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They Served 36 Years for a Murder They Didn't See

Prosecutors say key facts weren't presented at 1984 trial

(Newser) - Three Maryland men sentenced to life in prison for murder as teenagers were exonerated Monday after serving 36 years in prison. "On behalf of the criminal justice system, and I'm sure this means very little to you gentlemen, I'm going to apologize," a Baltimore Circuit Court... More »

Cops: Serial Rapists Who Struck in 1990s Found With Genealogy

Including the so-called 'Potomac River Rapist'

(Newser) - Police say two serial rapists have been caught—one in California and one in South Carolina—thanks to genetic genealogy. Giles Daniel Warrick, accused of sexually assaulting 10 women and killing one in Washington, DC, and Maryland in the 1990s, was arrested last week in Conway, SC, after authorities connected... More »

Museum Makes Big Move to Correct 'Centuries of Imbalance'

Baltimore Museum of Art will acquire works from female artists only in 2020

(Newser) - "This [is] how you raise awareness and shift the identity of an institution. You don't just purchase one painting by a female artist of color and hang it on the wall next to a painting by Mark Rothko. To rectify centuries of imbalance, you have to do something... More »

Cops: Bank Teller Robs Man Who Made Big Withdrawal

19-year-old faces slew of charges in Maryland

(Newser) - It's usually the bank teller that gets robbed. Not so in a case out of Maryland, where police say a teller who told them he was "tired of working two jobs" invaded the home of a customer who'd withdrawn several thousand dollars, reports the Baltimore Sun . Nathan... More »

Elijah Cummings' Widow on Her Next Move: 'His Spirit Is With Me'

Md. Democratic Party Chair Maya Rockeymoore Cummings running for Cummings' seat

(Newser) - Elijah Cummings' death last month is still reverberating through DC, but there is no shortage of candidates looking to fill his congressional seat in Maryland's 7th District—including one close to the late congressman's heart. With a Nov. 20 deadline looming to file for a run in... More »

A Guy Just Died in Fight Over a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Altercation started in line at Maryland restaurant

(Newser) - Popeyes' wildly popular chicken sandwich has returned—and a fight over it cost a man his life Monday night. Police say the victim was fatally stabbed after an altercation that began when a man cut in front of somebody else in a line for the sandwiches at a Popeyes in... More »

Nancy Pelosi Loses a Brother

Thomas D'Alesandro III passed away in Baltimore

(Newser) - Thomas D'Alesandro III, a former Baltimore mayor and the brother of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has died. He was 90. A spokesman for Pelosi said D'Alesandro died Sunday morning at his north Baltimore home after complications from a stroke, the AP reports. Pelosi says in a statement that... More »

It's Supposed to Fly in Nuclear War. A Bird Took It Down

'Hulking' E-6B Mercury aircraft temporarily grounded after bird gets sucked into engine

(Newser) - A military "doomsday" aircraft that's supposed to serve as a command post during nuclear war got brought down by something much simpler than a nuke earlier this month: a bird. Per the Navy Times , an E-6B Mercury was trying to land at Maryland's Naval Air Station Patuxent... More »

Rep. Elijah Cummings Dies

Democrat chaired powerful House committee

(Newser) - Rep. Elijah Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office says. He was 68. A sharecropper's son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a House committee that investigated President Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for... More »

Senior Accused of Killing Longtime Pal With Brick

Maryland's Chun Yong Oh charged in Hwa Cha Pak's murder

(Newser) - A 73-year-old Maryland woman is accused of using a brick to kill her longtime friend and neighbor at what NBC News describes as a senior living facility in Bladensburg. Chun Yong Oh took multiple swipes at 82-year-old Hwa Cha Pak with a brick, according to the Prince George's County... More »

Shopping Center 'Probably Totaled' by Explosion

A Maryland shopping center suffers crippling blast

(Newser) - At around 7am, a fire alarm rang at a Maryland shopping center. An hour later, half the building blew up. Luckily a lot happened in between, with firefighters identifying a gas leak and evacuating the Columbia building and surrounding area, CNN reports. The blast could be heard for miles, but... More »

CDC to Army Lab: 'Cease and Desist' Studying Deadly Germs

Maryland's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases temporarily shuttered over safety concerns

(Newser) - A "cease and desist" order from the Centers for Disease Control has been issued, a military biodefense lab has been shuttered, and "research is currently on hold" there, possibly for months. The issue: safety worries that cropped up over processes used to contain dozens of dangerous toxins and... More »

He Headed Out With a Drone. Then, a Man 'Just Lying There'

Jason Blake Mabee had been missing for 5 days in Maryland woods

(Newser) - A Maryland man who was missing for five days was found severely injured in the woods Saturday with the help of a search party volunteer using his drone, the AP reports. Julian Bustos confirmed to WTTG he was using his personal drone to search for 44-year-old Jason Blake Mabee when... More »

Bikers Found 2 Dogs. They Were Barking a Frantic Message

87-year-old stuck in mud along Potomac River rescued after pups ran for help

(Newser) - An elderly man in Maryland may want to give his pups an extra treat or two after their barks for help rescued him from mud-mired danger along the Potomac. Per the Washington Post and NBC Washington , the 87-year-old was near Little Falls Dam in Montgomery County with his two dogs... More »

Well-Known Columnist Apparently Got 'Swatted'

Someone called cops, told them Leonard Pitts Jr.'s wife was being murdered in their home

(Newser) - "It was an interesting way to start the morning," says columnist Leonard Pitts Jr., and that may be just a bit of an understatement. After someone made a hoax call to police reporting that the wife of the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist was being murdered inside their Bowie, Md.... More »

SCOTUS: 40-Foot Cross on Public Land Can Stay

Thursday opinion cites war monument's historical significance

(Newser) - A 40-foot cross on public land in a Washington, DC, suburb is staying put, thanks to a 7-2 ruling by the Supreme Court. The Maryland Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Md., erected with private funds in 1925 to honor 49 area servicemen killed in World War I, doesn't stand in... More »

Wealthy Man Wanted a Secret Bunker, Got a Cell Instead

Daniel Beckwitt handed 21 years, with all but 9 suspended, in death of Askia Khafra

(Newser) - During Daniel Beckwitt's trial, his lawyer explained the Maryland man wanted to build a bunker below his Bethesda home due to his fear of a nuke attack by North Korea. He'll now spend his time in a different sort of confined space. The New York Times reports the... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

33 Years Later, Hubby Charged in Newlywed's 'Staged' Slaying

John Norton accused of inventing 1985 home invasion

(Newser) - It was long thought that 23-year-old Karen Norton was killed when she interrupted a 1985 home invasion. More than three decades later, authorities in Maryland have offered a different version of events, alleging murder at the hands of the newlywed's husband. Indicted on first-degree murder charges, John Norton, 57,... More »

Helicopter Crashes Into 'The Hole'

Authorities are scouring the Chesapeake Bay

(Newser) - A helicopter plunged into the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday and triggered a desperate search for survivors, the Baltimore Sun reports. Per eyewitnesses and officials, the two-seater hovered over a nearby farm before turning toward the bay and crashing about 3/4 of a mile out. The Maryland Natural Resources Police arrived... More »

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