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4 Boys Face Life in Prison for Locker Room Rape

High schoolers allegedly assaulted teammates with broomstick

(Newser) - Four high school football players in Maryland are facing life in prison for what prosecutors describe as an "astonishingly cruel" assault on four boys. Jean "JC" Abedi, Kristian "KJ" Lee, Will Smith, and Caleb Thorpe, all aged 15 and members of Damascus High School's junior varsity... More »

Black Man Arrested After Good Deed: I Was Profiled

'If I had blonde hair and blue eyes, this wouldn't be an issue'

(Newser) - A black man who helped a drunk neighbor get home safely says he was racially profiled by cops who thanked him with a host of criminal charges. Informed that emergency vehicles parked near his driveway on Nov. 17 had been sent to deal with the drunk man, Samir Ahmed of... More »

Baltimore Plea: 'We Must Stop Killing Each Other'

5-year-old girl shot months after sister's shooting death

(Newser) - In July, a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot while sitting in the backseat of a car in southwest Baltimore. Four months later, her younger sister barely escaped the same fate. The girl, identified as 5-year-old Amy Hayes, was on the 1000 block of McKean Avenue in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood... More »

Company Email: Strippers Are No Longer Free

Under Armour adapts to the #MeToo world

(Newser) - Note to Under Armour employees: Your strip-club bills will no longer be reimbursed. That's among the changes at the Baltimore-based sports apparel company amid reports of top execs' chauvinistic behavior—including parties with go-go dancers and strip-club outings with athletes and co-workers, the Wall Street Journal reports. "Our... More »

The Power Went Out at an Amazon Center. Then It Got 'Crazy'

2 dead after warehouse partially collapses in Baltimore

(Newser) - "The power shut off. It was just crazy inside. It just sounded like bombs were dropping everywhere." That's how an Amazon employee describes to WBAL what happened Friday night at one of the company's fulfillment centers in southeast Baltimore after the building partially collapsed. A 50-foot-by-50-foot... More »

After 1am Traffic Stop, It's the Cop Who's Charged

Maryland's Ryan Macklin accused of forcing woman into sex act

(Newser) - A Maryland police officer has been stripped of his badge amid charges that he raped an undocumented immigrant during a traffic stop. Ryan Macklin, a six-year veteran of the Prince George Police Department, was suspended without pay hours after the woman showed up to police headquarters to report the incident,... More »

Wannabe Burglar Hurls Brick, the Brick Hits Back

He's being called the 'Bad Luck Bandit'

(Newser) - Either he didn't know he was facing bulletproof glass, or he didn't quite know what happens when you throw something at bulletproof glass. Either way, a guy who broke into a Maryland takeout restaurant on Sept. 20 was likely nursing a nasty head bump the next day. NBC... More »

Friend of Maryland Shooter: 'She Wasn't a Monster'

Snochia Moseley died after shooting herself, killing 3 others

(Newser) - The alleged shooter who killed three people at a Rite-Aid distribution center outside Baltimore on Thursday before fatally shooting herself has been identified as Snochia Moseley—and her friends say she wasn't a "monster." Moseley was a 26-year-old temporary worker at the warehouse, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey... More »

Multiple Victims Dead in Shooting Near Baltimore

The AP reports 3 fatalities; suspected shooter is in critical condition

(Newser) - Multiple people are dead and others wounded after a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center outside Baltimore, reports the Baltimore Sun . The AP says three are dead, but authorities have not confirmed. Police say the shooter is in custody and has been taken to a local hospital in critical... More »

School's 'Safe Space for White Students' Sparks Backlash

The University of Maryland in Baltimore rethinks the offer

(Newser) - The University of Maryland is in damage-control mode after its counseling center offered "a safe space for White students" to discuss racial issues, CBS Baltimore reports. Called White Awake, the group said it was designed "to promote anti-racism" and "help White students become more culturally competent."... More »

