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  • 39 Days of Prayer to go

    09/27/2012 9:11:14 AM PDT · by conservativesister · 16 replies
    Ok folks, it's time to ask for divine help. We need to pray daily for the next 39 days about the outcome of this election, for the sake of America, Americans and for the sake of the world. In MARYLAND we are also asking for the overturn of the Same Sex Marriage Law. Please add what your state needs are, so we can pray for your needs, and keep this going until the election.
  • Firing upheld of Montgomery teacher who touched boys

    09/27/2012 7:42:54 AM PDT · by Sopater · 16 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 26, 2012 | Lisa Gartner
    The firing of a Montgomery County elementary school teacher for behaving inappropriately with male students was upheld Tuesday by the Maryland school board, which questioned why the teacher was not fired sooner. Daniel Picca was terminated from Silver Spring's Kemp Mill Elementary School in 2010, 17 years after an initial complaint at Rachel Carson Elementary School and 12 years after the county's child protective services found him responsible for child abuse. He received at least seven written warnings over the 17 years from three principals and two superintendents. When former Superintendent Jerry Weast transferred Picca from Rockville's Luxmanor Elementary School...
  • Ahmadinejad’s Plane Made in America and Parked at Andrews AFB

    09/26/2012 1:12:27 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies
    Ahmadinejad’s Plane Made in America and Parked at Andrews AFB Here’s something you don’t see every day. At Joint Base Andrews this morning, reporters traveling to Ohio with President Obama spotted what is in all likelihood Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad’s airplane sitting on the tarmac: an American-made Boeing 747. The Iran Air jet was parked next to the Russian government airplane and several others that appeared to be from foreign governments. Andrews becomes a parking lot for the planes during the annual UN General Assembly since there is not enough space at JFK and other NYC area airports. It’s not...
  • Humanists Call For Removal of 40-Ft. Cross-Shaped Soldier’s Memorial

    09/21/2012 1:19:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 20, 2012 | Jon Street
    A veteran’s memorial in the form of a “peace cross” in Bladensburg, Md., has come under criticism by the American Humanist Association, which has said the memorial is a “religious symbol” on public land and that the government “should not be in the business of promoting religion.” “This cross amounts to an unconstitutional government endorsement of Christianity on public land. It is an exclusively Christian symbol that does not represent the sacrifice of non-Christian soldiers. Its prominent presence on public land leaves any observer with the notion that Christianity is exclusively favored and promoted by the government, said Bill Burgess,...
  • Republicans take swipe at O'Malley in new ad (against NC Dem gov candidate)

    09/21/2012 10:01:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/20/2012 | Hayley Peterson
    The Republican Governors Association is trying to turn Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's record on raising taxes into a political albatross for North Carolina Democrat and gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton. The RGA, which is headed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, released a Web video linking the two Democrats' records on taxes Thursday while O'Malley was in North Carolina campaigning with Dalton. "No one is better qualified to amplify Walter Dalton's legacy of tax increases than Gov. O'Malley," said RGA spokesman Mike Schrimpf. "Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is in North Carolina to campaign for Walter Dalton because Dalton supports tax hikes, just...
  • Break the Jam: Leaders Urge Study Of Fast Lanes Over Legion Bridge

    09/19/2012 10:35:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Germantown Patch ^ | September 18, 2012 | Erin Donaghue
    State transportation officials should study dedicated travel lanes for vans, carpools and buses on a congested seven-mile stretch of the Capital Beltway that includes the American Legion Bridge, Montgomery and Fairfax leaders urged Tuesday. HOT lanes for toll payers and high-occupancy vehicles are planned for the Beltway in Virginia from the Springfield Interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road, and set to open later this year. But Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner and Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova pointed out a seven-mile gap in dedicated high-occupancy travel lanes between the northern terminus of the planned...
  • Cracks Being Fixed in 10 Bridges on Intercounty Connector

