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$5M Gun Database Never Solved a Single Crime in 15 Years

Maryland program finally nixed

(Newser) - Since 2000, more than 300,000 bullet casings have piled up in an old fallout shelter in Pikesville, Maryland, the result of an ambitious program launched to catalog the casings in a database, which would then be used to help solve crimes, per the Baltimore Sun . But 15 years and... More »

4 Killed, 14 Hurt in Church Van Crash

Children among the victims of horrific accident outside DC

(Newser) - A church van carrying adults and children through a suburb of the nation's capital Sunday collided with a pickup truck that crossed its path, and the pickup truck burst into flames in an accident that claimed four lives and left 14 others badly injured, authorities say. A child was... More »

Teen Killed During Train Tracks Photo Shoot

Maryland's John Martin DeReggi Jr. couldn't escape coming train

(Newser) - Friends and family say a Maryland teen struck and killed by an Amtrak train was taking photographs with his girlfriend and her sister. Sixteen-year-old John Martin DeReggi Jr. and his girlfriend were being photographed by her twin sister at a picturesque spot in Boyds, a town about 20 miles north... More »

Woman Denied Child Custody, Visitation After Same-Sex Divorce

Judge rules Michelle Conover was '3rd party,' not a 2nd parent, to 5-year-old

(Newser) - A Maryland appeals court has ruled that a lesbian woman has no right to visitation or custody of a child whom the woman's former partner gave birth to before the couple married. The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the Court of Special Appeals has upheld a ruling by... More »

One College Gets Rid of Textbooks for Good

University of Maryland University College trades heavy tomes for online resources

(Newser) - Lugging around big, heavy textbooks you'll get next to nothing back on at the end of the semester has become a thing of the past at one Maryland institution of higher learning. The University of Maryland University College says it's getting rid of textbooks for good this fall,... More »

Neglected Horses' Hooves Were 3 Feet Long: Rescuers

Md. rescue group says horses were found in stall with manure piles 3 to 4 feet high

(Newser) - A concerned call about the welfare of someone's pet pigeons led to a disturbing discovery in a Maryland stable: three horses in such a severe state of neglect that a local rescue group was absolutely horrified. "Of the over 2,170 horses DEFHR has rescued in its 26-year... More »

Cops Bust Drone Delivery of Porn DVDs, Drugs to Prison

2 men face charges; charges also expected against an inmate

(Newser) - Someone inside Maryland's Western Correctional Institution will be waiting a long time for his porn delivery. Officials say two men have become the first in the state to be charged with attempting to deliver contraband items to a prison via drone after they were found with a Yuneec Typhoon... More »

Workers Removing Debris Find 18th-Century Shipwreck

Maryland wreckage appears to be a 45-foot cargo ship fastened with wooden pegs

(Newser) - A maintenance crew removing debris from under the US 50 Bridge over the Nanticoke River in Maryland last spring thought they might have hit on something special when they saw wood that looked like ship timbers. They were certainly right: Archaeologists are now confirming that it isn't just a... More »

Baltimore Is Shutting Down 'Dystopian' Jail

Md. Gov. Larry Hogan says shutdown won't take more than 'a couple of weeks'

(Newser) - Since 1938, Baltimore officials have sought to tear down the Baltimore City Detention Center, a Civil War-era prison described by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as the state's "black eye," the Baltimore Sun notes. Now, nearly 80 years later, the prison plagued by dilapidated conditions, gang activity, and... More »

Boy Beaten Over Slice of Birthday Cake Has Died

Police say 9-year-old Jack Garcia was handcuffed and fatally punched

(Newser) - Police say a 9-year-old Maryland boy has died after he was allegedly handcuffed and beaten for eating a piece of birthday cake without permission. Hagerstown police Capt. Paul Kifer says Jack Garcia died yesterday at Children's National Medical Center in Washington. Kifer says police will confer this afternoon with... More »

Cops: Mom Put Infant on Roadside, Drove Away

Sandra McClary, 26, charged with child neglect, endangerment

(Newser) - Police have charged a Maryland mother with child neglect and reckless endangerment after she allegedly left her infant on the side of a Pasadena road, then drove away. A bishop found what police now say is a 6-week-old in a car seat carrier with a diaper bag nearby shortly before... More »

Cops: Toddler Was Alive at Start of 44 Hours on Swing

3-year-old's death ruled a homicide

(Newser) - A disturbing development in a case that was horrifying to start with: Police in Maryland say the 3-year-old boy found dead in a park swing as his mother pushed him was alive when she put him in the swing—but that had been almost two days earlier. The Charles County... More »

Maryland Governor Has 'Very Advanced' Cancer

Larry Hogan says he will continue to serve in his office

(Newser) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has "very advanced" and "very aggressive" cancer of the lymph nodes, but he says he will continue to work as the state's chief elected official. Hogan says the cancer is B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and that it may be Stage 4,... More »

Woman With Super-Rare TB Traveled to 3 States

Officials trying to find 'hundreds of people' who may have been in contact with her

(Newser) - CDC officials say a woman with an extremely rare form of tuberculosis came to the US from India and traveled to three different states before being diagnosed with an active case of the disease. Now she's isolated at a National Institutes for Health clinic in Maryland, and authorities are... More »

Senior Prank Involving 72K Ladybugs Ends Poorly

This poorly: criminal charges are involved

(Newser) - A new entry in the senior-prank-gone-awry category : A number of Maryland high school students found themselves on the wrong side of the law after allegedly breaking into their high school at 3:40am Wednesday and dispersing 72,000 ladybugs. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has identified seven... More »

Woman Found Pushing Her Dead Boy on Swing

Sheriff's deputies make grim discovery at Maryland park

(Newser) - In a tragic and bizarre case, authorities yesterday found a woman pushing her dead son in a park's swing, the AP reports. She may have been at the Maryland park for hours or even overnight, they say. The story began with a call to sheriff's deputies regarding the... More »

Dread Parallel Parking? Move to Maryland

State axed the skill from its driving test this week

(Newser) - That most palm-sweating moment of a 16-year-old's life—when it comes time to parallel park during one's driving test—isn't something Maryland teens need to, well, sweat anymore. As of yesterday, the road test no longer includes parallel parking, potentially swelling the number of drivers in the... More »

'Serial' Podcast Subject Scores Court Victory

Alibi witness will finally get to testify

(Newser) - Adnan Syed, the Maryland man whose murder conviction is the subject of the hit podcast Serial, has scored a major court victory in his quest for a retrial. The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that a lower court should hear testimony from Asia McClain, a witness who says she... More »

Baltimore City Worker Spent Half His Time Watching Porn

Ogled DVD for 39 hours over 2 weeks; also, he was fired

(Newser) - Toiling for eight hours a day at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant certainly doesn't sound like a ton of fun. But if you're a City of Baltimore employee, it would probably behoove you not to a) bring a porn DVD in to pass the time, and b)... More »

'Free-Range Kids' Again Picked Up by Authorities

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv's kids were in a park near their home

(Newser) - It's not the first time Rafi and Dvora Meitiv have been picked up by authorities. This time, the Maryland kids, ages 10 and 6, were found at a park around 5pm yesterday; officials took them in after a bystander reported they were on their own. The park was about... More »

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