Fatimah Waseem

Writer

Fatimah Waseem covers government and development in Howard County. In the past, she's written for McClatchy and USA TODAY. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2015 with degrees in government and journalism.

Recent Articles

  • Howard's highly regarded director of utilities to retire at the end of May

    Howard's highly regarded director of utilities to retire at the end of May

    If Howard County government had a hall of fame, Jim Irvin, the longtime director of the county's public works department, would induct Steve Gerwin without a second thought. Gerwin, the head of the county's utilities bureau, is lauded by co-workers and elected officials for his instrumental role...

  • Howard police gear up for pilot body cameras

    Howard police gear up for pilot body cameras

    The Howard County Police Department is finalizing an agreement with Axon, formerly known as Taser International, to equip 10 local police officers with body cameras as part of a pilot program. A 19-member police department committee is working through a months-long process to finalize the structure...

  • State releases money withheld from Howard schools

    State releases money withheld from Howard schools

    Maryland's Board of Public Works released $9.6 million in school construction funding for Howard County schools Tuesday. The board withheld the funds in January due to dissatisfaction with answers from school officials about their handling of mold remediation in school buildings. The money was...

  • Early considerations underway for tax increment deal in Laurel

    Early considerations underway for tax increment deal in Laurel

    In the next fiscal year, Howard County officials anticipate considering a tax increment financing deal to help finance public infrastructure near a major transit-oriented development next to the Laurel Park race track. The developer of the project, which includes around 1,000 residential units...

  • Replacement for aging Jessup detention center sought

    Replacement for aging Jessup detention center sought

    As Howard County moves forward on a $139 million project to replace its aging courthouse, another multi-million dollar replacement project in the local justice system is on the horizon. County officials are mulling plans to replace the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup, a 1980s building...

  • Howard law enforcement use battlefield cellphone trackers with mixed results

    Howard law enforcement use battlefield cellphone trackers with mixed results

    For at least six years, Howard police have used invasive cellphone surveillance devices that masquerade as fake cellphone towers. The devices, originally designed for the battlefield and federal intelligence and security agencies to hunt terrorists and kidnappers, have been used by local law enforcement...

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