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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 »

Maryland Can't Figure Out Who Is Killing Bald Eagles

Wildlife officials think someone is killing them by accident

(Newser) - Wildlife authorities in Maryland are trying to stop the person who is killing bald eagles—unintentionally. So far this year, seven bald eagles and a great horned owl have been killed along the Eastern Shore by poison, and others were sickened, reports CNN . Sound familiar? Something similar happened in 2016... More »

More Bad News for Baltimore's Self-Publishing Mayor

Raids conducted at several locations linked to Catherine Pugh

(Newser) - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh remained on paid leave Thursday following a bout of pneumonia, while FBI agents were hard at work. A spokesman confirms agents from the Baltimore FBI office and Washington IRS office raided City Hall, two homes owned by Pugh, and the office of her attorney early Thursday,... More »

She Doesn't Have Hands, Wins National Handwriting Award

Sara Hinesley, 10, hopes to inspire others

(Newser) - When 10-year-old Sara Hinesley first discovered cursive writing, "I thought it was easy." That's a testament to her attitude, as not much is easy for Sara—born without hands. "I just try my hardest," says the third-grader at St. John's Regional Catholic School in... More »

Syed's Lawyer: We're Taking This All the Way

Adnan Syed's attorney plans to petition the Supreme Court

(Newser) - Adnan Syed's lawyer took a hit Friday but vowed to keep on fighting. C. Justin Brown tweeted that he will petition the US Supreme Court to take up the murder case chronicled in the popular Serial podcast and HBO documentary series, the Baltimore Sun reports. This after the Maryland... More »

MLB Player Just Set a Record No One Wants

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has longest streak of hitless at-bats with 49

(Newser) - The phrase "the longest ever recorded in baseball history" might sound pretty exciting for an MLB player to accomplish, until you add the words "hitless streak" to it. Chris Davis found that out all too well Monday night, when the Baltimore Orioles first baseman went 0-for-5 while at... More »

Feds: Man Walked Off Job Intending to Carry Out Attack

Rondell Henry is accused of plotting ISIS-style attack

(Newser) - A Maryland man inspired by ISIS walked off his job in the middle of the day last month intending to carry out a terrorist attack, federal prosecutors say—and if he had been more organized, the death toll could have been horrific. Rondell Henry, a 28-year-old computer engineer, allegedly planned... More »

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