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Jacques Kelly: At former A. Hoen & Co. lithography plant, 'audacious' hope for East Baltimore

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:00:00 PDT

A bold project is kicking off next week in the heart of an old and battered East Baltimore neighborhood.

Transformation of the long abandoned A. Hoen and Sons lithography plant, at Biddle and Chester streets, has been an elusive goal, but now a number of players have come together to tackle and...

Former Baltimore city schools CEO Andres Alonso a candidate for L.A. superintendent job

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:26:00 PDT

Former Baltimore City schools CEO Andres Alonso is in the running to become the next superintendent of Los Angeles schools — the nation’s second-largest school system.

Los Angeles’ Board of Education has been deliberating over the choice of three main main candidates — Alonso, former investment...

Broadneck High removes bathroom doors to discourage vaping, smoking and 'juuling'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:25:00 PDT

Officials at Broadneck High School removed the doors to about half of the bathrooms this week to discourage increasing numbers of students smoking, vaping or “juuling” inside.

Bob Mosier, county schools spokesman, said Principal Jim Todd decided to remove the doors Tuesday in bathrooms where stalls...

Hogan calls for do-over on highway contract after ethics flap

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:10:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan has directed his transportation chief to scrap a contract to launch a massive state highway project and restart the bidding process after an ethical concern arose in the initial effort.

The $68.5 million contract would have paid a consortium of companies to oversee Hogan’s $7.6...

Howard executive's budget plan holds tax rate, meets a school budget request

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:00:00 PDT

Howard County school system’s record request for county funding has been trimmed by $51 million in a budget proposed Friday by the county executive.

County Executive Allan Kittleman unveiled a $1.6 billion fiscal 2019 operating budget that is 1.9 percent larger than this year’s and the biggest...

Marilyn Mosby campaign adviser steps down to focus on charges filed against him in Baltimore

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:15:00 PDT

A top campaign adviser to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby resigned Friday to focus on addressing charges alleging he harassed and assaulted two women he had dated.

Mosby’s office assigned an outside attorney — Steven Kroll, coordinator of the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association — to...

Judge keeps convicted former state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks' name on ballot

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:05:00 PDT

An Anne Arundel County judge rejected an attempt by a group of Baltimore voters to remove the name of former state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks from the ballot after the Democrat pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges, the attorney general’s office and lawyers for the voters said Friday.

Oaks faces...

Pregnant Baltimore County teacher carjacked outside school, police say

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:30:00 PDT

A pregnant Baltimore County teacher was carjacked outside of a Parkville elementary school Friday, police said.

Baltimore County police said four teenage girls came to Villa Cresta Elementary School under the guise of enrolling a child, and when they left they approached a teacher walking to her...

Man fatally shot Friday morning, Baltimore police say

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:25:00 PDT

A man was fatally shot Friday morning in the Madison Park neighborhood, Baltimore Police said, continuing a recent spate of violence in the city.

Officers responded to a call about 10:30 a.m. to the 1500 block of Madison Ave., where they found a 34-year-old male who had been shot, police said.


Baltimore mayor signs bans on foam food containers and offering sugary drinks on kids' menus

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:00:00 PDT

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh signed a pair of bills at a City Hall ceremony Thursday imposing new rules on how food and drink gets sold.

One bill bans the use of foam food and drink containers in the city and the other stops restaurants from offering sodas and other sugary drinks as part of children’s...

After 'discriminatory' University of Maryland handbook goes viral, university removes text

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:55:00 PDT

In the wake of online criticism that called a teaching-assistant handbook “discriminatory,” the University of Maryland’s computer science department has removed text that offered different guidance for men and women.

The university dropped the offending handbook from its website, and the department...

Looney's Pub coming to Perry Hall

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:35:00 PDT

Looney’s Pub will soon add another bar and restaurant in Perry Hall.

