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It's So Hot in Baltimore That Schools Are Closing

Dozens of them

(Newser) - Dozens of Baltimore County schools that don't have air conditioning are closed Friday because of the heat, the AP reports. The temporary closures of 37 schools are because of a measure approved by the county's board of education earlier this month that says non-air-conditioned public schools must close... More »

6 Found Dead So Far in Mysterious Maryland Explosion

But one man reported missing has been found alive

(Newser) - The death toll has risen as searchers sift through the rubble from an explosion at a Maryland apartment building . Montgomery County Police said Monday that a sixth body has been found in the debris of the Flower Branch apartments in Silver Spring, the AP reports. An explosion at the four-story... More »

Mystery Blast Rocks DC Suburb, Injures 30

At least 3 firefighters among the injured

(Newser) - Fire officials say at least 30 people, including at least three firefighters, have been injured in an explosion and fire at an apartment building in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC, reports the AP . First responders were dispatched to the scene in Silver Spring just before midnight Wednesday after a... More »

Woman's Facebook Account Deactivated Amid Fatal Standoff

Site blocked Korryn Gaines' posts upon police request

(Newser) - The world might've seen more of Korryn Gaines' five-hour standoff with police Monday, but Facebook granted a police request to shut off her account. The social media site deactivated Gaines' Facebook and Instagram accounts, which she was using to broadcast the standoff before she was fatally shot in Randallstown,... More »

State Balks at Serial Retrial

Maryland is appealing judge's ruling to give Adnan Syed a new trial

(Newser) - A Baltimore judge was wrong to consider "a novel standalone claim" about the reliability of cellphone tracking evidence in granting a new trial for a man whose murder conviction was re-examined in the Serial podcast, the Maryland attorney general's office says. Appealing the decision to retry Adnan Syed,... More »

5-Year-Old Hurt in Shootout Between Woman, Baltimore Cops

23-year-old Korryn Gaines died after hourslong standoff

(Newser) - A nearly six-hour standoff with Baltimore County police Monday ended with a shootout that left a 23-year-old woman dead and a 5-year-old injured, the Baltimore Sun reports. Cops arrived at a Randallstown, Md., apartment just before 9:30am to serve arrest warrants on a man living there and on Korryn... More »

Driver Pokemon-Goes Right Into Police Car: Cops

'That's what I get for playing this dumb-a-- game': distracted Baltimore driver

(Newser) - Even a Legendary may not be able to get a young man from Baltimore out of trouble after his SUV ran into a police car early Monday while he was allegedly playing Pokemon Go, the Baltimore Sun reports. USA Today notes body-camera video was released that shows a Toyota RAV4... More »

Court: Parents Are Legally Responsible for Kids' Drinking

If they've 'willfully' and 'knowingly' provided the booze

(Newser) - In what one attorney calls a "wake-up call to the so-called cool parents," Maryland adults who provide alcohol to underage kids can be held legally responsible if those kids harm themselves or others, the Washington Post reports. According to the Baltimore Sun , adults in Maryland could already be... More »

In Maryland Lightning Strike, Ben Franklin Saves the Day

Original lightning rod took the hit when Maryland's State House was hit

(Newser) - Gov. Larry Hogan says the Maryland State House was saved from a lightning strike "by a 208-year-old original Ben Franklin lightning rod." The nation's oldest State House was hit by lightning Friday evening, triggering a sprinkler system in its historic dome, reports the AP . Fire officials say... More »

'Active Shooter' at Military Base Just a False Alarm

Turns out to be a misunderstanding at Joint Base Andrews

(Newser) - The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down Thursday after an "active shooter" report that turned out to be a false alarm, the AP reports. The report stemmed from someone who made a distress call after seeing security forces... More »

Md. County to Kill Pesky Geese, Donate to Food Bank

Humane Society comes out against program, but parks department says it's tried everything

(Newser) - Officials in Montgomery County, Md., have put up fences and attempted to rearrange habitats, but the goose problem in parks there is so bad that they're now resorting to a last-ditch remedy: killing them and donating what's edible to feed the hungry, NBC News reports. Per a press... More »

Rapper Hosts 'Peace' Event, Is Killed on Way Home

Lor Scoota was fatally shot in Baltimore on Saturday

(Newser) - Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota hosted an event calling for "peace in the streets"—and was fatally shot an hour later, reports the Washington Post . Authorities say Tyriece Travon Watson was driving home from a charity event at Morgan State University around 7pm Saturday when a black male wearing... More »

Wife Says Husband Kept Her Locked Up for Months

He would allegedly take her for walks around the neighborhood

(Newser) - A 51-year-old city worker is in jail after his wife told police he kept her locked up in their Maryland apartment for nearly three months, the Daily Times reports. According to WMDT , the unnamed woman says her imprisonment started March 26, the day they moved into the apartment in Salisbury.... More »

Maryland's GOP Governor Isn't Voting for Trump

Larry Hogan says he might write another name on ballot

(Newser) - Maryland's Larry Hogan has become the latest governor to decide that being a Republican doesn't mean you have to vote for Donald Trump. After months of skirting the question, Hogan told reporters Wednesday that he doesn't plan to vote for Trump in November, reports the Baltimore Sun... More »

National Aquarium Moving Its Dolphins to Sanctuary

8 will head to seaside facility by end of 2020

(Newser) - Baltimore's National Aquarium says it will send its eight dolphins to "the nation's first seaside dolphin sanctuary" before the end of 2020 amid increasing pressure from animal activists. The animals will live out their lives in the outdoor facility, which has not been built, but will still... More »

Prosecutor: Freddie Gray Got 'Rough Ride' in Police Van

Officer Caesar Goodson 'negligent' for not securing Gray with seatbelt, calling for help

(Newser) - A 25-year-old black man got a "rough ride" in the back of a Baltimore police van, critically injuring his spine and causing his death, a prosecutor said Thursday, per the AP . The van driver, Officer Caesar Goodson, is on trial facing second-degree murder, manslaughter, and other charges stemming from... More »

Victim's Blinks Led to Killer's Conviction

Maryland man was paralyzed by shooting

(Newser) - A Maryland jury has found a man guilty of murder after the paralyzed victim, who later died, identified the person who shot him by blinking. A Prince George's County jury found 25-year-old Jermaine Hailes guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday in the 2010 shooting of 29-year-old Melvin Pate, the AP... More »

A 'Pirate' Averted Disaster in the Chesapeake Bay

After hearing a mayday call, Jeremy Shockley rescued 22 people

(Newser) - Chesapeake Bay crabber Jeremy Shockley calls himself a "pirate," but a lot of other people are calling him a hero. He was at a dock in Maryland Wednesday evening when he heard a mayday call, grabbed a crew, and rescued 22 people, including 14 children, whose boat had... More »

7-Year-Old and His Stuffed Animal Fight Off Armed Robber

'Two left hooks while holding the Yoshi doll'

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy is being lauded for his bravery after he attempted to fight off a gun-wielding robber while armed with only a stuffed animal last week in Maryland, Fox News reports. According to the Washington Post , the boy's parents took him to GameStop to buy a Yoshi doll.... More »

'Unger v. State' Gives Inmates '2nd Chance' at Freedom

They committed their crimes decades ago

(Newser) - Merle Unger was 18 when he first escaped from jail in 1967. A high school drop-out and petty criminal in Greencastle, Penn., Unger would tie bed sheets together to get out of jail in the evenings so he could visit his girlfriend and play bingo. It worked well—until a... More »

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