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Howard County police seeking owner of dog 'left for dead'

Howard County police are trying to identify the owner of a puppy who was "left for dead" in a plastic storage container in Columbia. A neighbor on Braeburn Road called 911 on March 25 to report finding the emaciated puppy in storage container in a grassy area. Someone had drilled holes into the...

Ellicott City

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  • Ellicott City's Eric Energy makes science exciting for children

    Ellicott City's Eric Energy makes science exciting for children

    Creating fog clouds, bubbling potions and laser light shows are some of Eric Krupkin’s favorite hobbies. With the right chemicals, a white lab coat and a simple flick of the wrist, Krupkin, 42, uses these skills to transform from an Ellicott City husband and father of two into Eric Energy, a science...

  • Redistricting recommended as Howard County schools pass capacity

    Redistricting recommended as Howard County schools pass capacity

    Overcrowding in Howard County public schools has school officials contemplating another round of redistricting, while parents worry about the county's growing student population. According to the school system's 2016 feasibility study, 15 of the county's 76 schools are currently overcapacity, falling...

  • New homes planned in Elkridge confront old burial ground

    New homes planned in Elkridge confront old burial ground

    When Jason van Kirk scouted land in Elkridge where his company, Elm Street Development, plans to build 42 houses, the developer was in for a surprise. The land, full of brambles and brush, contained at least nine graves, dated to the mid- to late-1800s, and in varying stages of disarray. After...

  • Folly Quarter Middle student enters National Geographic State Bee

    Folly Quarter Middle student enters National Geographic State Bee

    Beside their beds, 14-year-old twin brothers Harry and Jordan Abrams have a world map they use to test one another during late-night geography quizzes. The Folly Quarter Middle School eighth-graders have tested their knowledge at the National Geographic State Bee in Maryland, where Harry will participate...

Laurel

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  • Eisenhower Middle goes orange to raise awareness of sickle cell trait

    Eisenhower Middle goes orange to raise awareness of sickle cell trait

    Students and staff at Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School sported orange clothing on March 24 to remember the daughter of seventh-grade reading teacher Camille Butler during National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month. This is the second year the school has raised awareness for kidney cancer. The effort...

  • Laurel police officer to pay $125,000 in civil rights lawsuit

    Laurel police officer to pay $125,000 in civil rights lawsuit

    A Laurel police officer has agreed to pay $125,000 to a Hyattsville man, who claims he was strip-searched in public by the officer based on racial profiling during a 2015 traffic stop, according to a settlement reached this week that will close a federal civil case. The lawsuit was jointly filed...

  • MDOT: Laurel commuter stop to stay open on Camden line

    MDOT: Laurel commuter stop to stay open on Camden line

    The Maryland Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the Laurel MARC train stops will not be eliminated while scheduling adjustments are made to a planned Laurel Park station in Howard County. MDOT spokeswoman Erin Henson said MDOT, Maryland Transit Administration and CSX Transportation...

  • City cancels Friday's expected announcement on future of Laurel's MARC train stop

    City cancels Friday's expected announcement on future of Laurel's MARC train stop

    City Councilman Edward Ricks today canceled an announcement planned for Friday about the future of Laurel's MARC train stop on Main Street. Ricks said the announcement was postponed indefinitely so that the city could continue discussions with the Maryland Department of Transportation. City officials...

Western Howard County

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  • County should be proud of school system [Fulton/Highland]

    County should be proud of school system [Fulton/Highland]

    Being a part-time writer, I subscribe to several local newsletters.The latest press release from the Howard County Public School System stated "HCPS Dominates List of Maryland's Best Elementary Schools." Now, it's a well-known fact that one of the reasons folks move to Howard County is for the...

  • Jazz concert will feature guest trombonist Jim McFalls [Glenelg/Glenwood/Dayton]

    Come enjoy a spectacular concert by the Glenelg Jazz Band on Friday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the Glenelg High School auditorium. Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased from any marching unit member or at the door. The special guest artist performing with the band for the concert will be master trombonist...

  • Balancing budget priorities [Commentary]

    Balancing budget priorities [Commentary]

    I visited New York City Wednesday, March 22 with Council Chairman Jon Weinstein and Council member Greg Fox to present Howard County's financial picture to the nation's top bond rating agencies. This annual trip is critical to assure Moody's, Standard & Poors and Fitch Ratings that we are on strong...

  • Navigating the bumpy road toward changing boundaries for schools [Editorial]

    Navigating the bumpy road toward changing boundaries for schools [Editorial]

    Nearly a third of Howard County's public schools have more students than they should – they are deemed over their rated capacity – and the school system is embarking on a review of whether to change boundaries. School planners follow well-oiled protocols in studying attendance areas, population...

Elkridge/Savage

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Clarksville

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  • A day of Irish food, music and beer

    A day of Irish food, music and beer

    Everyone is Irish on St. Patty's Day. Throughout the county, restaurants are offering specials on food, drink and fun. As March 17 falls on a Friday this year, extra merriment throughout the weekend is planned. So put on your green and follow a rainbow to your own pot o'fun. Looney's Patty Party...

  • County-initiated audit of Howard schools released ahead of budget season

    County-initiated audit of Howard schools released ahead of budget season

    As local officials grapple with how to fund the school system's record-high budget request this year, the county's auditors released a long-anticipated report on the school system's finances. In their review of financial statements for special education, the health and dental fund and legal services,...

  • Columbia’s golden years [Editorial]

    Columbia’s golden years [Editorial]

    Columbia's golden anniversary has arrived, with months of special events and celebrations planned to mark James W. Rouse's visionary approach to go beyond the cookie-cutter subdivisions of the last century and build a vibrant community around distinct neighborhood villages, job, shopping and recreation...

  • Howard police investigating connections in burglaries targeting homes owned by Asians

    Howard police investigating connections in burglaries targeting homes owned by Asians

    A series of burglaries in Howard County has police investigating possible connections between one or more groups that are targeting homes owned by residents who are Asian. Last month, police began investigating nine burglaries throughout the county, which started in January, said Howard police...

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