Recent stories by Tim Wheeler
8:11 PM EST, March 8, 2014
As lawmakers debate a measure to strengthen protections against the sale of guns to people legally barred from owning them, gun advocates are complaining that the proposal could further drag out sales already delayed for months by a large backlog in state background checks.
5:43 PM EST, March 8, 2014
The House voted Friday to expand Baltimore City's needle exchange program, but not before members debated whether giving addicts access to more clean syringes could aggravate growing heroin use in the state.
7:09 PM EST, March 7, 2014
The House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved Friday a reduction in Maryland's estate tax, after a debate over whether it's a windfall for millionaires or a boon for middle-class families.
8:33 PM EST, March 7, 2014
The House of Delegates voted Friday to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over the next three years, setting up a potential fight over whether to guarantee future increases by tying the rate to inflation.
8:05 PM EST, March 6, 2014
Victims of domestic violence would enjoy stronger legal protections under legislation passed Thursday by the House of Delegates.
8:02 PM EST, March 6, 2014
Hundreds of acres of Maryland farmland that are protected from development at taxpayer expense could be turned into commercial wind or solar energy farms under legislation before the General Assembly.
3:59 PM EST, March 4, 2014
The Maryland Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit discrimination against transgender people.
8:51 PM EST, February 24, 2014
Civil rights groups are pressing lawmakers in Annapolis to impose a six-month moratorium on home foreclosures, as the number of cases has surged in Maryland. But a banker's group and the O'Malley administration contend that there's already plenty of help available for struggling homeowners, and that the housing market can't fully rebound until delinquent mortgages are dealt with.
9:47 PM EST, February 26, 2014
Maryland's highest court tossed out Wednesday the heart of an ambitious legislative effort to stop homeowners from losing their property over unpaid rent on the ground beneath their houses.
9:15 PM EST, February 17, 2014
By a wide margin, Maryland voters want to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 a hour, a poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun shows.
11:00 PM EST, February 16, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley may have his eye on running for the White House, but a new Baltimore Sun poll suggests he could have a tough time winning the Democratic primary election in his own state.
12:06 PM EST, February 15, 2014
The Maryland Senate unanimously approved Friday a major expansion of the state's network of legally protected wildlands.
8:16 PM EST, February 7, 2014
Saying she's convinced Baltimore's high property taxes are driving residents and business away, Del. Maggie McIntosh has introduced legislation aimed at helping retain current homeowners while launching studies of ways to reduce the rate.
11:02 AM EST, February 7, 2014
Baltimore's state senators pressed police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts on Thursday to address city residents' fears in the aftermath of the spate of killings that started the year. Batts tried to assure them that he was "just as upset as you are" and that "we're going to respond."
8:28 PM EST, February 11, 2014
Lawmakers in Annapolis waded into a fraught debate over raising Maryland's minimum wage Tuesday, as advocates for workers and business owners used statistics and emotional appeals to square off on whether a higher rate would help the working poor or cost them jobs.
11:55 AM EST, February 6, 2014
Pointing to his own experience as an adoptive parent, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown vows if elected governor this fall to work to reduce the number of Maryland children in foster care.
7:23 PM EST, February 3, 2014
Federal wildlife officials announced Monday they have approved measures taken at Maryland's first industrial wind energy project to reduce the risk of spinning turbine blades killing endangered bats and birds.
1:22 PM EST, January 31, 2014
The head of the state Senate committee that is leading an inquiry into what went wrong with Maryland's health exchange is planning to turn the probe over to state auditors — who would not release a report until summer at the earliest.
9:02 AM EST, January 31, 2014
The head of the state Senate committee that is leading an inquiry into what wrong with Maryland's health exchange is planning to turn the probe over to state auditors — who would not release a report until summer at the earliest.
7:28 PM EST, January 29, 2014
Two companies have agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty for hazardous-waste violations at an East Baltimore metal plating facility, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.
11:10 AM EST, January 24, 2014
For years, scientists have suspected that the warm waters of the western Pacific Ocean play a key role in shaping the Earth's climate. But satellite data provided only a partial picture of what's happening in this remote region of the globe.
5:00 AM EST, January 30, 2014
The Civil War casts a long shadow.
7:43 PM EST, January 23, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley delivered his final State of the State address Thursday in a speech that promoted his seven years as governor and argued for policies to help the middle class.
9:07 PM EST, January 20, 2014
Ending months of speculation, conservative activist and real estate executive Larry Hogan is getting into the race for governor, running as a political outsider to "bring fiscal responsibility and common sense to Annapolis."
10:02 PM EST, January 14, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Tuesday that he will push for raising the minimum wage in Maryland to $10.10 an hour over the next two years, with automatic increases after that to keep pace with inflation.
9:10 PM EST, January 7, 2014
Maryland Republican legislative leaders vowed Tuesday to make tax reduction, including repeal of the so-called "rain tax," their top priority for the 90-day General Assembly session that begins Wednesday.
1:26 PM EST, January 10, 2014
A federal lawsuit alleging the Baltimore harbor is being polluted by the city-backed construction of the Horseshoe Casino has been dismissed.
5:43 PM EST, January 1, 2014
Environmental activists warn that construction of a 21-mile natural gas pipeline through northern Baltimore and Harford counties could affect the region's drinking-water system, as the $180 million project cuts across more than three dozen streams feeding into Loch Raven Reservoir.
10:01 PM EST, January 11, 2014
More than 200 guns were sold to people legally barred from owning them as a surge in firearms sales last year overwhelmed Maryland's background check system, according to state police.
6:59 PM EST, December 30, 2013
Federally funded efforts to curtail farm pollution of the Chesapeake Bay are falling short, and recent spending cuts by Congress cast doubt on the efforts' ultimate success, an environmental group said Monday.
8:25 PM EST, December 17, 2013
Federal officials announced plans Tuesday to auction the rights to build industrial wind turbines off Maryland's Atlantic coast — a move hailed by many environmentalists and some businesses as the first step toward a new green industry but criticized as a drain on household budgets by the state's lone Republican congressman.
7:40 PM EST, December 25, 2013
Sharing is often considered a good thing. But ask fishermen to share their catch, especially of Maryland's state fish, and things can get testy — with seafood consumers on the hook for how it plays out.
