hunt for two women who sparked huge Black Friday mall brawl… (Annapolis Mall)

    12/04/2013 2:26:23 AM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/3/2013
    Police are hunting for two young female suspects after a massive early-morning brawl broke out in a Victoria's Secret in a Maryland mall on Black Friday.A 17-year-old shopper told Anne Arundel County Police that a woman 'poked her in the eye' in Annapolis Mall, sparking a massive melee that was caught on camera by a fellow shopper.The footage shows the girl standing in the middle of the Black Friday crowd and speaking to another woman, whom she told police she had never seen before.Scroll down for video Fight! A teenager throws a defensive punch after apparently being hit by a...
  • Top Democrat Hoyer says GOP is stalling on budget

    11/19/2013 11:25:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2013 2:07 PM EST | Andrew Taylor
    The No. 2 Democrat in the House said Tuesday that the top GOP negotiator on the budget is not interested in finding a compromise that would replace automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland says that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is not engaging in “a serious effort to reach agreement” and hasn’t forwarded an offer to Democrats. …
  • Islamic Holiday Not Included in Montgomery Co. (MD) School Calendar

    11/12/2013 9:24:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    CBS DC ^ | November 12, 2013 4:42 PM
    The Muslim community in Montgomery County didn’t get the results it was hoping for as it tried to make a major Islamic holy day an official school holiday. Islamic families spoke at a school board meeting Tuesday to ask that Eid al-Adha, a holy day that Muslims compare to Christmas or Yom Kippur, be added to the school calendar. But school board members said they did not include Eid al-Adha in the newly-approved 2014-2015 calendar because they can’t legally close school for religious reasons unless the holiday causes operational issues, like absenteeism. …
  • Montgomery County (Maryland Freak State) School Board to Vote on Making Eid a School Holiday

    11/12/2013 3:33:46 PM PST · by central_va · 15 replies
    wmal radio ^ | 7:16AM Tuesday November 12, 2013 | wmal
    Muslim groups may be out of luck, in getting Islamic religious holidays included in the upcoming Montgomery County school calendar. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO A REPORT BY WMALSchool board members are scheduled to consider next year's calendar at their meeting today. And school officials are ready to present a report showing only a small uptick in absenteeism on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Adding a holiday to the school calendar typically requires a showing that large numbers of students and faculty will take the day off. Schooll officials say they can't simply declare a "day off" for a...
  • 73,000 losing coverage as insurers drop plans (In Maryland)

    11/04/2013 6:31:47 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 58 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 11/4/2013 | Meredith Cohn,
    About 73,000 policy holders around the state will lose their insurance in coming months because nine insurance companies are dropping some health plans that were not grandfathered under the Affordable Care Act, the Maryland Insurance Administration confirmed Monday.
  • 8 states join forces to promote clean cars

    10/24/2013 1:22:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 24, 2013 3:50 PM EDT | Jason Dearen
    Eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to dramatically multiply the number of zero-emission cars on the nation’s roads by speeding the construction of charging stations and other infrastructure. The goal is to put 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on the roads in those states by 2025. That’s more than 15 times as many zero-emission vehicles projected to be in use in the entire U.S. by 2015. Auto dealers say networks of charging stations and other conveniences are crucial to winning over drivers who are accustomed to pulling up to...
  • Hoyer on Fixing Obamacare Website: ‘Give Them a Little Money’

    10/24/2013 12:14:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 23, 2013 - 6:25 PM | Barbara Boland
    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the way for Congress to help fix the problem-plagued Obamacare website is to give the administration "a little money." At a Capitol Hill press conference on Tuesday, a reporter said “the website is not working,” and then asked Hoyer, “Are you confident, though, the White House is taking the steps necessary? Is there anything you in Congress can do to help the White House take the steps?” Hoyer said, “Give them a little money. We’ve been pretty much focused in the House of Representatives on undermining the implementation and the Affordable Care Act...
  • Baltimore VA hospital faulted for lengthy emergency room stays

    09/28/2013 12:00:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 6:35 p.m. EDT, September 27, 2013 | Scott Dance
    Shortages of beds, doctors and nurses in the Baltimore VA Medical Center’s emergency room resulted in nearly half of a sample of patients spending more than 6 hours at the facility, including one who waited more than 24 hours, according to a critical inspection report released this month. … The Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general’s office detailed the shortcomings in a report that criticized the hospital’s leadership for lacking policies to provide on-call doctors and nurses to boost staffing when patient volume surged. Backups in treating patients led to some being examined in the emergency department’s triage area, without...
  • Gun-rights advocates sue state over new law (Maryland)

    09/26/2013 8:24:38 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 8 replies
    The Baltimore sun ^ | 9/26/13 | Erin cox & Carrie wells
    Gun rights advocates said Thursday that they had filed a federal lawsuit to block Maryland's new gun control laws from going into effect next week, arguing that restrictions on assault weapons and large magazines infringe on their constitutional rights. The gun rights advocates, who include individual citizens, organizations and gun shops, say the Second Amendment and case law make it clear that they are legally allowed to own military-style assault rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. In their lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Maryland, which the office of Gov. Martin O'Malley confirmed was filed Thursday, they...
  • Gettysburg national park grants KKK event permit

    09/26/2013 7:15:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2013 8:15 PM EDT
    The Ku Klux Klan has been granted a permit to hold an event at Gettysburg National Military Park. Park officials say the special-use permit was approved for a Maryland-based KKK group to exercise its First Amendment rights on Oct. 5. …
  • CAIR Demands That Maryland Schools Close For Islamic Holidays

