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  • Cold doesn't freeze out progress on I-81

    02/15/2018 11:00:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | January 17, 2018 | Mike Lewis
    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The widening of Interstate 81 from West Virginia into Maryland remains on track to be finished in 2020. "Work is still continuing in the cold," Stephen Bucy said Wednesday. Bucy, an engineer with the Maryland Department of Transportation, reported on the project and other Interstate 81 work Wednesday afternoon during a meeting of the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization's Interstate Council in Martinsburg. The current I-81 work is widening the highway from two to three lanes in each direction from about U.S. 11 (Exit 23) in West Virginia across the Potomac River to Md. 63/68 (Exit 1)...
  • What's up with the NSA shooting?

    02/15/2018 9:14:24 AM PST · by Jack Black · 46 replies
    MAGAPILL ^ | 2/14/2018 | MAGAPILL
    But meanwhile has provided some intriguing photos that call the official narrative into question: This is the one we've all seen. This one is more interesting. How did they go from entering illegally to apparently trying to leave illegally? Maga Pill's entire tweet is below: MAGA PILL 🇺🇸 ‏ @MAGAPILL 23h23 hours ago More The SUV was trying to ESCAPE Fort Meade and possibly the NSA Campus. What was on board? Who was arrested? I'll be surprised if it goes Public. This was early in the breaking story, before the identity of the tranny-terrorists came out, but I...
  • Baltimore trial of police officers uncovers stunning levels of corruption

    02/14/2018 9:49:07 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 2/13/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    As we’ve discussed here previously, a series of trials have been underway in Baltimore, Maryland alleging widespread corruption among members of the city’s Gun Trace Task Force. This week, the trial of two detectives associated with that unit, Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, ended in convictions on serious charges which could lead to lengthy prison sentences. The details of the robberies they pulled off and the shocking abuse of police authority were stunning even to those who have seen some of the worst incidents of official corruption. (Baltimore Sun)
  • Criminal justice reformers aim big by targeting local DA races [Soros funded]

    02/14/2018 8:40:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 14, 2018 | by JON SCHUPPE
    DALLAS - If you can’t win big, go small. That’s the strategy gaining momentum among criminal justice reformers in the age of Trump, as the federal government hardens its approach to law enforcement. Instead of pouring money and energy into squeezing change out of Washington, national civil rights organizations are teaming with local groups to push their agendas in county-level district attorney races, where a few thousand votes can determine who asserts the most influence over the local justice system. Picking their targets carefully, and crunching election data to influence pivotal voter blocs - and benefiting from the largesse of...
  • Police investigating 'possible shooting' on NSA campus at Fort Meade

    Police and fire crews are responding to “an incident” at the NSA campus at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, fire and transportation officials said. The exact circumstances of the investigation were not clear. Anne Arundel County Police reported a “possible shooting near NSA” on Twitter, but said they are not the lead agency. Fort Meade public affairs confirmed an incident is being investigated and didn’t have any other information at this time. Maryland State Highway Administration has shut down MD 32 in both directions at Canine Road in response. Fort Meade officials urged motorists to take alternate routes and...
  • Baltimore is at 11 days without a homicide — the longest streak since 2015

    02/12/2018 4:38:55 PM PST · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | February 12, 2018
    Baltimore is at 11 days and counting without a homicide. The streak is the longest since the 2015 unrest that saw a sharp and sustained spike in violence. And it coincides with the start of a 72-hour community-led “ceasefire” that kicked off Feb. 2. “I am losing my mind thrilled,” said Baltimore Ceasefire organizer Erricka Bridgeford. For days, she said she’s been staying up until midnight, to see if the city has made it through another day without a killing.
  • Maryland will sue Trump administration over state tax-deduction cap

    02/09/2018 5:09:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2018 | Andrew Blake
    Maryland will sue the Trump administration for capping state and local tax (SALT) deductions in its new federal tax law, the state’s attorney general said Thursday. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by President Trump last year contains a provision capping SALT deductions at $10,000, and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said residents across the heavily-taxed state stand to take a hit as a result. “By eliminating the SALT deductions, Trump’s tax bill will jack up taxes for more than half a million Marylanders,” Mr. Frosh, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing his intent to sue the Trump...
  • Dr. Mark Geier Wins Lawsuit Against Maryland Board of Physicians