The Irish Pub, which is taking over the former Harp Restaurant, Sports Bar & Catering location, is expected to open in late summer, co-owner Bill Larney announced in a Facebook post Friday.

Looney’s will take over the Harp space...

Baltimore County officials fear that Dallas Dance's conviction has hurt public trust in schools

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:05:00 PDT

Trust is a tricky commodity to measure. But education observers say public trust in school district officials is essential for success — especially given the stakes involved in providing for the daily education and safety of tens of thousands of students.

The conviction of former superintendent...

Some Maryland students walk out to protest gun violence on Columbine anniversary

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Hannah Siegert recently mapped out escape routes from each of her classes. She wanted to be prepared should a gunman ever decide to unleash terror on her Baltimore County school.

That she felt compelled to think about that was one of many reasons the 18-year-old Patapsco High School student participated...

Maryland chooses dozens of struggling neighborhoods statewide for new federal 'Opportunity Zone' tax breaks

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:15:00 PDT

Maryland officials have selected dozens of struggling neighborhoods around the state for new federal tax breaks designed to spur investment.

Under last year’s federal tax overhaul, investors can put money into housing and business projects in designated “Opportunity Zones” and pay less tax on any...

Teachers union endorses Ball for Howard county executive

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:00:00 PDT

The Howard County Education Association, the union that represents more than 5,000 educators in the county’s public schools, has endorsed Democrat Calvin Ball in the 2018 race for county executive.

Ball, a member of the County Council, is running against Democrat Harry Dunbar in the June 26 primary...

On 4/20, Maryland's Democratic candidates for governor push plans to legalize marijuana

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:00:00 PDT

Maryland Democrat Alec Ross celebrated April 20, the informal national holiday for marijuana aficionados, by releasing a video featuring as many weed puns as he could muster in 30-seconds.

The candidate for governor reached eight before delivering the punchline: “We have a fully baked plan to legalize...

Maryland government officials who have been convicted of crimes

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:37:00 PDT

Maryland has a long history of corrupt government officials. Here's a rundown of the punishment that some received. 

At two Harford high schools, no walkouts Friday morning on Columbine massacre anniversary

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:15:00 PDT

Although there had been some information posted online that some students at Bel Air and Joppatowne high schools would walkout Friday to protest gun violence, nothing out of the ordinary occurred at either school.

At Joppatowne High, all was quiet between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The national protest...

What about Baltimore County schools leader Verletta White's consulting work?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:40:00 PDT

Dallas Dance was superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools. Verletta White has been selected to take over the job permanently after serving as interim superintendent.

For years, both earned outside income that they failed to report to the school system and the public.

But Dance was charged...

Former Baltimore County schools superintendent Dallas Dance sentenced to six months in jail

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:20:00 PDT

Former Baltimore County school superintendent Dallas Dance will be sentenced Friday morning in a Towson courtroom on four counts of perjury.

Six-pump fuel center slated for Weis Markets in Havre de Grace

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Shoppers at the Weis Markets store in Havre de Grace will be able to get gas along with their groceries when a six-pump fuel station opens in the coming months.

Weis Markets, a regional supermarket chain based in Sunbury, Pa., operates 206 stores in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,...

What they're saying about jail sentence of Dallas Dance, former Baltimore County schools superintendent

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:50:00 PDT

Reaction to the sentencing of former Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance.

Sentencing date set for past Baltimore Police sergeant of corrupt Gun Trace Task Force

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:05:00 PDT

A sentencing hearing has been set for next month for Baltimore Police Sgt. Thomas Allers, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy for stealing thousands in cash from people he was investigating while he ran the Gun Trace Task Force.

Court records show Allers’ sentencing will take place May...

In Baltimore, in the flesh, Stormy Daniels

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:05:00 PDT

Late, very. Short, or at least shorter in the way that celebrities always seem in real life.

That was Stormy Daniels, last seen on “60 Minutes,” “The View” and litigation against President Donald Trump stemming from an alleged affair, opening a three-night show at the Fantasies strip club in South...