    09/19/2012 10:25:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Takoma Park Patch ^ | September 18, 2012 | Sebastian Montes
    Engineers for Maryland's most high-tech highway are nearly half way to mending hairline fractures found in 10 of the bridges that carry the Intercounty Connector between Gaithersburg and Laurel. Repair work has wrapped up on four of those bridges and is set to start this week on three more. But who’s to blame for cracks at two other bridges remains at question. The contractor who designed those bridges is disputing the state’s assessment that the cracks are the contractor's fault. The ICC’s western third opened in February 2011 amid a flurry of both fanfare and skepticism. Eight months later, inspectors...
  • Pit bull owners say neighborhood ban won't make them part with dogs

    09/16/2012 9:41:03 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 23 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 9/16/12 | Kevin Rector
    Since Shelly Kizina adopted her pit bull Jada four years ago after finding the dog abused and tied to a tree in North Carolina, the Northeast Baltimore resident and her pet have been practically inseparable, she said. "I brought her here, and she's been like my best friend. She follows me everywhere," Kizina said on her porch in the Armistead Gardens neighborhood Sunday, as family members watched the Ravens game inside and Jada sat by her side. That Armistead Homes Corp., which manages the low-income housing cooperative, has demanded Kizina and other neighborhood residents with pit bulls get rid of...
  • In Prince George’s, cameras to monitor speed cameras. Really.

    09/13/2012 2:43:56 PM PDT · by Woodsman27 · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Michael S. Rosenwald
    "WTOP’S Ari Ashe is reporting that Prince George’s County is mounting cameras to monitor its traffic cameras. This comes following a half dozen incidents of vandalism and general meanness toward the cameras in the county." "A camera was actually shot with a gun. Another was set on fire. Those attacks mark a step up in looniness from a man who allegedly fired glass marbles at a Howard County traffic camera earlier this summer."

    09/11/2012 12:46:51 PM PDT · by 7thson · 14 replies
    I found this on FreeRepublic years ago.
  • After nearly a half-century, Maryland House to close its doors

    09/11/2012 12:01:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 8, 2012 | Candy Thomson
    At one minute past midnight on Sept. 16, a state landmark known by millions of motorists will go dark. Employees will say their goodbyes before the doors and off-ramps are barricaded at Maryland House, the Interstate 95 travel plaza in Harford County that opened in 1963. Within weeks, wrecking crews will level the neo-Georgian brick structure to make way for a new building, the flagship of an ambitious public-private partnership valued at a half-billion dollars. The same night, the smaller Chesapeake House in Cecil County will change as new vendors replace old ones. In a year, it too will come...
  • Democrat Withdraws from 1st District Congressional Race (voted in FL and MD)

    09/11/2012 6:22:02 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 52 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 9/10/12 | Matthew Hay Brown
    Wendy Rosen, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1st Congressional District, withdrew from the race Monday amid allegations that she voted in elections in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008. It was unclear, however, whether she could remove her name from the ballot with the election less than two months away. Under state law, a candidate has until 70 days before an election to remove his or her name from the ballot. The deadline for the Nov. 6 election passed on Aug. 28. Snip Republicans, meanwhile, said the allegations prove that voter fraud is...
  • Towson University Student Proposes To Start A White Student Union On Campus

    09/09/2012 8:35:48 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | Sept. 7, 2012 | Rochelle Ritchie
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)– A controversial proposal from a Towson University student is opening up old wounds. A student organization is planning to start a “White Student Union”. Matthew Heimbach’s reasoning can be found in the college newspaper where he says white students deserve an exclusive club only for them. Inside this week’s Towson University newspaper, Heimbach is seen holding a Confederate flag in front of Martin Luther King Jr.’s church in Montgomery, Ala. He says: “We want to replicate what every student union does on campus.” His solution: Start a White Student Union. “I don’t know why anyone would want...
  • Maryland Democrat quits congressional race amid vote fraud allegations

    09/10/2012 2:28:01 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2012
    A Maryland Democratic candidate quit her congressional race Monday after her own party told state officials that she had committed fraud by voting in both Maryland and Florida in recent elections. Wendy Rosen, a small-business owner running against freshman Rep. Andy Harris (R) in the Eastern Shore-based 1st Congressional District, released a statement saying that “with great regret, and much sorrow” she was resigning from the contest. “Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make,” Rosen said Rosen’s announcement came the same day the state Democratic party released a letter to state Attorney General...
  • Towson University Student Proposes To Start A White Student Union On Campus