12:08 AM EST, December 14, 2013
A flatbed truck pulled away from the port of Baltimore last week carrying uranium once packed into nuclear warheads aimed at the United States.
9:25 PM EST, December 12, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley acknowledged for the first time Thursday that he briefly considered delaying the Oct. 1 launch of the state's health insurance exchange when staff members raised concerns about potential problems.
11:10 PM EST, December 13, 2013
A lawsuit challenging the use of pollution "trading" to clean up the Chesapeake Bay was thrown out Friday, removing another legal hurdle to a federally imposed plan to restore the ailing estuary's water quality.
7:33 PM EST, December 9, 2013
Maryland joined seven other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states Monday in asking for federal help to curb air pollution from beyond their borders, saying their residents' health and their economies are being hurt by smog-forming emissions from the Midwest and South.
11:38 PM EST, November 24, 2013
Solar power is going everywhere these days — homes, businesses, schools, even sewage plants.
8:53 PM EST, December 11, 2013
This could well be a winter of discontent for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup.
7:55 PM EST, November 19, 2013
More than four years after Maryland first moved to regulate its largest poultry and livestock farms, nearly 30 percent, or 169 operations, still do not have required state permits mandating measures to control polluted runoff from their chicken houses or feedlots.
8:17 PM EST, November 26, 2013
— Oysters may or may not be an aphrodisiac, but they sure bring out passion in those who raise them for a living.
6:44 PM EST, November 18, 2013
Amid an outcry from Maryland farmers, state officials pulled back again Friday from a new regulation aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay by restricting the use of animal manure to fertilize crops.
10:33 PM EST, December 13, 2013
Anne Arundel County police said Friday night they are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found in his Laurel home.
10:05 AM EST, November 24, 2013
Two men robbed a Glen Burnie pharmacy at gunpoint Saturday, Anne Arundel County police said.
9:12 PM EST, November 14, 2013
The developer planning to build a new waterfront headquarters for Exelon Corp. on the site of a former chromium-processing plant assured Fells Point-area residents Thursday night that the Harbor Point project could be built safely without releasing the highly contaminated soil and groundwater entombed beneath the site.
5:00 AM EST, November 14, 2013
A sprawling paint factory in industrial South Baltimore might be the last place you'd expect to attract hummingbirds.
9:23 AM EST, November 24, 2013
A 37-year-old man shot to death in Southwest Baltimore Saturday has been identified as Demetrius Beatty, city police said Sunday.
5:00 AM EST, November 6, 2013
Turning up the heat on local politicians over a contentious stormwater fee, Maryland officials warned Carroll County that it faces fines of up to $10,000 per day for refusing to impose the mandatory pollution cleanup charge, and cautioned two other counties that they could be next.
8:47 PM EDT, November 1, 2013
Plans to build offices and condominiums at Harbor Point hit a new snag Friday as federal and state regulators rejected the developer's plans for protecting the public from toxic contamination in the ground during construction at the former factory site.
3:31 PM EST, November 11, 2013
Eight hundred thousand gallons of raw sewage poured into Gunpowder Falls Sunday night after a pumping station in the Perry Hall area unexpectedly lost power, Baltimore County reported Monday.
11:42 AM EDT, October 15, 2013
Leigh Peterson has one of the coolest roofs in Baltimore. Her rowhouse near Patterson Park sports a blinding white cap, topped by a row of shiny solar panels.
7:01 PM EDT, October 11, 2013
Government agencies and nonprofit groups have produced and planted a record 1.25 billion baby native oysters in Maryland waters this year, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday, declaring it a milestone in the long-running effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay's depleted bivalve population.
7:11 PM EDT, October 28, 2013
State officials are pressing Charles County to back off a disputed development plan they contend would degrade a vital Chesapeake Bay tributary and open up swaths of farmland to sprawling housing projects.
1:40 PM EDT, October 28, 2013
In the growing struggle to curb stormwater pollution fouling urban streams and the Chesapeake Bay, one of the most promising tools could turn out to be the humble radish.
9:01 PM EDT, October 12, 2013
Even as some Fells Point residents worry that building over a capped toxic site at Harbor Point could endanger their health, records show elevated levels of cancer-causing chromium in groundwater just beyond the area targeted for an upscale development.
6:00 AM EST, November 5, 2013
— On a chilly morning when other watermen on the Patuxent River dredged for oysters, Jimmy Trossbach sought more slippery quarry — American eels.
9:46 AM EDT, October 9, 2013
Crews have reopened a major road in Parkville after the force of water from a massive water main break Tuesday evening damaged it.
8:52 PM EDT, September 13, 2013
A federal judge on Friday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's right to impose a pollution "diet" for the Chesapeake Bay, rejecting a legal challenge to the restoration effort from farmers' and builders' groups.
8:50 PM EDT, September 24, 2013
The number of Maryland children poisoned by lead fell to a new low again last year, even as state officials expanded their effort to deal with a much larger pool of youngsters harboring lower levels of the harmful substance in their blood.
2:16 PM EST, November 3, 2013
The call for the wild is being heard again across Maryland — though not everyone welcomes it.
8:47 PM EDT, September 12, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday named 11 people, including health professionals, lawyers, a police chief and a prosecutor, to a commission to oversee Maryland's new law legalizing marijuana use for medical reasons.
5:17 PM EDT, September 12, 2013
Fresh water isn't what it used to be. New research has found that human activity has caused subtle but significant changes in the basic makeup of rivers in Maryland and elsewhere, with potential consequences for public water use and the health of aquatic ecosystems.
8:48 PM EDT, September 11, 2013
The developer planning to build an office tower at Harbor Point agreed Wednesday night to hold another public meeting on the controversial project after Fells Point residents who showed up for an open house there demanded a more formal discussion of the safety of developing the former chemical plant site.
3:50 PM EDT, October 8, 2013
Plans to begin work soon redeveloping the former chemical plant site at Harbor Point hit a potential delay Monday, as the Maryland Department of the Environment said the federal government shutdown would prevent it from completing review of the project by Tuesday, as required.
6:30 PM EDT, September 26, 2013
One of the largest urban woodland parks in the eastern United States appears destined to get less wooded. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. aims to cut a swath up to two miles long through Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park in West Baltimore to replace an aging natural gas pipeline there.
4:20 PM EDT, September 11, 2013
Dominion Resources won federal approval Wednesday to export liquefied natural gas to countries that don't have free trade agreeemnts with the United States from its terminal at Cove Point in Calvert County.
1:47 PM EDT, September 11, 2013
Plans for developing a former Baltimore chemical plant now known as Harbor Point will be aired Wednesday as the developer and government regulators explain safeguards planned to prevent release of contaminated soil and ground water beneath the site.
6:09 PM EDT, October 31, 2013
A public meeting on environmental safeguards for redeveloping a Fells Point former factory site has been reset for Nov. 14, Baltimore City Council member James B. Kraft has announced.
September 5, 2013
Federal regulators have reached a tentative deal with Carnival Corp. on a plan to reduce air pollution from nearly a third of its cruise ships, but the accord comes too late to reverse at least a temporary loss of lucrative cruise business for Baltimore.
6:54 PM EDT, October 24, 2013
Aiming to boost the fledgling market for plug-in vehicles, Maryland and seven other states pledged Thursday to use their governments' tax and spending powers to get 3.3 million "zero-emission" cars, trucks and vans on the road in the next dozen years.
7:12 PM EDT, September 23, 2013
The owner of a College Park waste collection business pleaded guilty Monday to transporting stolen property as part of a scheme to steal waste vegetable oil, the U.S. attorney's office announced.
9:00 PM EDT, September 3, 2013
— Anne Arundel County Executive Laura A. Neuman and the head of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation sparred Tuesday over the storm water fees enacted this year on homeowners and businesses in Maryland's most populous localities.
8:03 PM EDT, August 31, 2013
While the Harbor Point project's millions in public financing have dominated debate in Baltimore this summer, a carcinogen buried beneath the proposed waterfront development has sparked concerns about the safety of neighboring residents and the people who will work at the site in Fells Point.
8:00 PM EDT, August 26, 2013
Maryland officials pulled back a proposed regulation Monday aimed at reducing farm runoff polluting the Chesapeake Bay after chicken growers warned it could cripple the state's lucrative poultry industry if imposed now.
10:30 AM EDT, August 20, 2013
Justice delayed is justice denied, so the legal maxim goes. Judgments delayed, however, can be downright expensive.
8:57 PM EDT, August 27, 2013
A federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid by poultry producer Perdue and an Eastern Shore farmer to make the Waterkeeper Alliance pay more than $3 million in attorneys' fees for its failed lawsuit alleging that the company and its contract grower were polluting a Chesapeake Bay tributary.
5:00 AM EDT, August 20, 2013
OCEAN CITY — The high-rise towers of Maryland's Atlantic beach resort were blips on the horizon from 13 miles offshore. Except for a distant container ship coming out of Delaware Bay, the Scarlett Isabella was practically alone as it cruised slowly through the gently rolling sea.
8:59 PM EDT, August 9, 2013
Construction began this week on a trash-burning power plant in South Baltimore, meeting a state-imposed deadline, a company spokeswoman said.
7:07 PM EDT, August 9, 2013
Hoping to save what's left of Maryland's dwindling wild ginseng population, the state has banned collection of the sought-after herb on all state-owned lands.
8:46 PM EDT, July 16, 2013
With Maryland weighing some of the toughest regulations in the nation on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, environmentalists and some property owners are questioning whether the rules go far enough to safeguard drinking water, natural resources and public health.
6:34 PM EDT, July 24, 2013
The O'Malley administration's aggressive new plan to fight climate change calls for Maryland residents to further cut their energy use or face higher monthly utility bills.
8:42 PM EDT, July 18, 2013
The Jones Falls turned a milky green Thursday where it empties into the Inner Harbor, and hundreds of fish turned belly up in what authorities described as a bacterial event that suffocated the fish and released noxious sulfur from the bottom muck.
July 14, 2013
Trees do more than just clear the air and provide shade from the hot summer sun. Though no panacea, they can make cities like Baltimore healthier, a recent study suggests.
7:15 PM EDT, July 3, 2013
A new lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court over the construction of the Horseshoe Casino, this one accusing the city of violating the federal Clean Water Act by letting contaminants from the former chemical factory and industrial site seep into the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River.
5:00 AM EDT, August 26, 2013
When Jim Wilson retired from the federal government four years ago, he and his wife moved to Kent Island, where they initially enjoyed watching ospreys fishing in Northwest Creek from their waterfront home.
8:00 PM EDT, August 8, 2013
Heavy rains caused a wastewater treatment plant at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground to release some 250,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into the Bush River on Tuesday, base officials said.
8:43 AM EDT, July 16, 2013
Johns Hopkins Hospital is back on top — reclaiming bragging rights and a lucrative marketing chip as the nation's best hospital in the annual ranking released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report.
8:38 PM EDT, July 8, 2013
The head of the nation's medical research agency and leaders of Johns Hopkins hospital and medical school warned Monday that progress in fighting diseases could be slowed, jobs lost and scientists driven overseas unless across-the-board federal funding cuts are reversed.
8:56 PM EDT, July 21, 2013
A forest grows in Govans. As traffic rumbles by on busy York Road, cardinals flit about in a shady grove of trees sandwiched between a CVS drugstore and the Govans-Boundary Parish United Methodist Church.
8:40 PM EDT, July 2, 2013
Turtle derbies are almost as old as the republic, and still a staple in Maryland, a state that loves its terrapins. But conservationists and wildlife biologists say it's time to end this tradition, for the sake of the animals supposedly being celebrated.
9:36 PM EDT, June 27, 2013
Carnival Cruise Lines announced plans Thursday to leave the port of Baltimore, a move that could cost the region scores of jobs and millions in economic activity generated by big-spending passengers and businesses servicing the ships.
8:47 PM EDT, July 19, 2013
Six years after Gov. Martin O'Malley tried to kill a Kent Island housing development in an environmentally sensitive area near the Chesapeake Bay, the state Board of Public Works will be asked to reverse course Wednesday and approve permits that would allow the project.
5:38 PM EDT, July 4, 2013
Environmental groups and some Curtis Bay residents are pressing the state to tighten pollution safeguards at the CSX coal terminal, saying they're concerned about runoff from the busy facility and about black dust blown onto and into their homes.
3:38 PM EDT, June 26, 2013
Saying climate change is already underway, a panel of scientists is urging Maryland officials to plan to accommodate rising seas of up to 2 feet along the state's shoreline in the next 40 years — and perhaps nearly 6 feet by the end of the century.
