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Nation Feb 24Not waiting for Washington, states pass their own pandemic aid packages
States are not willing to wait for more federal help and have been moving ahead with their own coronavirus relief packages.
Arts Dec 29Maryland may repeal state song, a Confederate call to arms
"Maryland, My Maryland" was written in 1861 as a call to arms for the Confederacy. It refers to President Abraham Lincoln as a despot and urges defiance to the "Northern scum."…
Health May 15Most states still fall short of recommended testing levels
As businesses reopen in more of the U.S., more than 4 out of 5 states still fall short of the COVID-19 testing levels that public health experts say are necessary to safely ease lockdowns.
Health Apr 04Hunt for medical supplies creates marketplace of desperation
What sounds like an organized-crime thriller is now the new reality for governors desperately trying to find the medical equipment their states need in the throes of a pandemic.
Education Jan 03Sweeping education plan seeks equity and improvement in Maryland schools
A state commission found a common problem: Maryland invests more in schools serving affluent communities than it does on schools in areas with high poverty.
Nation Nov 21Former Baltimore mayor enters guilty pleas in fraud case
Catherine Pugh, the former mayor of Baltimore, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in a case involving sales of her self-published children's books.
Nation Oct 17Rep. Elijah Cummings dies at 68
Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68.
Nation Mar 08Court denies new murder trial for ‘Serial’ podcast’s Adnan Syed
In a 4-3 opinion, the Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that Adnan Syed's legal counsel was deficient in failing to investigate an alibi witness, but it disagreed that the deficiency prejudiced the case.
Nation Jun 30Small capital city draped in grief by newspaper shooting
The historic state capital of Annapolis is draped in grief from a shooting attack on the local newspaper, which killed journalists who chronicled soccer games, art exhibits and the fabric of small-city life.
Nation Feb 14Suspect injured, SUV stopped after shooting at NSA gate
FORT MEADE, Md. — Several people were hospitalized after a shooting Wednesday morning outside the National Security Agency campus at Fort Meade, but none of the injuries were caused by gunfire, the spy agency said.