Home Quick News Updates – Read More

Quick News Updates – Read More

National Weather Service Confirms 3 Tornadoes in Maryland

Three tornadoes struck two Maryland counties as Isaias battered the region Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.Preliminary information from a National Weather Service survey concluded that two tornadoes touched down in St. Mary’s County and one hit Calvert County.An EF-0 tornado was on the ground from 6:27 a.m. to 6:28 a.m. in the area of Ridge in St. Mary’s County. It had a peak wind of 80 mph, a path length of 0.91 miles and a width of 75 yards.From 6:30 a.m. to 6:43 a.m., an EF-1 tornado struck a 7.3-mile path with a width of 100 yards in...
White Supremacist's

House Bill Would Remove White Supremacist’s Name From Chevy Chase Fountain

New demands to erase a segregationist’s name from the Chevy Chase Circle Fountain gained traction Tuesday on Capitol Hill.Washington, D.C., Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) introduced a bill to remove the name of Francis G. Newlands, who is memorialized there both in stone and in a plaque.The Nevada senator helped develop Chevy Chase in the late 19th century. And because he also was an avowed white supremacist, it was intended to be exclusively white. (The area was later divided by the D.C.-Maryland border, with it remaining a neighborhood on the District side and becoming a...

Johns Hopkins Study Finds Immunization Programs Pay Off in Long Run

Immunizing kids in low- and middle-income countries against preventable diseases such as measles pays off in the long term, according to a Johns Hopkins study.The findings are from the International Vaccine Access Center based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.The goal of the research was to figure out how much money a country’s economy loses when kids aren’t vaccinated for preventable diseases, and compare that number to how much it costs to give the vaccines.“This allows us to compare things in an apples-to-apples way,” said Bryan Patenaude, the study’s senior author and assistant professor in the school’s department of...

Tropical Storm Isaias Closes 14 Md. Coronavirus Testing Sites

As Tropical Storm Isaias approaches Maryland, state officials say coronavirus testing operations may be affected. Several sites will be closed Tuesday because of the storm, officials reported Monday afternoon.The one-day, high-volume testing event Tuesday planned at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen has been postponed until Aug. 11. Testing at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium is canceled for Tuesday as well, with tests shifted to Wednesday, Aug. 5, officials say."Due to Tropical Storm Isaias, operating hours at all of our testing sites are currently subject to change, and several testing sites will cancel operations," Mike Ricci, spokesman for Gov. Lawrence...

Group: More Cars on the Road Plus Summer Heat Means Poor Air Quality

The summer’s scorching temperatures combined with returning traffic on roadways across D.C., Maryland and Virginia means the chances of poor air quality are on the rise.Though many drivers may be on the road less than before the COVID-19 pandemic, vehicle emissions are still one of the main contributors to the formation of ground-level ozone, according to Clean Air Partners.“While the impacts of ground-level ozone can be unhealthy for the region and our community members — especially those with lung conditions — the steps to address ground-level ozone are actually very simple,” said Fatemeh Allahdoust, chair of the Clean Air...

Ocean City Mandates Masks on Boardwalk 18 Hours a Day

Ocean City’s mayor has mandated face masks on the Maryland resort’s boardwalk, but did not get the support of the city council to make the penalty for not wearing a mask a municipal fine instead of a criminal misdemeanor.Ocean City’s declaration by Mayor Rick Meehan coincides with a new state mandate to wear masks at outdoor events.In Maryland, masks will be required not only at outdoor events where social distancing isn’t possible but also inside public buildings.  The order went into effect Friday evening.Ocean City’s mask mandate for the 2 ½-mile long boardwalk will be in effect from 8...

Maryland Meets Coronavirus Testing Goal, Sees Positivity Rate Decrease, 909 New Cases

All of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions have met the goal of testing 10% of their populations for the coronavirus.The state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 4.47% after it has administered 1.25 million tests, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) said in a press release. It has remained below 5% since June 25.“Our aggressive statewide testing strategy is helping us to understand, identify, and stop the spread of this virus, and I want to commend all of our local jurisdictions for stepping up to meet our goal of testing 10% of their populations,” Hogan said.With Cecil County testing 10.1% this...

Prince George’s Offers $2M to Day Care Centers as Many Struggle Amid Pandemic

Almost half of the licensed day care providers in Prince George’s County were forced to close their doors since the pandemic began.Now, as a child care crisis looms, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is offering $2 million in grant money for day cares.“It is our hope that these funds will help these facilities to open, remain open and provide safe and reliable child care for all of our families,” Alsobrooks said at a press conference.The county executive’s office says the county had 1,100 facilities before the pandemic began. That number has dwindled down to 635.Dana Miller of Little Smiling Faces told NBC...

Tropical Storm Isaias Expected to Bring Heavy Rain, Flood Threat to Region

Chances of rain will increase early this week as Tropical Storm Isaias moves closer to the area, with a possibility for torrential tropical downpours and flooding in the D.C. region.Even though the storm weakened from a hurricane on Saturday, Isaias — currently near Florida — is forecast to parallel the U.S. East Coast, according to NBC Washington meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts, a path which would bring tropical storm conditions to the region from Monday night through Tuesday.The storm — pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs — had already prompted Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to declare a state of emergency for the potential of heavy rain and...

Face Coverings Required at BWI Marshall Aiport

All BWI Marshall Airport passengers and workers must wear face masks or coverings at all times, as of 5 p.m. Friday, the airport announced.The airport said the move was in keeping with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order that anyone age 5 or older wear a face covering indoors “at any location where members of the public are generally permitted” as a preventative measure against spreading the novel coronavirus.Face coverings were already required in the airport’s restaurants and shops, and all major airlines have already implemented face mask policies, the airport said.Passengers should bring their own masks, BWI Marshall...

Hogan Extends Order Blocking Utility Shutoffs in Maryland

Utility providers are barred from shutting off service or charging late fees in Maryland until at least Sept. 1 under an extension of an executive order issued Friday by Gov. Larry Hogan.Hogan issued the original version of the order in March amid the first wave of layoffs and business shutdowns from the coronavirus pandemic.The order, which has been extended before, applies to companies that provide gas, electric, water, phone and internet service.Sept. 1 is when the COVID-19 state of emergency declared by Hogan is set to expire, although Hogan could also extend that measure.A previous order issued by Hogan, which remains in...
'Mask Ambassador'

COVID-19 Survivor Now Considers Herself a ‘Mask Ambassador’

After surviving a bout with COVID-19, a Maryland woman is urging the public not to get complacent in the middle of the pandemic.“Don’t think it can’t happen to you,” Sandy Oxx of New Market told WTOP. “I appreciate the opportunity to be a mask ambassador – I guess that’s my new title.”Oxx said she and her family members felt they were being appropriately cautious, only leaving home for food and essential errands. She described herself as being “healthy as a horse”.However, after a weekend of everyone in the house feeling lousy, her husband and son felt better, but she...

University System of Maryland to Require Negative COVID-19 Test Before Students, Employees Allowed on...

The University System of Maryland is sticking with plans to welcome students back this fall but says all arriving students — and employees — must test negative for the coronavirus before they’re allowed on campuses.According to the new coronavirus guidelines announced Thursday, all students coming back to campuses in fall must test negative for COVID-19 within 14 days of their arrival and provide their university with official confirmation of the test result.Some universities will carry out the testing themselves as students return to campuses. The mandatory testing also applies to employees.The university system said the decision to require mandatory...
Eid al-Adha

Muslims in Maryland Urged to Follow Coronavirus Guidelines to Celebrate Eid al-Adha Safely

This year in Maryland, Muslim families who celebrate Eid al-Adha are being encouraged to adjust their plans to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.Eid al-Adha, one of two major holidays in the Islamic faith, is normally celebrated with services at mosques and with gatherings of friends and family.The holiday will be celebrated by many today, and that has prompted the Maryland Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to issue what it is calling a #CovEID community advisory.“We just want everybody to be able to still find joy in the holiday and celebrate, but do it in a...

Trone Hosting a Virtual Fundraiser for Targeted Colleague, Rep. McBath

Rep. David J. Trone (D-Md.), a leading fundraiser for Democratic candidates and causes before being elected in 2018, is hosting a virtual fundraising event Thursday evening for Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.), a fellow freshman.McBath, who became a gun control activist after her 17-year-old son was shot dead in 2012, is in a tough race in a suburban Atlanta district that voted for President Trump in 2016. She faces a rematch with ex-Rep. Karen Handel (R), a former Georgia secretary of State, whom she ousted by 1 point in 2018. Before McBath's victory, the 6th District seat had been in...

Md. Nursing Homes Panicking Over Assuming Costs of COVID-19 Tests

The high cost of COVID-19 tests is causing panic in the nursing home industry in Maryland, as state leaders have said the facilities themselves will soon need to pick up the tab for required weekly testing.Under current state health regulations, all nursing home staff members across Maryland must be tested each week for COVID-19.The state has been paying for the tests, but facilities are now being told to have their own plans in place to cover the cost starting Aug. 15.“Nursing homes must submit a plan to coordinate their own ongoing weekly staff testing,” said Allison Ciborowski, president of LeadingAge...

House Police Accountability Workgroup to Hold Public Hearing

The House Workgroup to Address Police Reform and Accountability in Maryland will hold a public hearing next week to discuss police misconduct investigations, the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, statewide use of force policies, the use and disclosure of body camera footage and the independent prosecution of officer-involved crime.House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) created the workgroup in May, following civil unrest surrounding the suffocation of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, in an effort to make policy recommendations ahead of the 2021 legislative session.Members of the public are encouraged to sign up...

Senate GOP Condemns Baltimore FOP Vandals, Expresses Disappointment in City Leaders

Maryland's Senate Republican Caucus Tuesday condemned actions of Baltimore City protesters who vandalized the city’s Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge over the weekend.“While we support the First Amendment rights of all Marylanders to peacefully protest, the damage that rioters caused to the building and their desecration of the Lodge’s American flag is an unacceptable attack on every law enforcement officer in our State,” the lawmakers said in a statement. “All citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and exercise their right to free speech. But when these protected activities devolve into vandalism and lawlessness, there must be consequences.”The...

Yoho Attack on AOC Is Fundraising Fodder for State Senator 

A Maryland lawmaker’s latest fundraising pitch seeks to tap into the angry reaction triggered by a Florida congressman’s highly-publicized tirade against a progressive hero.In an email to supporters on Monday, state Sen. Mary L. Washington (D-Baltimore City) said she was “appalled” by Rep. Ted Yoho’s “verbal assault” on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) last week.According to Ocasio-Cortez, Yoho accosted her on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and later referred to her a “f---ing b----” in a conversation with another colleague. Her account was largely corroborated by a reporter for The Hill who was there at the time.Yoho later told...

Baltimore Doctor Who Worked Pandemic ‘Front Lines’ Dies of COVID-19

The head of a Baltimore hospital’s critical care unit, who “selflessly continued his work on the front lines” as the coronavirus pandemic swept through region, has died after contracting the virus.Dr. Joseph Costa, the chief of the critical care unit at Mercy Medical Hospital in downtown Baltimore, died Saturday, the hospital said in a statement.Costa was 56 and the cause of death was COVID-19, spokesman Daniel Collins told WTOP in an email.Costa, who joined the hospital in 1997, had served as the hospital’s critical care chief for the past 15 years.“He dedicated his life and career to caring for...