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  • Maryland Hospital Bans Employees From Smoking Anywhere On Earth

    07/09/2014 6:36:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 132 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/8/2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    Starting next year, Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis will require potential employees to pass a drug test–detecting nicotine. This so-called “job screening” will bar any applicants who smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes, snuff, hookah, and even e-cigarettes from being eligible for employment. While the hospital already has a smoking ban on the premises and surrounding sidewalks, this policy forbids new employees from consuming tobacco anywhere, at any time.
  • Vials of Smallpox Virus Found in Unapproved Maryland Lab

    07/08/2014 10:35:48 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 8, 2014 | SYDNEY LUPKIN
    The National Institutes of Health announced today that vials of the virus that causes smallpox were found in a laboratory on its Bethesda, Maryland, campus, which was unequipped and unapproved to handle the deadly pathogen. Because it’s so infectious, the smallpox virus is considered a bioterrorism threat and is only permitted in two labs in the world: One at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Atlanta headquarters and another at the VECTOR Institute in Russia. The newly discovered vials violate an international agreement reached in 1979 aimed at keeping the virus eradicated while allowing some scientists to continue...
  • [MD] Prince George’s schools offer breakfast and lunch to students during summer

    07/08/2014 10:27:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/8/2014 | Ovetta Wiggins
    With students running a higher risk of obesity and hunger during their summer break, Prince George’s County schools have joined an effort to provide the youngsters with free breakfast and lunch. More than 60 schools throughout the county will serve the meals until Aug. 1. “Providing continuous meals throughout the summer helps children receive the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow,” Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools said in a statement.
  • In Maryland, Smoking Could Cost You Job

    07/06/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by Drango · 79 replies
    Insurance News Net ^ | July 5 '14 | Lorraine Mirabella
    July 05--Anyone who wants a job next year at Anne Arundel Medical Center -- whether as a surgeon or security guard -- will have to prove they don't smoke or use tobacco. The Annapolis hospital's new hiring policy might be controversial, but it is legal in Maryland and more than half of the United States. And it's a type of job screening that is gaining favor with employers -- from hospitals to companies such as Alaska Airlines -- trying to control rising health costs and cultivate a healthier, more productive workforce. Anne Arundel Medical Center, like a growing number of...
  • Hundt: 'Redskins' Use May Make Snyder Unfit Licensee

    07/03/2014 4:41:16 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 59 replies
    Multichannel ^ | 6/30/14 | John Eggerton
    Former FCC chairman Reed Hundt is suggesting the FCC may want to strip Redskins owner Dan Snyder of his radio station licenses if he does not change the name of the team. According to an interview on Indian Country Today Media Network, Hundt said that the FCC should "reevaluate" whether Snyder is fit to be a licensee, by which Hundt meant "a person of appropriate character," he said. “The FCC should consider whether Mr. Snyder is fit to own radio station licenses given that he uses radio stations to broadcast an ethnic slur,” he said. “These licenses are owned by...
  • D.C. residents urged to boycott Md. shore to protest congressman’s marijuana move

    07/03/2014 2:25:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/3/2014 | MIKE DEBONIS
    If you’re a District resident planning to vacation in the Maryland havens of Ocean City or St. Michaels this summer, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and some D.C. activists would prefer you choose Rehoboth Beach, Del., or Chincoteague Island, Va., instead. A week after Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would overturn the city’s marijuana decriminalization law, Gray and the District’s largest voting-rights advocacy group said city residents would be better off vacationing somewhere besides Harris’s district, which includes all of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. “I don’t think we should support someone who...
  • Head backed for suspending boy because he made this 'Pop Tart gun'

    07/02/2014 6:18:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2014 | Joel Christie
    An investigation has found that an elementary school principal in Baltimore who suspended a seven-year-old boy for chewing a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun acted properly in her decision. However the boy's family has lawyered up, and are threatening to take the case further. Josh Welch, a second-grader at Park Elementary School, said he was trying to nibble his strawberry breakfast snack into a mountain in March 2013. But when it started to take shape he reportedly told his classmates: 'Look, I made a gun.' Principal Sandra Blondell then removed Josh from school for two days. Andrew...
  • Patent office didn’t receive a single public complaint before stripping Redskins trademark

    07/02/2014 6:25:12 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 1, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    The recent decision by an obscure administrative law board to cancel the Washington Redskins‘ trademark registrations came despite the fact the agency hadn’t received a single letter from a member of the public complaining about the team’s name, records show. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which is part of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, ruled last month that the name was disparaging to American Indians. The team is appealing that decision. Politicians, including President Obama, have waded into the team name controversy, with many saying the team should change its name. But despite widespread media attention and a...
  • Police: Man charged in connection with fatal West Manheim crash

