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Off-duty Prince George's County police officer shot and killed while helping woman next door

An off-duty Prince George’s County police officer was shot and killed Wednesday morning while helping a woman next door in an incident of domestic violence, the department’s police chief said. Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin, a 14-year veteran of the department, was fatally shot by a man with a shotgun...

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  • Md. 'Drug Cost Commission' would set fair prescription prices

    Md. 'Drug Cost Commission' would set fair prescription prices

    The soaring cost of prescription drugs is among the greatest drivers in rising rates for Maryland insurance premiums, according to CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell. And, coupled with our aging population, it’s likely to propel health care spending in the U.S. to a record-breaking one-fifth of the economy...

  • Why do media in Baltimore and beyond sensationalize the bad and neglect the good?

    Why do media in Baltimore and beyond sensationalize the bad and neglect the good?

    Recently, a Dumbarton Middle school student made a series of poor choices on a bus ride home from school, involving violence and a knife. Thankfully, no one was injured, and all the children arrived home safely. I empathize with all the families involved. As a parent of two Dumbarton students,...

  • Md. should pave the way for clean transportation in the region

    Md. should pave the way for clean transportation in the region

    One of the most congested parts of the United States is the greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area. Traffic and population density is so intense in some parts of this vast metropolitan area that it is known as one of the half dozen or so major “megalopolis” areas in the nation. Pollution — including...

  • Metro needs an audit

    Metro needs an audit

    Our view: The Metro debacle — and questions about safety standards — warrant third-party review of how MTA oversees Baltimore’s temporarily shuttered subway Baltimore’s Metro riders should be forgiven if they’re feeling a little testy these days. Not only did the subway system get shut down suddenly...

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  • Federal judge knocks down Florida's voting ban for ex-felons

    Federal judge knocks down Florida's voting ban for ex-felons

    In a ruling that could have reverberations on this year's crucial elections, a federal judge Thursday ruled that Florida's current ban on former felons voting is unconstitutional and needs to be changed as soon as possible. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued a blistering ruling that says the...

  • Cuba state media: Fidel Castro's son has killed himself

    Cuba state media: Fidel Castro's son has killed himself

    The oldest son of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro killed himself on Thursday after months of treatment for depression, state media reported. He was 68. Official website Cubadebate said that Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart had been in a "deeply depressed state." A brief note read on state television said...

  • Behind the Obama portraits: Michelle's dress symbolizes equality, Barack jokingly asked for less gray

    Behind the Obama portraits: Michelle's dress symbolizes equality, Barack jokingly asked for less gray

    When Barack Obama speaks, people listen. At least they did when he was in the White House. But that kind of authority didn't hold much sway when it came time for his presidential portrait. At a ceremony Monday to unveil portraits of him and former first lady Michelle Obama, the former president...

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