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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 »

Double-Amputee Army Vet Dies in Paddleboard Accident

(Newser) - A double-amputee Army veteran who was called an "adventure seeker" and "strong-willed man" by friends died Wednesday in the Chesapeake Bay while paddleboarding, NPR and the Washington Post report. Cody Iorns, 25, pushed off land near Annapolis, Md., around 6pm Wednesday with three other paddlers, but rough conditions—... More »

Carl Hiaasen's Brother Among 5 Killed in Newsroom Shooting

Suspect had longstanding grudge against newspaper

(Newser) - The five people killed in a horrific mass shooting in a Maryland newsroom Thursday have been identified, including Rob Hiaasen, brother of Florida novelist and columnist Carl Hiaasen. Rob "was the most remarkable person. So gifted and talented and dedicated to journalism," Carl Hiaasen tells the AP. The... More »

Maryland's Bald Eagle Die-Off Finally Explained

The 13 birds ingested a banned pesticide

(Newser) - Thirteen bald eagles found dead on farmland in Maryland's Eastern Shore in the state's largest die-off of the birds in 30 years died from ingesting a banned pesticide, wildlife officials say. The carcasses of the eagles, mostly immature, were discovered in Federalsburg in February 2016 with no outward... More »

'Are We Gonna Die, Ma'am?' 911 Calls During Flood Released

Residents, business owners in Maryland's Ellicott City wonder if they can rebuild

(Newser) - "It looks like a Stephen King movie." That was one Ellicott City local's take Tuesday after a "once in 1,000 years" flash flood devastated the Maryland city again Sunday. The Baltimore Sun reports residents, business owners, and officials have started assessing the wreckage as utility... More »

Chelsea Manning 'Safe' After Window Ledge Jumper Photo

The 30-year-old took down the photo after about 10 minutes

(Newser) - A close friend and colleague of Chelsea Manning said Monday that the convicted leaker of government secrets and longshot candidate for US Senate is safe after a photo on her Twitter account apparently showed the 30-year-old woman standing on the edge of an upper-story window ledge. The photo was posted... More »

National Guardsman Goes Missing in Maryland Flood

Rescuers are seeking Eddison Hermond

(Newser) - One man remained missing after flash flooding tore down historic Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, and left a community heartbroken at seeing severe damage less than two years after another devastating flood, the AP reports. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Monday morning that his priorities are finding the... More »

'Once in 1K Years' Flood Hits Maryland City Again

Governor declares state of emergency

(Newser) - After floods devastated Ellicott City in 2016, killing two people, it was called a "once in 1,000 years flood." But the Maryland city around 13 miles west of Baltimore was hit Sunday by flooding that was even worse than 2016. Flooding that the National Weather Service called... More »

After Baltimore Cop Is Killed, a Manhunt Is On

1 arrested, 3 sought in death of officer in Perry Hall

(Newser) - Police have charged a 16-year-old boy as an adult and are scouring a Baltimore suburb for three other suspects involved in the "shocking" death of a police officer on Monday. Dawnta Anthony Harris is awaiting a bail hearing. Amy Caprio, a four-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department,... More »

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