June 16, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley has interceded with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of Carnival Cruise Lines after the company threatened to pull its business from Baltimore over a pending air-quality regulation that would require large, ocean-going ships to burn cleaner fuel.
7:33 PM EDT, June 4, 2013
It's been a busy but ultimately disappointing spring for the crew that runs the big fish lift at Conowingo Dam.
8:19 PM EDT, July 12, 2013
A Baltimore man was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison in the shooting death of a 24-year-old man nearly two years ago, police said.
5:20 PM EDT, July 11, 2013
The present and former owners of a Hagerstown cement plant have agreed to pay a $700,000 fine and beef up emission controls at the facility to settle alleged air pollution violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.
8:49 PM EDT, June 28, 2013
Still smarting from news that half of Baltimore's lucrative cruise business is headed south next year, the state's ports chief said Friday that officials are already working on replacing the Carnival Pride.
8:06 PM EDT, June 24, 2013
For more than two years, Baltimore city has tried to fight its litter problem with a law barring merchants from giving shoppers plastic bags unless they ask for them.
5:34 PM EDT, June 14, 2013
A new urban park is bringing a patch of green to a once-blighted corner of Broadway East, a project organizers hope can be a model for improving the quality of life and reducing pollution in other distressed Baltimore neighborhoods.
10:22 PM EDT, May 28, 2013
The freight train that derailed Tuesday in Rosedale carried one chemical classified as hazardous by the U.S. Department of Transportation and another that also posed risks for firefighters and others at the scene even though not similarly classified.
8:59 PM EDT, May 28, 2013
Royal Farms has agreed to pay a $600,000 penalty for fuel leaks at two of its Maryland outlets and to check dozens more for possible problems, the state Department of the Environment said.
7:40 PM EDT, July 3, 2013
The Chesapeake Bay's health improved last year, University of Maryland scientists reported Wednesday, and the leader of the troubled estuary's annual checkup said he sees signs the cleanup effort is making progress.
6:21 PM EDT, June 10, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it is awarding $400,000 to the Baltimore Development Corp. to evaluate potentially contaminated property in the city for cleanup and redevelopment.
8:10 PM EDT, June 10, 2013
Baltimore might impose a 10-cent fee on every plastic and paper bag distributed by merchants in the city — a move praised by environmentalists as a litter deterrent but decried by some businesses who say it would hurt them and their shoppers.
8:39 PM EDT, May 22, 2013
Some of springtime's more notable heralds appear to be fading away, as a new study finds frogs, toads and salamanders disappearing at an alarming rate across the United States.
6:43 PM EDT, May 21, 2013
One of two reactors at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in southern Maryland was shut down again Tuesday, the second unplanned outage in the past two weeks.
9:25 AM EDT, June 8, 2013
A city tow-truck driver was knocked 25 feet off the Jones Falls Expressway on Friday and a police officer was injured in a pair of afternoon rush-hour crashes that involved a water rescue of the victim who'd fallen into the storm-swollen stream below, police said.
5:28 PM EDT, May 31, 2013
State officials have decided to forge ahead with a controversial offer to buy out about 10 homeowners on Smith Island as part of a plan for helping Somerset County recover from superstorm Sandy.
8:00 PM EDT, May 13, 2013
Maryland moved Monday to reduce the commercial harvest of female blue crabs in the aftermath of a survey finding that the Chesapeake Bay's crab population hit a five-year low last winter.
5:22 PM EDT, May 9, 2013
One of two reactors at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland shut down suddenly Wednesday night after an as-yet-unexplained malfunction, a Constellation spokesman said.
8:26 PM EDT, June 6, 2013
A stream flowing through Wyman Park turned bright pink, then lime green Thursday as city crews attempted to pinpoint with dye a break in a sewage pipe that officials estimate has spilled tens of thousands of gallons of untreated human waste into the tributary of the Jones Falls.
6:35 PM EDT, May 12, 2013
Superstorm Sandy barely laid a glove on Smith Island last fall, to hear residents tell it. Though storm-driven flooding damaged hundreds of homes in Crisfield and the rest of Somerset County, only a couple islanders got any water in their homes from the surging Chesapeake Bay.
10:57 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
Groundwater contamination from toxic waste dumped decades ago at a nearby factory in the Severn area has prompted widespread testing of residential wells and put eight homes on bottled water, state officials said.
7:39 PM EDT, May 19, 2013
It's planting time in the Chesapeake Bay, just as it is on land for farmers and gardeners across Maryland.
7:24 PM EDT, April 15, 2013
A Washington-based nonprofit group has offered to test for toxic contamination in city park land that borders a new casino being built in South Baltimore, but City Hall says it's not interested.
8:55 PM EDT, April 7, 2013
Residents across the Baltimore region could soon be hit with annual bills of $18 to more than $100 to pay for stormwater treatment, wetland restoration and other projects aimed at improving Chesapeake Bay water quality.
1:41 PM EDT, May 23, 2013
Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in southern Maryland restarted one of its two reactors Thursday after fixing the mechanical problem that caused its shutdown two days earlier, a Constellation spokesman said.
9:04 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
A pair of Baltimore residents filed suit Monday accusing the city of breaking the law by allowing toxic chemicals to leach into the Patapsco River from the South Baltimore site where a casino is now under construction.
4:57 PM EDT, May 3, 2013
Charles Stembler, long-time assistant principal at Calvert Hall College, has been chosen the next principal of the Catholic high school in Towson. Brother Thomas Zoppo, president of the school's board announced Stembler will assume his new duties July 1. He replaces Louis Heidrick, who retired after 48 years at the school, spending the last 12 as principal.
8:16 PM EDT, May 15, 2013
A proposed buyout of Smith Island homeowners to help them escape future damage from tropical storms and rising waters has been dropped amid vocal resistance from residents of the low-lying community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.
7:34 PM EDT, April 28, 2013
A wind power project proposed on the lower Eastern Shore that's struggling to overcome objections from the Navy has a new, airborne worry — bald eagles.
