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Apr 7, 2015

Actor Edward Norton pushes for fracking ban in Maryland radio ad

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – Hollywood actor Edward Norton is lending his voice to a radio advertisement in his home state of Maryland paid for by a consumer rights group calling for a moratorium on the drilling process known as fracking.

In the ad, released on Tuesday, Norton advocates a state ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial technique that involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into a well to extract oil or gas. The radio spot backs fracking moratorium legislation passed by the Maryland Senate on Monday.

Mar 31, 2015

Former Washington-area FBI agent pleads guilty to multiple drug charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former FBI agent admitted on Tuesday to taking heroin seized in drug busts in the Washington area for his personal use and to evidence tampering that resulted in the dismissal of several major drug-trafficking cases.Matthew Lowry, 33, faces at least seven years in prison and a potential fine of up to $16 million, according to court documents.

Prosecutors said Lowry tampered with heroin seized during several investigations in 2013 and 2014, often keeping it for personal use before putting it in an evidence locker with fillers added to make up for the weight difference.

Mar 31, 2015

Fraternity at Maryland university suspended over hazing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maryland’s Salisbury University has suspended a fraternity over allegations of hazing that include members paddling pledges and forcing them to exercise, a school official said on Tuesday.

Salisbury, about 115 miles southeast of Washington, has suspended the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity chapter until 2017 after several incidents of hazing allegedly took place last fall at an off-campus residence, said Valerie Randall-Lee, an assistant vice president at the school.

Mar 20, 2015

Former FBI agent charged with using heroin seized in drug busts

By John Clarke

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) – A former FBI agent used heroin seized in drug busts in the Washington, D.C., area for his personal use and tampered with evidence, resulting in the dismissal of several drug-trafficking cases, prosecutors said on Friday.

Matthew Lowry, 33, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was charged in the U.S. District for the District of Columbia with 20 counts of obstruction of justice, 18 counts of falsification of records, 13 counts of conversion of property, and 13 counts of possession of heroin, according to court documents.

Mar 13, 2015

LBJ letter to Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow sells for $60,000

, March 12 (Reuters) – A condolence letter
from President Lyndon Johnson to the widow of slain civil rights
leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was sold for $60,000 at
auction on Thursday after a legal battle over the 47-year-old
piece of correspondence.

The typed letter from Johnson to Coretta Scott King is dated
April 5, 1968, the day after King was gunned down in Memphis,
Tennessee, by a white supremacist, triggering riots in cities
across the United States.

Mar 3, 2015

District of Columbia puts limits on newly legalized marijuana

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The District of Columbia city council voted on Tuesday to limit newly legal marijuana use, banning smoking in bars and clubs and restricting it to private homes.

Council members voted unanimously to effectively ban so-called pot clubs that charge an admission fee. It also passed an amendment barring potential employers from testing job applicants for pot until after a conditional job offer.

Feb 22, 2015

Smoke appears in Washington subway system three times in two days

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A mechanical failure on a Washington subway train caused smoke to fill a station stop on Sunday in the nation’s capital, the third such incident in two days, according to officials.

L’Enfant Plaza station briefly filled with smoke after a mechanical issue occurred around 11 a.m., Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

Feb 18, 2015

Baltimore time capsule from 1815 opened, newspapers and bottles found

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – A 200-year-old hollowed-out cornerstone to Baltimore’s Washington Monument was opened on Wednesday by officials who found bottles, newspapers and a dedication plaque.

The 1815 cornerstone, a 1,100-pound (500-kg) block of granite with a marble lid, was discovered last week by contractors restoring the 180-foot-high (55-meter-high) marble-columned monument, a Baltimore landmark.

Jan 17, 2015

Rally in support of police planned for Washington, D.C

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of people were expected to march in the nation’s capital on Saturday in a show of support for law enforcement across the country and to speak out against what they say is an anti-police climate, rally organizers said.

Supporters wearing symbolic blue were set to start the “Sea of Blue” rally around 12 p.m. at Washington’s National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and march to the Capitol, where speakers will address the crowd, said rally organizer Kelly Wince.

Jan 10, 2015

Minivan and truck collide in Maryland, killing five family members

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – Five people, including two children and a pregnant woman, were killed early Saturday in Maryland after truck crashed and rolled over on top of a minivan, state police said.

All five people in the minivan were killed, including Regina Ayres, 24, and her two children, Jordan Ayres, 7, and Jonathan Ayres, 2 months. Regina’s 30-year-old sister, Zerissa Ayres, who was expecting a child, also died. All of them were from Greenbush, Virginia.