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  • FCC Considering Move to Ban NFL Redskins Team Name

    09/30/2014 3:43:12 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 37 replies
    Reuters via Fox Business ^ | 9/30/14 | Alina Selyukh
    The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday.
  • St. Patrick Hospital 1 of 4 sites in U.S. ready for Ebola patients ( Montana )

    09/30/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Missoulian ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Rob Chaney
    There are four places in the United States set up to handle a patient sickened by the Ebola virus, and Missoula is one of those. .... And any hospital equipped to care for a tuberculosis patient can care for an Ebola patient, according to Dr. George Risi, an infectious disease specialist who recently returned from spending 20 days in a Sierra Leone Ebola ward. Accompanied by St. Patrick’s intensive care nursing director Kate Hurley, Risi helped local clinic staff care for up to 95 patients at a time. While untreated Ebola kills more than 70 percent of its victims, more...
  • Dominion welcomes final FERC approval for Cove Point LNG

    09/30/2014 7:17:47 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    LNG Industry ^ | 30/09/2014 | Katie Woodward
    Dominion Energy has welcomed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s final approval to site, construct, and operate the Cove Point LNG liquefaction and export project. “We are pleased to receive this final approval that allows us to start constructing this important project that offers significant economic, environmental and geopolitical benefits,” said Diane Leopold, President of Dominion Energy. “This order is based on more than two years of thorough, exhaustive analysis by FERC along with numerous other federal and state agencies. It also reflects a robust public input process. Dominion is dedicated to constructing a safe, secure, environmentally compatible and reliable export...
  • ( Montana ) Missoula doctor, nurse return from treating Ebola patients in Africa

    09/21/2014 6:07:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Missoulian ^ | September 19, 2014 | Rob Chaney
    Dr. George Risi had to pass a dozen armed checkpoints to leave Sierra Leone – four of which ordered him out of the car so a guard could take his temperature. The Missoula infectious disease specialist is still checking his thermometer twice daily since his return from 20 days of volunteer work in an Ebola virus ward. He and fellow Missoulian intensive care nursing director Kate Hurley cared for up to 95 patients, from babies to grandparents, suffering from the often-fatal disease. ... While untreated Ebola tends to be 70 percent fatal, Risi said about half of the patients in...
  • American doctor exposed to Ebola admitted to NIH for observation in isolation unit

    09/27/2014 7:44:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 September 2014 | Mia De Graaf
    Physician will be admitted to National Institutes of Health unit in Maryland. The patient, who has not been named, was volunteering in Sierra Leone . Expected to arrive at isolation center in Bethesda in the next few days. Agency says the action is being taken 'out of an abundance of caution'. Comes as third US victim of the disease celebrates a full recovery . An American doctor will be treated for Ebola after being exposed to the virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone. The physician, who has not been named, is expected be admitted for observation and clinical trials at...
  • 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,...
  • Bias Incident Under Investigation In Baltimore County (Driver yelled “Jews, Jews, Jews” at victims)

    09/26/2014 12:46:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    WJZ-TV ^ | September 25, 2014
    PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A bias incident is under investigation in Baltimore County. Police say three men walking in the 6800 block of Old Pimlico Road were first approached by a vehicle. The driver yelled “Jews, Jews, Jews” at the victims. Investigators say the suspect then fired some type of BB or air gun in their direction and fled the area. The victims were not struck and did not suffer any apparent injuries. The suspect is described as a white male with brown hair and a dark complexion–possibly of Middle Eastern descent. Investigators say the suspect was driving a black...
  • Blaming the economy, Md. officials lower state revenue projections by $405 million

    09/24/2014 7:20:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/24/2014 | John Wagner
    Maryland officials on Wednesday lowered projections of state tax revenue for this year and next by a combined $405 million, blaming an economy that is still recovering at a more sluggish pace than expected. The action will require no immediate cuts in the state’s $16 billion general-fund budget, and Maryland remains in better fiscal health than most other states in the region, including Virginia, which announced a $2.4 billion shortfall in August. But some Maryland leaders warned that they could face more challenging budget choices ahead if job growth does not pick up. The largest revenue write-down Wednesday was for...
  • [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...
  • Ravens tried to ‘cover up’ Ray Rice knockout video, report says

