Maryland denied federal funding to process untested rape kits

By Maria Trovato This month, the U.S. Justice Department announced $34 million in new grants to combat the massive backlog of unprocessed rape kits nationwide. But for the third year in a row, Maryland applied and failed to receive funding from this federal program and will not receive any of these grants. The state of Maryland is currently in major need for this type of … Continue reading Maryland denied federal funding to process untested rape kits

New, deadly developments in Anne Arundel opioid crisis

By Alex Mann An elephant tranquilizer has started showing up in Anne Arundel County drug overdoses. Tests on two fatal overdoses in the county last month revealed the drug’s presence, which complicates the county’s severe opioid epidemic by further endangering addicts and first responders. Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid used in veterinary practices to sedate large mammals like elephants and rhinos, is approximately 10,000 times more … Continue reading New, deadly developments in Anne Arundel opioid crisis

Hyattsville seeks to educate residents on sanctuary city status

By Danielle Kiefer After Hyattsville, Maryland, officially declared itself the state’s second sanctuary city April 17, the next step for councilmembers will be to educate residents on exactly what it does and what it does not mean to be a sanctuary city. “Whenever I get a chance, I will remind people and educate people on what it means that we are a sanctuary city,” Hyattsville … Continue reading Hyattsville seeks to educate residents on sanctuary city status

Hyattsville’s sanctuary city status could have immediate impact on Latino community

By Joe Catapano An 8-2 vote established Hyattsville, Maryland, as the second sanctuary city in the state April 17 — a decision that could bring immediate changes to the Latino community and its participation in local activities. The legislation prohibits local police from inquiring  about a person’s immigration status, reporting a person’s status to federal authorities or using federal databases to determine whether a person … Continue reading Hyattsville’s sanctuary city status could have immediate impact on Latino community

At Baltimore Town Hall, many worry Trump’s policies will worsen city’s struggles

By Katrina Schmidt Two years and one day after the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, hundreds of people gathered in the War Memorial Building across the street from City Hall to demand change in their city and nation. The first town hall in Baltimore since November’s election featured Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger. Organized by the … Continue reading At Baltimore Town Hall, many worry Trump’s policies will worsen city’s struggles

After City Council vote, Hyattsvile becomes sanctuary city

By James Mahoney. Hyattsville is now a “sanctuary city,” following an 8-2 vote by its City Council Monday night. Monday’s vote was the final step in confirming a preliminary vote from the beginning of the month, which also passed by the same margin. The strategic goal of the ordinance, according to the Hyattsville City Council Agenda Item Report, is to “strengthen the city’s identity as … Continue reading After City Council vote, Hyattsvile becomes sanctuary city

Jewish schools show resilience following bomb threats

By Max Marcilla. Throughout the country, numerous Jewish schools received bomb threats in recent weeks — including 31 on Feb. 27 alone. Local schools such as the Aleph Bet Jewish Day School in Annapolis and the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville received threats, forcing Jewish organizations to take action. The Jewish Community Center released a statement in March acknowledging that it “met with FBI … Continue reading Jewish schools show resilience following bomb threats

Hogan unveils student debt and tuition relief plan

By Alex Mann On Jan. 10 Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced an initiative to relieve student debt and invest in projects at various colleges and universities around the state. “Having a college education is more important now than ever before,” Gov. Hogan said in a press release, “but the harsh reality many face today is that earning a college degree often goes hand-in-hand with accumulating … Continue reading Hogan unveils student debt and tuition relief plan

Protesters in Annapolis call for governor to speak up against Trump

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on Lawyer’s Mall near the governor’s home in Annapolis Saturday to call on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) to stand against President Donald Trump and denounce the travel ban of seven majority Muslim countries and other policies of the Trump administration. Protesters marched around Lawyer’s Mall as they chanted “Tell me what democracy looks like, This is what … Continue reading Protesters in Annapolis call for governor to speak up against Trump