    06/29/2014 5:21:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 17 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 29 June AD 2014
    11:30 a.m.: Police have charged an illegal immigrant from Mexico with homicide by vehicle and other charges in connection with a fatal crash Saturday in West Manheim Township, according to a news release. Steven Miller, 64, of Westminster, Maryland, was killed in the crash, according to the York County Coroner's Office. Police said Carlos Bastida-Martinez, 25, was traveling south on Baltimore Pike when he crossed over the center lines and struck a motorcycle operated by Miller. Miller had fatal injuries at the scene, the release states, Bastida-Martinez suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Hanover Hospital. The 1995 Ford Windstar...
  • In bag of fast food, a surprise: Marijuana

    06/27/2014 1:47:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    www.fredericknewspost.com ^ | Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 2:00 am | By Courtney Mabeus News-Post Staff
    Woman finds pot while taking children to Sonic franchise A trip to Sonic intended as a treat ended with a surprise twist for a Frederick woman. Carla McFarland said she went to Sonic on Guilford Drive on Wednesday with her 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son after a trip to the library and a morning spent packing boxes. After passing chicken strips and fries to her children, McFarland, 35, reached into the bag for her own food and found a small plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana in a third container holding her own fries. “I just kind of...
  • Drunk University of Maryland lacrosse player, 19, arrested for 'sexually-assaulting a 49-year-old...

    06/27/2014 7:53:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 26, 2014 | Ashley Collman
    A 19-year-old University of Maryland lacrosse player was arrested at an outdoor concert in Virginia Sunday night after allegedly groping a 49-year-old mother passed out on the lawn. Prince William County Police say the woman fell asleep on the Jiffy Lube Live lawn during a Zac Brown Band concert, when she woke up to find teen Benjamin Chisolm touching her inappropriately. Chisolm walked away after the attack but was later arrested for public intoxication and now faces additional charges of aggravated sexual assault. The victim, identified as 'Donna', has come forward to dispute details of the police report and reveal...
  • Yale-educated addiction psychiatrist is charged with making and selling ecstasy

    06/27/2014 7:40:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 27, 2014 | James Gordon
    Police in Maryland have charged three people in connection with manufacturing MDMA, commonly referred to as Molly or the drug ecstasy, including a doctor who has a long-standing history of drug problems. Baltimore County cops said a drug investigation led to a search warrant and the arrest of Dr. Priscilla Sheldon-Cost, 51, at a house in Towson. Detectives found chemicals that can be used to manufacture MDMA and ecstasy were being created in a lab in the basement. Some of the substances that were found had even been labelled with MDMA written on it. 'They found chemicals that, when mixed,...
  • Primary/Runoff Official Live Thread (CO, FL, MD, MS, NY, OK)

    06/24/2014 2:41:41 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 370 replies
    Should be another intersting night! Hopefully we'll build some more momentum!
  • DAN BONGINO: ‘We are Watching, in Real Time, the Collapse of the Big Government Model’

    06/24/2014 8:34:54 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 25 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | June 24 2014 | Conservative Tribune
    President Obama is a proponent of the idea of Big Government, as are most progressive liberal socialists. They never see a problem that can’t be “fixed” by government. Unfortunately, government rarely ever fixes anything, and almost always makes things worse with unintended consequences. But the long history of the failures of Big Government won’t stop Obama and the progressives, as they will just suggest more government to fix the problems created by previous government. Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent that is now running for Congress in Maryland, recently pointed out that America is watching the failure of Big...
  • Maryland Gov. O’Malley’s Iowa visit sparks 2016 speculation, comparisons to Hillary Clinton

    06/23/2014 1:35:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/23/2014 | John Wagner
    DES MOINES — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was the only potential 2016 presidential contender to set foot in Iowa over the weekend, and yet the Democrat didn’t really have the stage to himself. Shortly after O’Malley (D) spoke at a dinner Friday night for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Hillary Rodham Clinton’s image appeared on two large screens overhead. In a video, she teased that she needed advice from Harkin on a “momentous plunge” that she is about to take. “Tom, what’s the secret to being such a terrific grandparent?” Clinton asked, drawing uproarious laughter from the crowd. The good...
  • Democrats Criticize 'Offensive' Comment From GOP Accusing Maryland Governor Of 'Hispandering'