    09/09/2012 8:36:43 PM PDT · by massmike · 6 replies
    A controversial proposal from a Towson University student is opening up old wounds. A student organization is planning to start a “White Student Union”. Matthew Heimbach’s reasoning can be found in the college newspaper where he says white students deserve an exclusive club only for them. “I don’t know why anyone would want to start that. It doesn’t really make sense,” Kelsey Ports, a junior at Towson University, said. In the article, Heimbach says there is a black student union that promotes their heroes and he wants to do the same. This isn’t Heimbach’s first attempt to start a controversial...
  • Poll to Freep

    1/2 of way down, on right. Did President Obama's Democratic National Convention speech make a convincing case that he should be re-elected? Yes No Not sure
  • Ken Timmerman asks: Why does Van Hollen Refuse to Support Israel?

    09/07/2012 6:03:34 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies
    Timmerman for Congress ^ | Sept 7, 2012 | Ken Timmerman
    Kensington, MD- September 7, 2012 – Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Jr. has refused to join a bi-partisan letter to the Israeli ambassador in Washington, aimed at reaffirming strong bi-partisan support for Israel in the wake of the confusion generated by the conflicting statements at the Democratic National Convention. Republican candidate Ken Timmerman released the following statement on Mr. Van Hollen’s refusal.“As the Republican candidate for Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District, I am saddened and concerned that my opponent, Democrat Chris Van Hollen, Jr., has not joined me in reaffirming the U.S.-Israel security relationship.“In a letter sent Wednesday (September 5) to Mr....
  • Maryland Author To Run For Senate

    09/04/2012 10:09:05 AM PDT · by Abby4116 · 15 replies
    WBAL ^ | Tuesday, September 04, 2012 | Candice Cole
    Rob Sobhani will announce his candidacy for the Maryland seat in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday afternoon at the Waterfront Marriott in Baltimore.
  • Republicans Are Pouncing On A Startling Admission From The Governor Of Maryland

    09/02/2012 5:31:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/02/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said Sunday that Americans are not better off under President Obama than they were four years ago, a somewhat startling admission that Republicans and Mitt Romney immediately pounced on. On CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday morning, host Bob Schieffer asked O'Malley if he can "honestly say that people are better off today than they were four years ago." "No," O'Malley said, "but that's not the question of this election." "The question," he continued, "without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses, the...
  • Maryland governor flip-flops on ‘better off’ question … in 24 hours

    09/03/2012 7:35:09 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    What a difference a day makes … twenty-four little hours … Why, just yesterday all was doom and gloom for Maryland’s Democratic governor, Martin O’Malley, who admitted to Bob Schieffer yesterday that he couldn’t say that people are better off now than four years ago, although he rushed to add, “but that’s not the question for this election”: One day later — and presumably, one Cory Booker-esque call from Team Obama — suddenly the world looks a lot rosier to Governor O’Malley: A day after saying, no, the country was not better off than it was four years ago, Maryland...
  • Barack Obama's bodyguards sent home from Colombia summit amid prostitution [drinking] allegations

    04/14/2012 3:27:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | April 14, 2012
    Reports suggested that the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena, site of the Summit of the Americas. A Secret Service spokesman did not dispute that. A US official said 12 officials were sent home. The agents were staying at Cartagena's Hotel Caribe, which is also hosting members of the White House staff and press corps during the summit A hotel employee said the agents arrived at the beachfront hotel about a week ago, and claimed they were drinking heavily during their stay. The employee said the agents left the hotel Thursday, a day before Obama and other regional leaders arrived for...
  • Inside the Secret Service's hooker hot spot: Agents assigned to protect Obama

    04/16/2012 5:08:11 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/16/12 | Edgar Sandoval In Cartagena, Colombia , Alison Gendar In Washington AND Bill Hutchinson Read more:
    In the dingy Colombian love club where locals say President Obama’s Secret Service agents picked up a harem of hookers, scantily clad women do dirty dances and brazenly sell their bodies. -snip- It was in this one-story, windowless, brick building with a cheesy neon sign on top that 11 Secret Service agents assigned to protect the President ended up embarrassing their country all for a little fun and flesh, local sources told the Daily News.
  • Obama's bodyguard to run for the Republicans

