Recent stories by Nicole Fuller
7:34 PM EDT, May 13, 2012
A 34-year-old man died Sunday afternoon after he was stabbed in Northwest Baltimore, police said.
9:09 PM EDT, May 13, 2012
They departed the northwest coast of France two months ago — 26 crew members each aboard two historic French Navy schooners headed to North America.
9:02 PM EDT, May 8, 2012
Debate over the meaning of gold-colored sheets of paper passed among members of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners has pitted the elected officials against residents who allege they are thumbing their noses at state open meetings rules.
12:00 PM EDT, May 5, 2012
Annapolis mom Jessica Pachler has long bought eggs from a local farmer in the name of environmental responsibility and healthful eating.
6:47 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
The developer of a casino scheduled to open next month at Arundel Mills will temporarily restrict southbound access to the mall beginning next week during road construction to prepare for an expected traffic increase.
9:18 PM EDT, April 5, 2012
As director of Anne Arundel County's Special Olympics delegation for the past 12 years, Gregg Meade competes with a host of school teams and athletic groups jockeying for the same practice space.
8:26 PM EDT, April 4, 2012
Annapolis officials plan to introduce a resolution at Monday night's city council meeting that would require council approval for special events at City Dock, following complaints from downtown business owners.
5:50 PM EDT, March 29, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Police Department's second in command has agreed to appear before the County Council on Monday night and answer questions as part of an inquiry into pending criminal charges against County Executive John R. Leopold.
7:45 PM EDT, April 3, 2012
An attorney for former Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl D. Jones has appealed a judge's recent ruling, in an attempt to regain his seat when he finishes serving time in federal prison later this year.
10:27 PM EDT, April 2, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Police Department's second in command said Monday night that he has asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate alleged police misconduct related to a criminal indictment against County Executive John R. Leopold.
8:02 PM EDT, March 28, 2012
The Maryland ACLU called on the state Wednesday to release information that it says will help determine whether people on Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's alleged "enemies list" were the subject of illegal searches by county police on the state's criminal history database.
9:33 PM EDT, March 30, 2012
The state ACLU sharply criticized Anne Arundel County on Friday, claiming that it failed to release files related to an "enemies list" or political "dossiers" allegedly compiled by members of County Executive John R. Leopold's security detail — though the county says it has made public everything it can under the law.
11:40 PM EDT, March 26, 2012
Anne Arundel County Police Chief Col. James E. Teare Sr. appeared Monday night before the County Council but declined to answer questions under oath about allegations of misconduct by County Executive John R. Leopold, citing the ongoing criminal investigation.
6:16 PM EDT, March 27, 2012
An attorney for former Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl D. Jones has filed a notice of appeal in county Circuit Court, in an effort to overturn a judge's recent ruling that the County Council acted properly when it removed Jones from his seat.
8:28 PM EDT, March 22, 2012
Anne Arundel County's police chief could face arrest if he is unable to resolve a showdown with the County Council over his refusal to testify as part of an inquiry into corruption charges against County Executive John R. Leopold, a county lawyer said Thursday.
3:42 PM EDT, March 22, 2012
Anne Arundel County's police chief has acknowledged that information allegedly gathered by officers for use in dossiers on Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's political enemies "possibly violates" state and federal law.
8:31 PM EDT, March 20, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council on Tuesday subpoenaed Police Chief Col. James E. Teare Sr. to answer questions next week about the political corruption case of County Executive John R. Leopold.
6:29 PM EDT, March 21, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council was within its rights to remove Councilman Daryl D. Jones from his seat when he reported to prison, a judge has ruled, supporting the council's position that members must continuously live in their districts.
March 20, 2012
The president of the Anne Arundel County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Monday night called for the County Council to investigate allegations that the county executive compiled an "enemies list" of his political foes.
1:25 PM EDT, March 21, 2012
The first court hearing in the corruption case of Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is scheduled to take place this afternoon.
9:11 PM EDT, March 15, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland renewed calls Thursday for the Anne Arundel County Council to investigate embattled County Executive John R. Leopold after revelations that a police database containing criminal records may have been illegally accessed at his behest to research political opponents.
11:13 AM EDT, March 20, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland on Tuesday called on the state Public Safety secretary to launch an audit of the Anne Arundel County Police Department's use of the state criminal history database in order to determine whether information on the county executive's alleged "enemies list" was accessed and disseminated.
11:59 PM EDT, March 19, 2012
Anne Arundel County Council members on Monday night appointed Marine Reservist Peter I. Smith to a vacant seat on the council, ending a weeks-long impasse that drew fierce criticism from residents.
11:00 PM EDT, March 14, 2012
Lawyers on both sides of the legal fight over a vacant Anne Arundel County Council seat argued Wednesday in county Circuit Court about whether the council had the authority to remove a member who was sentenced to prison.