    09/25/2013 3:11:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 25, 2013 | John Hawkins
    On the one hand, it’s a good idea to be respectful of religious holidays. However, in a nation like America that has people from every faith on earth, if all of us took a holiday every time some religion had a holy day, we’d never get anything done. The Council on American–Islamic Relations would apparently be just fine with that. Standing in front of the Montgomery County Council Office Building in Rockville, Northwest High School senior Anhar Karim said he is one of many students in the county who have faced a hard decision related to two Muslim holidays. Karim...
  • ‘Is This America?’: Parent ‘Manhandled’, Arrested While Speaking Out Against Common Core

    09/21/2013 5:38:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 72 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep 20, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    E ucation ‘Is This America?’: Parent ‘Manhandled’, Arrested While Speaking Out Against Common Core at Public Forum Sep. 20, 2013 7:30pm Jason Howerton Related: Video A parent in Towson, Md., was arrested Thursday night at a public forum after vocally expressing his concerns about the Baltimore County School District’s plan to use Common Core standards in its curriculum. Robert Small, a concerned father, was forcefully removed from the meeting by a police officer after he interrupted Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance during the question-and-answer portion of the forum. The meeting apparently didn’t allow parents to stand up and ask...
  • Cardin: House GOP won't compromise

    09/23/2013 1:03:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    stardem.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | JOSH BOLLINGER
    EASTON — After spending the weekend in St. Michaels, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., was in Easton on Sunday, Sept. 22, to talk politics and what's going on in Washington, D.C. "What's going on in Washington today is outrageous," Cardin said. "We can't get the Republicans to sit down and take on the responsibilities to govern." On Friday, the House passed a continuing resolution that would defund the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but would fund the government through Dec. 15, 2013. If the bill doesn't make it through the Senate by the end of September, it would force a...
  • Candidate’s gun control plan even harsher than new law

    09/20/2013 10:44:14 AM PDT · by RedMDer · 22 replies
    MarylandReporter ^ | September 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm | staff
    Ten days away from implementation of Maryland’s more stringent laws on gun purchases, licensing and training, Second Amendment advocates might be wondering if it could possibly get any worse for gun owners. One House of Delegates candidate from Bethesda, Jordan Cooper, issued a proposal Wednesday that lives up to the worst fears of gun owners. ... Cooper’s plan includes a total ban on assault rifles, biennial renewal of gun licenses, and government confiscation of guns not properly licensed or renewed. Here’s the full text of Cooper’s proposal...
  • In about-face, Walter Reed opens dining hall to wounded warriors after Fox News reporting

    08/15/2013 12:26:16 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8/15/13 | Justin Fishel, Jennifer Griffin
    The U.S. military has reversed a string of decisions that would have restricted access for severely wounded troops to a popular dining hall at Walter Reed hospital, after Fox News began reporting on complaints from veterans and their families. The military earlier this month decided to invalidate meal tickets and reduce hours for the Warrior Cafe, the sole dining facility in building 62 -- home to all multiple amputees and long-term, recovering patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The wife of one of the veterans affected by the decision told Fox News on Thursday that...
  • Maryland university buying bulletproof whiteboards

    08/17/2013 2:57:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | Agu 17, 2013 | CNN
    Using technology designed to protect U.S. troops, a Maryland company that makes bulletproof whiteboards has contracted with a university seeking to offer its professors greater protection in the event of a school shooting. The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore announced that it is purchasing 200 of the whiteboards from Hardwire LLC, a company based in Pocomoke City, Maryland, citing the need for a heightened sense of security in the wake of deadly mass shootings in recent years. More recently, the company has adapted technologies for school security, most notably the lightweight, 18-by-20-inch bulletproof whiteboards designed to protect the user's head and...
  • Hoyer: ‘Racism Is Present in All of Our Minds’

    07/31/2013 11:55:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 30, 2013 - 3:47 PM | Elizabeth Harrington
    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday said racism is “present in all of our minds” and has gone on since Biblical times. “Racism is present in every one of our communities, and as you pointed out Dr. [Maya] Wiley, present in all of our minds,” he said during a hearing before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee called by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “We need to be conscious of that and confront it. That’s why I think this conversation is so important.” … During Hoyer’s opening remarks, he said racism is inherent in America, and...
  • Turtle Racing Can Be a Lot More Hazardous Than You Might Think

    07/08/2013 3:46:53 PM PDT · by shove_it · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8 Jul 2013
    It was too little too late for conservation groups that wanted the Bel Air, Maryland, Kiwanis Club to cancel its annual Fourth of July turtle derby last Thursday. According to The Baltimore Sun, the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter on Friday, June 28, requesting the event be canceled because it posed a “threat to struggling native turtle populations and a health hazard to the children handling the animals.” The problem, according to the Center’s Reptile and Amphibian Staff Attorney, is a recent rise in ranavirus, which, according to the National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC), has caused die-offs...
  • New Maryland Laws, Effective July 1

    06/30/2013 4:12:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Maryland Legislative Watch ^ | June 30, 2013 | Maryland Legislative Watch
    Residents of Maryland may or may not know that over 100 new laws will be effective July 1. The laws include myriad new or adjusted rules on licenses to serve alcohol, requiring union representation fees for those in public education institutions, and fifteen million dollars in potential bond debt.Garrett County Memorial Hospital is a 55 bed hospital. Senator Edwards (Republican, D-1) sponsored the successful bid to authorize the County Commissioners to borrow up to $15,000,000 in order to assist in financing the cost of hospital improvements. The votes for this legislation were 135-0 in the House and 46-0 in the...