Sunday, April 14, 2013
Learn about a different kind of Maryland "crab," where Costco fans are flocking and how a flash heat wave felled students. Be prepared with all the Maryland news across Patch.
Sunday, April 14
By Patch Staff Relationship Between Army Recruiter and Slain Rockville Teen Examined As the community grieves, details are emerging about the nature of the relationship between a Rockville High School student and an Army recruiter whom police say shot and killed the teen before killing himself at his Germantown home. Blue Angels Cancel Remaining Air Shows in 2013 The rest of the season—including the air show in Annapolis—was canceled due to budget constraints in the defense department, an official said. Michelle Obama to Speak at Bowie State University Commencement The first lady will address approximately 600 graduates during commencement excercises on May 17, and BSU will confer an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon the first lady. …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The news you may have missed from across Maryland.
Sunday, April 7
By Patch Staff Maryland Senate Passes Gun Control Bill Maryland senators voted Thursday night to approve an amended gun control bill rather than send the legislation to conference committee. Mike Miller Wouldn't Mind A Toke Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he supports medical marijuana for cancer patients. "I've got a fractured nerve in my tooth right now," Miller said. "I wouldn't mind a toke myself." Cicadas Return: 17-year Cicadas to Overtake East Coast by the Millions In May, cicadas in Maryland and along the Eastern seaboard will wake from their 17-year sleep. First Lady Hosts Watkins Mill Students for Jackie Robinson Film Workshop First Lady Michelle Obama and actor Harrison Ford were among participants in a panel…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The amended bill, passed by a 78-61 vote, will go back to the Senate and possibly a conference committee.
The Maryland House of Delegates Wednesday passed gun control legislation proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley by a vote of 78-61. The amended bill bans 40 kinds of rifles including the AR15, requires fingerprinting and licensing of all purchasers of new guns and broadens the law prohibiting firearms purchases by anyone who is involuntarily committed because of mental illness. The bill was a major component of O'Malley's legislative package announced at the beginning of the 90-day session. The House of Delegates debated the bill for nearly 10 hours over two days. The amended bill will return to the Senate. The bill could go to a conference committee if the Senate does not accept the changes made by the House. Both the House and Senate must …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The bill that increases the gasoline tax by as much as 20 cents by 2016 now heads to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature.
A tax that will increase the cost of gas by as much as 20 cents by 2016 was given final approval Friday by the Maryland Senate. The bill passed largely along party lines by a vote of 27-20. Eight Democrats joined all 12 Republicans in opposing the tax increase measure. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign the tax into law. The final vote came after legislators suspended the rules, allowing them to take both a preliminary and final vote in the same day and allow many lawmakers to leave the capital to observe Good Friday. The bill increases the state's tax on gas by more than 20 cents to 43.7 cents per gallon on July 2016. The tax would increase to 44.6 cents per gallon if the federal government …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
A preliminary vote in the full Maryland Senate could be scheduled as early as Friday.
The Senate Budget and Tax Committee Thursday approved a bill that would increase the gas tax by as much as 20 cents by 2016. Sen. Ed DeGrange, an Anne Arundel County Democrat, joined Republican Sens. David Brinkley, Richard Colburn and George Edwards in voting against the bill. The nine remaining Democrats on the committee voted in favor of the bill as approved last week by the House of Delegates. With the committee's approval, the bill could be scheduled for a preliminary vote by the full 47-member Senate as early as Friday. The bill would increase the state's tax on gas by more than 20 cents to 43.7 cents per gallon on July 2016. The tax would increase to 44.6 cents per gallon if the federal government fails to pass an Internet sales tax…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The iconic building on Ritchie Highway was sold at auction in January, according to reports.
Passing by the Empire Towers on Ritchie Highway, one may think everything is business as usual, but the building is actually under new ownership, according to a report in The Maryland Gazette. Daljit Sawhney, who also owns Crain Towers, purchased the almost 40-year-old building for $3.1 million at auction, according to the report. Built in 1974, the building now sits with more than 40 percent of its lease space unoccupied, but Sawhney plans to completely renovate the building in the next year. Read more of the Gazette story here.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Speaking in Gambrills on Tuesday, Mike Livingston of the Bank of Glen Burnie says economic conditions are gradually improving despite some "headwinds."
Despite looming federal budget cuts and uncertainty overseas, a local bank head said he expects the national and local economy to gradually improve over the course of 2013. Mike Livingston, president of the Bank of Glen Burnie, said a number of economic indicators suggest the economy is continuing to climb out of the hole. But he cautioned that general uncertainty over federal budget cuts and the economy is still hurting consumer spending. "It's like when you find your car in a ditch. It doesn't really matter how you got there, just that you're coming out," he said. Livingston is also the chairman of the board of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corp. He spoke Tuesday at the monthly breakfast meeting of the West Anne …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
You may be surprised at what you missed in top Maryland news.
Sunday, March 24
Catch up on headlines you might have missed, including important legislation on marijuana and a federal nominee from Montgomery County. Maryland Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana Fourteen states have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana. Should Maryland be next? Former Montgomery County Councilman Tapped as U.S. Labor Secretary TAKOMA PARK—President Barack Obama nominated Takoma Park resident and former Montgomery County Councilman Thomas E. Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor on Monday, CBS News reported. Read more on Takoma Park Patch. Casino Tables Arrive at Maryland Live! Workers put in place 122 tables, which will go into operation on April 11 at the Anne Arundel County casino. Severna Park Mom …
Friday, March 22, 2013
The final debate on the bill turns contentious amidst accusations that House Speaker Michael Busch cut short the debate and opportunity to vote.
Tempers flared Friday afternoon following the debate and final vote by the House of Delegates on a proposal to raise the gas tax in Maryland. When the final vote was taken, the House approved the bill 78-56 but the actual outcome, and roll call vote, remains a matter of contention amidst accusations from Republicans that the debate and final vote were ended too quickly. The bill would increase the state's tax on gas by more than 20 cents to 43.7 cents per gallon on July 2016. The tax would increase to 44.6 cents per gallon if the federal government fails to pass an Internet sales tax. The tax is also tied to the consumer price index, which would allow for automatic increases without any additional legislative action. Those increases are …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The annual promotion celebrates the first day of spring and Rita's at Marley Station Mall is offering several prizes.
Wednesday is one of Rita’s most highly anticipated days of the year—the first day of spring, which means free italian ice for all. The Rita’s at Marley Station Mall will give away seven-ounce cups of italian ice all day Wednesday, in celebration of the first day of spring. In addition to the free ice treats, all Rita's locations are coordinating a social media contest, and winners will get $25 gift certificates or the grand prize of free ice for a year. Here is what the Rita's at Marley Station posted on their Facebook page: "Capture your first taste of spring at Rita’s and tag us in your photos on Instagram & Twitter using the hashtag #ritasfirstdayofspring! You could win FREE ICE FOR A YEAR and other cool prizes!" Last year during the …