10:58 AM EDT, March 15, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Police Department acknowledged Wednesday that a statewide police criminal records database was accessed in order for County Executive John R. Leopold to investigate political opponents.
9:18 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen has introduced a $95.4 million operating budget for the next fiscal year, a proposal that would raise the property tax rate along with some fees for residents as the city moves to invest in its infrastructure and personnel while continuing to shore up its reserves.
9:28 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council's failure to fill a vacancy created when a member was sent to federal prison "seriously undermines" the county's position in a lawsuit over whether he can return to office, according to the county's top lawyer.
6:44 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
Protesters held signs reading "Leopold must go!" "Spying un-American" and "Resign now" outside Anne Arundel County government headquarters Monday, criticizing an embattled county executive who faces allegations that he used his county police detail to investigate political opponents.
12:16 AM EST, March 6, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council on Monday night failed to break an impasse over two finalists for a vacancy on the council and delayed a new vote for another two weeks. The deadlock has brought the council widespread criticism.
7:31 PM EST, March 3, 2012
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has been charged with using his taxpayer-funded police detail to help secure his re-election, run personal errands, keep his affair with a county employee private and drive him to frequent sexual rendezvous, according to an indictment handed down Friday by a grand jury.
9:45 PM EDT, March 16, 2012
A former Anne Arundel County employee filed a $2.5 million lawsuit Friday against embattled County Executive John R. Leopold, alleging that he discriminated against female employees, pressured workers to make campaign donations and retaliated against those he viewed as disloyal.
2:52 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
Sitting at a table in a school cafeteria in Severna Park, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold didn't look like a politician under siege as he spoke to residents for hours on a recent evening.
11:37 PM EST, February 28, 2012
Annapolis Alderman Kenneth A. Kirby, who is without a permanent home, said Tuesday that an opinion issued by the city attorney should quiet calls for an investigation into whether he is in violation of residency rules for elected officials.
8:59 PM EST, February 25, 2012
An Anne Arundel county councilman was peppered with questions Saturday about diversity on the all-white, all-male council — and criticized for his public use of a racial slur — before storming out of a community forum in Odenton.
8:07 PM EST, March 7, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has pressed Anne Arundel County officials to help determine whether County Executive John R. Leopold violated a state anti-spying law by allegedly directing his security detail to investigate political opponents.
8:49 PM EST, March 5, 2012
Three days after the Anne Arundel County executive was charged in an indictment with using his security detail to promote his re-election and to arrange sexual rendezvous, pressure mounted Monday for Police Chief James E. Teare Sr., to publicly address the issue.
7:28 PM EST, February 22, 2012
An Annapolis panel has recommended authorizing $300,000 in renovations to Market House, the shuttered, city-owned public market that has been the subject of a series of legal and political disputes.
11:17 PM EST, March 4, 2012
When the Anne Arundel County Council began the process of selecting a candidate to fill a vacancy on the panel last month, they whittled the list of 10 applicants down to two. And then they got stuck.
12:02 PM EST, February 19, 2012
When he started a veterinary hospital along Generals Highway on the outskirts of Annapolis in 1974, Harrison Monk says, he was promised his business would be linked to Anne Arundel County's water and sewer services in about a decade.
10:37 AM EST, March 4, 2012
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold was smiling and upbeat Saturday after eating at a diner in his hometown, part of a county he has led for more than five years and where he now faces the political and legal fight of his career.
4:47 PM EST, February 28, 2012
The Annapolis city council voted Monday night to spend $300,000 in to renovate Market House, the city-owned public market that has cost millions of dollars over the past decade in repairs and legal fees.
12:05 AM EST, February 28, 2012
The Annapolis mayor and city council are tasked with enforcing residency requirements for the city's elected officials and would be required to vote unanimously in order to remove a sitting alderman found in violation of those requirements, according to an opinion issued by the city attorney.
8:24 PM EST, February 21, 2012
Members of the Anne Arundel County Council said Tuesday that they see no end in sight to an impasse over the selection of a new colleague, as they remained deadlocked through a second round of voting on a replacement for the incarcerated Daryl D. Jones.
9:15 PM EST, February 17, 2012
The day after an emotional Anne Arundel County Council meeting ended without a selection to fill the open District 1 seat, council members said they remained firm in their positions but were hoping to end the stalemate before they reconvene Tuesday.
2:10 PM EST, February 15, 2012
Developers celebrated the completion of major construction at the $500 million Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills mall Wednesday morning, urging the public to save their money for gambling.
7:47 PM EST, February 22, 2012
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold appointed veteran county budget officer John R. Hammond as chief administrative officer Wednesday.