Trial for Wealthy Man Whose Secret Tunnels Turned Deadly

Monday marks one-year anniversary of Askia Khafra's death

(Newser) - The wealthy stock trader took elaborate steps to conceal the network of tunnels beneath his house in the Washington, DC, suburb of Bethesda. But one year ago Monday, a deadly fire exposed Daniel Beckwitt's curious campaign to build an underground bunker for protection from a nuclear attack. Neighbors knew... More »

Suspect Found Hanged on Morning of Murder Trial

'Diabolical' Tyler Tessier was accused of killing pregnant girlfriend

(Newser) - Maryland prosecutors say they prepared a very strong case against Tyler Tessier that would surely have sent him to prison for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend last year —but they don't need it anymore. Tessier was found hanged in his cell at Montgomery County Correctional Facility on... More »

Bloody Beating Video Spurs Baltimore Cop's Resignation

Video shows unnamed officer punching 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier; 2nd officer placed on admin duties

(Newser) - An incident that "deeply disturbed" Baltimore's interim police commissioner has led to one police officer's resignation and another being put on administrative duty. CNN has bystander video of a man shouting at one officer as another stands nearby; the first starts throwing punches and 10 seconds later... More »

Poppy Seed Bagel Leads to Mom's 'Traumatizing' Ordeal

Maryland mom Elizabeth Eden warns other expectant moms

(Newser) - Elaine Benes could get behind this: A new mom is asking a Maryland hospital to revamp its approach to drug tests for expectant moms after her poppy seed bagel breakfast resulted in a false positive for opiates. "It was traumatizing," Elizabeth Eden tells WBAL of the saga... More »

Beachgoer Pierced in Chest by Windswept Beach Umbrella

Someone apparently left a rental umbrella unattended

(Newser) - In yet another example of the dangers of beach umbrellas , a woman was pierced in the chest by one in Ocean City, Md., on Sunday afternoon. Police say someone left a rental umbrella unattended without returning it to the stand, and the wooden pole ended up piercing the skin of... More »

Killer Struck 24 Years Ago. Now, a New Sketch

Police in Maryland use DNA phenotyping in hunt for new leads

(Newser) - Police in Maryland hope to track down a rapist and murderer who struck decades ago with an image crafted using his own DNA. After 42-year-old Le Bich-Thuy was raped and strangled after leaving Rockville's Twinbrook Metro station in 1994, DNA recovered from the scene was found to match DNA... More »

Trump Lowers US Flags for Newsroom Shooting

President makes the decision after mayor says original request was denied

(Newser) - President Trump seems to have overruled an underling and ordered American flags flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Maryland. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said on Monday that the White House rejected his original request, made through the state's congressional... More »

Trump Won't Lower Flags to Honor Capital Gazette Victims

Annapolis mayor says he's 'disappointed'

(Newser) - Mayor Gavin Buckley says he put in a request over the weekend for President Trump to lower American flags in Annapolis to honor the five people killed in the Capital Gazette mass shooting —and he's "obviously" disappointed that it was turned down. The AP reports Maryland Rep.... More »

Mass Shooting: Harassment Victim Recalls Scary Threats

Woman recalls abuse from Jarrod Ramos years ago that was covered by newspaper

(Newser) - Last week's fatal shooting in a Maryland newsroom has been blamed on the suspect's long-simmering anger with the Capital Gazette over its coverage of a harassment complaint against him years ago. Now the woman who lodged that complaint has given an interview to NBC News , saying that she... More »

Tweet About MAGA Hat Costs Reporter His Job

Conor Berry suggested 'Capital Gazette' shooter dropped a MAGA hat in newsroom

(Newser) - While many people were left seeing red over yet another mass shooting following the massacre in the Capital Gazette newsroom , one journalist reported on a different kind of red favored by supporters of President Trump—and now he's resigned because of it. Fox News reports that after the Annapolis... More »

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