    09/20/2014 11:54:32 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 22 replies
    The Ravens and the NFL were reeling Friday night from an explosive report stating the team conducted a wide-ranging cover-up of Ray Rice's elevator assault almost immediately after it happened in February.
  • Ferguson brings new attention to Cardin bill on profiling

    09/16/2014 7:50:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | John Fritze
    Sen. Ben Cardin said Tuesday that his legislation to prohibit law enforcement agencies from racial profiling had received renewed national attention after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last month. Speaking at a briefing on Capitol Hill, the Maryland Democrat said the bill had "gotten new life" and that he hoped the proposal could forward this year. "How many more Michael Browns will we have?" Cardin asked. "We all know that profiling is un-American and wrong. We know it turns communities against law enforcement, where they need to work together."
  • A long-shot bid in 2016 may suit Martin O’Malley

    09/16/2014 6:17:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2014 | John Wagner
    Martin O’Malley’s pollster had sobering news. Despite extensive time in the public eye and strong statements on controversial issues, the would-be candidate barely registered in a new survey. The year was 1999, and O’Malley (D), a brash white city councilman in majority-black Baltimore, was contemplating a long-shot bid for mayor. “To a lot of friends, even my closest friends, it seemed like a pretty outlandish idea initially,” he said. He won that election, and the next, and two terms as Maryland governor after that. Now he is contemplating an odyssey with even steeper odds. By late January, when his time...
  • From the Levant to Ferguson to Baltimore, The Most Violent Summer in Years

    09/14/2014 5:28:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 14, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson
    What is happening to us, and what can we do about it? Confronting violence starts with confronting our anxiety about it.I know, the world is a violent place. But doesn’t this summer, and the last few weeks, seem especially so? From the global scene to the most personal, we seem to have settled for violence as the “new normal” at every level. This week, we observed the 13th anniversary of 9/11. That terrible day affected all of us, each of us being able to describe where we were and what we felt as the Trade Center towers fell. Yet, 13...
  • Report: Rice set to appeal NFL's indefinite suspension Monday

    09/14/2014 6:20:35 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 72 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 9/14/2014 | staff
    When the Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice earlier this week, the NFL followed suit with its own punishment and suspended the running back indefinitely. How long that suspension may last is unclear, but it sounds like Rice plans to fight it. Citing multiple media reports, NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk says Rice intends to file an appeal Monday that "will be handled by the NFLPA and by an outside lawyer retained by Rice." Initially, Rice received a two-game suspension in July, after an initial video showed him dragging his unconscious then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, out of a casino elevator in New...
  • Jay Carney: Democrats Will Lose Mid-Terms Decisively

    09/14/2014 6:49:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 72 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | September 14, 2014 | Ryan Saylor
    Jay Carney, the former press secretary for President Barack Obama and now a CNN political commentator/analyst, said Sunday (Sept. 14) that 2014′s mid-term elections were going to deliver a crushing blow to members of the president’s Democratic Party.
  • On its 200th anniversary, five myths about ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’

    09/14/2014 11:45:13 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 42 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ^ | Sept 11, 2014 | Steve Vogel
    This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Over the years, many debates have surrounded the national anthem — involving its meaning, its quality and the circumstances under which Francis Scott Key came to write it. Before you hear “Oh say, can you see” at the next ballgame or school assembly, make sure you’ve dispelled these myths first. 1. ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ was written about an insignificant battle in an insignificant war. The nation’s future was at stake in 1814, with the US on the brink of defeat in the third year of the War...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • ESPN sources contradict Roger Goodell's 'ambiguous' statement