February 17, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council deadlocked Thursday night over a vote to appoint a replacement for the seat vacated by former Councilman Daryl D. Jones.
8:18 PM EST, February 14, 2012
Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen has asked the City Council to consider spending up to $400,000 on renovations to the long-troubled Market House, a request that has drawn sharp criticism from several members of the council.
11:35 PM EST, February 16, 2012
An Anne Arundel County councilman used an ethnic slur during a council meeting held Thursday night to appoint a replacement for a vacant seat on the body.
6:03 PM EST, February 13, 2012
As Annapolis mayor in the 1980s, Dennis M. Callahan was so peeved that a volunteer coach with the city's recreation program had been charged with a drug offense that he canceled the entire athletic season, a decision met with fury by some.
6:41 PM EST, February 11, 2012
Backers of a plan to open a live-in homeless outreach center in Southwest Baltimore presented hundreds of letters and signatures of support Saturday to City Councilwoman Helen Holton, in hopes of overcoming the objections of some area residents.
9:08 PM EST, February 13, 2012
The Annapolis City Council met in closed session Monday night to discuss the residency issues surrounding Alderman Kenneth A. Kirby, who is without a permanent home, but offered no new details on how the city would proceed on the issue.
7:11 PM EST, February 10, 2012
Ten people submitted applications to the Anne Arundel County Council by Friday's deadline for candidates to fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Daryl D. Jones.
1:50 PM EST, February 5, 2012
County Councilman Jerry Walker plans to introduce a bill at Monday night's council meeting that would declare English the official language of Anne Arundel County.
10:58 PM EST, January 30, 2012
Maryland First Lady Catherine Curran O'Malley announced Monday that Baltimore City, Talbot and Worcester counties have been selected for a new statewide initiative to prevent child sexual abuse by training adults.
6:22 PM EST, February 11, 2012
Hot water began leaking from a pipe on the fifth floor of Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore Saturday afternoon, causing a very brief evacuation of some medical staff, but had no effect on patients, according to officials.
7:37 PM EST, January 28, 2012
A man dressed in a head-to-toe Dalmatian suit, complete with fireman's hat and boots. A shirtless middle-aged fellow in swim trunks, with a lime-green fedora on his head, gyrating to the beat of rock music. A dozen young women hula-hooping in the winter sun.
7:08 PM EST, February 7, 2012
Annapolis Alderman Kenneth A. Kirby will appear Wednesday night before the city's election board as the panel investigates whether Kirby, who does not have a permanent home, is meeting residency requirements.
9:21 PM EST, February 8, 2012
The Annapolis panel that oversees elections said Wednesday that it lacks the authority to investigate the residency of Alderman Kenneth A. Kirby, who does not have a permanent home, leaving the matter to the mayor and city council to decide.
9:28 AM EST, January 28, 2012
A Baltimore jury convicted a 27-year-old man of first degree rape for using a rouse to lure a woman into his car and then raping her at knifepoint.
12:06 PM EST, January 28, 2012
The Canton branch of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library will close at the end of January for a two-year renovation project.
8:19 PM EST, February 1, 2012
A state panel said Wednesday that members of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners violated the state's Open Meetings Act by holding a fee-based forum on a controversial smart-growth policy attended by a majority of the board.
10:10 AM EST, January 28, 2012
A Baltimore jury convicted a man of attempted first degree murder and eight other charges for a retaliation shooting that missed the intended target but struck a 10-year-old boy, prosecutors said Friday.
11:55 AM EST, January 28, 2012
A 27-year-old man was found shot in the back early Saturday morning in Baltimore, police said.
7:17 PM EST, February 8, 2012
Dennis M. Callahan, Anne Arundel County's chief administrative officer and a former Annapolis mayor who was known for his hard-nosed political style, died Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack at his Severna Park home. He was 70.
12:31 PM EST, January 28, 2012
In the past few months, life has gotten a lot busier for Anne Arundel County Councilman Derek Fink.
7:59 PM EST, January 28, 2012
A 32-year-old Anne Arundel County man who started a popular local breaking-news service was killed in a two-vehicle car crash in Pasadena early Saturday morning, police said.
7:16 PM EST, February 7, 2012
Anne Arundel County officials have scuttled a plan to sell a downtown Annapolis park for possible development, hoping that the city will be willing to take over management of the county-owned land.
7:49 PM EST, January 24, 2012
Two members of an Anne Arundel County panel charged with considering sweeping changes to county law and councilmanic districts in a once-a-decade review process have resigned under pressure from the county's Ethics Commission.
9:52 PM EST, January 26, 2012
Every other Monday night, Annapolis Alderman Kenneth A. Kirby, dressed in a suit and tie, takes his seat on the dais at City Council meetings, discussing community issues and voting on legislation.