8:29 PM EDT, March 26, 2013
A bill moving through the General Assembly would give Maryland farmers a 10-year reprieve from new state or local environmental regulations if the state Department of Agriculture deems they're doing their part to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
9:39 PM EDT, April 5, 2013
The General Assembly is poised to pass legislation that would make Maryland the 19th state to legalize marijuana use for medical reasons — though how quickly the state's cancer patients and others might benefit remains in question.
5:37 PM EDT, April 21, 2013
Howard Hord considers himself a chef of sorts, but the food he works with is a little past its prime.
1:46 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
Summer is almost here, and with it likely some blistering hot days. A recent study suggests the elderly should beware when the temperature spikes, because they face an increased risk of winding up in the emergency room short of breath on those days. And that's just a taste of what health problems to expect as global climate change cranks the heat up in many places.
12:32 AM EDT, April 9, 2013
A move to delay controversial new fees to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay failed Monday night, when a Senate-passed measure to postpone the stormwater charges didn't get a vote in the House of Delegates.
7:31 PM EDT, March 22, 2013
The House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a $1.1 billion plan Friday to rebuild Baltimore's deteriorated school buildings, sending the bill to the Senate.
12:24 AM EDT, March 27, 2013
A bill moving through the General Assembly would give Maryland farmers a 10-year reprieve from new state or local environmental regulations if the state Department of Agriculture deems they're doing their part to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
10:54 PM EDT, May 3, 2013
A Pikesville man was seriously injured Friday when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle while bicycling near his home, Baltimore County police said.
8:42 PM EDT, March 11, 2013
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ordered a halt Monday to construction work on the city's planned casino until a hearing Friday on a lawsuit by Westport residents alleging that the city and state improperly approved an inadequate cleanup of industrial contamination at the site.
7:47 PM EDT, March 19, 2013
After three years of trying, Gov. Martin O'Malley has won approval of legislation that aims to spur construction of towering wind turbines off Maryland's Atlantic coast.
9:43 PM EDT, March 18, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley achieved a long-sought victory Monday night as the General Assembly gave final approval to his bill to encourage development of a wind energy industry featuring dozens of giant turbines off the state's Atlantic coast.
12:29 PM EST, March 9, 2013
Times are good these days at the Linde Corp., where despite a sluggish economy nationally, the company is on a hiring binge.
8:08 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
Trapped in a steel cage barely big enough to hold her, the large squirrel was not happy, pawing at the bars and trying them with her teeth.
4:58 PM EDT, March 31, 2013
Perched on a wooded bluff in rural southeastern Carroll County, the old Henryton State Hospital bears silent witness to the ravages of decades of neglect and vandalism. First opened in 1923, the 18-building complex that once housed the sick and handicapped now appears beyond hope of recovery itself.
March 10, 2013
Ginseng, one of the most sought-after medicinal herbs in the world, once flourished across much of Maryland. It has nearly vanished now, though, from all but the westernmost counties, prompting officials to ponder banning commercial harvest of the lucrative plant from all state lands.
9:57 PM EST, March 8, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration withdrew its opposition to legislation allowing doctors and nurses to dispense medical marijuana to patients through academic medical centers, raising prospects for passage this year.
9:13 PM EDT, April 3, 2013
A bill authorizing a partial takeover of the troubled Prince George's County school system by the county's top elected official won critical support in Annapolis Wednesday.
12:38 AM EST, March 2, 2013
Baltimore police said Friday that patient pictures taken by Johns Hopkins gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy could contain child pornography, and they've turned the evidence over to the FBI for analysis.
8:35 PM EST, February 20, 2013
Six Baltimore residents financed by an environmental group sued the owner of Baltimore's yet-to-be-built casino, the city and the state, alleging that they colluded to skirt rules governing the study and cleanup of "highly contaminated properties" near their neighborhood.
8:39 PM EST, February 14, 2013
Sensing a real chance to abolish the death penalty in Maryland after years of trying, opponents of capital punishment brought a parade of religious, political and civil rights leaders to Annapolis Thursday to urge lawmakers to do away with the ultimate sanction.
7:37 PM EST, February 24, 2013
One of two 13-year-old girls reported missing in Baltimore on Saturday night has returned home, city police said Sunday evening, but the other girl still has not been found.
10:30 PM EST, March 1, 2013
A 17-year-old was shot Friday in Northwest Baltimore, police said. The unidentified male victim was standing in the 5100 block of Chalgrove Ave. around 5:22 p.m. when an unknown male suspect began shooting at him, striking him in the torso.
3:49 PM EST, February 9, 2013
At the time of her brother's arrest and trial, Patricia Booth-Townes supported the death penalty — "an eye for an eye," as she put it. Even after her brother was sentenced to die, she says, she didn't waver. She just didn't believe he'd committed that heinous crime, despite the evidence presented in court.
8:01 PM EST, March 1, 2013
Aberdeen Proving Ground's "Super Pond" has been closed indefinitely while investigations continue into the deaths of three divers in the underwater explosion test facility in the past month, the Army announced Friday.
February 2, 2013
As large-scale poultry farmers are required to do, Alan Hudson of Berlin filed a plan last year with Maryland environmental regulators spelling out how he intended to prevent manure from his flocks from fouling the Chesapeake Bay.
7:11 PM EST, February 23, 2013
Along with about 60 other women, Sophia Foreman went downtown Saturday to an Inner Harbor hotel to learn more about her legal options following the disclosure that her Johns Hopkins gynecologist had been accused of secretly photographing and videotaping his patients.
10:45 PM EST, February 13, 2013
The murder-suicide that left two University of Maryland students dead provided fresh fodder in Annapolis Wednesday for lawmakers debating whether to tighten Maryland's gun laws, with supporters saying the tragic incident gave them new resolve while opponents cautioned against rash responses.
7:03 PM EST, January 13, 2013
The operator of three coal-fired power plants in Maryland has agreed to pay a total of $2.2 million in penalties and fix long-standing pollution problems at the landfills in Southern Maryland and Montgomery County where it disposes of the ash from those plants, according to court documents.
5:09 PM EST, February 17, 2013
Scientists have found reproductive abnormalities in yellow perch in three Maryland rivers that are either heavily suburbanized or rapidly developing, which they say helps explain why the distinctive black-striped fish are not thriving in those Chesapeake Bay tributaries and may be linked to toxic pollution.
8:27 PM EST, February 7, 2013
The lawsuit may be over, but the bitter legal battle continues.