    06/10/2011 8:13:20 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 62 replies
    Edmonton Journal ^ | June 9, 2011 | Alex Spillius
    A former Secret Service agent prepared to put his life on the line to protect Barack Obama has quit to stand as a Republican against the U.S. president's Democratic Party. Daniel Bongino has caused eyebrows to be raised in the famously private and apolitical agency with his bid to represent Maryland in the Senate. After spending 12 years protecting presidents, candidates, and world leaders, including George W Bush, he shadowed Mr Obama for nearly two years and was frequently by his side as the president met the public. He was also the lead agent co-ordinating Mr Obama's trips to Prague,...
  • Senate 2012 Outlook (Prospect for GOP gains is solid. But Republican control looks less likely)

    04/02/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    A Republican-controlled Senate in 2012 looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago, but the prospect for GOP gains is still quite solid. Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs this cycle, seven are occupied by Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents who are not seeking reelection, three are occupied by Republicans who are not seeking reelection, 16 are occupied by Democrats seeking reelection, and seven are occupied by Republicans seeking reelection. This is the class of senators last elected in 2006, a midterm election that almost could not have gone worse for the GOP. A few recent developments...
  • Secret Service Scandal Rocks Obama Trip

    04/13/2012 8:04:16 PM PDT · by kristinn · 98 replies
    Politico ^ | Friday, April 13, 2012 | Donovan Slack
    Up to a dozen Secret Service agents in Colombia for President Barack Obama’s trip there have been relieved of their duties amid allegations of misconduct. The Secret Service did not detail the accusations but said they did not affect security for the president, who landed in the country Friday for a weekend at the Summit of the Americas. The Associated Press reported that the allegations involved prostitutes. The actions happened before the president’s arrival on Friday, the AP reported, citing unnamed sources. “There have been allegations of misconduct made against Secret Service personnel in Cartagena, Colombia prior to the President’s...
  • Secret Service Misconduct Is Alleged (Will suspended agents squeal on Reggie Love weekends?)

    04/14/2012 3:52:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/14/12 | LAURA MECKLER
    CARTAGENA, Colombia—The Secret Service is investigating allegations that one or more agents on President Barack Obama's security detail to Colombia were involved with prostitution, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. An unspecified number of agents have been sent home and are being replaced by other Secret Service personnel, the agency said in a statement.
  • O’Malley Does an About-Face: Yes, We are Better Off (Not really)

    09/03/2012 5:50:11 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    A day after saying, no, the country was not better off than it was four years ago, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley reversed course on Monday and said, yes, indeed it was. “We are clearly better of as a country because we’re now creating jobs rathare than losing them,” O’Malley, a Democrat, said on CNN’s Starting Point. “But we have not recovered all that we lost in the Bush recession. That’s why we need to continue to move forward.”
  • An Economic Border War Right Under Washington's Nose (Maryland vs Virginia)

    08/28/2012 7:51:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/27/2012 | Stephen Moore
    What's the fiercest rivalry in American politics today? There's Obama-Romney, of course, but try O'Malley-McDonnell—neighboring governors battling across the Potomac River over how best to resuscitate a moribund economy. Martin O'Malley, Maryland's liberal Democratic governor, is competing for jobs, businesses and tax dollars with Bob McDonnell, Virginia's conservative Republican chief executive. Both are rising stars considered potential presidential hopefuls in 2016. Both are Irish Catholics—Mr. McDonnell playfully calls Mr. O'Malley "the big Irishman to our north"—and each leads his party's association of governors. The two regularly spar on the Sunday talk shows, on the pages of Washington-area newspapers, and over...
  • Student shot at Md. high school; suspect held

    08/27/2012 6:01:04 PM PDT · by TheZMan · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/27/2012 | ALEX DOMINGUEZ
    PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — A 15-year-old student opened fire on the first day of classes Monday at a Baltimore County high school, getting off two shots and wounding a classmate before being rushed by teachers, authorities said. Investigators do not believe the victim, a 17-year-old male, was targeted by the shooter, a 15-year-old who is also a student at Perry Hall High School, Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said. The 15-year-old boy was taken into custody after the shooting and was cooperating with investigators, police said. Police took the weapon, although they did not say what kind of...
  • 850 sign petition to remove Chick-fil-A from University of Maryland