    02/08/2018 8:37:28 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 17 replies
    Health Impact News ^ | 02/08/18 | Brian Shilhavy
    A Maryland Circuit Court judge has ruled that the Maryland Board of Physicians, which stripped Dr. Mark Geier of his license to practice medicine back in 2011, acted illegally by humiliating Dr. Geier and his family publicly after they removed his medical license. ...the members of the Maryland Board of Physicians, between $10,000 and $200,000 apiece, depending on their net worth.
  • Dems: House GOP interviewing 'confidential informant' over Uranium One

    02/07/2018 12:45:09 PM PST · by FreeReign · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 5:07 PM ET, Tue February 6, 2018 | Eli Watkins
    Washington (CNN)House Democrats sounded the alarm Tuesday about their Republican counterparts planning to interview a "confidential informant" for the Uranium One probe. A letter from Reps. Elijah Cummings and Adam Schiff, the top Democrats on the House Oversight and Intelligence committees, respectively, to the GOP chairmen of those committees said Republicans have been in contact with the informant for months without allowing Democrats access. The Democratic pair further said the Justice Department has already expressed to members of the committees that they had "serious credibility concerns" with the informant, and the two requested Democrats receive a transcript of the expected...
  • What happens when slaves learn to read?

    02/07/2018 6:38:50 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 39 replies
    WND ^ | Bill Federer
    Frederick Douglass was born Frederick “Baily” on a Maryland plantation around Feb. 7, 1817, though no accurate records exist, as he was a slave. He later chose the birth date of February 14 as he remembered his mother calling him her “little valentine.” He never saw his mother in the daylight, as he was separated from her as an infant. He did not know who his father was. Around 12 years old, his master’s sister-in-law, Sophia Auld, was teaching Frederick the alphabet, despite this being against the law. When her husband found out and immediately forbade it, saying that if...
  • [PG County] Maryland County Holds 'Black Lives Matter' Week at Schools

    02/06/2018 3:24:21 PM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 2/6/18 | Amelia Hamilton
    Why would a school district choose a social activism group and ask their kids to support it? Instead of just observing black history month for February, Prince George's County schools in Maryland are going all-in and supporting activist group Black Lives Matter this week, reports Fox 5 DC. Students will have opportunities before, during, and after school for activities and discussions and are being encouraged, for example, to wear all black.  Some support the idea and others don't. Joshua Omolola, a Parkdale High School student said "We start this conversation in schools because for many people and for many students, this is...
  • Police: Man tells undocumented immigrant to stop peeing at bus stop, gets stabbed in neck

    02/06/2018 1:55:14 PM PST · by bgill · 30 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Feb. 6, 2018 | Kevin Lewis
    WHEATON, Md. (WJLA) - An undocumented immigrant urinating in public used a box cutter to repeatedly stab a man who had merely suggested he pull up his trousers and use a proper restroom, police say. On Nov. 30, around 11 p.m., Montgomery County Police were dispatched to the Wheaton Metro bus turnaround along Georgia Avenue. Upon stepping out of their cruisers, officers saw a man with stab wounds and bloody slashes to his neck, face and stomach. The victim, plus an uninjured eyewitness, pointed officers toward Salvador Gomez-Lopez, 46, who was allegedly drunk and belligerent. The two men explained that...
  • Amtrak train breaks apart at 125 mph [MD]

    02/06/2018 10:52:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 101 replies ^ | 02/06/2018 | By Danielle Furfaro
    <p>A high-speed Amtrak train bound for Penn Station broke apart as it was cruising through Maryland on Tuesday, sources told The Post. Modal Trigger A high-speed Amtrak train bound for Penn Station broke apart as it was moving at top speed through Maryland.</p>
  • West Virginia Bill Would Finally Ban Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

    02/06/2018 7:48:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb 5, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    A West Virginia bill that would end taxpayer funding for abortions in the state is slated for a public hearing Monday in the state House. West Virginia is one of 17 states that funds elective abortions for low-income women through Medicaid. State House Bill 4012 would end taxpayer funding for abortions except when medically necessary to save the mother’s life, the AP reports. Since 1977, state taxpayers have been forced to pay millions of dollars for tens of thousands unborn babies’ abortion deaths, according to West Virginians for Life. “The federal government limits tax funding of abortions to cases of...
  • How much time do DC-area drivers spend in traffic?

