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    Educators in Montgomery County, Maryland, held a car parade protest against returning to work Tuesday. The Montgomery County Board of Education voted Feb. 9 to return to in-person instruction Mar. 1 for for special needs and technical education students, and Mar. 15 for all other students, according to WTOP. The Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) said it was rallying for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to address “outstanding educator concerns.” Large teacher car rally against MCPS reopening plan. pic.twitter.com/Ch1LFmsqIg — Tim Carney (@TPCarney) February 23, 2021 The MCEA streamed the event to social media, showing off what appeared to be hundreds of vehicles proceeding through the streets with signs and honking horns. “When the pandemic started, teachers were praised and honored….now, they are being villainized for trying to keep their communities safe,” said one attendee, Jeremy Levine, according to MCEA. Derek Turner, MCPS chief of engagement, innovation, and operations,...
    Those incarcerated awaiting trial or convicted of misdemeanors would be able to register to vote and learn about their voting rights under legislation in the Maryland General Assembly this year. The Senate version of the bill, which was jointly referred to the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, is being sponsored by Sen. Chris West, R-Baltimore County. The Value My Vote Act, SB0224, was heard in the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee last week. The legislation has bipartisan support through its cross-filed House bill, HB0222, sponsored by Del. Jheanelle K. Wilkins, D-Montgomery. Both Wilkins and West spoke at a press conference last week hosted by the various voting rights advocacy groups in support of this bill, including Common Cause, Out for Justice, Life After Release and Schools not Jails. If passed, this bill would require the Maryland Department of Public Safety and...
    The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine in Maryland and Virginia is seeing a slow start, with both vaccinations — and the online data dashboards that track them — lagging behind, according to reports. Maryland has given out more than 65,000 thousand doses of the coronavirus vaccine as of Monday, according to the state health department’s dashboard. That’s just over 1% of the state’s population. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Maryland has vaccinated just over 1,000 people out of every 100,000. That puts the state ahead of just 10 other states. Holiday interruptions, distribution issues and delayed reporting by contractors has been a problem, according to the Baltimore Sun. Dr. Leana Wen, a former Baltimore health commissioner told the Sun that the state needs dedicated staffing with real-time tracking of vaccines so officials know where more resources are needed. Mike Ricci, a spokesman for Gov. Larry...
    Maryland state legislators are gaining momentum to eliminate the state’s 1861 anthem that has ties to the Civil War-era Confederate themes. “Maryland, My Maryland” referred to Union fighters as “the Northern scum” and lambasted former President Abraham Lincoln as a “despot” whose “heel is on thy shore,” according to the Associated Press. Lawmakers have pushed to do away with the century-old tune since 1974, but believe now is the time to remove the anthem for good amid racial justice protests that followed the death of George Floyd, the AP reported. “Confederate-sympathizing language is not representative of who we are as a state any longer,” Democratic state House Speaker Adrienne Jones said, according to the AP. “This session, we will pass legislation to repeal the state song so we can better reflect our current values of unity, diversity and inclusion.” “We have come too far as a state and as a...
    A former federal employee pleaded guilty to receiving unlawful payment for work he was supposed to provide the public as part of his taxpayer-funded job, according to the United States Attorney’s Office of Maryland. National Archives Records Administration. By Wangkun Jia. Shutterstock. Gerald F. Luchansky, 82, of Annapolis, Maryland was employed at the National Archives Records Administration for nearly three decades and received a lifetime achievement award for his work, according to the United States Attorney’s Office of Maryland. Part of his job was to “pull archival aerial photographs of Allied bombing runs in World War II, digitize them, and make them available to researchers,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Maryland. A German company paid Luchansky to do the same work, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Maryland, and provide the materials on thumb drives or CDs. “Luchansky would scan NARA’s archival aerial photographs and provide them...
    A Maryland telecommunications executive ensured his two sons were admitted to Harvard University by plying the school’s fencing coach with inducements totaling $1.5 million, including buying the coach’s house at an inflated price, paying his car loan and utility bills, and funneling payoffs through charitable foundations, according to court papers charging the pair in a bribery conspiracy. The executive, Jie “Jack” Zhao, and the coach, Peter Brand, were arrested Monday morning, federal authorities said. Harvard fired the coach, saying he had violated the school’s policies on managing conflicts of interest, after the Boston Globe detailed a series of transactions linking Zhao to Brand in 2019. The case against Zhao, 61, and Brand, 67, was brought by the same federal prosecutor’s office that uncovered William “Rick” Singer’s cash-for-admissions scheme, and the Internal Revenue Service agent who signed the charging documents against Zhao and Brand, Elizabeth Keating, was among the case agents...