10:35 AM EST, January 20, 2012
Republican state Del. Steven R. Schuh has taken a strong lead among prospective candidates for Anne Arundel county executive in 2014 in early fundraising, according to recently released campaign finance documents.
10:14 PM EST, January 17, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to remove member Daryl D. Jones from his seat when he reports to federal prison next week.
6:14 PM EST, January 13, 2012
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold wants to block an upcoming move of nearly 400 state workers from Crownsville to Prince George's County by eliminating funding to the Department of Housing and Community Development for the relocation.
7:18 PM EST, January 18, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council can begin the process of replacing Councilman Daryl D. Jones next week when he begins serving a five-month federal prison sentence, a judge ruled Wednesday.
11:21 AM EST, January 17, 2012
The councilman who has sponsored legislation that would allow the County Council to replace Daryl D. Jones when he reports to prison later this month is predicting the move will sail through when the panel meets Tuesday.
8:04 PM EST, January 23, 2012
As former Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl D. Jones began serving a five-month prison term in South Carolina on Monday, nearly a dozen Democrats have expressed interest in filling his seat.
1:31 PM EST, January 13, 2012
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold told the county's members of the House of Delegates Friday that anticipated slots revenue would likely stave off the need for public employee furloughs.
7:03 PM EST, January 12, 2012
As a small-business owner on Clay Street, the rough-and-tumble Annapolis community where he grew up, Michael McFarland was keenly aware of the need for mentors for the neighborhood's youth.
8:26 PM EST, January 9, 2012
Annapolis officials announced a new initiative Monday to recruit and train mentors for youth outreach programs as part of a continuing effort to reduce crime in the state capital.
5:02 PM EST, December 20, 2011
Two Anne Arundel county councilmen have introduced dueling but similar legislation that would clear the way for the ouster of their colleague, Daryl D. Jones, who is set to begin a five-month prison term next month.
8:08 PM EST, January 10, 2012
Annapolis housing officials are investigating whether an alderman found by police in a city-owned complex during a drug raid last week is living there in violation of a lease agreement.
10:23 AM EST, January 7, 2012
A decision by Anne Arundel County officials to eliminate $5,000 in funding for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast has resulted in a pointed back-and-forth between the administration of County Executive John R. Leopold and a prominent local civil rights leader.
11:13 PM EST, January 4, 2012
A Circuit Court judge shot down Wednesday afternoon an attempt by Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl D. Jones to block his colleagues from giving away his seat when he reports to federal prison this month.
6:05 PM EST, December 29, 2011
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Anne Arundel County will take place as scheduled in January, but minus the customary $5,000 from the county — which stunned the planners of the event, now in its 31st year.
5:35 PM EST, December 26, 2011
Without a ride to work, it would have been a lot more difficult for Ronika Ford to get her first part-time job working at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Educational Center a few miles from her Annapolis home.
9:28 AM EST, December 24, 2011
Some conservative state lawmakers from Anne Arundel County would find themselves in more-Democratic districts under a proposed redistricting plan that observers say could change the balance of power in the county's Republican-leaning delegation.
4:16 PM EST, December 17, 2011
In a move that would clear the way for the Anne Arundel County Council to replace prison-bound Councilman Daryl D. Jones, a colleague plans to introduce legislation Monday that, if approved by a majority, would declare the Democratic lawmaker's seat vacant.
4:59 PM EST, December 20, 2011
Despite opposition from Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, the County Council unanimously approved legislation Monday requiring the county government to audit its workforce in an effort to examine the county's hiring and retention of minority workers.
8:37 PM EST, December 9, 2011
Anne Arundel County Councilman Jamie Benoit is challenging a legal opinion issued by the county attorney on the political future of fellow Councilman Daryl D. Jones, who has been sentenced to federal prison beginning next month.
3:03 PM EST, December 22, 2011
A county-owned park in downtown Annapolis could be developed into office, retail or residential space under a plan that has some neighbors upset about the loss of green space.
4:41 PM EST, December 15, 2011
In an effort to examine minority hiring practices in Anne Arundel County government, Councilman Daryl D. Jones has introduced a measure that would require the county government to audit its workforce and present its findings publicly.
9:58 PM EST, November 30, 2011
As Anne Arundel Councilman Daryl D. Jones prepares to head to federal prison for failing to file his tax returns, a number of his constituents in his northern county district said they would like to see the Severn Democrat keep his seat — and return after he's served his time — even as his opponents clamor for his resignation.
7:30 PM EST, December 15, 2011
The Anne Arundel County police chief appeared Thursday before a grand jury investigating whether County Executive John R. Leopold misused government resources, sources said.
