Sunday, May 19, 2013
What advice did the first lady give graduates? Will electricity rates go up - again? Get all the Maryland news with one click on Patch.
By Patch Staff It was a big news week in Maryland last week, with a visit by the first lady, a commuter nightmare in Montgomery and a heads up for a sixth casino in the state. All the headlines from 48 Patch sites across Maryland: Berliner Calls for Better Electricity Service with 'Utility 2.0' Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to require that substantial changes be made to electricity services in the state. Meanwhile, Pepco is asking for permission to raise rates. Michelle Obama to Bowie State Grads: It's Time to Feel Hungry Again In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the BSU class of 2013 why education is important. Report: Quince Orchard Students…
Friday, May 17, 2013
The service reportedly could start as soon as this winter.
Maryland's MARC trains will finally have long-planned weekend service. The Baltimore Sun reports the addition of weekend service on the MARC Penn Line comes as a result of the transportation law signed into law Thursday. The weekend service, the Sun reports, could start as soon as this winter. Trains serving the Penn Line will make eight round trips between Penn Station in Baltimore and Union Station in Washington on Saturdays and Sundays, with some trains possibly going as far as Middle River. A ticket from Baltimore to Washington on MARC currently costs $7, far less than a seat on Amtrak for the same route, though fares are set to rise $1 per trip under the transportation bill, according to The Sun. "Finally! A way to get to Baltimore …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The New England College poll previewing the 2016 Presidential primary shows Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead.
Gov. Martin O'Malley finished last among a field of 2016 Democratic Presidential hopefuls, according to a poll released by New England College. The poll released Tuesday by the New Hampshire-based college found that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the field with 65 percent of those surveyed saying they would vote for her in 2016. O'Malley finished last among the field of six with zero percent saying they would vote for the two-term Democratic Maryland governor. Rounding out the field is Vice President Joseph Biden with 10 percent, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 5 percent, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with 4 percent and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick with 3 percent. The college surveyed 314 New Hampshire Democratic …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The nonprofit won the award for its work providing emergency services to the city’s poor.
Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the Franciscan Center—located in the Old Goucher neighborhood—the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award on Tuesday. The nonprofit was given the award for its work providing poor residents with emergency services, such as providing food, according to a press release. Franchot is giving an award to an organization in each of the state’s 24 jurisdictions. He created the award to honor Schaefer’s legacy of public service, according to the news release.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
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Sunday, May 12
By Patch Staff Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown Kicks Off Gubernatorial Bid In a speech highlighting his military and government service, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced in his home county of Prince George's Friday night that he is running for governor of Maryland in the November 2014 election. Dan Bongino’s Home Burglarized Wednesday Night While Family Slept A spokeswoman says computers, purses and a wallet were taken from the Severna Park home of Bongino, the former Secret Service agent who ran for U.S. Senate in 2012. Report: Anne Arundel County Top in State for Generating Tourism Money The county saw a more than 7 percent increase in money from tourism between 2010 and 2011, according to a new report. Businesses Look to Marketplace Fairness…
Friday, May 10, 2013
The annual event will include trucks from across the city's fleet.
City vehicles from cherry-pickers to dump trucks will be on display this weekend for Baltimore City's Big Truck Day. The event will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Kids will be able to explore the city's trucks, see a city fire boat, check out a city skyline made of Legos and try a running track that will measure their speed. Employees will be on hand to hand out free hard hats and vests to children, though supplies are limited, said public works spokesman Kurt Kocher, who added that last year's Big Truck Day drew 2,500 people. "It gets bigger every year, it really does," he said. "All I saw were happy faces." Big Truck Day will also include some Baltimore-area food trucks, Kocher said. The …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A flood and severe thunderstorm warning are both in effect until 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service issued flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings for Baltimore City Wednesday afternoon. The warnings are in effect through 7:15 p.m. According to the alert released just after 4 p.m., more than an inch of rain has already fallen in some parts of the city, with rainfall of up to another inch expected tonight. The alert warns that downtown Baltimore is particularly at risk for flooding and that the rain may cause flash flooding of area streams and streets. Keep tabs on road closures and how the weather will impact your drive on our commute page.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is expected to officially announce his intent to run for governor.
(UPDATED 11:28 a.m., Friday)— Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is expected to officially announce he is running for governor in Waverly. Brown and Gov. Martin O’Malley are scheduled to appear at 2 p.m., Sturday, in front of Waverly Middle School, 3400 Ellersilie Ave., according to Brown’s website. "I can’t wait to hit the road to speak with Marylanders just like you, that’s why all of these family-friendly events are free and open to the public," Brown said in the announcement. It has been widely anticipated that Brown would run for governor, and O’Malley had made it clear that he will support his lieutenant governor’s candidacy. Brown, whose campaign had $1.64 million on hand at the start of the year, according to campaign finance reports, could …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Duane Davis, known for leaving toilets as political protest outside the Historic Courthouse in Towson, is running as a Republican in 2014.
A Milford Mill man known for political protests involving putting toilets in front of a county government building in Towson has filed as a candidate for Lt. Governor in 2014. Duane "Shorty" Davis has filed as the running mate with Brian Vaeth, a Perry Hall man. Davis was charged in February 2011 with planting a fake destructive device in the form of a toilet outside the Historic Courthouse in Towson and making false statements about a fake destructive device. He was acquitted of those charges seven months later. Davis, a caterer, said in a February 2013 article that the incident in 2011 was a protest of alleged corruption in Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration. He claims that he had made political statements using toilets previously, …
The results of the Quinnipiac University poll come as proponents of reinstating the death penalty in Maryland say the law is needed because of incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombing.
Americans support the death penalty for terrorists, according to a national poll released by Quinnipiac University. The national survey found that 63 percent favored the death penalty for someone convicted of murder involving an act of terrorism compared to 32 percent who said they opposed capital punishment. The results of the poll come as political leaders including Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger, a Democrat, and Washington County Republican Del. Neil Parrott announced a plan to collect more than 55,000 signatures in order to reinstate the death penalty in Maryland. "One only has to look back to Oklahoma City, Aurora, CO, Newtown, CT, and the recent massacre in Boston to recognize that if these crimes were …