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State Report on Church Abuse Finds 'Astonishing' Scope

Maryland says Baltimore Archdiocese often did little to stop the torture and abuse

(Newser) - Maryland's attorney general released the results Wednesday of a four-year state investigation into the sexual abuse and torture of children by clergy members and employees of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The report covers the totality of 80 years of mistreatment, during which it says 156 members of Catholic clergy...

Ex-Maryland Governor's Chief of Staff Dead in FBI Standoff

Roy McGrath was wanted on charges that included wire fraud

(Newser) - Fugitive Roy McGrath, who served as chief of staff for former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, died Monday during a confrontation with the FBI near Knoxville, Tennessee, reports the Washington Post . McGrath's death came after a 21-day manhunt sparked by his failure to appear in a Baltimore federal court for...

Would-Be Kidnapper Messed With the Wrong Group of Kids
Would-Be Kidnapper Messed
With the Wrong Group of Kids

Would-Be Kidnapper Messed With the Wrong Group of Kids

Police say students intervened after man grabbed kid at bus stop

(Newser) - A would-be kidnapper was thwarted after he messed with the wrong group of middle school students, police in Maryland say. Police say Jamaal Germany, 31, was arrested after an alleged kidnap attempt at a bus stop Monday morning in Gaithersburg, around 20 miles north of Washington, DC, ABC reports. "...

Horrific Work-Zone Crash Kills 6 Construction Workers

Vehicle flipped, hit workers on Baltimore Beltway

(Newser) - Six people were killed when a passenger vehicle hit a work zone along the Baltimore beltway and struck construction workers, Maryland State Police said Wednesday. Troopers responded to the work zone on northbound Interstate 695 at Security Boulevard in the Woodlawn area around 12:40pm for a report of a...

Maryland Mayor Arrested Over Alleged Child Porn

Patrick Wojahn had resigned the night prior

(Newser) - A former Maryland mayor was arrested Thursday morning—hours after he resigned the night prior—on child pornography charges. Patrick Wojahn was elected mayor of College Park, a small town where the University of Maryland is located, in 2015; prior to that, he'd served on the city council for...

This Is the Most Educated State in America

Way to go, Massachusetts, according to WalletHub's latest rankings

(Newser) - A good education leads to better jobs, and who wouldn't want that opportunity? How long you're immersed in schooling, and where you get it, can make all the difference. WalletHub looked at all 50 states to determine which provide the best education, analyzing 18 metrics in two main...

Feds Charge 2 in Alleged Plot to Attack Power Grid

Neo-Nazi leader Brandon Russell allegedly conspired with Maryland woman Sarah Clendaniel

(Newser) - A woman who allegedly told an FBI informant that taking out electricity substations around Baltimore "would completely destroy this whole city" is one of two people charged with conspiring to destroy an energy facility. Sarah Clendaniel, 34, and Brandon Russell, a 27-year-old neo-Nazi leader released from prison in 2021,...

Adnan Syed, Fighting Victim's Family, Says His Suffers, Too

Court to consider reinstating murder conviction in Hae Min Lee's death

(Newser) - With an appeals court weighing the reinstatement of Adnan Syed's murder conviction in the 1999 death of Hae Min Lee, the newly freed man said he hopes his family's pain is taken into consideration. "We definitely understand Hae's family has suffered so much, and they continue...

Veteran Fossil Hunter, Age 9, Makes a Rare Find

Molly Sampson wades out and spots giant megalodon tooth

(Newser) - Molly Sampson has been searching for a giant megalodon tooth for eight of her nine years. "She's been shark tooth hunting since age 1 when she would crawl along the beach," said her mother, Alicia. When Molly opened the insulated wading boots that she'd asked for...

Kayakers Make 'Pretty Comical' Rescue of Pilot in Icy Creek

Maryland officials, however, say they saved life of man who crashed into Maryland waters

(Newser) - A pilot has a number of shovel-wielding kayakers to thank following his rescue from an icy creek in Maryland after his plane plunged into it. Per a release from the Maryland State Police, 71-year-old Steve Couchman of Frederick took off Monday morning in his single-engine Piper Cherokee aircraft from Lee...