10:38 PM EST, December 12, 2011
About 15 vehicles driving on the inner loop of Interstate 695 in southwestern Baltimore County were damaged Monday night after hundreds of rocks from a railroad overpass fell onto the busy highway, according to Maryland State Police.
9:14 AM EST, December 5, 2011
An Anne Arundel councilman was sentenced to five months in federal prison Monday on a charge that he failed to file nearly three dozen personal and business tax returns over a six-year period.
2:37 PM EST, December 3, 2011
A proposal scheduled to come before the Anne Arundel County Council on Monday would create a property tax surcharge to help reduce storm-water runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.
9:06 AM EST, November 24, 2011
Soon after the five new members of the Anne Arundel County Council took office last year, the time came for the body to choose a chairman — not a particularly glamorous job, but a position that comes with the responsibility of setting the council's agendas and running the public meetings.
8:38 PM EST, December 11, 2011
Amid the tangle of slow-moving traffic, barbecue and purple jerseys that was Sunday's Baltimore Ravens tailgate party, Larry the Cable Guy, the working man's comedian, was talking food — and how to ease that ubiquitous heartburn pain.
9:32 PM EST, December 8, 2011
As Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl D. Jones weighs whether to resign before he serves a five-month federal prison sentence, the county attorney has issued a pointed letter that calls into question Jones' ability to keep his seat.
8:53 PM EST, December 9, 2011
A state panel charged with making recommendations on medical marijuana presented two divergent plans Friday, failing to find consensus on an issue that will likely be debated during the coming legislative session.
11:36 AM EST, December 5, 2011
The Anne Arundel County Council will hear from the public at its meeting tonight on a proposal that would levy a new fee on county residents designed to reduce and more effectively manage storm water run-off along the Chesapeake Bay.
3:15 PM EST, November 24, 2011
The developer of a planned affordable-housing community in Glen Burnie will start construction on the project next month, after the Anne Arundel County Council voted to grant the company a key tax break on the project.
4:42 PM EST, November 27, 2011
When Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold turned over his schedules from 2006 through early 2011 in response to a subpoena from the state prosecutor's office, the calendar entries spanned some 52,000 pages.
6:02 PM EST, November 10, 2011
The fate of a proposed affordable housing community in Glen Burnie is in limbo after an Anne Arundel County Council vote to delay a proposed tax break that the project's developer says it needs to move forward.
10:37 PM EST, December 8, 2011
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is considering a move to overrule the recommendations of his own planning department, as he weighs a veto on a hard-fought bill that would allow a Pasadena apartment complex to move forward.
7:57 PM EST, November 11, 2011
Ann Fligsten, a noted land-use attorney in Anne Arundel County, has long voiced her opinion on planning and zoning issues, testifying before the County Council and meeting with county officials.
1:47 PM EST, November 19, 2011
An Annapolis commission charged with examining ways to improve the city's governing structure has recommended several changes to the city charter, including making city elections nonpartisan and the creation of an audit committee, according to a draft of its proposals.
7:36 PM EST, November 24, 2011
Dr. Angela Wakhweya began her medical career in her native Uganda, at the height of the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, where she saw many patients, friends and even some family members succumb to the deadly disease.
November 9, 2011
The Anne Arundel County Council is considering legislation that would levy an annual fee on county residents to help reduce stormwater runoff.
9:19 AM EST, November 6, 2011
For months now, about a dozen gurgling water fountains have helped move the water around Marley and Furnace Creeks in Glen Burnie, and some residents say, restored the health of the long-polluted waterways — evidenced, in their view, by a newfound abundance of fish and other creatures.
11:05 AM EDT, October 23, 2011
Anne Arundel County Councilman Jamie Benoit, a Democrat from Crownsville, is considering a run for Congress, according to a report on a local blog.
10:53 AM EDT, October 21, 2011
A plan to build an affordable housing development in Glen Burnie has ignited a heated debate among members of the Anne Arundel County Council.
9:17 PM EST, November 16, 2011
Anne Arundel County officials are warning residents to beware of a scam aimed at the elderly advertising fraudulent Fire Department home inspections.
8:27 PM EDT, October 7, 2011
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold said Friday what has long been rumored in local political circles: He's considering a run for governor or comptroller in 2014.
9:09 PM EDT, October 27, 2011
Bruce Holstein moved to Carroll County eight years ago looking for land to build a house so he could live closer to his grown daughter and her family. He settled on a historic road with no streetlights, flanked by maple and hickory trees, with corn and soybean farms in the distance.
9:24 PM EDT, November 1, 2011
A panel of experts on environmental and growth issues offered harsh criticism Monday of Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed statewide smart-growth strategy at a forum attended by more than 100 people from some of the most rural parts of the state.