    06/23/2014 9:05:27 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 23 2014 | Colin Campbell
    The Democratic National Committee accused their GOP counterparts of using "offensive" language after a Republican spokeswoman accused Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley of "Hispandering." A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee made the comments in a Sunday BuzzFeed profile of O'Malley and his efforts to court Latino voters ahead of a potential run for president in 2016. "Winning elections is based on substance and so far Martin O’Malley is relying on Hispandering to win," RNC spokeswoman Izzy Santa said. "Talking about immigration and hoping no one pays attention to his failed economic record will not overcompensate for his dismissal of the...
  • What the Redskins Controversy Is Really About

    06/23/2014 3:35:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 6/23/2014 | Mark Tapson
    Last week the controversy over the NFL Washington Redskins’ name, deemed offensive by the professionally aggrieved, reached a new peak when the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board canceled six federal trademark registrations owned by the team.Nevada Senator Harry Reid, who had previously blustered impotently that he wouldn’t accept an invitation to attend a Redskins home game until the team changed its name (a threat which no doubt sent waves of panic through the Redskins organization), gloated that the ruling proved “the handwriting is on the wall.” “It’s only a matter of time,” he tweeted, “until [Redskins owner] Daniel Snyder is...
  • 2nd officer suspended in slitting of dog's throat

    06/19/2014 6:39:44 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 53 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 6/19/14 | JULIET LINDERMAN
    BALTIMORE (AP) — A second Baltimore officer has been suspended while the department investigates his role in the slitting of a dog's throat, while the animal's owner says it took her days to find out how the dog died. Court documents say Officer Thomas Schmidt held the dog down while a fellow officer cut the animal's throat on Saturday. Schmidt has been suspended with pay during the investigation, Baltimore Police spokesman Jeremy Silbert said.
  • As Illegals Flow Across Border, MS-13 Members in MD Charged with Violent Crimes

    06/19/2014 1:01:40 PM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 19, 2014 | Kerry Picket
    In the midst of the Obama administration transporting around 1,000 unaccompanied minors from Border Patrol centers in Texas to facilities in Baltimore, MD, and Richmond, VA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced in a press release on Wednesday that a Federal Grand Jury returned a second superseding indictment charging four Maryland men in connection with a conspiracy to participate in murder in aid of a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13.
  • Sweden Demands Football Vikings Change Name

    06/19/2014 7:59:45 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 45 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 19 Jun 2014 | Keith Koffler
    The nation of Sweden is demanding that the Obama administration act to deny copyright status to the Minnesota Vikings, claiming the name demeans its citizens and all other Scandinavians. “We can no longer tolerate the use of this disgusting epithet by an American football team,” said Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Milkquist in a letter to President Obama “First of all, ‘football’ means ‘soccer,’ Milkquist wrote. “I realize that this is an unrelated matter, but it really pisses people off in Europe. You only use your foot occasionally in football, whereas in soccer the foot is the only thing you can...
  • Redskins defy trademark ruling, say they'll defend name

    06/18/2014 11:58:40 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 69 replies
    Washington Examinerr ^ | 6-18-2014 | Sean Higgins
    In a defiant statement issued Wednesday, the Washington Redskins said the team would appeal the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to revoke the trademark to the team's name and logo on the grounds that they are offensive to Native Americans. The professional football team added that in the meantime, the ruling would have "no effect at all" on its trademark rights while the case is on appeal. The press release even put that in boldface and underlined it. "We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned...
  • Washington Redskins will appeal trademark office ruling over 'disparaging' nickname

    06/18/2014 10:17:05 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 39 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 6/18/14 | Frank Schwab
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Redskins' trademarks. The petitioners, consisting of five Native Americans, sought to cancel the trademarks based on a section of the Trademark Act that "prohibits registration of marks that may disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute."
  • Trademark board rules against Washington Redskins name

    06/18/2014 8:16:42 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 85 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/18/14 | ap
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The 2-1 ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. The team doesn't immediately lose trademark protection and is allowed to retain it during an appeal.
  • Lyme-Carrying Ticks Are Going To Be 'Gangbusters' This Summer

    06/16/2014 8:41:55 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies
    BI ^ | 6-16-2014 | Ted Siefer
    Ted SieferJune 16, 2014 Deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, are the prime carriers of Lyme disease, which is particularly common in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Large numbers of ticks, the parasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in New England in the coming weeks, experts said on Friday. Abundant snow over the winter and a wet spring have created ideal conditions for ticks to come out in the warm weather and try to latch onto hosts, they said. "The next three to four weeks is the peak season of risk," said Sam Telford, an infectious disease...
  • Baltimore Catholic Church Celebrates Homosexual "Pride" Month