    08/27/2012 12:44:48 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 67 replies
    College Park Patch ^ | Aug 27 2012 | John Davisson
    Students are seeking to have the chain removed from the university's College Park campus. Some 850 people have signed onto a petition seeking to bar Chick-Fil-A from the University of Maryland's College Park campus, the Washington Blade reports.
  • Maryland Man Sues Firing Range for 'Reverse Sexism'

    08/26/2012 5:11:53 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 65 replies ^ | 24 Aug 2012 | Abby Ellin
    One Monday last October, Derrick Hunter decided to go shooting at the Maryland Small Arms Range in Upper Marlboro, his local firing range. He paid the $15 entry fee, and went inside. And that's when the metaphorical bullets started to fly. According to Hunter, 34, a special police officer, two women walked in behind him. Since it was "Ladies' Day," a longtime staple at the club, a manager told them they didn't have to pay. Hunter heard the exchange, and asked if he could use the range for free too. "He said, 'It's Ladies' Day and you don't meet that...
  • City school credit, procurement cards show culture of spending

    08/26/2012 2:28:08 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | August 25, 2012 | Erica L. Green
    Nearly $500,000 in charges include expensive dinners, extensive travel, and student lunch at Hooter'sDespite tightening school budgets and a perpetual rallying cry for more funding, Baltimore school administrators spent roughly $500,000 during the past year and a half on expenses such as a $7,300 office retreat at a downtown hotel, $300-per-night stays at hotels, and a $1,000 dinner at an exclusive members-only club, credit card statements show. City school officials defend the majority of the credit card expenditures — outlined in statements and receipts obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request — as "the cost...
  • Drivers ask: Where's the ICC bill?

    08/25/2012 6:33:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    WTOP ^ | August 24, 2012 | Adam Tuss
    WASHINGTON - If you drive on the InterCounty Connector in Maryland without an E- ZPass, you are supposed to be sent a bill in the mail for the toll. But some may be asking, "Where is my bill?" Several drivers tell WTOP they are surprised at how long it takes to actually receive a notification in the mail from the all-electronic toll road. ICC leaders are aware of the issue. "For a Maryland license plate, it can take more than three weeks to receive the notice. For an out of state plate, it can take longer," writes Maryland Transportation Authority...
  • Teen Googles his way to new cancer testing method

    08/25/2012 6:17:52 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 21 replies
    CBC News ^ | August 24, 2012 | Lauren O'Neil
    Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka took home top science fair honours this year for the development of a cancer-testing method found to be 168 times faster, 26,000 times cheaper and 400 times more sensitive than the current gold-medal standard. His work was impressive enough to earn the Maryland high school student a total of $100,500 in grants and prizes at the 2012 Intel Science Fair. Even more impressive is the source he credits for much of his success: Google. "I definitely could not have done this research and project without the use of the internet", Andraka told BBC News in an interview...
  • Seeking Brooklyn’s Lost Mass Grave

    08/25/2012 7:23:53 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 25, 2012 | JUSTIN BURKE
    CONFIDENT Bob Furman suspects that up to 256 Revolutionary soldiers lie under this lot in Gowanus.Dave Sanders for The New York Times NOTHING is visible at the intersection of Third Avenue and Eighth Street in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn to indicate that anything extraordinary is there. The artisanal-pie place on one corner and the auto body shops across the way suggest it is merely another spot in the city where grit is giving way to gentrification. But if a small group of history enthusiasts are right, this particular corner of Kings County is hallowed ground. HEROIC Kim Maier,...
  • Local governments keep growing in Maryland

    08/25/2012 3:09:47 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 23, 2012 | Liz Farmer
    Local governments in Maryland are growing thanks to higher taxes banking their payrolls, a trend that bucks the rest of the nation and stands starkly in contrast with downsizing in Virginia, new U.S. census survey data show. The number of people on local government payrolls in Maryland grew by nearly 3 percent -- or about 6,000 people -- to 220,314 during the year that ended in March 2012, the data released Thursday show . . The two states took vastly different approaches to closing budget gaps this year, with the Old Dominion relying almost entirely on spending cuts and Maryland...
  • NSA Whistleblower Details How The NSA Has Spied On All US Citizens Since 9/11

