Mary Rose Madden

Mary Rose Madden once woke to roosters in the rough and tumble neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn.  Sheââââââââââââââââââ


Baltimore City
2:07 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Are Baltimore’s Illegal Dumping Laws Working?

The main trail from Herring Run Park to Parkside Drive.

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 2:16 pm


Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works says it spends $ 16 million a year picking up trash from illegal dumping.  The city’s Department of Housing and Community Development Permits and Code Enforcement Division, the department that is responsible for tracking violations, says it handed out 840 citations for dumping and littering in the last year.

Julie Lawson from the advocacy group Trash Free Maryland Alliance, says there is far more illegal dumping than that number of citations would suggest. She compares Baltimore’s citations with Philadelphia’s. 

“(Philadelphia] gave out 120,000 citations for dumping and littering last year,” says Lawson, who met last week with Donald Carlton, the deputy commissioner of that city’s streets department.

Part of the reason for Baltimore’s lower number of citations could be that authorities are unclear on how to enforce the laws.

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4:40 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

How Hogan Staged This Upset

Larry Hogan/ Anthony Brown

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:52 pm

Within days after last June’s primary, pollsters had written off Republican Larry Hogan in his race against Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. But somehow, Hogan pulled off a stunning upset, capturing more than 51 percent of the vote for governor in one of the bluest states in the nation.

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4:14 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

For Republican Governor Hopeful David Craig, It's A Balancing Act

Maryland GOP candidates: Charles Lollar, David Craig, and Ron George at The Johns Hopkins University GOP Forum

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 3:02 pm

This is not the first rodeo for David Craig. In fact, it’s his 21st run for public office; a lot of campaigning for a man who considers himself less flashy than his opponents in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.

But making this race is something he’s been working toward for a long time. He’s been a state delegate, a state senator, Mayor of Havre de Grace and now, the Harford County Executive. And he’s developed a long record of balancing budgets, something he points to in his campaign.

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12:26 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Humble Story Of Baltimore Photographer, Sam Holden

Sam Holden on assignment

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 8:02 am

Over the weekend, Baltimore lost a great talent - 44 year old photographer Sam Holden died while doing yard work on his father's farm in Harford County.  This biographical sketch originally aired in 2008.  It's the story of one boy's dream job: to photograph his favorite musicians and personal heroes.  His work has appeared in publications ranging from Rolling Stone to Forbes to the Baltimore City Paper.  But he started going out with his dad on photo shoots and then, uncovering his own style in the dark room.  

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12:45 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Why Middle School Sexting Is Not Considered Child Porn In Maryland

Anne Arundel County police building.

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:47 am

Recently, a group of Anne Arundel County middle school girls sent nude photos of themselves to boys who distributed them; one person is believed to have posted them on an Instagram site. Yet no one was charged with a crime and it’s unclear whether school authorities disciplined anyone.

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1:38 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

When Sexting And Shame Come To Middle School

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 2:16 pm

In the last month, students from an Anne Arundel County middle school have used cell phones and social media to distribute nude images of their classmates, causing parents to turn a more attentive eye to their kids’ internet and cell phone use.

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4:43 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Oh, The Snow: Killing Parents' (Futile) Attempts To Balance Family Life

Meghan Rich's daughter Vivienne Louise Ashlin, 3.

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 12:23 pm

Schools in Baltimore and all around the state are closed again because of the snow. The kids, most likely, are delighted.

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11:20 am
Tue November 19, 2013

The Magic Pill, Part 4: Is Anybody Out There?

A Zen Garden in Dr.Mark Komrad's office. Many westerners say the Chinese symbol for "crisis" (pictured) is the combination of two characters that represent "danger" and "opportunity".

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 3:16 pm

This story is the fourth installment in a five-part series on mental health care. Click here for the entire series.

Insurance Networks don't always  provide accurate - and adequate - networks.   At what point is a network that doesn't provide sufficient numbers of providers and information crossing the line? 

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9:30 am
Wed November 13, 2013

The Magic Pill, Part 3: I've Got This Insurance Card, Now How Do I Get The Care?

Behavioral Health workers taking calls for The Baltimore Crisis Response Hotline

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 3:18 pm

This story is the third installment in a five-part series on mental health care. Click here for the entire series.

Millions of Americans are expected to have expanded mental health and substance abuse benefits under Obamacare and the 2008 Mental Health Parity Law.

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Health Care
9:39 am
Tue November 12, 2013

The Magic Pill, Part 2: Getting Fair And Equal With Your Mental Health Care

A stuffed version of Edvard Munch's "The Scream," found in Mark Komrad's office.

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 3:11 pm

This story is the second installment in a five-part series on mental health care. Click here for the entire series.

For years, having health insurance didn't necessarily mean you were covered for mental healthcare.  But, recent regulations from The White House aimed to fix that.  Think it can work?

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