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Former state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks was sentenced Tuesday to three and a half years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He also has to pay a $30,000 fine and perform 80 hours of community service.

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Sometime before 8:30 Tuesday night, Manny Machado will step into the batter’s box in Washington’s Nationals Park and prepare to take his cuts in the Major League All-Star Game.

By 9 or 9:30, Machado’s All Star duties will be done. So, too, likely, will be his tenure with the Orioles.

4 Blue States Sue Washington Over GOP Tax Overhaul

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Rachel Baye

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland sued the federal government over the Republican-led tax overhaul Tuesday, alleging the new law championed by President Donald Trump unfairly singles out high-tax blue states.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

The Baltimore Police Department is calling for an internal investigation of officers who apparently ignored reports of an armed man who ditched a gun. The video footage of the incident was recorded on a city firefighter’s dash camera.

John Lee

For the second time, former Delegate Johnny Olszewski has won the vote count in the race for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County Executive.

 

 

Chris Connelly / WYPR

A Russian-backed firm owns the servers where Maryland stores voter registration and other election-related information, officials announced Friday.

State legislative leaders said the FBI warned them and Gov. Larry Hogan about the Russian ties in a meeting earlier in the week.

Mary Rose Madden / wypr

About sixty moms and dads – and their kids--gathered outside the Immigration Customs Enforcement office downtown Thursday morning for a “playdate” protesting the separation of migrant families arriving at the US Mexico border undocumented.

Rachel Baye

  

State lawmakers and election officials said Thursday that problems with nearly 72,000 voter registrations likely kept people from voting during last month’s primary. But during a rare mid-summer legislative hearing, they also said it’s impossible to know how many people chose not to cast ballots as a result of the errors.

BEN SPIER

While the nation's attention has been focused on the separation of children from their parents at the US-Mexico border, there’s another problem in Baltimore that could lead to the same fate.

Undocumented immigrants are having a hard time getting food assistance benefits for their US-born children. And the parents are afraid to fight back for fear of deportation and potentially separation from their children.

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Baltimore’s summer youth jobs program is riddled with problems. That’s according to an audit presented to the Board of Estimates this morning. Acting City Auditor Audrey Askew says it puts the program at risk of losing state funding.

MD Congressmen Split Over Opioids

Jul 10, 2018
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The House of Representatives took up more than seventy opioid related bills last month; some dealing with safely disposing of old pills, others trying to ensure the government has the best data on the crisis and still others seeking to prevent drugs from flowing in through the nation’s many points of entry, south and north.

And as you might expect, Democrats and Republicans, some locked in tight re-election contests, have been clamoring to get their bills voted on. So, does that mean it’s all just political theater?

Not according to Maryland’s lone Republican Congressman, Andy Harris.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

 

Baltimore City Council passed three resolutions last night calling for the immediate reunification of families on the US-Mexico border, monthly meetings for oversight of the police department’s budget, and violence reduction strategy. WYPR’s Dominique Maria Bonessi spoke with Morning Edition Host Andy Bienstock.

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On the list of cushy jobs in sports, big-time college athletic director is right near the top.

Millions of dollars and the finest facilities are yours to command. You get to fly in private jets and eat the best food and on someone else’s dime to boot.

Athletic directors also get the power to hire and fire coaches as well as the ability to change thousands of young lives by funding a part or all of their college education.

It’s no wonder Damon Evans wanted in on the University of Maryland’s athletic director gig, which he received a couple of weeks ago.

John Lee

The political battle over who will be the Democratic nominee for Baltimore County Executive enters its next phase Monday, with the first step towards an inevitable recount.

 

Late Friday, former Delegate Johnny Olszewski claimed a nine vote win over State Senator Jim Brochin.

 

 

John Lee

Former Delegate Johnny Olszewski Junior won a squeaker nine-vote victory over State Senator Jim Brochin Friday night in the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County Executive.

 

But a recount seems likely.

 

 

John Lee

  

By Friday evening we may know the winner in the too-close-to call race for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County Executive.

 

This follows legal wrangling Thursday between attorneys for Johnny Olszewski and State Senator Jim Brochin over how to handle hundreds of rejected provisional ballots.

 

 

President Trump ordered the United States flag flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of the victims of the massacre at the Capital Gazette newspapers in Annapolis last week. But the order didn’t come without some controversy.

The Baltimore Police Department released more details Tuesday afternoon about a police involved shooting last Thursday. Police were called to the University of Maryland Medical Center because a man with a mental health problem was welding a knife.

John Lee

The environmental cleanup of Sparrows Point in Eastern Baltimore County is approaching what the developer of the site says will be a milestone. The ongoing cleanup is now focusing on the Tin Mill Canal, which in the hey day of the steel mill was the site of major contamination.

 

 

My Hometown Mourns

Jul 3, 2018
Joel McCord

My hometown is grieving; grieving the loss of four talented journalists and a young sales person who worked for a paper that styles itself "your hometown newspaper."

You can see it in the Annapolis Strong banners and signs that have popped up all over town; stretched across the median strip of Rowe Boulevard, the main drag off U.S. 50, near City Dock and, naturally, out on Bestgate Road at the corner that leads into the 888 office building that houses Capital Gazette newspapers.

Capital Gazette

You know the kind of friend that you don’t see all that regularly, but when you do, you always walk away thinking, ‘Man, I wish we hung out more?”

That’s what John McNamara was to me. There was never a time over the 37 years I knew John where I didn’t leave the meeting feeling better.

Mary Rose Madden

Several years before Jarrod Ramos allegedly murdered five people in the Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Annapolis, he pled guilty to harassing a woman he went to high school with. Then he spent years filing lawsuits across four different Maryland court systems — sometimes without a lawyer — trying to undo that decision and clear his name.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

Jarrod Ramos, the suspected shooter in Thursday’s attack on The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, was ordered held without bail Friday.

Joel McCord

Five deaths have been confirmed and multiple people have been injured in the Thursday shooting at The Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland.

Joel McCord has been at the scene and told Morning Edition host Nathan Sterner what he's learning about the incident.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

  

Anne Arundel County Police say they evacuated 170 people yesterday from the building in Annapolis that houses the Capital Gazette newspapers and other offices. Here are a few of the stories of the survivors.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

Five deaths have been confirmed and multiple people have been injured in a Thursday shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis. WYPR News Director Joel McCord has been at the scene and spoke with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish this afternoon.

Rachel Baye

The General Assembly will look quite different in January following Tuesday’s primary, in which several incumbent state legislative leaders lost their seats.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby won her primary--and re-election--last night in one of the most contentious races in city history with nearly 50 percent of the vote.

In the closing days of the campaign, Mosby accused her opponents, Ivan Bates, a former prosecutor turned defense lawyer, and Thiru Vignarajah, another former prosecutor turned corporate lawyer, of spreading false information about her.

John Lee

The race for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County Executive remained too close to call as Tuesday night faded into Wednesday morning. Fewer than one thousand votes separated County Councilwoman Vicki Almond, State Senator Jim Brochin and former Delegate Johnny Olszewski.

But while the Democratic race remained up in the air, the Republican contest was settled.  State Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer handily defeated Delegate Pat McDonough for the GOP nomination.

Sam Manas

Former NAACP head Ben Jealous won the Democratic nomination for governor last night, besting his closest competitor, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, by 10 percentage points.

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