TikTok Gets Smacked Down by Multiple States

Maryland, South Dakota, South Carolina cite cybersecurity risks in ban on government devices

(Newser) - Maryland is banning the use of TikTok and certain China- and Russia-based platforms in the state's executive branch of government, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday, citing an unacceptable cybersecurity risk to the state. The Republican governor announced an emergency cybersecurity directive to prohibit the use of the platforms, saying...

Plane Dangled From Power Line for Hours With 2 Trapped Inside

Pilot, passenger have been rescued

(Newser) - The pilot and passenger trapped for hours after a plane crashed into Maryland power lines Sunday were rescued early Monday. While they were initially reported to have been unharmed before they'd been extricated from the plane, CNN reports both were hospitalized with serious injuries including orthopedic and trauma injuries...

At Least 12 Injured in 'Catastrophic' Condo Explosion

Fire chief says residents smelled gas before Maryland blast

(Newser) - At least a dozen people were injured, two of them critically, in what a fire service spokesman says was a "catastrophic explosion" and fire at a condominium complex in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Wednesday morning. Officials say two injured adults were rushed to a trauma center with critical injuries; eight others,...

This Is the Most Giving State in America

Congrats to Utah, according to WalletHub's ranking of the most, least charitable states

(Newser) - If you're in a position to be philanthropic, whether that means donating your money or your time, where you live can make a difference in terms of enthusiasm from fellow locals—which in turn might inspire even more of your own altruism. WalletHub looked at 19 metrics across all...

Congress Gets Its First Gen Z Member
Congress Gets Its
First Gen Z Member
election 2022

Congress Gets Its First Gen Z Member

25-year-old Maxwell Frost cruised to victory in Florida

(Newser) - In Congress, Maxwell Frost is going to be the voice of his generation. The 25-year-old Democrat cruised to victory over 51-year-old Republican Calvin Wimbish in Florida's reliably blue Orlando-area 10th District and will be the first member of Generation Z in Congress, BuzzFeed reports. Frost, who will also be...

Judge Blocks First US Tax on Digital Advertising

Maryland law also is being opposed in federal court

(Newser) - The nation's first tax on digital advertising was struck down as unconstitutional by a Maryland judge on Monday. It's a law that attorneys for Big Tech have contended unfairly targets companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon in a separate federal case against the same law, the AP reports....

All Charges Dropped Against Adnan Syed

There will be no retrial for 'Serial' star, who served 23 years for ex Hae Min Lee's murder

(Newser) - After Adnan Syed's murder conviction was overturned , Sarah Koenig, the one-time host of the Serial podcast that made his case famous, noted the chance of him facing a retrial was slim . Now it's zero, according to TMZ . The Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office on Tuesday dropped...

An Unwanted and Inhospitable Lighthouse Finally Sells

Hooper Island Lighthouse went for way more than the starting price

(Newser) - The federal government has sold off a rather inhospitable lighthouse in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay for a six-figure sum after a bidding war at auction. The Hooper Island Lighthouse, located west of Middle Hooper Island in Maryland's Dorchester County, at first drew little interest, reported the Washington ...

Hae Min Lee's 'Disappointed' Family Files an Appeal

Her brother says hearing that set subject of 'Serial' podcast free wasn't conducted properly

(Newser) - Adnan Syed, convicted and imprisoned for more than two decades after his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, was murdered in 1999, "couldn't believe" his conviction was overturned earlier this month. Neither could Lee's brother, Young Lee, and he's now appealing the decision of Baltimore Circuit Court Judge...

Suit: She Gave Birth on Jail Cell Floor as Staff Laughed

Jazmin Valentine alleges she was ignored during her 6-hour labor

(Newser) - A woman who said she was left to give birth to her baby alone on the dirty, concrete floor of her jail cell in Maryland filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that jail nurses ignored her screams and pleas for help for six hours. Jazmin Valentine alleges some nurses working...

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