8:34 PM EST, February 5, 2013
A Western Maryland paper mill and several others in the region have collected millions of dollars over the past eight years by taking advantage of an obscure provision in a state law that is supposed to encourage the development of wind, solar and other renewable energy projects.
7:16 PM EST, February 4, 2013
Hundreds of students and supporters of Maryland's historically black colleges and universities rallied Monday in Annapolis to press for increased state funding to make up for decades of discrimination.
8:45 PM EST, February 6, 2013
Several thousand Marylanders went to Annapolis to voice their opinions on gun control Wednesday as the General Assembly began considering Gov. Martin O'Malley's sweeping proposal to impose new limits on the purchase of firearms.
8:15 PM EST, January 28, 2013
A trio of environmental groups warned Monday they would sue the operator of three coal-fired power plants in Maryland for allegedly discharging excessive amounts of nutrient pollution into Chesapeake Bay rivers and trying to mask their violations by transferring pollution "credits" among facilities.
6:08 PM EST, January 18, 2013
A Baltimore area child who died in December has tested positive for influenza, state health officials announced Friday, declaring it the first pediatric flu death in Maryland this winter.
1:02 PM EST, January 15, 2013
In a bid to boost recycling and reduce litter, a trio of lawmakers announced plans Monday to push for legislation that would levy a refundable nickel deposit on every beverage container sold in Maryland.
7:23 PM EST, January 28, 2013
While Maryland lawmakers debate whether to subsidize a large wind energy project in the Atlantic Ocean off Ocean City, an Annapolis company is moving ahead with plans for the state's third land-based wind "farm."
3:39 PM EST, January 12, 2013
After being thwarted the past two years by skittish lawmakers, Gov. Martin O'Malley is preparing once again to introduce a bill aimed at planting mammoth wind turbines off Ocean City — and the measure may finally pass, thanks to a shake-up in a committee that stifled it last year.
5:19 PM EST, December 24, 2012
Lee Richardson is a pioneer of sorts in taking a new look at a very old energy source.
6:54 PM EST, January 4, 2013
A Calvert County judge brushed aside Friday a potential legal hurdle to exporting liquefied natural gas via the Chesapeake Bay, ruling that Dominion, the Richmond, Va.-based energy company, does not need the Sierra Club's permission to convert its LNG import terminal at Cove Point.
6:20 PM EST, January 20, 2013
State environmental officials are drilling monitoring wells on the outskirts of Salisbury to get a better handle on ground-water contamination there that has fouled dozens of household wells with a potentially cancer-causing chemical, according to a spokesman.
7:32 PM EST, January 7, 2013
An advisory commission studying whether shale gas extraction should proceed in Maryland called Monday for new legislation to deal with potential abuses in leasing and drilling for the fuel, but environmentalists said so many questions remain about the safety of the drilling method known as "fracking" that they want lawmakers to impose a moratorium until the issue has been fully analyzed.
7:13 PM EST, January 11, 2013
The state commission that regulates hospital rates has not kept adequate tabs on hospital billings, according to legislative auditors, who say that four hospitals they checked have overcharged by more than $13 million.
3:49 PM EST, December 21, 2012
If a tree falls in Maryland's forests — even if no one hears it — researchers soon will have a handle on how much it could contribute to global warming.
6:26 PM EST, December 19, 2012
The state Board of Public Works approved Wednesday a $75.2 million grant to help pay for upgrading Baltimore's Patapsco sewage treatment plant, Maryland's second largest.
5:58 PM EST, December 27, 2012
Zebra mussels have finally made their way down the Susquehanna River to the Chesapeake Bay, though it's unclear what if any harm the invasive aquatic species might do there.
8:28 PM EST, January 1, 2013
The first winter after Danielle Smith bought her house in North Baltimore, the 35-year-old schoolteacher wondered if it even had a furnace, it was so cold and drafty.
9:08 PM EST, December 20, 2012
Ruling in a bitterly contested case with national ramifications, a federal judge found Thursday that the Waterkeeper Alliance failed to prove that an Eastern Shore farm's chicken houses were polluting a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.
6:04 PM EST, November 28, 2012
Elevated levels of a toxic industrial solvent have been found in three more residential wells near Salisbury, the Maryland Department of the Environment reported Wednesday, as an investigation continues into ground-water contamination affecting dozens of homes in the area.
10:57 PM EST, November 30, 2012
A man was shot Friday night in the 3100 block Cliftmont Ave. in the Belair-Edison neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore, according to police. The victim's identity was not released, but police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi reported the victim suffered gunshot wounds to his extremities.
9:07 PM EDT, November 1, 2012
Fishermen and conservationists sparred Thursday over how much to cut back the commercial catch of Atlantic menhaden along the East Coast to rebuild an ecologically and economically important fish population.
7:32 PM EST, November 16, 2012
In the 20 years she's lived on the outskirts of Salisbury, Arlene White said she'd never noticed anything unusual about her tap water.
7:15 PM EST, November 30, 2012
Lawyers squared off one last time Friday in a packed Baltimore courtroom to wrap up the long-running trial of a bitterly contested pollution lawsuit with ramifications for water cleanup efforts and the poultry industry in Maryland and nationwide.
5:21 PM EDT, October 25, 2012
Challenging a major political taboo, Johns Hopkins researchers contend that tighter gun control laws will save lives and reduce violence, particularly if "high-risk" people such as alcoholics and youths under age 21 are barred from buying or having firearms.
8:36 PM EST, December 28, 2012
Declaring that Maryland's coastal areas are increasingly at risk from a rising sea level, Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered state agencies to weigh the growing risks of flooding in deciding where and how to construct state buildings.
10:04 PM EST, November 15, 2012
Residents and farmers in western Howard County sparred Thursday night over whether three farm families should be allowed to reclaim the development rights on their farmland — the first-ever attempt to defect from Maryland's agricultural land-preservation program.
6:24 PM EST, December 13, 2012
From Virginia, New Jersey and points in between, busloads of fishermen are coming to Baltimore for a showdown Friday over how much to curb the industrial-scale harvest of a small, oily fish that figures prominently in the seafood industry, though no one eats it directly. It also is an important food source for fish and wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.
4:47 PM EDT, October 14, 2012
If a little green might help restore Baltimore's ailing harbor, how can a lot be bad? That's the question city, state and federal officials are pondering as they weigh a local marina magnate's plan to fill an unused corner of the Inner Harbor with a large floating marsh.