    A Maryland man pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit murder as part of MS-13 and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Luis Cruz Rodriguez, 23, of Frederick, Maryland, admitted to associating with the Fulton branch of MS-13 beginning in January 2017, according to the Justice Department (DOJ). Rodriguez was present when MS-13 gang members initially plotted to kill an unidentified person referred to as victim 14 and drove the gang members to the scene of the murder, though he was not present when the person was killed, the DOJ said. The MS-13 members reportedly killed victim 14, who was believed to be a rival gang member, before dismembering the body and burying it in a shallow grave, according to the DOJ. The body was discovered decapitated and severed into seven pieces in July 2017. MS-13 Associate Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge of...
    A Maryland man has been charged with threatening to kidnap former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris and kill them. James Dale Reed, 42, also allegedly threatened to rape Harris and target supporters of the democrats, according an article published Wednesday by the Baltimore Sun. NEW: A Maryland man has been charged for making threats to kill and kidnap Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris. https://t.co/K2BtQ3uCii pic.twitter.com/WSvYChWM7R — ABC News (@ABC) October 21, 2020 Reed allegedly made the claims in a letter he left on the doorstep of a home in Frederick, Maryland. “The defendant, James Dale Reed, knowingly and willfully threatened to kill and to kidnap and to inflict bodily harm upon Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris, who are major candidates for the office of the President and Vice President of the United States,” the court documents claimed, according to the Baltimore...
    Washington — A Maryland man was arrested after allegedly leaving a note threatening Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris at a house with yard signs supporting the Democratic candidates. James Dale Reed, 42, of Frederick, Maryland, faces one charge of threats against a major candidate for president and vice president, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. Federal prosecutors allege Reed left the letter threatening to kidnap and kill Biden and Harris on the doorstep of a Maryland house on the morning of October 4. He was caught on a Ring door camera leaving the handwritten note, according to an affidavit filed in the federal district court in Maryland, and the resident of the house had Biden/Harris signs in their yard. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "This is a warning to anyone reading this letter if you are a Biden/Harris supporter you will be targeted.  We have a...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A California man was sentenced in Maryland to three years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain goods using what appeared to be a military e-mail address, according to court documents. Saulina Helen Eady, 38, of Los Angeles, California, was sentenced Wednesday. According to Eady’s plea agreement, a co-conspirator established and used what appeared to be a U.S. Navy e-mail address, authentic forms, titles, addresses and other indicia to pose as A U.S. government contracting agent. With those credentials, the two fraudulently obtain merchandise, including large-screen televisions, specialized communications equipment, cellular telephones and computers. Much of the fraud scheme was conducted from outside the United States, including from Nigeria, according to Eady’s plea agreement. The three victim companies were located in Washington State, Virginia and Maryland. There were a total of nine defendants charged in this...
    MONKTON, Md. (AP) — A retired racehorse and a white show pony were intentionally shot to death on a farm in Maryland, according to authorities. The horses were found slain in Monkton early Friday by a woman who fed the animals, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said. No shots were heard, and the suspects were not believed to be in the area, according to sheriff's office documents obtained by news outlets. Maj. John Simpson said investigators do not think it was a random shooting, but no suspects were immediately announced. "We believe it is someone close to the farm,” the officer added. Property owner Charles Grimmel told Baltimore Sun Media that the horses belonged to his girlfriend. She had moved them to his pasture while her own was being maintained, he said. A veterinarian will perform necropsies to determine the type of weapon used, news outlets reported. Copyright 2020 The Associated...
    (CNN)A Maryland man was sentenced to a year in jail for holding two large parties and violating the state's order against large gatherings, according to the Charles County state's attorney's office. Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, was arrested after holding the parties in late March. Maryland's Covid-19 social distancing rules banned gatherings of more than 10 people, according to the office of Gov. Larry Hogan.Parents and child charged over party that forced Massachusetts high school to delay in-person learningMyers was convicted Friday of two counts of failure to comply with an emergency order and will serve his one-year sentence at the Charles County Detention Center, the state's attorney's office said in a press release. Myers' attorney, Hammad S. Matin, did not respond to CNN's requests for comment.After being confronted by law enforcement at his home in Hughesville, Maryland, on March 22, Myers agreed to disband the first gathering of about 50...