    09/12/2014 11:54:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 46 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/12/2014 | staff reports
    Four sources close to Ray Rice have told ESPN [link at URL] that the former Ravens running back acknowledged to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's investigation that he punched Janay Rice in an Atlantic city elevator, knocking her unconscious. If that is the case, it would seem to contradict Goodell's statement to CBS this week that Rice's account of the February assault in the Revel casino to investigators was 'ambiguous'. "Ray didn't lie to the commissioner," one of the sources said on ESPN's "outside the Lines." "He told the full truth to Goodell - he made it clear...
  • Maryland Democratic Party targets use of campaign bus by GOP’s Hogan

    09/10/2014 3:52:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/10/2014 | John Wagner
    The Maryland Democratic Party filed a complaint late Tuesday alleging that the campaign of Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan is, in effect, not paying full fare for its campaign bus. For the past three months, as he pursues an upset victory over Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), Hogan has been traveling the state in a rock-star-sized recreational vehicle adorned with his campaign logo. The vehicle was purchased personally by Hogan, an Anne Arundel County businessman, and his campaign is reimbursing the candidate $683.77 a month for its use, according to Hogan spokesman Adam Dubitsky. That’s the equivalent of Hogan’s...
  • Nuclear Nightmare: As Terror Fears Spike, Power Plant Near Nation’s Capital Sits...

    09/09/2014 3:41:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/8/2014 | Alex Pappas
    About 50 miles outside Washington D.C. is a nuclear power plant that sits on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s the sort of place the government has warned is vulnerable to a terrorist attack.But an investigation conducted by The Daily Caller found that anybody can enter the property of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, drive through the front gates, park not far from a nuclear reactor and have no contact of any kind with security.A reporter and videographer drove from the nation’s capital last Friday to Calvert Cliffs and twice accessed the power plant site. No one...
  • Ray Rice likely to keep $25 million

    09/08/2014 4:52:55 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 61 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 8, 2014: 5:53 PM ET | By Chris Isidore
    Football's Ray Rice will probably get to keep about $25 million that he's been paid, even after he was cut by the Baltimore Ravens in the wake of domestic abuse revelationssnip ... Rice signed a 5-year, $35 million deal in 2012, $15 million of which was a signing bonus. He got another $7 million bonus in 2013, and also collected $3 million in salary over the first two years of the contract. But almost none of that $25 million can be clawed back by the Ravens or the NFL, according to Mike Ginnitti, managing editor of Spotrac, a Web site...
  • Ray Rice terminated after newly released video shows NFL star punch fiancee

    09/08/2014 11:49:41 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 98 replies
    CNN/TMZ ^ | 9/8/14 | Jill Martin and Steve Almasy
    The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice, the team announced Monday, the same day a shocking video surfaced showing the NFL star punching his then-fiancee in February. The news release from the NFL team was terse. "The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon," it read. Rice had been suspended by the league for the first two games of the season, a controversial move that led to widespread criticism and to the league re-evaluating the punishment for domestic violence cases.
  • Black Alliance Network organizes march in Washington this weekend (FReep?)

    09/05/2014 4:46:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The University of Maryland's Independent The Diamondback ^ | September 5, 2014 | Erin Serpico and Sarah Dean
    In wake of Ferguson shooting, leaders of black student organizations hope to raise awareness on unwarranted gun use, police brutality. Racial tensions reached a boiling point last month when police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Among the protests, rallies, police activity and arrests, students at this university — more than 800 miles from Ferguson — have been touched by the issue and are heading to the nation’s capital to work toward change. The Black Alliance Network, a group of presidents and vice presidents from every black student organization on the campus,...
  • Maryland Teacher Placed on Leave for Authoring Fictional Book on Mass School Shooting

    09/02/2014 8:41:40 AM PDT · by heartwood · 31 replies
    News One ^ | Sept 1, 2014 | News One staff
    Patrick Mclaw, 23, an eighth grade language arts teacher at Maryland's Mace Lane Middle School, has been placed on leave after authoring "The Insurrectionist," a fictional book that chronicles "the largest school massacre in history."
  • Maps Reveal EPA Water Grab in Maryland

