The Maryland General Assembly has passed legislation prohibiting employers in the state from asking current and prospective employees for their user names and passwords to websites such as Facebook and Twitter. If Gov. Martin O'Malley signs the bill, it would make Maryland the first state in the nation to set such a restriction into law. The bill, drafted in response to a state agency's scouring the personal Facebook posts of prison guard applicants, also could be a bellwether for federal action. BALTIMORE SUN
It took jurors only about an hour Wednesday to find brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson not guilty of setting pit bull Phoenix on fire - a fraction of the 20 hours jurors spent in the twins' first trial, unable to agree on a verdict. Animal activists, meanwhile, were frustrated and disappointed. The brothers, now 20, were accused of dousing a female pit bull with accelerant and setting the dog on fire May 27, 2009, in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in West Baltimore - charges based largely on one officer's identification from a fuzzy surveillance video. The dog, which rescue workers nicknamed Phoenix, was euthanized days later. The first trial ended in a hung jury in February 2011. BALTIMORE SUN
The latest Oriole Park prespasser, 19-year-old college student Zachary Gregoricus was charged with two accounts of trespassing, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace, after running out during the 12th inning of last Tuesday night's game against the Yankees and sliding into second base. His next court hearing is May 22. Gregoricus is the second trespasser so far this season, the first being Mark Harvey, who ran onto the field Opening Day wearing a cape and Batman underwear, and escaped criminal charges because of a "miscommunication," prosecutors said. BALTIMORE SUN
The U.S. Senate is slated to vote on the proposed "Buffett Rule," today, which would slap a minimum tax on the highest-income Americans. With polls showing strong public support for the rule, Democrats plan to bring it up for a procedural vote in the Senate. Republicans are solidly against it and the proposal is not expected to garner enough votes to move forward. Even if it does advance in the Senate, it is not expected to be taken up in the House of Representatives. REUTERS
A Lansdowne woman was ordered to stay out of Walmart for five years after pleading guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor assault in a bleach and Pine-Sol fight that briefly shut down a Baltimore County store last fall. Theresa M. Jefferson, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in the altercation with Ebony Odoms, 38, which broke out Oct. 8 inside a Walmart at the Lansdowne Station shopping center. Jefferson was originally charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property. All but second-degree assault were dropped. Odoms, who faces the same four charges, was also scheduled to stand trial Wednesday. Her case was postponed until June. BALTIMORE SUN
DIGITS: $7,500: the reward amount offered by rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for the return of five guitars stolen from a Los Angeles-area studio last week, ahead of their U.S. and European tour.
QUOTE: "America, in my mind, had gone to war with Islam. I looked at [President George W.] Bush bombarding the poorest country in the world and I thought, 'If I can't be with you, screw you, I'll be with these guys.' " Shiraz Maher, on why he decided to join radical Islamic group Hizb-ut-Tahrir. The former Jihadist recruit is teaching a class on Middle Eastern politics at Washington College this semester.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun