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Maryland Top News: Naval Academy Rape Case, Two Marylanders on American Idol, Politicians Prepare for Governor's Race

Start off your week with the news from around the state in crime, business and politics.

 

Public Safety: Naval Academy rape, gun control and school safety

A Naval Academy professor is charged in the 2011 rape of a midshipman. Maj. Mark A. Thompson, 43, is undergoing an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a grand jury hearing, at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC.

Two gun vendors were arrested in Timonium after they were caught selling illegal, high-capacity bullet magazines to undercover police at a local gun and knife show.

In light of the Sandy Hook shootings, some Maryland legislators are hoping to make their schools safer. Anne Arundel County's delegation is introducing a bill that would put an armed resource officer in all of Maryland's public schools, while in Montgomery County, a councilman is hoping to double the number of officers in the county's public schools.

 

Business: Mayor urges Trader Joe's to open another Maryland store, Whole Foods development on hold, speakeasy in Annapolis

Bowie's Mayor is hoping to get Trader Joe's CEO to visit the city and possibly open a grocery after many Bowie residents expressed interest in having a Trader Joe's nearby.

However, in another part of Prince George's County, a development plan involving the first Whole Foods store in the county has stalled after developers withdrew their plan.

, is closing all of its locations after the owners decided to sell. The family is hoping someone will buy up all four of their available locations.

In is in the works. It's set to open in June after receiving a special exceptions permit.

An expansion is about to begin at Columbia Mall in the current L.L. Bean space. The 75,000 square-foot expansion will create new retail and restaurant space.

 

Entertainment: Two Marylanders are headed to Hollywood

Two Marylanders are headed to Los Angeles after earning the golden ticket at their American Idol auditions.

Kriss Mincey, of Aberdeen, talks about making it through the audition round and what she's hoping for out of the competition in this You Tube video.

also made it through an audition after performing a Maroon 5 song. Sarin, who calls himself the "Turbinator", also is trained in classical Indian music.

 

Government, Politics and Health: Politicians prepare for governor's race, improperly placed speed cameras

The flu virus is spreading across Maryland, but in as pharmacies are reporting limited quantities.

Even after a district judge found that a speed camera was missplaced, Montgomery County Police are not moving the speed camera.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is raising money fast for his expected gubernatorial run. He's raised about $2.13 million total.

Another Maryland politician may be preparing to official join the 2014 governor's race—Harford Co. Executive David Craig's campaign contributions report was released.

Harford County officials start a study for a university research park at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping to get some funding for a new Prince George's County hospital. The $210 million dollar request would improve the county's healthcare facilities including the hospital in Laurel.

A cut in federal funds to Maryland will impact how some students will get to schools. The cut primarily affects the transportation costs for students at failing public schools who attend alternative programs.

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