Thursday, January 24, 2013
Bills in the House of Delegates and Senate would create a new standard where all dog owners are presumed liable for dog attacks, regardless of the breed of the animal.
Legislation overriding a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that made landlords liable for pit bull attacks, and put owners at risk of being evicted or having to give up their dogs, will be heard Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. Identical House and Senate bills seek to create a new standard where all dog owners in civil action cases, regardless of the dog’s breed, are presumed liable for attacks unless owners can prove they did everything possible to avoid the attack, said Sen. Brian Frosh, sponsor of the Senate bill. It would also reverse the strict liability on landlords. “The interest groups: pet owners, landlords, and animal rights groups are pleased with it,” said Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat who is also chairman of …
Monday, January 21, 2013
After the Newtown, CT school shooting, Maryland legislators are looking at a number of ways to make schools safer.
According to Annapolis Patch, delegates from Anne Arundel County are introducing legislation on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in hopes of increasing security and mental health services at public schools across the state. The proposed bill would also pay for an armed resource officer at each school. "If you really understand public schools in Maryland, you know this: They are becoming increasingly more difficult for classroom teachers because discipline is lacking at home and teachers are spending an increasing amount of time maintaining discipline in the classroom," said Del. Nic Kipke (R-Pasadena). In Montgomery County, Councilman Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown, a vocal advocate of school resource officers stationed in schools, told a room full …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Patch rounds up the top weird news headlines of the week in Maryland.
Burglar Steals ‘Orgazmo’ Incense from Adult Gift Store A thief broke into an adult gift store in Owings Mills and stole 30 packages of incense. Homeless Man 'Sleepy' Allegedly Found Crashing in Parkville Home A homeless man, which a police report notes is nicknamed "Sleepy," was arrested after a property manager allegedly discovered him sleeping on the floor of a Parkville residence. Twitter Battle Between Lesbian, Transgender Advocates Leads to Court Order A Twitter message about spitting led Towson lawyer and lesbian advocate Cathy Brennan to file for a peace order against a transgender advocate. Urn Stolen from Columbia Residence: Howard County Crime Reports An urn containing ashes was stolen from a hallway closet from a residence in…
Friday, January 18, 2013
Post a patriotic photo from your Patch using the hashtag #PatchInauguration on Instagram.
We're starting something new here at Patch, borrowing an idea from social media networks. We're calling it the Weekend PatchTag Project. It's simple. Using your Instagram account, post a photo of patriotism in your community—you know, getting into the spirit of a presidential inauguration and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tag it with #PatchInauguration and it'll appear in our grid of images on every Patch site in Maryland. It's your chance to show off how patriotic your community is to the rest of the state. Now get to it! Oh, and while you're at it, what's your Instagram handle? Post it in a comment below, and let us know what Patch you live in, and we'll follow you!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
More and more Americans are going cell-phone-only.
According to one recent survey — the National Health Interview of January-June, 2012 — about 36 percent of American households have ditched the landline in favor of using only cell phones. In 2008, that number was more like 20 percent. "In addition," the report said, "nearly one of every six American homes (15.9%) received all or almost all calls on wireless telephones despite also having a landline telephone." Do you prefer your landline or at least hold on to it for the rare occasions when your cell service goes out? Or have you joined the millions who have decided they don't really need one? Tell us in comments if you've abandoned or held on to your land line, and why.
Monday, December 31, 2012
It's that time of year. What will you resolve to do differently in 2013?
New Year's Eve is here and at the stroke of midnight many people will take a solemn vow to do something differently in their lives. Ah yes, it's time for the New Year's resolutions. Will you make one? Some of the resolutions, or I prefer to think of them as goals, I am contemplating for 2013 include: find at least one volunteer opportunity in the community that I can do with my children, attempt to grow at least one vegetable this summer that my family can consume, and do a better job of sending thank you notes the old fashioned way (US Postal Service). What resolutions, or goals, you are considering for 2013? Tell us in the comments below. Here are the top New Year's resolutions, according to USA.gov:
Thursday, December 20, 2012
There are some things your local editor will wish she had done if the world ends Friday.
The expiration of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21 has some concerned that the world will officially end on Friday. A brief in the December Carroll County government newsletter debunks the end of the world notion with the following statement: A shining light in the darkness, NASA has stepped forward to combat many of the popular geologic and celestial doomsday predictions for December 21st. Their scientists have repeatedly ripped apart prognostications of the apocalypse because of the predictor’s lack of proof and wild fanaticism. No, the Earth will not be hit by some large celestial body. No, the Earth’s magnetic poles will not suddenly reverse causing a massive disruption in force of gravity. No, the Earth will not be torn apart by huge …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
It's your turn to share your thoughts on the media's coverage of the nation's latest mass shooting.
In the immediate aftermath of the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, CT some people thought the news media coverage of the event was overkill, if not completely invasive. There was criticism of cable TV networks for interviewing kids coming out of the school following the massacre, and incorrect information was reported in the hours immediately following the news breaking. But others argue that it’s the job of the news media to be aggressive in telling these stories, and that the misinformation was only the results of erroneous information provide by officials. How would you rate the media coverage of the of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings? Tell us in comments.
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has sparked broader debate over gun control and whether semi-automatic weapons should be banned.
The Sandy Hook shooting has opened a broader discussion over gun control and whether there should be tighter restrictions on semi-automatic weapons like the one used by shooter Adam Lanza. As Columbia Patch points out, citing an article from The Washington Post, current law bans fully automatic assault weapons, but semi-automatic assault weapons are legal, as well as high-capacity magazines. Since the shooting, Walmart stopped selling online the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 Rifle, which is in the same family of firearms as the weapon Lanza used, The Huffington Post reports. Wheaton Patch is reporting that Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended the sale of "modern sporting rifles" at all of its stores. The shooting has sparked a …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
NASA scientist says two debris streams may cross after sunset, Dec. 13.
There are plenty of meteor showers in the late fall – we’ve seen the Orionids in October, and the Taurids and Leonids in November. If you got outside at the right time, and the weather was nice, maybe you saw a few “shooting stars.” Tonight, however, may be different. That’s because we may be treated to not one, but two meteor showers at the same time, according to NASA. In addition to the peak of the Geminid shower, there may be a brand new meteor shower debuting after sunset tonight, Dec. 13. The new, as-yet-to-be-named shower is courtesy of Comet Wirtanen, discovered in 1948, according to Bill Cooke, from NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. As for the source of the Geminids, it’s somewhat of a mystery, Cooke said on NASA’s website. “…