    A Maryland man will serve a year in prison after hosting two large house parties that violated the state’s coronavirus restrictions, according to the Charles County State Attorney’s Office. Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, was convicted of two counts of failure to comply with an emergency order, according to the state attorney’s statement. His sentence was delivered by District Court Judge W. Louis Hennessy, The Hill reported. In addition to his yearlong sentence, Myers will serve three years of unsupervised probation, according to the statement. ICYMI: A Maryland man who threw multiple gatherings of more than 50 people despite the governor’s emergency order due to the coronavirus will spend a year in jail https://t.co/rVJHS41IOR — WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@wjz) September 26, 2020 Officers claimed that the first party, which Myers hosted on March 22, had approximately 50 people. He eventually agreed to end the party after initially arguing...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland added 24,200 jobs and the state’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.9% in August. In the last four months, Maryland gained 183,200 jobs. According to the federal data, the leisure and hospitality sector experienced the most job growth. Other sectors that grew: trade, transportation and utilities, education and health services, financial activities and information. Last week, more than 13,000 Marylanders filed for unemployment which grew since the previous week.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The start of the 2020 fall semester is nearly here for students. Many will be taking classes online as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Some students say it‘s a challenge to adjust learning virtually. “I enjoy it being more discussion-based and talking with my classmates and teachers, so doing that online is a lot more difficult,” Martin Csongradi, who attends Loyola University, said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Some parents say their kids aren’t getting the same amount of attention through online schooling. “It’s very difficult for her to really learn on there because she not getting the one-on-one,” a local parent told WJZ. Some teachers say it’s been difficult as well. “Learning a whole new skill-set and changing an entire curriculum is very daunting,” Sarah Lindquist, a Montgomery County Public Schools teacher, said....
    (CNN/WJZ) — The US Food and Drug Administration is investigating a salmonella outbreak affecting 68 people in nine states that could be linked to tainted peaches. The bagged peaches were sold under the Wawona brand name in 2-pound clear, plastic bags at ALDI stores in 16 states starting on June 1. ALDI has voluntarily recalled the peaches shipped to the following states: Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia. It’s possible, the FDA said, that the peaches were shipped to additional states and retailers, though no further details are available. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the peaches as the likely source of the salmonella infections, according to a news release from the FDA. “FDA’s traceback investigation is ongoing to determine the full scope of product distribution and source of...
    Leaders of the Big Ten Conference have voted to cancel the fall football season because of continued concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, according to two Monday morning news reports. The apparent decision to cancel the fall football season comes just days after the Big Ten released a fall schedule for the University of Maryland and other member schools as well as medical protocol for its players, coaches and staff. It will have major financial consequences for Maryland’s athletics department, as the College Park university and other schools are dealing with budget problems related to the pandemic. The Detroit Free Press reported the news on Monday morning, citing “multiple people with knowledge of the decision.” Those sources requested anonymity to the Free Press, which said a formal announcement is expected on Tuesday. In addition, longtime sportscaster Dan Patrick has reported that a source confirmed to him that 12 of the...
    A Maryland man was charged with torching a police vehicle outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., the Associated Press reported.  Cody Tarner, 22, of Hagerstown, Maryland, was charged with federal destruction of property and using fire to destroy property, among other charges, Friday, according to the Associated Press. Ummmm so we just witnessed a car explode outside the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/6BOGM5v2WY — Taylor Jackson (@TayCJackson) July 15, 2020 Tarner was identified by Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department Friday after the incident occurred on Wednesday. He was critically injured with severe burns due to the fire. (RELATED: Around 100 Ford Employees Request The Company Stop Making Police Vehicles To Fight ‘Systemic Racism’) The fire occurred Wednesday and Tarner was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He had allegedly poured so much accelerant liquid on the police vehicle that the fire spread to a neighboring vehicle according to...
    A 26-year-old Maryland man received a 10-year prison sentence Thursday after being convicted of possessing enough fentanyl to kill more than 1.5 million people, according to the Justice Department. Devon Denzel Thompson allegedly had 3 kilograms, or more than 6.6 pounds, stashed in his home when police executed a search warrant there in 2018. “Law enforcement partners are working together to arrest and prosecute those who peddle deadly fentanyl on our streets and in our neighborhoods,” Robert Hur, U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland, said in a statement. 'FLASH' ACTOR LOGAN WILLIAMS DIED OF FENTANYL OVERDOSE, MOTHER SAYS Thompson first drew suspicion when he fled from police during a traffic stop on March 16, 2018, tossing items out the window before officers stopped and arrested him, according to his plea agreement. Police picked up the discarded items – which included drug paraphernalia and more than 40 grams of fentanyl,...
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