    06/16/2014 8:51:55 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 380 replies
    "Celebrate Pride Month with the St. Ignatius Community!" "As members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, we are called to celebrate and share the gifts of diversity of sexuality in our church today. Our organization, Embracing God's Gifts, has been formed as an instrument for recognizing these gifts and incorporating their goodness and use into the life of our parish."
  • Obama Admin Forbids Lawmakers From Taking Photos Of Illegal Immigrant Facility

    06/13/2014 2:44:29 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | june 12, 2014 | chuck ross
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is welcoming members of Congress and their senior staff to tour a temporary shelter being used to house illegal immigrant children — but the invite comes with a list of rules, including a suggestion that members leave their cellphones in their vehicles. The 40-minute tour will take place Friday at the Ventura County Naval Base in Oxnard, Calif., according to the email invitation, obtained by The Daily Caller. The tours are meant to give members and staffers an inside look at how temporary facilities are being used to house illegal immigrant children...
  • Obama's HHS Forbids Congress from Talking to Kids in Border Crisis Shelters

    06/13/2014 9:26:29 PM PDT · by kingattax · 107 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jun 2014 | by Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas--The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is taking select Members of Congress on a secret tour of the temporary children’s shelter set up to house the children who entered the country illegally as part of the Texas border crisis. The tour will visit the temporary shelter set up at Naval Base Ventura County later this afternoon. The Congressional delegation will be given a 40-minute tour of the facility where they will witness the interior of the shelter and the care being provided for the unaccompanied minors while they are being housed in their facilities. An email obtained...
  • Buzzfeed Exclusive: White House Plans To Move 1,000 Immigrant Minors To Richmond, Baltimore

    06/13/2014 8:27:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 120 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Friday, June 13, 2014 | John Stanton
    The Obama administration plans to move as many as 1,000 unaccompanied minor migrants from Border Patrol facilities in Texas to facilities in Baltimore, Md., and Richmond, Va., in an effort to ease overcrowding and address the growing humanitarian crisis along the border. SNIP According to a “transportation flow chart” obtained by BuzzFeed, the administration will now begin resettling the children to an Office of Refugee Resettlement facility in Baltimore and to St. Paul’s College in Richmond. Both facilities can accommodate up to 500 beds, according to the document. According to the chart, DHS buses and planes, as well as commercial...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • [Baltimore] Mayor's Office: Downtown Building Won't Be Used To House Refugee Children

    06/12/2014 4:20:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    WBAL ^ | 6/11/2014
    It now appears a vacant building in downtown Baltimore won't house refugee children from Central America. A spokeswoman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told WBAL News that the former Metro West building on North Greene Street is no longer being considered as a place to house the children. Spokeswoman Caron Brace says aides to the mayor were informed of the decision during a meeting today with federal officials.. The building, once used by the Social Security Administration, was being considered as a place to house 9,500 children who were caught at the U.S. Mexican border last month. Mayor Rawlings-Blake, as well...
  • Major Coalition Sponsor Rally at U.S. Mexican Embassy in D.C. This Thursday to Free Our Marine

    06/10/2014 12:42:50 PM PDT · by lward99 · 21 replies
    Free Our Marine ^ | 6/10/2014 | Larry Ward
    WASHINGTON – Conservative Victory Political Action Committee and other prominent organizations and leaders are organizing a rally in front of the Mexican Embassy at 1911 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10 AM to 1 PM. Mexican authorities arrested U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi on March 31st, 2014, after he accidentally drove across the border with three legally owned guns. Tahmooressi immediately disclosed that he had his guns in his vehicle, and was cooperative with authorities at the border. Mexican prosecutors originally charged Tahmooressi with gun trafficking and he was taken to a Tijuana prison where...
  • Triple Crown Whiner 'Ashamed' of Tantrum over Belmont Loss

    06/09/2014 9:27:22 PM PDT · by This Just In · 113 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | June 9, 2014 | Elizabeth Sheld
    This morning on ABC News , Steve Coburn apologized for his sore loser remarks following the loss of California Chrome at the Belmont Stakes.
  • Democratshima - Detroit Photos Before and After (VANITY)

    06/09/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 47 replies
    Or.. Democratrina. Far more destructive than any bomb or hurricane, Democrat locusts destroy lay waste to Detroit. This is the 'progress' they want for the rest of America.
  • D.C. Chapter Alert: Hillary Clinton Book Appearances, Fri and Sat. June 13, 14