6 takeaways from Maryland governor's race forum on the environment

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

With less than 10 weeks to go until the June 26 primary election, leading candidates for Maryland governor are hitting the forum circuit hard.

Last night, seven Democrats and one Green Party member were in front of a packed crowd at the Peabody Heights Brewery in Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood,...

Bel Air commissioners honor Saint Margaret student

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Claire Minde, a fifth-grader at Saint Margaret School in Bel Air, received the 2018 Town of Bel Air Student Achievement Award during a town commissioners’ meeting Monday.

“I’d like to tell you a bit about Claire, because you’re an amazing little girl,” Mayor Susan Burdette told the audience as...

Thousands of drug disposal pouches to be distributed to state from APG starting Saturday

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

The Maryland National Guard, Aberdeen Proving Ground, businesses, anti-drug organizations and local agencies are partnering to distribute to communities throughout Maryland 100,000 pouches designed to render unused prescription medication harmless.

Abuse of prescription painkillers, stemming in...

With $45.4 million at stake, what's next after the rubblefill judgment?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Other than its trees being more mature, the former sand and gravel mining pits along the west side of rural Gravel Hill Road north of Havre de Grace haven’t changed much in appearance in 25 years.

A rusting swing gate with a “no trespassing” sign across an unpaved road leading to the interior property...

Meet the former Maryland prosecutor who pursued Sheila Dixon, Linda Tripp — and Dallas Dance

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:00:00 PDT

Veteran public corruption prosecutor Thomas "Mike" McDonough spent three decades convicting government and elected officials of bribery, perjury and other crimes. The former deputy Maryland state prosecutor's swan song was the Dallas Dance conviction.

Fewer Maryland students expected to participate in second school walkout, as other events are planned

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:00:00 PDT

Fewer Maryland students are expected to leave their classrooms Friday morning for the second national school walkout against gun violence.

Bel Air man indicted on manslaughter charges in fatal Cecil crash last summer

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:50:00 PDT

A Bel Air man was arrested last week after being indicted on manslaughter charges in the death of a long-time Perryville volunteer firefighter, who was killed in July as he prepared to tow a vehicle that had been involved in an accident in Cecil County, an assistant state’s attorney in Cecil County...

Judge sets $75,000, $150,000 bail for brothers charged in Towson double homicide

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:40:00 PDT

A judge set bail - $75,000 and $150,000 - for two Baltimore County brothers charged with first-degree murder in a double homicide in Towson last week.

Women from 'The Keepers' discuss experience at Baltimore conference on child sexual abuse prevention

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:30:00 PDT

Three cast members from the Netflx series "The Keepers" appeared at a Johns Hopkins conference focusing on the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Baltimore police chief apologizes for 200 years of policing at Eric B & Rakim show, gets frosty reception

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:30:00 PDT

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa took the stage during the reunion tour for hip hop act Eric B. & Rakim. Videos of the appearance show they didn't get a warm reception.

Antonia Keane, Loyola professor and Pratt trustee, dies

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:45:00 PDT

Mary Antonia “Toni” Keane, a retired Loyola University sociology professor, trustee of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and former chair of the Baltimore Community Relations Commission, died in her sleep Tuesday at her Canton home. She was 77.

Her son, Christopher K. Bowen, said a cause of death was...

One man killed, another critically injured in East Baltimore double shooting, continuing spate of violence

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:25:00 PDT

Larry Weaver heard his uncle was shot and drove his pickup to the scene in East Baltimore.

Before him, police placed orange cones to mark the double shooting in the street. On North Regester Street, police say, a 30-year-old man was fatally shot and a 69-year-old man was critically wounded Thursday...

James I. Brown, contractor who was active in Catholic Charities and the March of Dimes, dies

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:40:00 PDT

A memorial service for James I. Brown, a salesman at the Baltimore Brick Co. who later had his own building firm, will be held Sunday at the Mercy High School.

Mr. Brown died of heart failure Jan. 9 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. He was 92 and had lived in Cedarcroft.

Born in Baltimore and...

'He was a godsend': Baltimore woman mourns loss of son after finding him bleeding in the basement

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:25:00 PDT

Most nights, Cynthia O'Neal would return to her Gilmor Street home in West Baltimore and find her son Ricky Jones waiting up for her, watching television on the couch. But on this night of March 21, O'Neal found her son lying in the basement, shot, unable to speak and blood bubbling from his mouth.

Animal Control seeks owners for dogs recovered from Linthicum home

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:25:00 PDT

Anne Arundel County Animal Control discovered 16 dogs living in unclean conditions during a home investigation in Linthicum on April 13.

Officials opened an investigation last week into the conditions of animals at a Sarah Avenue house after receiving complaints, Anne Arundel Police Department...

Harford students who walk out during latest national protest Friday could face discipline, school system says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:05:00 PDT

The Harford County Public Schools system has not changed its position regarding school walkouts which means students who plan to participate in the walkout scheduled for Friday will face disciplinary action, school system officials said.

Two local walkouts are planned at 10 a.m. on the 19th anniversary...

Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, other House Republicans seek investigation of Hillary Clinton and James Comey

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Rep. Andy Harris said Thursday he joined a group of fellow House Republicans in seeking criminal investigations of Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey because Americans want “full transparency” and need to know whether the Obama Justice Department was influenced by politics instead...

Running the hills for Blossoms of Hope [Mostly Main Street]

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:00:00 PDT

The eighth annual Hills of Milltown 5K is coming up on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13. This popular event’s course covers most of the historic district, so it is fun to sightsee while completing it. It is sponsored by Blossoms of Hope and the Ellicott City Partnership. Register at or arrive...

Democrats push Maryland Gov. Hogan to release correspondence between company and his administration

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:10:00 PDT

The Maryland Democratic Party called on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, his campaign and his administration Thursday to release all correspondence with the transportation company HNTB Corp., whose proposed contract with the state has come under ethics scrutiny this week.

The move escalates an election-year...

Plans to open halal 'fresh meat' butcher shop near Aberdeen under review

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:00 PDT

A Philadelphia-based father and son are seeking Harford County approval to expand their halal “fresh meat” operation with a proposed facility off Route 40 near Aberdeen, where they would sell the meat of livestock butchered onsite.

A 7,425-square-foot market, with space for retail as well as an...

Baltimore police chief to panel reviewing investigation of Suiter's death: 'Go where the evidence leads you'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:25:00 PDT

Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa on Thursday told the panel created to review the investigation of Det. Sean Suiter’s killing to “go where the evidence leads you,” before the group was scheduled to spend hours discussing the unsolved case in private.

“We are not going to reinvestigate...

Summer math program is latest initiative to help improve academic achievement

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:00:00 PDT

A summer math tutoring program will be tested at Oakland Mills Middle School in July as part of Howard County’s “Achieve 24/7” educational initiative to help narrow academic achievement gaps.

“We want to make sure young people have the opportunity to make more of themselves,” County Executive Allan...

Trash containers in Havre de Grace can accommodate up to 50 pounds

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:00:00 PDT

The City of Havre de Grace has more clearly defined for residents what trash containers are acceptable to be used curbside.

The ordinance on refuse disposal was one of three adopted unanimously by the City Council at its meeting Monday night.

Also approved was an ordinance to prevent boaters from...

Three men killed in shootings Wednesday, Baltimore police say

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:35:00 PDT

Three men were killed in Baltimore on Wednesday, Baltimore police said, continuing a spate of violence from over the weekend.

A 32-year-old man was shot in the chest at about 1:50 p.m. in the 1000 block of W. Lombard St. in the Hollins Market neighborhood, police said. He was taken to an area hospital...

