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 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,…
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 …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Mandated budget cuts coming effective Friday could have an impact in Prince George's County.
First it was the "Fiscal Cliff"....Now "Sequestration" gets to take center stage. Gov. Martin O’Malley urged action in Washington Wednesday to avoid federal sequestration—a series of automatic cuts that threaten job creation and reduce vital services for families and children in Maryland and across the nation. The Washington Post published this handy guide on the sequestration. “These are job-killing cuts that are an economic threat to Maryland,” O'Malley said in a statement. “Too many moms and dads in our State will lose jobs, too many children will lose access to programs like Head Start, and too many of our most vulnerable Marylanders will lose assistance from the safety net we’ve worked so hard to protect." The mandated federal …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Prince George's County students taking advantage of value at consistent levels.
The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) was recently named as the 5th "Best Value in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger, trailing only the College of William and Mary, the University of Florida, the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Maryland was ranked 5th for in-state students and 10th for out-of-state. The annual Kiplinger study bases its ranking on a combination of financial factors, including total cost-per-year and cost after need-based aid for in-state students, total cost-per-year and cost after need-based aid for out-of-state students and average debt at graduation. Kiplinger also factors in the schools' admission rates and four-year-graduation rates. Maryland's overall admit rate is 45 …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
By Kelyn Soong, Capital News Service
Thursday, January 24
Football was Evan Zhu’s first obsession. Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., he watched every University of Michigan game on TV with his father, a graduate of the school. At just three-years-old, Evan was able to throw a perfect spiral, emulating the Big Blue quarterbacks he admired on the field. But his parents – Yongdong Zhu and Xiaohui “Julie” You - feared the contact sport would be too dangerous for their son. They introduced him to tennis at age 8, which their daughter, Amy, had just started playing. The decision has paid dividends, as Evan, who resides in Greenbelt, is now ranked No. 1 in the nation for players 14-and-under and No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic for players 16-and-under. It did not take long for Evan, 14, a naturally gifted athlete who…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Sean Henderson and Julia Maldonado, Capital News Service
Wednesday, January 23
This interactive graphic shows the five people executed in Maryland since 1976, and the five people currently on death row in the state. Also includes an interactive map comparing the number of executions in Maryland since 1976 with the number of executions in other states in that period.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Start off your week with the news from around the state in crime, business and politics.
Public Safety: Naval Academy rape, gun control and school safety A Naval Academy professor is charged in the 2011 rape of a midshipman. Maj. Mark A. Thompson, 43, is undergoing an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a grand jury hearing, at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC. Two gun vendors were arrested in Timonium after they were caught selling illegal, high-capacity bullet magazines to undercover police at a local gun and knife show. In light of the Sandy Hook shootings, some Maryland legislators are hoping to make their schools safer. Anne Arundel County's delegation is introducing a bill that would put an armed resource officer in all of Maryland's public schools, while in Montgomery County, a councilman is hoping to …
After the Newtown, CT school shooting, Maryland legislators are looking at a number of ways to make schools safer.
According to Annapolis Patch, delegates from Anne Arundel County are introducing legislation on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in hopes of increasing security and mental health services at public schools across the state. The proposed bill would also pay for an armed resource officer at each school. "If you really understand public schools in Maryland, you know this: They are becoming increasingly more difficult for classroom teachers because discipline is lacking at home and teachers are spending an increasing amount of time maintaining discipline in the classroom," said Del. Nic Kipke (R-Pasadena). In Montgomery County, Councilman Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown, a vocal advocate of school resource officers stationed in schools, told a room full …
Friday, January 18, 2013
By Rashee Raj Kumar, Capital News Service
Friday, January 18
Fears of new gun control regulations proposed by President Barack Obama and Gov. Martin O’Malley have intensified sales at Maryland gun shops. While the boost in sales has bolstered gun dealer’s profits, it has also led to a shortage in the supply of guns in the state, especially assault rifles, gun shop owners said. "Everybody is panicking. Every day has been absolutely crazy for the last three weeks," Henry Calvert, president of Calvert Firearms, Inc. in North East, a town in Cecil County, said of his customers. “It’s a bear market. Everyone is purchasing everything that comes in." Obama proposed a set of gun control regulations on Wednesday, which included a universal background check for all gun sales and a ban on military-style …