    02/06/2018 4:46:47 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    WTOP ^ | 2/6/18 | Neal Augenstein
    Drivers stuck in notoriously congested traffic in and around the nation’s capital can take comfort in a new study that shows things could be worse. D.C. area traffic is the 18th most congested in the world, according to the 2017 score card by INRIX transportation analytics.The study combines anonymous GPS data from connected cars and smartphones with other information, including construction and road closures. Not surprisingly, the most congested traffic in our area is during the morning and afternoon/evening commutes, when drivers are in congestion 23 percent of the time, on roads into and out of D.C.Factoring in typically less...
  • Baltimore Cops Carried Toy Guns to Plant on People They Shot, Trial Reveals

    02/05/2018 10:38:25 AM PST · by Theoria · 45 replies
    Vice ^ | 31 Jan 2018 | Drew Schwartz
    One officer involved in the city's massive corruption scandal said officers kept the replicas "in case we accidentally hit somebody or got into a shootout, so we could plant them." Last week, the beginning of an explosive corruption trial involving eight members of Baltimore's elite Gun Trace Task Force revealed that a handful of Baltimore cops allegedly kept fake guns in their patrol cars to plant on innocent people—a failsafe they could use if they happened to shoot an unarmed suspect, the Baltimore Sun reports.Detective Maurice Ward, who's already pleaded guilty to corruption charges, testified that he and his partners...
  • Maryland has 8 more licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Take a look at where they are opening.

    02/05/2018 3:17:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | 2/5/18 | Morgan Eichensehr
    Eight more dispensaries have received their final licenses to operate in Maryland since the start of the year. With those additions, 30 dispensaries, 12 processors and 14 growers are operating in the state's medical cannabis industry. The industry is still in its infancy and growing. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission pre-approved 15 cannabis growing businesses, 15 processors, 102 dispensaries and a handful of testing laboratories in 2016. Over a year later, several of these companies are still working toward their final licenses.The commission oversees the regulation of the industry and is in charge of granting business and patient licenses, evaluating and inspecting cannabis businesses and...
  • Will Tax Law Cause a Flood of Wealthy to Relocate from High-Tax Blue States?

    02/04/2018 4:59:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | February 4, 2018 | Bruce Bialosky
    By now you probably know that the 2017 Tax Act significantly limited the deduction of state and local taxes against your federal income. For most Americans -- particularly ones in low-tax states or states with no income taxes -- these new rules will have little effect on your life. For high-income individuals in high-tax states, they will suffer dearly from this policy. There has been speculation of how many will relocate. How bad will the impact be to the states they are leaving? That is another question. We do not know how many people will leave states like New York,...
  • Police: Maryland officer arrested after he stole opioids from a bedridden citizen

    02/03/2018 6:11:47 PM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies
    WJLA ^ | 2/3/18 | Brad Bell
    A Hagerstown police officer has been arrested on drug charges after police received a video of him admitting he stole opioids from a disabled resident while he was on duty.Christopher Michael Barnett, a 15-year veteran of the Hagerstown Police Department, was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police Thursday evening at his home, according to Chief Victor Brito who held a press conference at noon Friday. Barnett is facing a list of charges related to the theft of opiate painkillers from a disabled resident of an apartment building in Hagerstown. Police say Barnett used a phony pretense to enter the...
  • Ceasefire events across Baltimore reflect hope for homicide-free weekend

    02/03/2018 5:18:47 PM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 2/3/18 | Ian Duncan
    Organizers of Baltimore’s third Ceasefire weekend spent much of Saturday looking back at recent violence, and forward to the potential for better days.Specifically, they hoped Sunday would arrive without anyone being killed on the city’s streets. The goal for Ceasefire, a movement advocating for a break in the pace of Baltimore homicides, remained the same as in two previous campaigns last year: A 72-hour stretch without death.This weekend’s Ceasefire has included music, rallies, discussions and memorials to the dead. Organizers listed nearly 20 events for Saturday alone and say their message is penetrating deeper into the community.Last year, there were...