Substitute charged with sexual abuse taught at 70 Howard County public schools

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:05:00 PDT

​​​​​​A substitute teacher who was arrested last month on charges of child sexual abuse in Montgomery County had worked at 70 Howard County public schools — nearly every school in the district — in the last six years, the Howard County school officials said Wednesday night.

Steven Katz, 59, of...

Americans are filling far fewer opioid prescriptions, new data shows

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:00:00 PDT

New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a...

Havre de Grace recognizes three homes for efforts in historic preservation, renovation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:55:00 PDT

Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Awards were presented this week to owners of two homes and one building for their efforts in preserving and restoring their historic buildings.

“The awards are given yearly to recognize the efforts of preservation and restoration in the city or the continued...

Dr. Jules Millman, a retired Owings Mills dentist who collected vintage motorcycles and classic cars

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:55:00 PDT

Dr. Jules Millman, a retired dentist who had a passion for vintage motorcycles and classic cars, died Sunday from pneumonia at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 87.

“He was like a second father to me,” said Susan M. Schulze, a Hampstead resident who had been Dr. Millman’s...

HdG removes four trees in Tydings Park in preparation for laying sod

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:55:00 PDT

As it prepares for one of the final stages of improvements to Tydings Park, the City of Havre de Grace has removed four trees in the park deemed to be unhealthy, the mayor said.

The four trees were removed last week, including a honey locust in the middle of the park, Mayor William T. Martin said...

Man shot in Hampden early Thursday, Baltimore Police say

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:30:00 PDT

A man was shot early Thursday morning in Hampden, Baltimore Police said.

Officers responded about 1:50 a.m. to a reported shooting in the 1300 block of Dellwood Ave., where they found a 34-year-old man who had been shot in the leg. Officers later determined the man was shot in the 1400 block of...

Havre de Grace to celebrate Arbor Day on April 27

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Havre de Grace will celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting at 10 a.m. Friday, April 27, at the Havre de Grace Colored School building, 555 Alliance St.

Organizers plan to plant an Eastern redbud at the former school in honor of Leon Roye (1905-1966), who was the school’s principal from 1930-1953...

A Stormy front is coming: Trump might try to silence Daniels, but she'll bare all in Baltimore

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:00:00 PDT

President Trump might have tried to silence Stormy Daniels from revealing their sexual encounter, but it's business as usual for the porn star and exotic dancer whose current tour brings her to the Fantasies strip club in Baltimore on Thursday through Saturday.

Computer-based tests a challenge for low-income students, some Baltimore teachers say

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:00:00 PDT

When students at Govans Elementary School in North Baltimore took statewide standardized tests last year, principal Linda Taylor said, some struggled with using a mouse to navigate the online assessment. Some didn’t know how to scroll to the appropriate sections. Others grappled with how to highlight...

Camden Yards is among the only ballparks without Wi-Fi. The Orioles are looking to fix that.

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:00:00 PDT

Orioles fans wonder why Camden Yards' lineup doesn't include Wi-Fi when nearly every other Major League Baseball ballpark does.

2 robbed in Southeast Baltimore Tuesday; police looking to ID people of interest

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:20:00 PDT

Police say two people were robbed in Fells Point on Tuesday afternoon, and are seeking the public’s help in identifying persons of interest.

In one incident, a 41-year-old woman stopped to check her smartphone and was robbed and assaulted in the process in Fells Point.

Melanie Miksovsky identified...

Deputies investigate assault involving Kent Island High lacrosse team

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:00:00 PDT

Queen Anne’s County sheriffs deputies are investigating the alleged assault of a student by several other students inside a locker room at Kent Island High School.

In a statement posted on Facebook Tuesday, Sheriff Gary Hofmann said his office and the county State’s Attorney’s Office became aware...

Baltimore to begin fining drivers $90 for blocking traffic at intersections

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:15:00 PDT

Baltimore transportation officials said Wednesday they will soon begin issuing $90 fines to motorists who block intersections, causing traffic backups and creating safety issues.