    06/08/2014 5:44:14 PM PDT · by kristinn · 50 replies
    Sunday, June 8, 2014 | Kristinn
    All FReepers and lurkers in good standing are invited to join the members of the D.C. Chapter of FreeRepublic.com in a freep of Her Heinous Hillary Rodham Clinton this Saturday morning in Pentagon City. Clinton is scheduled for a book signing appearance for her State Department whitewash memoir at the Costco. We freeped Clinton there on her Living History tour. BufordP is going to anchor this one. When: 9: 00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 Where: on the public sidewalk in front of Costco, 1200 S. Fern St. Pentagon City, Virginia. As always, the D.C. Chapter's rules...
  • A Maryland inventor’s big energy ideas have promise, and big ifs

    06/08/2014 8:31:40 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 72 replies
    mcclatchydc ^ | May 27, 2014 | Greg Gordon
    Ronald Ace, photographed at his home in Laurel, Maryland, May 4, 2013, said his flat-panel "Solar Traps," which can be mounted on rooftops or used in power plants, will shatter barriers that have stymied efforts to make solar energy cheap, clean and reliable. His claimed discoveries, which exist only on paper so far, would represent such a leap that they're sure to draw skepticism.
  • 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...
  • Court ruling favors Baltimore archdiocese in HHS mandate lawsuit

    06/05/2014 10:49:38 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 8 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 6/5/14 | Maria Wiering
    The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled June 4 that members of the Catholic Benefits Association (CBA), including the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Catholic Review Media (CRMedia), are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring all employers, including most religious employers, to provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said the court decision will allow the CBA to provide “quality, cost-competitive, morally compliant health care benefits for their employees.” Here’s what Catholics need to know: This all began in 2011 when the HHS defined “preventive services.” Congress...
  • Crucial East Coast highway bridge closed

    06/04/2014 10:01:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Newsday.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Randall Chase (Associated Press)
    WILMINGTON, Del. - (AP) -- Highway engineers say a crucial bridge on the Eastern Seaboard's interstate highway system could imperil drivers if traffic is allowed back on it. The bridge, near Wilmington, Delaware, was closed Monday when its support pillars were found to be tilting. The Interstate 495 bridge won't reopen anytime soon, highway officials said Tuesday, and the 90,000 vehicles that cross it every day are being diverted onto the main north highway, I-95, further overloading one of the most crowded arteries in America.
  • Tensions Rise At Digital Harbor High Between African-American & Latino Students

    06/04/2014 6:41:55 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 27 replies
    Racial tensions erupt inside both inside and outside Digital Harbor High School in Federal Hill over the past week. Now school officials and the police are coming together to try to put an end to the violence. Students say the feud is between African Americans and Latinos. Meghan McCorkell has more on the actions being taken. Tuesday night, parents were called to a meeting with police and school officials to try and curb fears. Police increased patrols outside Digital Harbor High School after tensions between students boil over. “There were some problems between students, and that’s what started everything,” said...
  • Ruppersberger Call Taliban Prisoner Exchange "A Dangerous Precedent"

    06/04/2014 6:34:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Baltimore City And Press ^ | June 4, 2014 | WJZ 13
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An American soldier is released in a prisoner exchange with the Taliban. The U.S. government is under fire for how they got his freedom.
  • Baltimore police dispatch officers to head off racial tensions at schools (Hisp. stay home in fear)

    06/03/2014 2:13:32 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 31 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 6-2-14 | Justin George
    Baltimore police plan to deploy officers around city schools until the school year ends to ensure student safety amid recent racial tensions, while school officials joined civil rights leaders to urge students of different races to peacefully resolve differences. The actions followed recent threats and violent attacks on Latino students as well as the Memorial Day robbery and murder of a 15-year-old Mexican student who had dropped out of high school to help his family. ...assaults on two Hispanic high school students last week heightened fears that Latino youths were being targeted. They said only seven out of more than...
  • Catholic Worker House steps up to help Spanish-speaking teen killed outside its doors

    06/02/2014 1:17:00 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 9 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 6/2/14 | Maria Wiering
    A memorial of candles, daisies and a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe clustered around a black-and-white photo of 16-year-old Oscar Torres, who was shot and killed on the spot May 26. Days later, his blood still stained the ground. The memorial was steps away from Viva House, a Catholic Worker House and soup kitchen. Its founders, Brendan Walsh and Willa Bickham, didn’t know Torres or his family, but have reached out to his parents and brother who live nearby. Viva House also made a donation to his parents to help them transport his body to his native Mexico, where...
  • Police: Driver mows down victims after argument in Baltimore

