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.
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.
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.
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.
, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.