Baltimore Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau said the agency is launching a “Don’t Block the Box” campaign to...

Night owls might face more health issues and early death compared with early risers

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:00:00 PDT

Bad news, night owls.

Evening types have a 10 percent higher risk of dying than those up and at ’em in the morning, according to a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the United Kingdom’s University of Surrey.

“This is the first study, to our knowledge, that was able to look at mortality risk,”...

Robert W. Black Jr., a Baltimore businessman and US Lacrosse board member, dies

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:15:00 PDT

Robert W. Black Jr., a certified public accountant and Baltimore businessman who was a former board member of US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body, died April 6 at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center of complications from a fall.

The Ruxton resident was 83.

“His name brings...

At county council president's invitation, Harford group talks about human activity's impact on climate change

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:15:00 PDT

The representatives from Harford County Climate Action made it clear — human activity, primarily the burning of fossil fuels, has had a clear and measurable impact on the Earth’s climate over the last century, and those actions have put low-lying areas of Harford County in danger from rising sea...

Former Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance asks for probation instead of jail time

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:10:00 PDT

In a sentencing memorandum, former Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance asks for leniency before his sentencing this Friday.

Verletta White faces numerous challenges as new Baltimore County schools chief

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:30:00 PDT

Baltimore County community members remain deeply divided about the school board's decision to hire Verletta White as the district's permanent superintendent, with some worried that the contentious and unconventional selection process will cast a shadow on her administration moving forward.

Two brothers charged in Towson double homicide, Baltimore County police say

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:15:00 PDT

Two Baltimore County men have been charged with first-degree murder in a double homicide in Towson last week, county police announced Wednesday.

Norwood Thomas Johnson Jr., 29, and Nyghee Nicholas Johnson, 21, both of the unit block of Paula Place in the Rossville area, were arrested Tuesday during...

All-in approach lifts Kai Muniz to Howard County indoor track and field boys Athlete of the Year

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:00:00 PDT

Thinking back to Kai Muniz’s freshman year, Reservoir track and field coach Phil Rogers remembers the young athlete’s ambition. He recalls that desire to succeed. He calls to mind how Muniz came in with natural speed and developed leg strength.

All of these first impressions stayed with Rogers...

Sen. Ben Cardin joins Democrats in opposing Mike Pompeo as Trump's new secretary of state

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:55:00 PDT

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin announced Wednesday that he opposes the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to serve as President Donald Trump’s next secretary of state.

The Maryland Democrat, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, thanked Pompeo for his service in the military, in...

Second annual Josh Hamer baseball game on tap for Friday

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:55:00 PDT

The second annual Josh Hamer Memorial Baseball game will played Friday at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, hosted by the Aberdeen IronBirds.

The game has a 7:05 p.m. start, following a pre-game ceremony at 6:45 p.m.

John Carroll (13-0), Hamer’s former school and Rising Sun (6-1), Hamer’s home town,...

Wawa celebrates Towson store's opening with free coffee through April 29

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:20:00 PDT

There was a flurry of activity as customers filed in and out of a new Wawa when it opened at 8 a.m. Thursday at 1300 E. Joppa Road in Towson, some for the free coffee, some just to check out the completion of the gas station and convenience store they had witnessed being built for the last year,...

Maryland man charged with animal cruelty after SUV found packed with 33 Chihuahuas

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:00:00 PDT

A Maryland man is facing trial on animal cruelty charges after 33 Chihuahuas were found last fall in his SUV.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the dogs were in various states of health. Court records filed in Montgomery County stated that 18 dogs appeared to be starving or malnourished....

Baltimore Police special investigative team has 'shadowed' homicide detectives in Suiter case

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:45:00 PDT

A special team within the Baltimore Police Department designed to investigate cases in which officers use force, discharge their weapons or are injured has “shadowed” homicide detectives from the beginning of their investigation into the fatal shooting of Det. Sean Suiter, the department confirmed...