2:39 PM EST, November 6, 2011
Members of the Republican, Green and Libertarian parties are often divided by strong ideological differences in national politics. But in Baltimore, their candidates emphatically agree on at least one thing: They're fed up with the Democratic dominance of city politics.
9:23 PM EDT, September 9, 2011
Anne Arundel County residents, disgruntled by a series of zoning changes affirmed by the County Council last week, are weighing legal options to challenge what they claim is a violation of state law.
9:31 AM EST, November 13, 2011
Talk to some of the old-timers along Annapolis' historic Clay Street, and they'll say the neighborhood has seen its ups and downs: Once a vibrant African-American enclave, replete with black-owned businesses, the neighborhood struggled in the wake of civil rights-era rioting and the crack epidemic.
6:20 PM EDT, September 4, 2011
Campaigning on foot along a stretch of tidy brick rowhouses in East Baltimore, joined by a small entourage of family members, campaign consultants and volunteers, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young rarely needs an introduction.
8:44 PM EDT, September 14, 2011
In an election with few surprises, Baltimore City Councilwoman Belinda M. Conaway stood out. The two-term incumbent lost to a political newcomer in a relatively close race that was called Wednesday morning.
9:35 PM EDT, October 17, 2011
An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge has dealt a serious blow to the county's use of binding arbitration to solve collective bargaining disputes with employees, ruling that the entire system is unconstitutional.
7:21 PM EDT, October 6, 2011
Opponents of a controversial Anne Arundel County zoning change filed suit Thursday in county Circuit Court, seeking to overturn the legislation that could intensify growth in some of the county's most rural areas.
10:01 AM EDT, October 29, 2011
Ulysses Aiken, a native Annapolitan, found himself homeless after losing his job as a professional boxing trainer. He ended up at the Light House Homeless Prevention and Support Center — Anne Arundel County's only shelter open to adults and children year round.
October 22, 2011
Kathy and James Galli have made some modest upgrades to their no-frills marina and boat-repair business in the decade that they've owned the property along the Severn River, mostly replacing outdated rigging and fixing broken equipment.
8:12 AM EDT, October 10, 2011
For years, Bonnie Brumwell Hoyas and her three brothers have been trying to persuade Anne Arundel County officials to allow them to redevelop their family land, which houses several family businesses — including a large flea market — along busy Mountain Road in Pasadena.
September 10, 2011
Mere seconds after setting foot on the bustling sidewalk outside Lexington Market, Frank M. Conaway Sr. is surrounded first by a small group of admirers, quickly followed by hordes of hangers-on howling his name.
8:06 PM EDT, October 3, 2011
A reshuffling of state office space will move nearly 400 workers from around the state capital to Baltimore and Prince George's County — a shift that Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration hopes will spur development around the new offices and make their operations more efficient.
4:31 PM EDT, September 10, 2011
At a panel discussion on the city's property tax rate, Joseph T. "Jody" Landers took to the lectern in the manner of a professor.
9:02 PM EDT, August 30, 2011
An Anne Arundel County councilman pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to a charge that he failed to file several personal and business tax returns over the course of six years.
11:30 PM EDT, October 2, 2011
For years, Danielle Oldham checked housing listings, hoping that she, her husband and their two young daughters could find a place in the Anne Arundel County community of Piney Orchard.
4:39 PM EDT, September 11, 2011
Mayoral candidate Otis Rolley bounded down the steps of a West Baltimore home and flashed what looked like two victory signs.
6:43 PM EDT, August 23, 2011
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has vetoed several sections of a zoning bill that recently passed the County Council and sought to intensify development in some of the county's most rural areas.
11:17 AM EDT, September 1, 2011
Baltimore voters can begin casting ballots in the city's mayoral primary election Thursday, as the early-voting period begins.
2:37 PM EDT, September 14, 2011
Bernard C. "Jack" Young, picked by his fellow City Council members last year to lead the panel, won the Democratic nomination Tuesday to keep the office for four more years.
1:57 PM EDT, August 27, 2011
Anne Arundel County Councilman Jerry Walker plans to attempt to override several vetoes issued by County Executive John R. Leopold on a rezoning bill for the southern portion of the county.
August 20, 2011
Furious that the Anne Arundel County Council has approved zoning changes that will intensify development at several sites in the most rural areas of the county, residents are urging County Executive John R. Leopold to overturn the moves.
9:35 PM EDT, August 19, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley's broad strategy to revamp land development rules across Maryland met harsh criticism Friday, as local officials worried that the governor's proposal would interfere with their ability to plan and pay for schools, roads and housing.
7:25 AM EDT, September 2, 2011
A 25-year-old man charged in North Carolina with kidnapping and attempted rape who escaped Thursday afternoon from a cell in Annapolis District Court was arrested shortly before midnight, county police said.
