Tuesday, April 30, 2013
May 1, 2013 will mark the 10-year anniversary of Blair's resignation from the paper of record. Today, he works as a life coach.
In the journalism world, the names of plagiarists are noted in the industry's history. But perhaps none is as notorious as former University of Maryland student and Columbia native Jayson Blair. Blair resigned on May 1, 2003 from the New York Times after a string of improper journalistic practices that the Times called called "a profound betrayal of trust and a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper." This week is the 10-year anniversary of his resignation. On Monday, he spoke with Patch about his past, what he's doing now, and how his notoriety affects his life. "A number of TV stations and newspapers have reached out to me this week," said Blair. "Most of them either want to look at what had happened or they want to look at …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
A ‘Day Out With Thomas Ticket’ includes train rides, crafts and more.
Are your kids obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine? They have a chance to meet and ride on the chipper little engine April 26-28 and May 3-5 at the B & O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. Click here to buy tickets for a “Day Out With Thomas Ticket” and find out ride and event times. Tickets are $19. Advance purchase is recommended. Each event includes storytelling, arts and crafts, a 25-minute ride behind Thomas and more. Tickets also include all-day admission to the museum.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Grace McComas, 15, was a Glenelg High School sophomore.
A bill known as “Grace’s Law,” inspired by a 15-year-old Howard County teen who committed suicide on Easter Sunday in 2012, would make it a crime to bully someone repeatedly online, according to the Baltimore Sun. McComas’s parents told media outlets that she was harassed online for months before her death. Grace’s suicide resulted in an outcry of condemnation against bullying. Her friends wore blue – Grace’s favorite color – at her funeral, and went on to wear “Blue4Grace” to make visible their stance against bullying. Howard County Republican Allan Kittleman sponsored the Senate version of the bill, which was introduced by Rep. John Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat. Last week, the Senate approved the bill, which Kittleman called “…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Patch brings you weird news headlines from around the state of Maryland.
Lanham Woman Attempts Robbery, Bites Good Samaritans A Lanham woman is facing robbery and assault charges after attempting to steal a purse from an 80-year-old woman and then biting the victim's husband and a Good Samaritan, who foiled the robbery. Blog Post: Mike Miller Wouldn't Mind A Toke Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller wouldn't mind a toke right about now. Cicadas Return: 17-year Cicadas to Overtake East Coast by the Millions this Spring In May, cicadas in Maryland and along the Eastern seaboard will wake from their 17-year sleep. Jail for 76-Year-Old Ellicott City Man for Embezzlement, Tax Evasion A 76-year-old Ellicott City man was sentenced to more than a year in prison for tax evasion and embezzling more than $415,…
The cicadas are expected in the millions, according to researchers.
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Friday, March 29, 2013
The fitness trend is different than stripping, participants say.
Students and instructors in pole dancing (not to be confused with stripping) will be coming to Elkridge Saturday to compete in a Tri-State Pole Dance Fitness Invitational. The event is held by Pole Pressure, a business that offers pole dancing classes throughout DC and surrounding areas. The Tri-State Pole Dance Fitness Invitational will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Howard County Sports Center, 6742 Dorsey Rd, Elkridge. Tickets to attend are $30 at the door, according to the Elkridge Patch events section. Students start competing at 2 p.m. and instructors start at 6:30 p.m. Pole dancing fitness classes have gained popularity for both women and men; the first men’s pole dancing competition has recently been scheduled to occur in…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Fourteen states have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, should Maryland be next?
This week, Maryland state senators passed a bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, making the possession of up to 10 grams of the drug a civil offense, punishable by the maximum penalty of $100. In a bipartisan vote, the bill passed 30-16 in the Maryland Senate on Tuesday. Howard County blogger Dennis Lane wrote on Wednesday, “A tax on joints is another way to look at it.” Howard County senator Allan Kittleman (R – Howard, Carroll) was a co-sponsor of the bill. Kittleman told NBC Washington that there were 47,000 arrests for marijuana possession in Maryland last year. He said that police and prison resources could be better used on other things, according to the report. Ed Kasemayer (D – Howard) joined Kittleman in …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A five cent bag fee won't help the environment, says an employee of Advance Polybag, and it will hurt businesses.
The sales director of an Elkridge business recently submitted a letter to MarylandReporter.com decrying the proposed state-wide grocery bag fee. Bill Ebeck, director of sales for Advance Polybag, Inc., - a company on San Tomas Road that manufactures plastic bags - calls the proposed legislation "harmful and regressive." The Community Cleanup and Greening Act of 2013 would require certain stores to charge five cents for each disposable carry out bag it gives to a customer. Proponents say that the fee will encourage the use of reusable bags, keeping the plastic bags out of the waste stream, the water and off the ground. But Ebeck said the bag fee is not just bad for business, it will “harm consumers, jobs and the environment,” the …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Here are some of Patch's top Local Voices posts across Maryland this week.
Bevins Critical of Proposal to Tighten County Car Rules: Baltimore County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins said a colleague is only calling for the changes because he was questioned by a reporter for breaking a campaign promise not to take a county vehicle if elected. Sequestration to Have Serious Local Impact: Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young talks about what the impact of the sequestration's mandated federal budget cuts would be on city services. State of the River Address: The South River Report Card is discussed in this blog that details the health of one of the local waterways in Anne Arundel County. Anne Arundel 'School Hours Study' - Answers to the Questions: Blog reacts to a recent study as part of the ongoing …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
A school cancellation could delay Maryland state testing that began on Tuesday.
The impending snowstorm poised to dump more than five inches on Howard County may have commuters worried, but Howard County Public Schools will wait to see how serious it is. The school system will make a decision whether to delay or cancel schools on Wednesday morning, sometime before 5:30 a.m., according to school spokepserson Rebecca Amani-Dove. Take our poll: Should school be canceled Wednesday? Who wants a snow day? And who doesn't? On Tuesday, Howard County schools started the math test for the Maryland State Assessment (MSA). Students are scheduled to finish the math portion of the MSA on Wednesday. If school is canceled or delayed on Wednesday, students will finish the math portion of the test on Thursday, said Amani-Dove. Also, if…