'Nerd-speak' and thwarting hacks: Top youth cyber-security competition comes to Baltimore

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:10:00 PDT

A Loyola Blakefield student squinted at his laptop screen and scrolled slowly through rows of computer code. One classmate typed deliberately beside him; another clicked between a few open windows. Over the loudspeaker, someone issued a warning: Remember to use your library voices.

“It’s about...

City imposes $464,000 fine for unauthorized demolition of historic West Baltimore building

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:20:00 PDT

Baltimore’s housing department has imposed a $464,000 fine on the owner of a historic building in West Baltimore that city officials say was demolished without government permission.

The former St. Vincent’s Infant Asylum, which had been converted into apartments and was vacant, was torn down in...

Police: Man pulled out gun during Glen Burnie road rage incident

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:20:00 PDT

A Millersville man faces assault and weapons charges after police say he pointed a handgun at a fellow motorist during a road rage incident in Glen Burnie on Sunday.

Anne Arundel County police said a woman told officers at the Eastern District station on Sunday at 5:12 p.m. a man pointed a gun...

Ethics worries delay state contract to oversee part of $7.6 billion Maryland highway expansion plan

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:10:00 PDT

Maryland officials delayed a vote Wednesday on a fast-tracked $68.5 million transportation contract amid questions about the expedited bidding process and ties between the winning bidder and the state’s transportation secretary.

The contract would have paid a consortium of companies to oversee...

State Highway Administration headquarters evacuated for report of suspicious package

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:10:00 PDT

Hundreds of State Highway Administration employees evacuated the agency’s headquarters in Mount Vernon on Wednesday morning for a report of a suspicious package, officials said.

Fire crews responded to the call just before 9:30 a.m. at the building at 707 N. Calvert St., Fire Department spokeswoman...

Maryland governor candidate Madaleno releases tax returns, challenges other candidates to do same

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:40:00 PDT

A majority of Democrats running for governor pledged to release their tax returns this week after state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno challenged them to do so.

Madaleno, a Democratic candidate for governor, this week released six years of tax returns — and called on his primary election rivals and Republican...

Baltimore police: Man found fatally shot in vacant house in Brooklyn

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:10:00 PDT

A man was found fatally shot in a vacant house in Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood on Tuesday night, Baltimore police said.

Police were sent to a vacant house in the 800 block of Herndon Court for a report of a shooting shortly before 9:30 p.m. The man was pronounced dead.

Police did not release...

Baltimore man sentenced to 90 years for firing into crowd, killing 13-year-old boy

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:00:00 PDT

A 27-year-old man from Southwest Baltimore was sentenced last week to 90 years in prison for opening fire on a crowd and mistakenly killing a child in June 2016, prosecutors said.

City prosecutors announced Tuesday the prison sentence of Anthony Clark Jr., whose nickname is “Trouble.” He received...

Man with 3 faces: Frenchman gets 2nd face transplant in a medical first

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:30:00 PDT

In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient — who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany. Dr. Laurent Lantieri of the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris first transplanted a new face onto Jerome Hamon in 2010, when...

Who is Verletta White? What you should know about the next Baltimore County schools superintendent

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:30:00 PDT

The Baltimore County school board voted to make Verletta White the school system’s permanent superintendent.

Here’s what you need to know about her:

White has been the interim superintendent for the past nine months, taking over after Dallas Dance resigned.

In January, a Baltimore County grand...

Towson crime logs

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

The following is compiled from local police reports. It is our policy to provide identification when there is enough information to make identification possible.


Eddington Road, 8700 block. Between midnight April 1 and 6 p.m. April 12. Rear tag stolen from a parked vehicle.

Dulaney Valley...

Harford Bar Foundation honors two lawyers for their pro bono work

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Local members of the legal community James Gagring Gault and Kerri Sprouse were honored earlier this month by the Harford County Bar Foundation.