    09/01/2014 6:22:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Watchdog Wire ^ | August 28, 2014 | Mark Newgent
    EPA would regulate most Md waters . A new rule proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ... The proposed Waters of the United States rule, which would give the EPA jurisdiction over millions of miles of streams across the United States under the Clean Water Act, has generated bipartisan backlash in both chambers of Congress. A letter to the EPA from Democratic and Republican House members stated, “Although your agencies have maintained that the rule is narrow and clarifies CWA jurisdiction, it in face aggressively expands federal authority under the CWA while bypassing Congress and creating unnecessary ambiguity.” The...
  • US lawmakers condemn crackdown on China's minority Muslims

    07/11/2008 9:15:45 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 22 replies · 143+ views
    AFP ^ | July 12 08
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US lawmakers on Friday "strongly condemned" what they called Beijing's harsh pre-Olympic crackdown in China's Muslim-populated far northwest Xinjiang region. The bipartisan leadership of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in a statement cited "credible" reports about a July 9 conviction in a closed trial of 15 minority Muslim Uighurs on terrorism charges that led to "the immediate execution of two" of them. Three others were given suspended death sentences and the remaining 10 received life imprisonment, it said. These are "abuses of due process and rule of law," said caucus co-chairmen Democrat Jim McGovern and Republican Frank...
  • Maryland Shines Spotlight on War of 1812

    08/30/2014 5:56:17 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 64 replies
    The Wall St Journal (free) ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | SCOTT CALVERT CONNECT
    State Has Awarded $5.5 Million in Grants for Celebrations, Research and Education A historian gives cutlass lessons to children at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Thursday. Melissa Golden for The Wall Street Journal BALTIMORE—Maryland officials are on a campaign to elevate the profile of the War of 1812, a historically unpopular conflict that ended in a draw with Britain and has long been overshadowed by the Revolutionary and Civil wars. The state is planning a weeklong festival next month to mark the 200th anniversary of the city's defense in 1814, which inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the poem that...
  • As Horseshoe opens in Baltimore, is the state in the midst of a bad gamble?

    08/26/2014 12:01:44 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 20 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/26/14 | Maria Wiering
    Gambling might join the list of Baltimore City's problems after Horseshoe Casino opens Aug. 26. As the city touts 1,700 new jobs, millions in education funding and an expected economic boost, new billboards advertise hotlines for gambling addiction, a dark side to Horseshoe’s shiny exterior. A moral gamble? With a median household income of $35,000, Park Heights is among Baltimore City’s poorest ZIP codes. In 2012, however, it led state lottery ticket sales, with a total of $34 million, according to a Capital News Service analysis. Father Zaborowski compares gambling spending to alcohol and drug addiction, which plague the neighborhood,...
  • D.C.’s darkest day, a war that no one remembers

    08/24/2014 8:55:41 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-24-14 | Joel Achenbach
    On Aug. 24, 1814, the British started a fire — and ultimately kindled a capital’s future. The day began like so many days in Washington, with a painfully long meeting marked by confusion, misinformation and indecision. The British were coming. They were on the march in the general direction of Washington. The precise target of the invaders remained unclear, but their intentions were surely malign. James Madison, the fourth president of these young United States, had raced to a private home near the Navy Yard for an emergency war council with top generals and members of his Cabinet. The secretary...
  • Washington Post editorials will no longer use ‘Redskins’ for the local NFL team

    08/22/2014 1:22:31 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2014 | Editorial Board
    THIS PAGE has for many years urged the local football team to change its name. The term “Redskins,” we wrote in 1992, “is really pretty offensive.” The team owner then, Jack Kent Cooke, disagreed, and the owner now, Daniel M. Snyder, disagrees, too. But the matter seems clearer to us now than ever, and while we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves. That’s the standard we apply to all offensive...
  • Pelosi’s home city exempted from water restrictions imposed on rural farmers

    08/21/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species. Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that...
  • Redskins Run Onto Field Before Game with Hands Up for Michael Brown

    08/19/2014 7:06:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 149 replies
    washington.cbslocal.com ^ | 8/19/2014 | unknown
    From nearly 1,000 miles away, several Redskins players used the Monday Night Football stage to draw attention to the situation that has been unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri by running onto FedExField with their hands up in the air.
  • 3-year-old girl killed in drive-by shooting in Waverly [No marches, no riots]