9:06 PM EST, November 30, 2012
The public fascination with who won the record $587.5 million Powerball jackpot turned to Maryland on Friday, as reports surfaced that a customer at an Upper Marlboro gas station claimed he had the coveted winning ticket.
9:56 PM EDT, October 31, 2012
As J.C. Barbely looked at Assateague Island in his rearview mirror Saturday night, he was pretty sure his seaside home away from home wouldn't escape Sandy's fury. But Wednesday morning, the assistant manager of the Maryland Park Service's biggest money-maker readied to reopen the park for day use before the week was out.
8:52 PM EST, December 14, 2012
In a move hailed by conservationists, East Coast regulators ordered Friday a 20 percent reduction in the commercial catch of Atlantic menhaden, despite warnings that the cutback would cost some fishermen their jobs and may affect crabbers in the Chesapeake Bay.
4:46 PM EST, November 25, 2012
Many people see Thanksgiving leftovers as too much of a good thing and toss them out. Vinnie Bevivino wants those uneaten castoffs and more — he sees a chance to make some green with them while going green.
7:59 PM EDT, November 2, 2012
SPOILER ALERT: This story reveals features of the plot.
12:14 PM EDT, November 2, 2012
Once cheered as the sound of a good hit, the loud crack heard on the gridiron when two football helmets collide is more often greeted these days by gasps, as fans recognize the game- and potentially even season-ending injuries such jarring impacts can cause.
5:54 PM EST, November 21, 2012
A broken sewer line in Catonsville that went undetected for three weeks after the storm called Sandy passed through the area poured nearly 1.3 million gallons of raw waste into a tributary of the Patapsco River, Baltimore County officials reported Wednesday.
7:24 PM EDT, October 22, 2012
In a city struggling to rebuild its population, construction cranes would seem to be a welcome sign. But office, shopping and housing projects in the works in Northwest Baltimore have some residents worried about the impact of development on a degraded stream that flows through their neighborhoods on its way to the harbor.
8:06 PM EDT, October 9, 2012
Lawyers in a closely watched pollution lawsuit targeting an Eastern Shore chicken farm and the Salisbury-based poultry company Perdue presented radically different previews of the case Tuesday as the trial began in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
3:03 PM EST, November 10, 2012
There have been Mullinixes farming in western Howard County for more than a century. Nearly three decades ago, as a mark of their commitment to working the land, the family sold the development rights on their farms to the state of Maryland.
7:43 PM EST, November 20, 2012
Just two weeks after Baltimore voters approved setting up a special fund for cleaning up the city's degraded streams and harbor, City Hall has proposed legislation to begin levying a "storm-water remediation fee" next year on all property owners.
7:24 PM EDT, October 30, 2012
Sandy knocked out power to Howard County's "water reclamation" plant in Savage, causing 20 to 25 million gallons of untreated but rain-diluted human waste to spill into the Little Patuxent River, a branch of one of the Chesapeake Bay's most degraded tributaries. County Executive Ken Ulman called the outage "unacceptable" and called for a "full audit" of how to prevent future overflows.
7:05 PM EDT, October 4, 2012
— In a challenge to the Obama administration's efforts to jump-start the lagging restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, lawyers for farmers and homebuilders argued in federal court here Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its legal authority and relied on a flawed computer model in setting a pollution "diet" for the ailing estuary.
6:26 PM EDT, October 2, 2012
Olson Wire Products Co. has agreed to pay an $80,000 fine to settle allegations it improperly stored hazardous wastes at its southwest Baltimore plant, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.
7:53 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
Baltimore County police said Friday they are investigating the shooting of a Gwynn Oak seafood business employee the night before.
10:31 AM EDT, September 29, 2012
Police are investigating a South Baltimore shooting Friday evening that wounded three men.
8:47 PM EDT, October 16, 2012
The number of young striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay fell to a record low this year, a drastic decline from a near-record high the year before, state officials reported Tuesday.
9:51 PM EDT, September 7, 2012
The owner of a Laurel dry-cleaning business has pleaded guilty to improperly disposing of cleaning solvents near Millersville, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Friday. Mehret Sium, owner of Discount Dry Cleaners LLLC, entered guilty pleas Aug. 31 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to charges of illegal disposal of hazardous wastes and failure to follow hazardous-waste transportation requirements, according to court records.
5:30 PM EDT, October 9, 2012
A dispute that started three years ago when environmentalists accused an Eastern Shore chicken farm and one of the nation's largest poultry companies of polluting a stream that ultimately flows to the Chesapeake Bay comes to a head Tuesday in a Baltimore federal courtroom.
8:29 PM EDT, August 31, 2012
Once promoted as the vanguard of a "nuclear renaissance," a proposed new reactor at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland now faces a major new roadblock, with federal regulators threatening to shelve the troubled $9.6 billion project unless the French-controlled developer comes up with a U.S. partner in the next two months.
7:22 PM EDT, August 29, 2012
A disputed proposal to build a trash-burning power plant in South Baltimore gets another airing Thursday, as the Maryland Public Service Commission weighs whether to give the New York-based developer more time to build the $1 billion facility.
5:27 PM EDT, September 21, 2012
For four decades, the owners of the liquefied natural gas terminal at Cove Point in Calvert County have given a pair of environmental groups a say over expansion of the sprawling complex, originally built to import fuel from abroad via the Chesapeake Bay. By all accounts, it's been a cordial, cooperative relationship.
3:52 PM EDT, September 15, 2012
Joan Corbin's day is governed by the humming box in the alcove off her living room. For nearly an hour in the afternoon and nine hours at night, the Smith Island resident must tether herself to a suitcase-sized dialysis machine to get rid of the waste building up in her body.
11:16 PM EDT, September 5, 2012
It's hard work catching soft crabs, a fickle livelihood in an increasingly precarious part of the world.
6:49 PM EDT, October 24, 2012
Testimony wrapped up Wednesday in the federal court trial of a lawsuit accusing an Eastern Shore poultry farm and Perdue of polluting a Chesapeake Bay tributary, but a ruling isn't likely until later this year.
6:53 PM EDT, September 25, 2012
UniStar Nuclear Energy has asked the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to review the rejection of the French-controlled company's bid to build a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant.