    08/24/2012 10:02:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 183 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 24, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney explains how the secretive agency run its pervasive domestic spying apparatus... Binney—one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history—worked for the Defense Department's foreign signals intelligence agency for 32 years before resigning in late 2001 because he "could not stay after the NSA began purposefully violating the Constitution." In a short video called "The Program," Binney explains how the agency took part of one of the programs he built and started using it to spy on virtually every U.S. citizen without warrants under the code-name Stellar Wind.
  • Girl’s violent death stuns P.G. neighbors

    08/24/2012 9:07:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 79 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 23, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A 17-year-old Prince George’s County honor student who aspired to attend Harvard University was killed in her bedroom after a gunman burst into her house, police said Thursday — a crime considered unthinkable to residents who remembered the girl for her ambition and intellect. The shooting occurred at about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday inside a split-level home on a quiet street of single-family houses in the Kettering neighborhood. Detectives are investigating a report that the gunman came through the front door, made his way into the house in the 100 block of Chartsey Street and shot Amber Deanna Stanley. Other family...
  • Aquille Carr Arrest: Top High School Basketball Recruit Arrested For Assault

    08/23/2012 5:30:50 AM PDT · by kevcol · 27 replies
    The Inqisitr ^ | August 20, 2012 | Michael Soze
    Aquille Carr, a star high school basketball player who has verbally committed to playing at Seton Hall, was arrested in Baltimore Friday for allegedly assaulting the mother of his child. . .According to the Baltimore Sun, the assault occurred after the victim, 26-year-old Treshonda Williams, informed Carr, 18, that she no longer wished to be in a relationship with him. . . Carr grabbed her by her shirt and threw her to the ground. He then is accused of kicking her in the back, and punching her in the head and face before fleeing in his vehicle, according to...
  • CSX freight train derails in Ellicott City; 2 killed

    08/22/2012 8:36:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2012 | Alex Dominguez (AP)
    ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A train hauling coal derailed on a bridge in this city’s historic district, killing two college students who had been drinking together and hanging out on the tracks. Nearly two dozen railroad cars flipped over, including some that fell onto vehicles in a parking lot below the bridge, officials said. The students, both 19-year-old women, posted photos and comments from what appeared to be the bridge shortly before the train derailed around midnight Monday, according to Twitter feeds with the same names as the victims.
  • Sarah Palin endorses Bongino for Senate

    08/20/2012 7:05:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 20, 2012 | Matthew Hay Brown
    Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has made another foray into Maryland politics, endorsing GOP candidate Dan Bongino in what she calls his "uphill battle" for the Senate, his campaign announced Monday. In 2010, the former Alaska governor backed Republican Brian Murphy in his unsuccessful GOP primary bid against former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Bongino, a retired Secret Service agent, is challenging first-term Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin. "Dan has seen what politicians have done to our country, and he's decided, 'If I'm not part of the solution, I'm part of the problem,'" Palin said in a statement released...
  • Survivalist congressman is ready for doomsday

    08/20/2012 4:19:49 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    Deep in the West Virginia woods, in a small cabin powered by the sun and the wind, a bespectacled, white-haired man is giving a video tour of his basement, describing techniques for the long-term preservation of food in case of “an emergency.” “We don’t really think of those today, because it’s so convenient to go to the supermarket,” he cautions. “But you know, you’re planning because the supermarket may not always be there.” The electrical grid could fail tomorrow, he frequently warns. Food would disappear from the shelves. Water would no longer flow from the pipes. Money might become worthless....
  • Md. court rejects lawsuit challenging redistricting referendum

    08/19/2012 5:41:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2012 | David Hill
    Maryland’s highest court rejected an appeal Friday by state Democrats who were hoping to block a referendum on the state’s new congressional map. The Maryland Court of Appeals filed an order upholding the state Board of Elections‘ decision to hold a November referendum on the map after it received signatures from more than 59,000 registered voters hoping to get it put on the ballot. The Maryland Democratic Party sued the board this summer, alleging that it erroneously validated thousands of signatures that were collected using the website Read more: Md. court rejects lawsuit challenging redistricting referendum - Washington Times
  • Police: Man demands money, sets taxicab on fire, dies