    08/18/2014 6:55:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 8/2/14 | Justin George and Justin Fenton
    A 3-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet Friday after a gunman opened fire in North Baltimore's Waverly neighborhood, the latest shooting in a spike in gun violence.
  • BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules AR-15s Are “Dangerous and Unusual,” Not Protected by 2nd Amendment

    08/12/2014 3:39:23 PM PDT · by bamahead · 303 replies
    Guns Save Lives ^ | August 12, 2014 | Dan Cannon
    In what looks to be a terrible ruling for Maryland gun owners a federal judge has essentially ruled that guns that were regulated by the state of Maryland last year, including AR-15 and AK style rifles (as well as other magazine fed, semi-auto rifles with certain features), “fall outside Second Amendment protection as dangerous and unusual arms,” according to a 47 page opinion by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake. The case in question is Kolbe et al v. O’Malley et al which named numerous plaintiffs including the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association, Maryland State...
  • 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...
  • Harris hosts Easton town hall

    08/09/2014 6:55:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    stardem.com ^ | August 7, 2014 | JOSH BOLLINGER
    EASTON — U.S. Rep. Andy Harris hosted a town hall at the Easton firehouse Wednesday night, Aug. 6, covering a wide range of topics including U.S. foreign policy, energy and immigration. Harris said that for the past six years, Congress has been focused on the economy, which was appropriate. But, over the last six years, Harris said he’s also been warning that the U.S. should be careful not to get into some kind of foreign policy disaster. Now, he said, the U.S. is in multiple foreign policy disasters — Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the South China...
  • Democratic House Whip Makes Extremely Tacky ‘Whipping’ Joke At The African Leaders’ Summit

    08/09/2014 11:26:48 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | august 8, 2014 | Caroline Schaeffer
    The African Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., this week brought leaders from over 50 African nations to our nation’s capital to discuss such wide-ranging topics as women’s health to the threat of terrorism, according to WJLA. The summit featured a host of key speakers, including former President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, and congressional leaders. One such speaker was Democratic House Whip, Rep. Steny Hoyer (MA). And Hoyer took the opportunity to make what he would describe as a joke, which was met with light laughter, and one person clapping.
  • Washington DC from murder capital to boomtown

    08/06/2014 9:24:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 August 2014 | Aidan Lewis and Bill McKenna
    A quarter of a century ago, Washington DC had a fearsome reputation for crack abuse and rampant gun violence - it was the "murder capital" of the US. But now, once-blighted neighbourhoods close to the centre of the capital are thriving. When Ruben Castaneda moved to the US capital in 1989 to take up a job with the Washington Post, he was struck by how easy it was to score crack. Days after arriving in the city, he was taken to S Street Northwest by a "strawberry" - a streetwalker who offered sex in return for drugs. "The moment she...
  • Former D.C. Mayor and now Councilman Marion Barry treated at hospital after car crash

    08/03/2014 8:03:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    ABC 7 News ^ | August 3, 2014
    Former D.C. Mayor and now Councilman Marion Barry was being treated at Howard University Hospital after being involved in a head-on car crash on Saturday night. ... he was driving the wrong direction along a one-way stretch when he hit another car.
  • More than 100 unaccompanied minors enrolled in Montgomery County schools

    07/30/2014 2:22:47 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    wtop.com ^ | July 30, 2014
    WASHINGTON -- Kids and teenagers who have crossed illegally into the United States on their own have been coming to Maryland and Montgomery County steadily over the last year. And in a briefing before the Montgomery County Council, school officials explained that a total of 107 unaccompanied minors, most of them of high school age, were enrolled in Montgomery County schools. So what does next year look like? "You know, we're waiting to hear at this point; we don't know what the numbers will be for the next school year," Montgomery County Public Schools' Spokesman Dana Tofig said after the...
  • Police Chief Recognizes Carry Reciprocity in D.C.