1:23 PM EDT, August 26, 2011
As Hurricane Irene moves closer to Maryland, Annapolis MayorJoshua J. Cohen declared a State of Emergency within the city limits, effective 10 a.m. Friday, urging residents in low-lying areas to evacuate by Saturday afternoon.
9:12 PM EDT, July 14, 2011
Just a half-mile up the road from where a massive slots casino and entertainment complex is under construction on the grounds of Arundel Mills mall, another developer is putting money on this rapidly developing area of Anne Arundel County, constructing a $140 million mixed-use development of luxury apartments, an upscale hotel, and a steakhouse.
9:24 PM EDT, August 4, 2011
An Anne Arundel County appeals board may be the only way disgruntled neighbors can prevent a crematorium in their Millersville neighborhood, as county officials stressed that the plan would not be affected by pending legislation restricting where crematoriums can be located.
6:27 PM EDT, August 18, 2011
As Anne Arundel school board members discussed efforts to address the achievement gap in the system on Wednesday, they called upon county citizens to not only get involved but to understand that the arduous task needs to be properly funded.
8:14 PM EDT, August 2, 2011
Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl D. Jones was charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore with failing to file tax returns in 2005, according to court documents.
8:12 PM EDT, August 16, 2011
Harriet Tubman has long inspired a deep sense of pride among Marylanders, especially in the rural communities of the Eastern Shore, where the former slave was born and led dozens to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
July 16, 2011
With her services becoming increasingly popular, Dorota W. Marshall decided to expand her no-frills cremation business, moving it from a rented facility in Baltimore to a business park in Anne Arundel County where she has begun construction on a new crematorium.
5:30 PM EDT, September 1, 2011
A 25-year-old man charged in North Carolina with murder, kidnapping and attempted rape escaped Thursday afternoon from a cell in Annapolis District Court, county police said.
4:29 PM EDT, August 20, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley signaled that tax increases could be in the cards during next year's legislative session, though he said any state action would depend on congressional budget-cutting decisions this winter.
11:33 PM EDT, August 17, 2011
As proposals take shape for a medical marijuana program in Maryland, the state is considering an approach that would put academic centers such as the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland at the helm as a way of closely monitoring the drug — and studying whether it is effective or safe for wide use.
August 13, 2011
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold says he's considering using his seldom-used veto power to prevent controversial zoning changes in some of the county's most rural areas likely to be approved by the County Council on Monday night.
7:05 PM EDT, July 11, 2011
Some tourists came for gelato. One couple lunched on raw oysters. And a woman hovered near a display of half-pound jumbo lump crab cakes, pointing to a companion and saying, "Oh, my God."
8:03 PM EDT, July 29, 2011
A 27-year-old construction worker from Pennsylvania was killed and another worker severely injured after officials said a precast concrete wall collapsed Friday morning at the slots parlor construction site at Arundel Mills mall.
8:09 PM EDT, August 19, 2011
With flavors like Raspberry Truffle, Cotton Candy and Burgundy Cherry, Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory has never had a problem luring walk-in customers to its perch near City Dock in downtown Annapolis. The 35-year-old shop's location in one of Maryland's most heavily visited tourist areas has mostly been a blessing, says owner Svienn C. Storm — a line of eager patrons often snakes along the sidewalk outside the shop on a sunny afternoon.
July 30, 2011
The County Council is considering a change to a proposed bill that would allow a Millersville crematorium that spurred the legislation to move forward — even if the county crafts stricter limits for such businesses in the future.
7:01 PM EDT, June 23, 2011
They came asking for zoning for a car dealership, a landscaping company and a wedding chapel, saying that without proper approvals they would have to move their businesses. Others came with "Keep South County Rural" stickers, to protest proposed zoning changes that they said would intrude upon their way of life.
7:59 PM EDT, August 3, 2011
From his blue clapboard and brick home overlooking Herring Bay in the southern Anne Arundel County community of Rose Haven, Mark Curl has views of some of Maryland's iconic sites: the Bloody Point Lighthouse and the Bay Bridge.
11:11 AM EDT, July 10, 2011
They had already been through the public testimony, the email campaigns and, they thought, the political wrangling. Severna Park High School was on track to receive a nearly $107 million to rebuild one of Anne Arundel County's highest-performing schools — but also one of its worst facilities.
8:38 PM EDT, July 2, 2011
Rose Harris smoked her Jamaican-style jerk chicken Saturday at Baltimore's African American Festival amid the thumping of African drummers, the sounds of a jazz musician and a steady stream of revelers.
July 30, 2011
An Anne Arundel County councilman plans to introduce legislation as early as Monday night that would require anyone seeking county government services to produce a state identification card or a driver's license, a move that he says would help stem illegal immigration.