    08/19/2012 10:25:20 AM PDT · by null and void · 30 replies
    WJLA ^ | August 18, 2012 - 04:30 pm | Richard Reeve
    Police say a passenger set a taxicab on fire during a robbery attempt and died in the blaze. On a small section of Northview Drive in Bowie, blackened and charred car parts are scattered about. The road is slightly buckled; there are orange markings everywhere. The remains of a failed attempted taxicab robbery that ended in flames. "I thought he was a robber, but immediately, I got it out of his control," said the 63-year old cab driver, who spoke with ABC7 News on the condition his name not be used. Bowie Police say around 4:50 Friday afternoon, a detective...
  • Maryland gambling expansion passes General Assembly

    08/17/2012 7:47:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 14, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The General Assembly passed legislation Tuesday night to expand gambling in the state, setting up a November referendum that will determine the proposal’s ultimate fate. After six hours of passionate debate, the House voted 71-58 in favor of the bill, which would allow table games at the state’s slots casinos and at a sixth gambling facility to be built in Prince George’s County if voted into law. The Senate approved the House amendments to the bill shortly after midnight, finalizing the legislation and wrapping up a four-day special session. Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, is expected to sign...
  • VP Candidate Paul Ryan in Springfield, VA TODAY at 1:15 PM with AG Ken Cuccinelli

    08/17/2012 5:38:26 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 9 replies
    From Cuccinelli email
    Dear Friends, You and I both agree that now is the most critical election in our history. We simply can't afford to continue President Obama's policies of unchecked spending and borrowing against our children's future. That's why I hope you'll join me tomorrow afternoon for a Victory Rally with Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan. We want a team in the White House which will stand up to big government policies. We want a team which will stand up to the policies that have wrecked this economy and jeopardized our great country. Please RSVP right now to attend the Victory Rally...
  • EPA is pressured to drop ethanol mandate while drought drives corn prices up

    08/17/2012 4:09:44 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 16 August 2012 | Doug McKelway
    With record drought destroying crops across the country, corn prices are skyrocketing, and that is causing a world-wide ripple effect, including on the cost of the corn-derived gasoline additive ethanol. Corn prices are up 60 percent this summer, Christopher Hurt, a Purdue University economic professor, estimates. And now Democratic governors from Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina and Arkansas have joined ranchers, poultry farmers and the United Nations director-general for food and agriculture in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to waive the federal requirement that gasoline contain 10 percent ethanol. "It's universally acknowledged that ethanol is raising the price of food," Kenneth...
  • Cuccinelli files brief in Maryland gun case

    08/13/2012 10:24:58 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | August 12, 2012 | Jim Nolan
    Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli — hoping to be elected governor of Virginia in 2013 — has filed a brief in a Maryland gun case that is bound to hit the target with firearms enthusiasts in Virginia. Cuccinelli's office last week filed a "friend of the court" brief on behalf of Virginia and 13 other states in support of a federal district court ruling that struck down a Maryland law. It grants handgun carry permits only to people who can prove a "good and substantial reason" that they face a specific or imminent threat to their personal safety beyond that of...
  • Md. Senate approves gambling, pit bull bills

    08/12/2012 8:44:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The Senate voted Friday to approve a gambling expansion bill, sending the legislation to the House where floor debate is expected to begin Monday. The Senate voted 28-14 in favor of the bill, which would legalize table games at the state’s slots casinos and allow a new casino to be built in Prince George’s County, pending approval in a November referendum.
  • Maryland senator calls for gun training and off-limits locations

    08/12/2012 12:56:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 9, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Responding to a court decision that could scrap the state law requiring concealed-carry permit applicants to provide "good and substantial reason" for needing firearms, a Baltimore lawmaker wants to require handgun owners to complete a training course. Sen. William C. Ferguson IV, a Democrat, introduced a bill Thursday that would require the training and prohibit permit holders from carrying guns in places like churches, bars and movie theaters. He said the bill is aimed at ensuring permit holders are responsible arms owners. An April U.S. District Court ruling could increase availability of state gun permits by removing the...