    07/29/2014 10:57:31 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 07/27/2014 | Ammoland
    DC Police Chief Lanier just told force not to arrest a person who can legally carry a gun in DC or any state. As of 6:24 p.m. on July 27, 2014, this is a welcome development. Many have said that the D.C. political establishment will ignore the judges order. This shows that Police Chief Lanier is, at minimum, unwilling to be found in contempt. Notice the broad extent of the order: no arrests for a person who can legally carry a gun in D.C. or any State.
  • Baltimore Catholic schools to get helping hand from respected businessmen

    07/28/2014 2:35:33 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/28/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    James B. Sellinger, a former vice president for IBM’s North American operations, will serve as chancellor of education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Department of Catholic Schools and Frank Bramble Sr., a member of the Board of Directors for Bank of America Corp., will serve as chairman of the archdiocesan school board, the archdiocese announced July 28. In the newly created position, Sellinger will promote the enrollment and fiscal health of the archdiocese’s nearly 50 Catholic schools. Bramble previously served as interim president of Calvert Hall College High School in Towson and as chairman of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Blue...
  • VIDEO: ANNAPOLIS AMNESTY PROTESTERS GATHER WHERE O’MALLEY SEEKS TO BRING MINORS

    07/24/2014 3:05:47 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    WatchDogWire ^ | July 23, 2014 | by Jackie Wellfonder
    This weekend, I had the opportunity to speak with a group of anti-amnesty protesters in Annapolis, Maryland. They were a small but very enthusiastic group and were grateful that I was there to provide a greater awareness for their cause. They protested at the intersection of West St. and Route 2 in Annapolis, a short drive from the governor’s mansion, where Martin O’Malley is seeking to bring illegal immigrant children, who crossed the southern border to Maryland. One of the ladies I spoke with was part of the “Free Republic” group. While they didn’t organize this particular protest, they...
  • Esperanza plays crucial role in connecting unaccompanied minors to family

    07/23/2014 2:30:46 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 11 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/23/14 | Maria Wiering
    Williams Guevara-Martinez was almost 17 when he left his home near San Salvador, El Salvador, and headed north with three other youth and a 30-something guide known as a “coyote.” Guevara’s older brother Adam, had paid the coyote thousands of dollars for the 2,000-mile trip, which took 12 days. Guevara traveled by foot and car, finally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in the back of a truck. Fifteen minutes later, immigration officials discovered his illegal entry and sent him to a Texas shelter. He was there 24 days before flying from Houston to Baltimore, where he was reunited with two brothers,...
  • Blue-State Disgrace

    07/23/2014 2:21:46 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Slate ^ | Emily Bazelon
    Immigration is a complex problem. So is the long-term question of how the United States should handle the influx of tens of thousands of children from Central America. Beyond the legal mandates, we owe them basic human decency. On the other hand, to say that they should all simply stay here for good begs big questions about encouraging more children to make this journey, and the rights of all the people abroad who are waiting their turn in line. Unless you believe in open borders, it’s all thorny. What seems right for an individual child can seem wrong systemwide. But...
  • Beretta leaves Maryland over gun laws, heads for Tennessee

    07/22/2014 9:20:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/22/14 | David Sherfinski
    Citing Maryland’s recently enacted firearm laws and the prospect of more restrictions, the U.S. arm of legendary Italian gunmaker Beretta announced Tuesday that it would move its manufacturing operations to Tennessee next year. The move makes Beretta the latest maker of guns or ammunition to move all or part of its operations to another state because of tightened gun control laws. General Manager Jeff Cooper said an early version of a statute passed last year by the Maryland state Senate would have prohibited the company from manufacturing or storing products in the state. “While we were able in the Maryland...
  • 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...
  • Beretta USA Announces Decision To Move Its Entire Maryland Manufacturing Capabilities To Tennessee

    07/22/2014 2:43:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 22, 2014 | Staff
    Beretta U.S.A. Corp., located in Accokeek, Maryland, announced today that it has decided to move its manufacturing capabilities from its existing location to a new production facility that it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Gallatin facility is scheduled to be opened in mid-2015. Beretta U.S.A. had previously planned to use the new Gallatin, Tennessee facility for new machinery and production of new products only.