Members gathered in the ceremonial courtroom of the Circuit Courthouse April 4 for the presentation of the 2018 Eamonn J. Gordon Pro Bono Award to Gault...

'Binge drinking has become completely normalized': Has boozy mom culture gone too far?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Social media feeds are rife with memes depicting exhausted women guzzling wine in giant glasses, with phrases like, “Technically, you’re not drinking alone if your kids are home.” They refer to wine as “mommy juice” or to the hour of “wine o’clock” — a time that all moms apparently look forward...

HCC student team wins Maryland Sustainable Growth Challenge

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

For the second year in a row, a student team from Harford Community College has won the Maryland Sustainable Growth Challenge.

The award was presented March 26 by the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission in Crownsville.

The MSGC is an annual competition hosted by the Maryland Department of Planning...

Getting greener: Howard expands recycling to help achieve environmental goals

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

A neighborhood’s worth of discarded computers, mattresses and refrigerators dot the Alpha Ridge Landfill, a ghost town of household appliances.

It’s not until you drive to the back of the county’s 550-acre property in Marriottsville that you find some of the most exciting — and smelly— activity....

Hospital emergency rooms in Maryland struggle with flood of patients with mental health, substance-use issues

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:00:00 PDT

Hospital emergency rooms in Maryland are being overwhelmed by a big jump in patients with mental health and substance-use issues.

Prosecutors claim new DNA evidence boosts case against husband in 2006 death of Perry Hall woman

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:00:00 PDT

Nearly 12 years ago, Roxanne Amick left the house she shared with her husband in Perry Hall and went shopping. Two days later her body was found in a wooded area about four miles away. She had been killed by what an autopsy determined was blunt-force trauma.

Rodricks: For Baltimore's vacant homes, why not a buyer's club?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:00:00 PDT

Our columnist proposes a "just about awesome" idea for renovating vacant rowhoses 10 at a time.

Board of Education postpones Lansdowne contract decision to May 8

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:30:00 PDT

The Board of Education voted Tuesday night to postpone its decision on whether to move forward with a $60 million renovation for Lansdowne High School until its next meeting May 8.

The board debated for more than an hour over the renovation, which has been controversial because it would take the...

Baltimore County school board votes to make Verletta White the next superintendent

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:20:00 PDT

The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to make Verletta White the next superintendent.

Hogan to decide temporary replacement for former Baltimore Sen. Nathaniel Oaks after split committee vote

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:55:00 PDT

Gov. Larry Hogan will choose between two people to temporarily fill the seat left by former state Sen. Nathaniel T. Oaks after the Democratic Central Committee for Baltimore's 41st District remained split after five votes.

Hogan will chose between former Del. Jill P. Carter and Joyce J. Smith,...

Under Armour investor sues Kevin Plank over Port Covington deal in South Baltimore

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:30:00 PDT

An Under Armour investor is suing Kevin Plank and Under Armour on behalf of the company over Plank's Port Covington deal.

Baltimore Police: SWAT raid on home of homicide victim's family was spurred by nearby shootout

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:15:00 PDT

Police surrounded a house on East Lanvale Street near Barclay Street in Greenmount West on Monday night.

Baltimore County schools that are being renovated or replaced

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:05:00 PDT

These Baltimore County schools are among those that have been targeted for major renovations or new buildings. 

Maryland elementary students used razor blades from pencil sharpeners to cut themselves

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:00:00 PDT

An official says seven students at a Maryland elementary school have used razor blades from pencil sharpeners to cut their arms.

A spokesman for Prince George's County public schools said Tuesday that a William Paca Elementary School parent alerted staff to her concerns March 29, leading the district...

Night owls might face more health issues and early death compared with early risers

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:40:00 PDT

Bad news, night owls.

Evening types have a 10 percent higher risk of dying than those up and at ’em in the morning, according to a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the United Kingdom’s University of Surrey.

“This is the first study, to our knowledge, that was able to look at mortality risk,”...