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University to Rejected Students: 'Embrace the YES!'

Johns Hopkins apologizes to 294 students who received erroneous email

(Newser) - "Embrace the YES!" is the encouraging message sent over the weekend to college applicants who had recently been told … no. Hence the confusion at Johns Hopkins University, which on Sunday mistakenly sent a cheery email to 285 students who had already been denied admission, the Washington Post... More »

Mom, 2 Sons Also Died When Plane Destroyed House

The pilot, a health CEO, had crashed a plane before

(Newser) - A private jet that crashed into a house in Maryland today not only killed its three passengers but took the lives of a woman and her two sons living inside, WJLA reports. The woman, 36-year-old Marie Gemmell—who posted on Facebook today that she just wanted to stay home with... More »

3 Dead After Plane Slams Into Maryland Home

Twin-engine Embraer jet was on approach to Montgomery County Airpark

(Newser) - A twin-engine Embraer jet that the FAA describes as "on approach to Runway 14" at the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Maryland, crashed into a home this morning, engulfing that home in flames and setting two others on fire. Three people are dead, but the count could grow. A... More »

Md. County Wipes Holiday Names From School Calendar

Move follows push to recognize Muslim holidays

(Newser) - When Muslim community members sought to have their holidays recognized by a Maryland school district, board members decided instead to stop identifying any holidays at all. On next year's Montgomery County School District calendar, you won't see Christmas or Yom Kippur, the Washington Post reports. Kids will still... More »

Would-Be School Shooter Was Too Drunk to Do It: Cops

Sash Nemphos carried gun in backpack

(Newser) - A Maryland teenager who allegedly planned a Halloween school shooting got as far as bringing a gun to school in his backpack—but he was too drunk to actually carry out the violence, police say. Sash Nemphos, 16, intended to kill his parents, then go to school and kill the... More »

Flying Cash Shuts Down Maryland Interstate

Armored car's door burst open, and drivers behind it got what they could

(Newser) - Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway this morning after an armored truck's door burst open. Maryland State Police say a lock on the truck seems to have malfunctioned, causing the door to open. A bag of cash fell onto Interstate 270 near Urbana, and the... More »

39 Years After Sisters Vanish, Property Searched

Police examining Va. land for clues about Sheila and Katherine Lyon

(Newser) - Sheila Lyon, 12, and her 10-year-old sister, Katherine, disappeared almost 40 years ago while walking to a shopping mall near their Maryland home. The case went cold until earlier this year, when a former carnival worker, Lloyd Lee Welch, was named a person of interest in their 1975 disappearance—and... More »

Man Stabs Co-Worker Over ... Meatballs

Assailant fled the scene, charges are pending

(Newser) - Don't touch a man's meatballs—that's the lesson a Maryland man learned last week when he pilfered his co-worker's lunch, the Baltimore Sun reports. It all started when a male employee of an unnamed business in Fallston took a single meatball from another man's lunch.... More »

Another Dad Charged in Son's Hot Car Death

John Junek tells police he forgot to drop son at day care

(Newser) - A Maryland father faces involuntary manslaughter charges after he left his 17-month-old son in a hot car while he went to work, police say. John Junek dropped his 4-year-old son at preschool Wednesday morning, then drove to Patuxent River Naval Air Station, where he was supposed to drop the toddler... More »

Cops: Dad Kills Daughter, 3, After Shootout, Chase

Frederick Roy Miller also shot girl's grandfather, great-grandmother

(Newser) - Frederick Roy Miller had been fighting for custody of 3-year-old daughter Laila since she was six months old. But the Maryland state medical examiner says he stabbed and shot the girl at some point during a police chase and gun battle with officers in Maryland on Saturday, the Washington Post... More »

White Teacher Wins $350K in Racial-Bias Case

Jon Everhart, 65, says black principal was out to get him

(Newser) - A former Maryland high school teacher has won $350,000 in a racial-bias case against his old school system—and he also happens to be white. "Justice was served," Jon Everhart, 65, tells the Washington Post . "I do feel as though I have been vindicated." Everhart... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Hits 5 in Chesapeake

One woman spends a month recovering after getting infected during kayak trip

(Newser) - A Maryland woman is lucky after a "wee beastie" invaded a cut on her foot while she enjoyed the waters of the Patuxent River, a tributary of Chesapeake Bay. The aggressive, flesh-eating Vibrio vulnificus bacteria multiply in warm weather and can cause skin and blood infections and intestinal illness,... More »

Parents Locked Autistic Twins, 22, in Basement: Cops

John and Janice Land abuse and imprisonment charges

(Newser) - To stop his 22-year-old autistic twin sons from misbehaving, John Land told police he installed an external deadbolt and padlock on a basement bedroom with the “sole intention” of keeping the men locked away during the overnight hours, NBC4 reports. The conditions police found last week at the Rockville,... More »

Severe Storms Kill 5 in NY, Maryland

4 homes destroyed near Syracuse

(Newser) - At least five people were killed when fierce storms lashed several East Coast states last night, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power in New York and Pennsylvania. In Smithfield, a town between Syracuse and Utica in New York state, four people were killed when a storm ripped four... More »

Illegal Smallpox Turns Up in Maryland Lab

It may have been there since the 1950s

(Newser) - Smallpox is a terrifying pathogen that by international agreement can be studied only at two labs in the world, one in the US and one in Russia. So it's just a wee bit disconcerting that another lab in Maryland just realized it's had some lying around, apparently for... More »

Maryland Cops to Live-Tweet Prostitution Sting

Names, addresses of johns to be published

(Newser) - Cops in Maryland are planning to use new media as they tackle the world's oldest profession by live-tweeting a prostitution sting. "We won't tell you when or where, other than that it's somewhere in the county next week," reads a blog post from the Prince... More »

Md. Candidate: Iraq Vet Can't Handle 'Real Job' as Governor

Veterans' group angry over AG Doug Gansler's comment

(Newser) - Maryland's attorney general is playing defense after implying his opponent in the governor's race primary, Iraq War veteran and the current lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, can't face a "real job." Discussing the Maryland health website's troubles, Doug Gansler said he's "running against... More »

50% of States Have Now Loosened Their Pot Laws

Maryland will jump on the bandwagon with Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature

(Newser) - According to Pew research, at least 24 states have decriminalized marijuana, legalized it, or OKed its medical use (by this map , it looks like 26); Maryland looks poised to be the 18th in the decriminalization category, per the Baltimore Sun's count. With its approval by the state Senate yesterday,... More »

Deep South Braces for 'Paralyzing' Winter Storm

Schools closed; hundreds of flights canceled

(Newser) - The next big winter storm is reportedly on its way, and this time, it's the Deep South that will be feeling its effects. The Weather Channel sees 40 million people in the path of Winter Storm Leon, which an expert says could bring once-in-a-generation weather; another calls the storm... More »

Cops: Maryland Mall Shooter Didn't Know Victims

Aguilar's journal shows 'unhappiness with life'

(Newser) - The man who opened fire in a Maryland mall over the weekend, killing two skate shop employees before taking his own life, does not appear to have had any relationship with his victims, police say. Investigators aren't sure what Darion Marcus Aguilar's motive for the attack was, but... More »

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