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Lansing — Sachi Tanaka says after having COVID-19 for three weeks, she experienced insomnia in a way that she never had. “At that time, I had gotten myself into a good routine of falling asleep around 10 p.m. and waking up early,” said the 24-year-old Texas woman. “And then, all …
For area libraries and patrons, pandemic has meant a whole new story
When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged — but before everything truly shut down — Elyse Kovalsky’s first stop was the Mt. Pleasant Library on 16th Street in Northwest Washington.
Allegany County experiencing surge in COVID-19 cases
As the state of Maryland experiences a surge in confirmed coronavirus cases, counties in western Maryland are seeing rates more than three times higher than the statewide 7-day rolling average, according to the Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard. On November 20, Allegany County reported an average positivity rate four …
White and Black communities in Maryland experience a 20% difference in small business loans from CARES Act
Predominantly white communities in Maryland received approximately 20 percent more loans and money per loan under the Paycheck Protection Program compared to predominantly Black communities, according to data from the Small Business Administration (SBA) analyzed by Capital News Service. The Paycheck Protection Program was a derivative of the approximately $2 …
Voters say they worry about the future, the pandemic, health care and socialism
Nacoties Fleming Jr., of Takoma Park, Maryland, switched parties after voting Republican for 41 years.
Maryland mail-in ballots at historic levels before Election Day
This year has been a parade of unprecedented events, and the early voting in the general election is proving to be no exception.
Another pandemic ripple: an aluminum can shortage
Katie Duncan has been a loyal consumer of Coca-Cola Cherry Zero Sugar for around two years, appreciating the lack of calories and glad that it has “a little bit of flavor to it.”
As new cases are reported, senators question government's coronavirus response
As new cases of the coronavirus surfaced Tuesday, some Democratic senators questioned the pace and effectiveness of the federal government’s response to the outbreak of the disease.
In shadow of impeachment, Trump says state of the Union 'is stronger than ever'
President Donald Trump elicited polarized reactions from members of Congress in opposing parties as he addressed charged, partisan issues like healthcare and immigration during his third State of the Union address.
In impeachment trial, House Democrats use Trump allies’ words against them
The House’s Democratic impeachment managers argued the legal justifications for President Donald Trump to be convicted for abuse of power on their second day of opening statements and sought to debunk myths surrounding the investigations Trump requested from Ukraine.
Md. youths needing psychiatric care find long waits, drives
Across Maryland, a shortage of inpatient psychiatric services leaves kids and teenagers waiting in hospital emergency rooms for hours, days and even weeks. For those in the state’s rural counties, care is even less accessible, as many must drive or be transferred far from home.
Girl Sleeps in a Land-Locked Boat to Protest Inaction on Climate Change - YouTube
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Montgomery County high school student Jordan McAuliff, 17, slept on a boat hitched to the back of a trailer for four nights to protest inaction on climate change. The protest coincided with international climate activist Greta Thunberg’s call for a strike on Dec. 6.
A roundup of Maryland laws taking effect Oct. 1
Hundreds of Maryland laws are going into effect Tuesday, spanning subjects from criminal justice reform to election law to medical cannabis.
Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide
Urban heat islands vividly illustrate the price humans will pay in the world’s growing climate crisis. With an abundance of concrete and little shade, they get hotter faster and stay hotter longer. And the people who live there are often sicker, poorer and less able to protect themselves. Rising temperatures …
Marylanders mourn loss of Speaker Busch
Family, friends, and public officials gathered to say a final goodbye to former Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, whose funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday. Prior to the service, a small crowd gathered as Busch — who had been lying in state since Monday — was escorted out of the State …
Police-involved shooting reported in College Park
A police officer fired her gun at a moving car in the parking lot of a Home Depot in College Park, Maryland, Thursday morning.
Success, failure, mourning at close of Md. General Assembly
It was a bittersweet and busy day for Maryland legislators as they pushed to get their bills through both House and Senate chambers on Sine Die, the final day of the General Assembly on Monday. Over 2,400 bills from both chambers and resolutions were proposed in this year’s General Assembly, …
Assembly’s final day tempered by mourning of Speaker Busch
On a day normally marked by last-minute legislative squabbles and compromises, balloons and confetti, Maryland lawmakers and the governor tempered their politics to mourn a beloved leader. House Speaker Mike Busch died Sunday, a day before the end of the General Assembly, known as “sine die.”
Md. legislators vote to override Gov. Hogan’s bill vetoes
One day after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, R, vetoed three bills on $15 minimum wage, school districts setting their own calendars and stripping alcohol and tobacco regulation from the state comptroller, the Maryland General Assembly fought back to override him Thursday.
Maryland voters rally to support gerrymandering case
Maryland voters, political groups and state elected officials all rallied together outside the Supreme Court Tuesday morning to support a case being heard on partisan gerrymandering in the state’s congressional districts.
Maryland redistricting case to be heard in Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for two cases on congressional district gerrymandering on March 26, including one from Maryland, which could have far-reaching implications on how future electoral maps are drawn. The justices could, for the first time, issue a standard for determining unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering.
Md. legislators push for increase in renewable energy, jobs
Maryland legislators have high hopes for passing a bill to increase the state’s renewable energy standards to 50 percent by 2030 and setting a plan in action to raise the standard to 100 percent by 2040, along with aiming to increase jobs in the renewable energy sector.
Medical cannabis is a high priority in Md. legislature
Creating and selling edible medical cannabis products; allowing inmates to receive medical cannabis treatment; and prohibiting employers from asking about marijuana use could become law in Maryland under bills being pushed in this year’s General Assembly.
Md. launches mobile wellness vehicle to combat addictions
To fight back against substance use disorders and the opioid epidemic, Maryland officials unveiled a new mobile wellness vehicle where individuals can seek education, treatment and recovery Tuesday morning.
Md. bill seeks to prohibit using DNA databases to solve crime
After police used a new technique to arrest a man suspected of being the Golden State Killer, a Maryland legislator proposed a law that would prohibit use of a familial DNA database for the purpose of crime-solving.
Schools may start before Labor Day as Senate bill advances
After several days of debate, a Senate bill to effectively rescind Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order starting Maryland public schools after Labor Day passed 31-13 on Tuesday, with Democrats voting yes and Republicans voting no.
Legislation would update Justice Reinvestment Act
After a comprehensive law overhauled the state’s criminal justice system, Maryland has seen a decline in the state’s prison and jail populations and more streamlined treatment for addicts who are charged with crimes, but advocates want to add to the law to keep inmates from returning behind bars.
Moms group rallies to push gun-control laws
Led by chants of “moms demand action” and “gun sense is common sense,” dozens of red-shirted volunteers from the Maryland chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America lobbied in Annapolis to support stricter gun laws Thursday.
Maryland’s ‘red flag’ law prompts more than 300 court orders
In the three months since its implementation, Maryland’s “red flag” gun safety law has prompted more than 300 protective orders across the state, law enforcement officials told state lawmakers Tuesday.
Maryland Senate President Miller announces cancer diagnosis
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr., D-Prince George’s, Charles and Calvert, announced Thursday to the chamber he has led for more than three decades that he had been diagnosed with and was being treated for prostate cancer.