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Jul 31, 2014

NFL’s Rice publicly apologizes to wife for violent incident

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, who has been suspended by the National Football League without pay for the first two games of the 2014 season for hitting his wife, apologized to her on Thursday and vowed to speak out against domestic violence.

The NFL ordered the suspension last week, determining that Rice had violated the league’s conduct policy when he was arrested in February following a fight with his then-fiancee Janay Palmer.

Jul 30, 2014

Redskins hire PR firm Burson-Marsteller amid fight over name

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – The National Football League’s Washington Redskins have hired public relations firm Burson-Marsteller as it battles criticism that its name is a racial slur, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The company, which has long experience handling public relations crises, will run the website redskinsfacts.com. The site was launched this month and is billed as a grass-roots effort to defend the team’s contentious name.

Jul 29, 2014

Maryland man leaves hospital after bout with flesh-eating bacteria

By John Clarke

ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – A Maryland man who nearly lost a leg and his life to a flesh-eating bacterial infection he contracted in Chesapeake Bay, has been released from hospital, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Rodney Donald, 66, was crabbing, swimming and kayaking in the Chesapeake Bay this month when a scrape became infected with vibrio vulnificus, an aggressive bacteria that feeds on flesh, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jul 23, 2014

Gunmaker Beretta to shut Maryland plant, blames state gun law

By John Clarke

ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – Gunmaker Beretta USA Corp is moving its manufacturing business from Maryland to Tennessee because of Maryland’s strict new firearms law, the company said.

The Italian-owned company will shut down its manufacturing plant at Accokeek, Maryland, and move to a new one it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The $45 million Gallatin site is scheduled to open in 2015.

Jul 23, 2014

Gunmaker Beretta to shut Maryland plant, blames state gun law

By John Clarke

ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – Gunmaker Beretta USA Corp is moving its manufacturing business from Maryland to Tennessee because of Maryland’s strict new firearms law, the company said.

The Italian-owned company will shut down its manufacturing plant at Accokeek, Maryland, and move to a new one it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee. The $45 million Gallatin site is scheduled to open in 2015.

Jul 22, 2014

Maryland parents charged with locking autistic adult sons in basement

By John Clarke

ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – Police in Maryland have charged a couple with abuse after discovering their 22-year-old twin autistic sons had been locked in a dark, bare basement room for six years, according to police and court records.Police found the men in a room with no furniture or lights, one comforter on a tile floor, and a small window, and noticed an “overwhelming smell of urine coming from the room,” said charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court

John Land and Janice Land, 57 and 59, from the Washington suburb of Rockville, Maryland, were arrested on Friday and later released on bond. Police made the discovery last week when they went to the residence on an unrelated search warrant and found the sons in a basement room locked with an external deadbolt, according to court records.

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. beauty pageant winner sues after being stripped of crown

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – A beauty pageant winner who was stripped of her Miss Delaware crown for being a few months too old is suing the Miss America organization, saying officials knew her age and disqualified her unfairly, court documents filed on Wednesday show.

The lawsuit filed in Delaware’s Court of Chancery by Amanda Longacre seeks $3 million in damages and her reinstatement as Miss Delaware so she can compete in the Miss America pageant in September.

Jul 15, 2014

Maryland insurance executive plotted to kill judge: court documents

By John Clarke

ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – A Maryland executive charged with lying to insurance regulators was allegedly plotting to kill a judge handling his case, according to federal court documents.

Searches of the home, office and vehicle of Jeffrey Cohen turned up extensive evidence of the alleged plot and a cache of weapons, according to the documents filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Jul 8, 2014

Blogger hired to defend Redskins’ name quits, cites attacks

July 8 (Reuters) – A political blogger hired by the National
Football League’s Washington Redskins to defend the contentious
team name has resigned after two weeks on the job.

Ben Tribbet, 34, said late on Monday on Twitter that he was
quitting, citing a growing number of personal and political
attacks. The Redskins, long the target of criticism over the
team’s name, hired Tribbet on June 25.

Jun 20, 2014

Siblings of Duchess of Cambridge reach final leg of U.S. bike race

By John Clarke

ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) – Pippa and James Middleton, siblings of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are among hundreds of cyclists arriving in Maryland this week and next after completing a U.S. coast-to-coast bike race.

Pippa, 30, and James, 27, are riding 3,000 miles (4,828 km) as part of an eight-person team participating in the Race Across America from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland.