January 3, 1997 |
Confronted with complaints from black leaders, Maryland agreed Thursday to recall 78 special license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag. "It has become obvious that the logo on the plates is offensive to a large segment of Maryland's population," said Motor Vehicle Administrator Ronald Freeland. "We're not involved in polarizing people." The state will offer free regular tags to all members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans who were issued the special plates.
September 19, 2002 |
Tests show that a breeding population of the voracious northern snakehead fish has been wiped out and state wildlife officials have started rehabilitating the pond where the alien invaders were found. Biologists have found the bodies of six adult snakeheads and more than 1,000 juveniles since they sprayed the fish poison rotenone on the 4-acre pond here about two weeks ago. The fish were descendants of one pair put into the pond two years ago by a man who bought them in New York.
December 11, 2003 |
Maryland's police superintendent resigned Wednesday after being indicted on charges of spending charity money on extramarital affairs and personal trips while he was Baltimore's police commissioner. Edward T. Norris will be reinstated if he is cleared of the charges, said Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Indicted with Norris on Tuesday was John Stendrini, his former chief of staff in Baltimore.
January 15, 2006 |
With a dramatic vote to approve a path-breaking bill late last week, the Maryland Legislature may have provided the jolt that could revive the comatose national debate over expanding access to healthcare. The Maryland legislation, which requires large employers to contribute to healthcare for their employees, apparently would affect only a single company: Wal-Mart.
June 12, 2006 |
Rescue crews searched the Chesapeake Bay for a publisher and former diplomat Sunday after his sailboat was discovered empty in the water with the engine still running. The Coast Guard dispatched a C-130 aircraft, a helicopter and boats to assist in the search for 72-year-old Philip Merrill, who had been sailing alone Saturday. Senior Chief Steve Carleton said the Coast Guard was operating under the assumption that Merrill fell overboard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2007 |
The governor of Maryland did Tuesday what the governor of California should have done last fall: sign a bill making his state the first to begin junking the electoral college. At least, chuck the electoral college as it has evolved. Circumvent the relic, render it moot and elect America's president by popular vote. That's the sure way to make California really relevant in presidential elections, to elevate it to being a participant rather than just a spectator.
February 12, 2003 |
When she boards the shuttle bus for the half-hour ride across the Maryland line to the Delaware Park casino, Phyllis Treadway always keeps $50 tucked away in her purse to feed the slot machines. Carefully counted out in small bills -- no more, no less -- the stipend is the retired dietitian's "one little extravagance."
January 13, 2006 |
Maryland legislators voted Thursday to enact a first-in-the-nation requirement that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spend more on employee healthcare. The measure, touted as a money-saver for the state-supported Medicaid program, takes effect despite the governor's veto of the bill. Labor unions have said they are seeking similar legislation this year in at least 30 other states.
July 17, 2005 |
When Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele muses in public these days about his political future, friends and Republican allies tell him he sounds as if he has made up his mind. "Can't imagine why they think that," Steele said as admirers crowded around him during a recent business meeting at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Last month, Steele took the preliminary step of forming an exploratory committee to weigh a run next year to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.
April 8, 2005 |
A man wearing a bulletproof vest killed two people and wounded four Thursday during a bizarre shooting rampage in Maryland and Delaware before he was arrested, authorities said. Police said the suspect also carjacked a vehicle, fatally shot a dog, stole a pit bull and sprayed bullets at several homes and cars. Delaware State Police Cpl. Jeff Oldham said authorities had determined possible motives for the attacks but were not releasing details. Police said the suspect, Allison L.