    05/29/2014 6:10:52 AM PDT · by csvset · 186 replies
    WBAL ^ | May 29, 2014 | Saliqa Khan
    BALTIMORE —Authorities have made an arrest in connection with a hit-and-run in west Baltimore on Tuesday that killed a woman and a toddler and injured a 7-year-old girl. Baltimore police said late Wednesday night that they arrested 28-year-old Lucresha Mints in connection with the case. Detectives said the intentional hit-and-run happened at Franklin and Monroe streets just after 9 p.m. Tuesday following an argument between Mints and 25-year-old Latoya Skipwith. Police said the fight got so heated that Mints got into her car, aimed it at Skipwith and floored it, driving down the sidewalk and striking Skipwith, 2-year-old Joshua Carter...
  • Steny Hoyer: Republicans are politicizing the Veterans Affairs scandal (Worried about bureaucrats!)

    05/28/2014 5:12:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2014 | Sean Lengell
    The House's No. 2 Democrat accused Republicans of exploiting the scandal that has enveloped the Veterans Affairs Department for political gain and said he is worried that civil servants could be swept up unfairly in a witch hunt. "I don't think there's any doubt about it … that is essentially the tactic that Republicans are trying to employ," Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland told reporters Wednesday. "In some cases there are huge fishing expeditions which are going on for millions of documents that goes beyond the realm of oversight and politicizes the issue very greatly." The Republican National Committee...
  • Supreme Court agrees to hear Md. tax case

    05/27/2014 9:12:53 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 5 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 05/27/2014 | Ian Duncan
    With $50 million a year in county revenues on the line, the U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will hear a challenge to a Maryland court's ruling that some taxes on out-of-state income are collected in violation of the Constitution. The Maryland Attorney General's office asked the Supreme Court to weigh in, arguing the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling would make state's tax system unfair. "The Court of Appeals has mandated a new tax system under which certain Maryland residents … can obtain all the benefits granted to other Maryland residents, without having to pay their full share of...
  • 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. …
  • ‘Rolling Thunder’ Rumbles Through Washington D.C. in Honor of Nation’s Veterans (Video)

    05/26/2014 9:10:17 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 42 replies
    Thousands of bikers roared through the nation’s capitol on Sunday for a “Ride for Freedom.” The Rolling Thunder displayed American flags in a display of respect for those veterans who lost their lives in the nation’s wars. The Rolling Thunder will take part in the annual National Memorial Day Parade today. God bless you all! WATCH:
  • Redskins president Allen to U.S. Senate: Our Team name 'has always been respectful'

    05/25/2014 6:12:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 05/24/2014 | By Eric Edholm
    There is a groundswell of pressure to change the Washington Redskins' team name, which some argue is offensive, a movement that gained some steam with a letter signed by 50 U.S. senators calling for action. The letter referred to the Redskins' name as being an example of "racism" and "bigotry" and managed to make a connection to the NBA fiasco with outgoing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. This prompted a reaction from the Redskins. Team president Bruce Allen countered swiftly with a response to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid in a letter of his own. The theme of Allen's...
  • Mikulski Addresses $4B Budget Gap With Gimmicks

    05/22/2014 12:00:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 22, 2014 | By ANDREW TAYLOR, AP
    The Democratic chairwoman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee moved aggressively Thursday to use gimmicks to fill in an unexpected $4 billion gap in the budget. Mikulski's maneuver came after congressional scorekeepers surprised lawmakers by predicting that the Federal Housing Administration will produce $4 billion less in revenues from the mortgages it insures than the administration believes. Sen. Richard Shelby said Mikulski's maneuvering amounted to an end run around a December budget pact between Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan, R-Wis. that replaced some automatic cuts to agency operating budgets with new fees...
  • 1,700 people on waiting list for new affordable senior housing shows the need for more

    05/20/2014 10:11:31 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 16 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | Maria Wiering
    Naomi Phillips, 85, sat in the shade outside Village Crossroads II watching the community’s formal dedication May 19. She moved to the new Catholic Charities affordable senior housing community in March after living most of her adult life in Latrobe Homes, subsidized city housing in East Baltimore. Village Crossroads, she said, is “real nice” and reminds her of her childhood home in North Carolina. “I love it because I was born in the country,” she said. “There’s nice country air and peace and quiet.” The 180-unit community includes two buildings, Village Crossroads I and II, near the intersection of Belair...