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    (CBS Local)– Kaila Charles is one of the best players in recent memory to play for the University of Maryland women’s basketball program and now she’s making a name for herself as a member of the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. The Maryland native and 2020 Third-Team All-American is currently in Florida in the WNBA bubble...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee’s Courts & Criminal Justice Workgroup published a report Tuesday with 19 recommendations to help the state’s correctional and judiciary systems navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 has prompted a...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Maryland adds 541 coronavirus cases overnight as the state passes 97,000 total cases on Wednesday and hospitalizations are under 500 cases for the first time in weeks. The state is now reporting 97,384 cases over the course of the pandemic. Hospitalizations went down from 529 to 488 since Tuesday morning, with 371...
    PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A new email phishing scam is targeting Maryland’s firearms dealers. Maryland State Police reports the emails pretend to be from the licensing division. On Tuesday, state police was notified of the phishing scam by at least two Maryland regulated firearms dealers. The e-mail looks like its being sent from licensing division...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A municipal government in China has donated 40,000 medical-grade face masks to Maryland’s capital city amid the coronavirus pandemic. The donations from Changsha, China, were first offered to Annapolis city officials in April, when the need for the masks among public safety workers was high in the beginning days of the...
    THIS is the moment a group enjoying a picnic in remote woodlands had a surprising guest - when a bear casually arrived and began munching on a sandwich. The surreal scene, uploaded to TikTok by Kaitlyn Nesbit, sees five people enjoying a meal in Maryland before a black bear settles around the table and is...
    As both national and D.C. area health departments deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid crisis that has devastated communities across the U.S. hasn’t gone away. Brendan Saloner, associate professor in the Department of Health, Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said provisional data show that fatal drug overdoses...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Amid a rancorous contract dispute that threatens to halt work on the Purple Line, a judge in Baltimore has ordered the company in charge of the project to remain on the job. Maryland Circuit Court...
    Some parents may need guidance in preparing for how best to help their kids with distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, D.C. Public Schools launched “Parent University.” “We know to kick off the school year strong, we need our parents to be lockstep with us,” said schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee....
    A major truck crash snarled traffic on the Capital Beltway in Greenbelt, Maryland, late Tuesday afternoon, forcing authorities to close the Outer Loop for more than an hour. The crash happened on the Outer Loop near Kenilworth Avenue around 5:30 p.m. A tractor-trailer hauling car batteries overturned under Kenilworth Avenue. Maryland State Police said two...
    BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — Harford County teachers and staff are getting a little help amid the coronavirus pandemic. Freedom Federal Credit Union has donated 6,000 face masks to the school district for the upcoming year. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines ...
    ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ) — The parking lot of Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen was transformed Tuesday afternoon into a pop-up COVID-19 testing site. This was originally scheduled for last week, but was postponed because of Tropical Storm Isaias. State and local health departments teamed up with Upper Chesapeake Health to make this event possible. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: ...
    By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A conservative legal group has sued a Maryland police department for copies of any body camera videos of a fatal shooting of a man whose family says he was asleep in his bedroom when police opened fire. Judicial Watch Inc. filed its lawsuit against the...
    More help is on the way in Montgomery County, Maryland, for tenants who have fallen behind on their rent because of the coronavirus crisis. The county’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program launched in June and made direct payments to landlords in July. Now, the program is back for a second round. It will pay up to...
    SOLOMONS, Md. (WJZ) — With summer in full swing, many tourist destinations in Maryland have had to take action and get creative to keep visitors safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Typically during this time of year, Maryland sees a boost in tourism. “Tourism is everything. It’s what keeps Solomons going,” Stacey Hann-Ruff, Director of Annmarie...
    Authorities guide a person after an explosion in Baltimore on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Baltimore firefighters say an explosion has leveled several homes in the city. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) A Maryland lawmaker said that Monday’s fatal gas explosion in Baltimore underscores the need for stronger gas-utility regulation. In this year’s legislative session in Annapolis, state...
    BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — All across Maryland, small stands attract long lines for a summertime treat. “Today, it’s blazing outside, and you can stop and get a cool snowball,” said. Erika Allen. “Ice cream is going to melt around your hands, but this is perfect,” said Vickie Horne. If you’re from Maryland, you know...
    Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, Maryland, posted a photo of the words “no hate here” written in football jerseys and helmets on the football field at the school. (Courtesy Calvert High School) After a Calvert County, Maryland, high school was vandalized over the weekend, a message of unity was displayed to counter the racist...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Morgan State University announced Tuesday instruction for the 2020 fall semester will be remote-only. The University said its change in plans follows the release of a new study from Yale University indicating that college students would need to be tested every two to three days for their institutions to safely reopen. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE:...
    A family vacationing in remote Maryland woodland claim to have found a real life Yogi Bear who strolled up while they were eating a picnic and decided to join them.   In the video posted to TikTok by Kaitlyn Nesbit, the Black Bear has perched itself on the edge of a picnic table and waits patiently as one...
    COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 03: The Big Ten logo on the yardage markers at the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Howard Bison at Maryland Stadium on September 3, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** The Big Ten released a statement about canceling the...
    Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan authorized a plan on Monday night that will drastically reduce the number of in-person polling places in the state for the Nov. 3 presidential election after a weeks-long standoff with the state Board of Elections, which insisted on a plan involving far fewer voting locations due to coronavirus concerns. Hogan, on...
    The federal case against Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles’ now-rescinded order for private schools to remain closed is still pending. Timothy Maloney, the attorney for private schools and families who sued the county, explained in a statement Monday on his law firm’s website that since Gayles rescinded his order to close nonpublic schools,...
    (CNN) — The Perseid meteor shower, one of the most popular meteor showers of the year, will face some competition from the moon this year during its peak. The shower will peak with the most number of meteors during the late evening hours of August 11 and early morning hours of August 12 — which...
    Public school systems throughout the D.C. region are grappling with how to handle the new school year during the coronavirus pandemic. Many are urging caution, start dates are being pushed back and some form of virtual learning is being included in plans by multiple regional school systems. Below are the plans for school systems by...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Maryland adds 585 new cases overnight as the total coronavirus state count nears 97,000 on Tuesday. The state is now reporting 96, 843 total cases. Hospitalizations remained flat, going up by four to 529 as of Tuesday. There are 408 people in acute care and 121 in ICUS. Thirteen more Marylanders have...
    The Patersons with Brazilian au pair Juliana during Thanksgiving. (Courtesy Mark Mogle Photography) This story is part of “Parenting in a Pandemic,” WTOP’s continuing coverage of how parents are dealing with childcare, schooling and more through the coronavirus pandemic. When a Leesburg, Virginia, mother of three, and her husband began hosting an au pair to...
    Sex offender loses COVID-19 contract at VA hospital after USA TODAY asks questions Ruby Tuesday has shut down more than one-third of its restaurants this year as the chain buckles under pandemic pressures and an aging customer base Police in Maryland are investigating after vile racist slurs, including the N-word, were sprayed onto a high...
    SHADY SIDE, Md. (AP) — A person started a fire inside the vestibule of a predominately Black church in Maryland and also burglarized the house of worship, authorities said. Firefighters responding to a call about the fire at Judah Temple Ministries extinguished the blaze just after 5 a.m. Sunday, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department...
    This air purification system is one of many wall mounted units in place throughout the diners. It’s just inside the entryway and next to the host stand. A wavelength of ultraviolet light known to inactivate close relatives of the novel coronavirus is now an integral part of a cleaning system installed in Silver and Silver...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Numerous students enrolled at Baltimore City Community College in the fall will qualify for free tuition, the school said Monday. In a news release, officials said eligible students will be able to rely on a number of funding sources to cover tuition costs. Funding will come from the BCCC Foundation, the city,...
    Maryland advocates for sexual-assault survivors have taken to social media to remind the public that help is available, even during the coronavirus pandemic. “You need to know that all the rape crisis centers across Maryland are open and ready to help you,” said Lisae Jordan, executive director and counsel for the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — All first- through twelfth-grade Anne Arundel County Public Schools students will begin the school year on September 8 instead of the usual staggered start date, officials said Monday. The change is due to students beginning the school year with online-only education, the school system said in a news release. When classes...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan approved recommendations by the state elections board on Monday to reduce the number of polling places to accommodate a shortage of poll workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the governor initially directed the state to hold a traditional election and open all polling locations on Election...
    Dennis Harris, right, received a kidney donation from his wife, Darlene Harris, in July 2012 after being diagnosed with end stage renal failure in January 2010. He went on to get a donated pancreas in December 2015 because of Type 1 diabetes that he was diagnosed with as a child. (Courtesy Harris family) A Silver...
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — The University of Maryland College Park is delaying in-person undergraduate instruction for two weeks as it gears up for the fall semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, the university said while the semester is set to begin on August 31, in-person classes will be held online until September 14....
    In-person instruction at the University of Maryland, College Park will be delayed for two weeks. This is because the prevalence of COVID-19 in Maryland, and specifically in Prince George’s County, remains higher than the university had hoped for the start of the academic year in the fall. The semester will begin as scheduled Aug. 31,...
    At least six people were injured and one killed in a natural gas explosion that destroyed three Baltimore houses, firefighters and the local media said Monday. “We are closely monitoring the situation in northwest Baltimore following this morning’s horrific explosion,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “We have reached out to offer our full support to the...
    Maryland is seeing positive signs in its efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus: The percentage of residents testing positive for the virus has now hit its lowest level since the start of the pandemic. And a day after recording the state’s highest positivity rate, the area around the popular vacation spot of Ocean...
    WASHINGTON - Yumi Hogan, who as Maryland’s first lady helped the state secure a half-million coronavirus tests from her native South Korea, is working behind the scenes to secure donations from the Asian American communities in Maryland to fight against the virus.      Asian Americans in Maryland donated to the state government about...
    Isaias flooded Maryland Route 5 near the Port of Leonardtown Winery last week. Photo courtesy Port of Leonardtown Winery
    Leaders of the Big Ten Conference have voted to cancel the fall football season because of continued concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, according to two Monday morning news reports. The apparent decision to cancel the fall football season comes just days after the Big Ten released a fall schedule for the University of Maryland...
    One person died and at least five others were trapped after several homes exploded on Monday. Baltimore Fire Department/Twitter At least five people were trapped in Baltimore, Maryland after a gas explosion leveled three homes on Monday, the Baltimore Fire Department said. One woman was pronounced dead at the scene and at least...
    (CNN)A major explosion occurred in a residential area in Baltimore, where several people, including children, are trapped, a local firefighters union said on Twitter.Baltimore Firefighters IAFF Local 734 confirmed the authenticity of its account to CNN by phone without providing additional detail, as first responders -- including members of Local 734 -- were on route...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — The state added 755 new coronavirus cases since Sunday as hospitalizations go up slightly again Monday morning. Maryland is now reporting 96,258 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Hospitalizations went up again slightly from 525 to 534- a total of 415 in acute care and 119 in ICUs. Six more people have died from...
    A COVID-19 addendum can help a buyer, if a seller agrees. (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images) If you buy a house and then lose your job, then you are just an unemployed homeowner with no way to reverse the purchase. But if the pandemic costs you your job between the time you sign...
    University of Maryland College Park students will protest Tuesday against being bound to fall semester lease contracts for dorms they won’t live in out of coronavirus safety concerns. Students citing health and safety have found themselves protesting an inability to terminate expensive lease agreements with Capstone On-Campus Management, which manages College Park’s two on-campus housing...
    POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland say they've arrested an aging, serial bank robber who resurfaced after apparently being silent for four years. The Washington Post reports that police in Montgomery County arrested James Clyde Wersick, 71, on Tuesday after authorities said he robbed a PNC branch in Potomac. Police said that Wersick robbed...
    SEVERNA PARK, Md. (AP) — Opposing marches, one supporting police officers and the other demonstrating against police brutality, drew nearly 150 people to an area just outside Maryland's capital, with both sides chanting and sharing strong opinions but no violence. The “Black Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter" groups both made their voices heard in...