5:44 PM EDT, July 2, 2011
City officers are investigating the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in North Baltimore, police said Saturday.
9:29 PM EDT, June 16, 2011
When James Holliday, an African-American who was born a slave but died an Annapolis homeowner, gathered for meals with his family in their brick home just off State Circle in the late 19th century, they dined on fine dishware — each plate with its own ornate pattern or crisp white finish.
7:36 PM EST, December 30, 2010
Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. has received initial approval from Anne Arundel County to build what is expected to be the state's most lucrative slots parlor at Arundel Mills mall.
11:01 PM EDT, August 23, 2010
Rob Annicelli's drive to stop a huge slots emporium planned near his home led him to extremes.
7:16 PM EDT, July 2, 2011
A Baltimore man was fatally shot in the parking lot of a nightclub in eastern Baltimore County early Saturday morning, police said.
February 9, 2010
Public schools in Central Maryland remained closed today as the region continues to dig out from last weekend's blizzard and prepares for another major snowstorm with the potential to keep students from class for the remainder of the week.
10:19 PM EDT, June 22, 2011
Judy C. Holmes, the Anne Arundel County Council's longtime administrative officer and a 42-year county employee, presided over her last council meeting Monday night.
7:47 PM EDT, June 17, 2011
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold urged the County Council on Friday to reject Schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell's plan to give $5.5 million in pay raises to county teachers, saying it's untenable for teachers to get raises while most county employees get furloughed.
8:03 PM EDT, June 21, 2011
The Anne Arundel County Council voted Monday night to temporarily lower the county's income tax rate, a move that was sharply rebuked by County Executive John R. Leopold.
8:46 PM EDT, June 22, 2011
The Anne Arundel County Council on Monday night soundly defeated a measure that would have exempted dealers in secondhand firearms from registering gun acquisitions with county police.
9:45 PM EST, February 24, 2011
The Cordish Cos. can resume work on what is expected to be the state's most lucrative slots parlor at Arundel Mills mall, after opponents withdrew a legal challenge that has delayed the project for several weeks.
10:08 PM EDT, October 24, 2010
Voters in Anne Arundel County are nearly evenly split on a ballot referendum that will decide the fate of a planned billion-dollar slots casino and entertainment complex at Arundel Mills mall, according to a new Baltimore Sun poll.
8:40 PM EDT, May 25, 2010
Lawyers for the developer proposing a billion-dollar slots emporium at Arundel Mills mall argued Tuesday that the Anne Arundel County elections board failed to properly vet an anti-slots petition because it did not compare submitted signatures with those in voter registration records.
9:32 PM EDT, May 24, 2010
Lawyers for developers of what would be the state's most lucrative slots parlor said Monday that more than one in three ballot signatures seeking to block the project should be thrown out because of "widespread violations" and "systematic fraud."
February 17, 2010
Anne Arundel County police are deploying a helicopter to assist in increased police presence on major streets during school arrival and dismissal times today. In Baltimore County, school officials are calling for students to wear bright clothing for greater visibility. And Howard County school officials are warning high-schoolers not to drive to school and instead opt for a ride from parents.
8:00 PM EDT, October 28, 2010
Opponents of slots at Arundel Mills mall are asking Maryland's attorney general to investigate claims that the Cordish Cos. violated election law by offering ownership stakes and perks to local business owners in exchange for support of its planned billion-dollar casino.
March 17, 2010
Opponents of a casino at Arundel Mills mall who are on track to force a referendum filed court papers Tuesday to intervene in a lawsuit by the Cordish Cos., which contends that the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections ignored alleged fraud in the referendum effort.
February 25, 2010
The Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office said Wednesday it has referred allegations of fraud lodged by the developer of the state's largest slots parlor against the county elections board to the Office of the State Prosecutor.
February 24, 2010
The developer of the state's largest slots parlor has filed suit against the Anne Arundel County Board of Supervisors of Elections, saying the board failed to properly check for fraud and other irregularities in the signatures submitted to gain a ballot referendum on slots at Arundel Mills mall.
February 5, 2010
A coalition has submitted nearly 24,000 signatures supporting a referendum on Anne Arundel County's fall ballot that could overturn a decision allowing the state's largest slots casino at a mall.
8:53 PM EDT, June 3, 2010
The fate of a planned billion-dollar gambling and live entertainment complex at Arundel Mills mall now rests in the hands of a judge.
6:49 PM EDT, August 2, 2010
The coalition opposed to slots at Arundel Mills mall has filed necessary paperwork with state officials to begin work on its referendum campaign, coalition officials announced Monday.
February 18, 2010
Kwesi Stevenson left his house in West Baltimore a full hour before school began Wednesday morning, eager after the prolonged snow-induced vacation to get back to 10th-grade math and accounting.
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