10:35 PM EDT, September 7, 2012
The Perry Hall High School student shot on the first day of school has improved to fair condition, according to a spokesman for Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Daniel Borowy, 17, had been listed in critical condition since Aug. 27, when he was shot in the back in the school cafeteria. He underwent multiple surgeries to treat his injuries. A Baltimore County grand jury indicted student Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. earlier this week on multiple charges including attempted murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Gladden, 15, who was charged as an adult, is accused of firing a gun in the cafeteria that he had brought to school from his father's home. He is at Spring Grove State Hospital, according to court documents.
5:24 PM EDT, August 23, 2012
A Baltimore coal terminal operator has agreed to pay a $34,600 penalty and settle pollution violations alleged by the Environmental Protection Agency.
8:00 PM EDT, August 15, 2012
Teachers in Maryland are about to get new help and encouragement to talk about the touchy topic of global warming in their classrooms. The National Science Foundation announced Wednesday that it is awarding $5.8 million for improving climate-change education in Maryland and Delaware through a partnership including universities and school systems from both states.
6:51 PM EDT, September 23, 2012
Decades after first discovering the problem, state officials have settled on a $27 million plan to keep a cancer-causing chemical in the ground at the Dundalk Marine Terminal from seeping into the Patapsco River and blowing into nearby residential areas.
8:21 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
Annapolis lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano has been fined $13,000 by the Maryland Department of the Environment for allegedly violating state lead-paint regulations on two properties he owns in the capital. But Bereano disputes the state's charges, saying the homes he rents out are lead-free.
4:40 PM EDT, August 19, 2012
As fish farming grows to feed a world hungry for protein, there's a hitch — the seas are being scoured of the little wild fish to feed the big captive ones destined for the dinner table.
6:47 PM EDT, September 11, 2012
State health officials are seeking the public's advice on how to deal with new federal guidelines expanding the number of young children deemed at risk of harm from low-level lead exposure. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering whether to have local health departments follow all young children testing positive for low levels of toxic lead in their bloodstream, or to leave the least exposed youngsters to doctors and other health care providers to track.
9:39 PM EDT, August 9, 2012
Residents around Sparrows Point filed suit Thursday against the owners of the Baltimore County steel mill and a cement plant on the peninsula, contending that neighbors' health has been put at risk and their property contaminated by pollution from industrial activities there.
9:51 PM EDT, August 8, 2012
A plan to reduce fishing for Atlantic menhaden along the East Coast moved ahead Wednesday, though the scale of the cutback came into question amid new doubts about how much overfishing has hurt the economically and ecologically important species.
4:47 PM EDT, August 13, 2012
Operators of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland have shut down one of the two reactors there because a control rod unexpectedly dropped into the reactor core, causing a reduction in power generation, a plant spokesman said Monday.
5:12 PM EDT, July 21, 2012
Back in the late 1700s, when Baltimoreans got their water from nearby streams, springs and wells, every household was ordered to keep two leather buckets filled to fight fires.
4:46 PM EDT, August 5, 2012
On a hot summer day, it's hard to see how the Conowingo Dam could hurt the Chesapeake Bay. Anglers line the shore below the 94-foot high impoundment, casting out into the gently roiling Susquehanna River for rockfish breaking the water.
8:48 PM EDT, July 30, 2012
Maryland's first industrial-scale wind energy project would be required under a federal plan issued Monday to slow down its turbines at certain times of the year to reduce the number of endangered bats that might be killed by the long, spinning blades.
4:46 PM EDT, July 13, 2012
Benjamin H. Passey, assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
5:35 PM EDT, July 14, 2012
When Richard Young gets done with a day of crabbing, he often calls the co-owner of his seafood business on his cellphone to let her know he's headed back in.
9:11 PM EDT, June 29, 2012
High-earners in Maryland will feel a financial pinch as employers start withholding more money from paychecks to accommodate the higher income tax rates approved by the General Assembly in May and signed into law by Gov.Martin O'Malley.
5:40 PM EDT, July 13, 2012
Despite dramatic progress in reducing Americans' exposure to lead over the past 25 years, a growing body of research finds that children and adults still face health risks from even very low levels of the toxic metal in their blood.
9:10 PM EDT, July 9, 2012
The multistate effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay is on track to meet its latest timetable for cleaning up the ailing estuary, even though states failed to achieve all the short-term pollution reduction goals they set for themselves three years ago, officials said Monday.
8:58 PM EDT, July 11, 2012
Biodiesel producers told a congressional panel Wednesday that they're struggling to stay afloat in the aftermath of fraud cases uncovered in Baltimore and Texas, and a spokesman for petroleum refiners faulted the Environmental Protection Agency for slow response to a crisis he said has cost the industry $200 million so far.
8:32 PM EDT, June 25, 2012
A federal jury convicted a Perry Hall man Monday of wire fraud and money laundering for selling $9 million worth of bogus biodiesel credits to commodities brokers and oil companies — a case that has shaken the nation's renewable-fuel industry and prompted congressional inquiries about the adequacy of federal oversight.
7:40 PM EDT, July 10, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley joined Tuesday in calling for Maryland's utilities to explore burying at least some of their overhead power lines in the wake of the freak storm that left hundreds of thousands of households in the dark last week and vulnerable to a killer heat wave.
4:33 PM EDT, June 20, 2012
Toll Brothers, one of the nation's largest home-building companies, has agreed to pay $741,000 in penalties for allowing polluted runoff from construction sites in Maryland and 22 other states, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.
10:31 PM EDT, July 6, 2012
A Dundalk man died Friday after the motorcycle he was operating struck a Dodge pickup truck turning in front of him, Baltimore County police report.
3:57 PM EDT, June 24, 2012
The "dead zone" that forms every spring in the Chesapeake Bay is smaller than average so far this year, state officials report.
4:53 PM EDT, June 14, 2012
A natural gas company has agreed to give $500,000 to monitor water quality in the Susquehanna River basin after a Pennsylvania well blowout last year spilled "fracking" fluids into a tributary of the river, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Thursday.
8:43 PM EDT, June 18, 2012
The defense lawyer for a Perry Hall man accused of fraudulently selling $9 million worth of fake renewable fuel credits said he didn't deceive anybody because victims knew they were buying phony credits for an unworkable federal energy program.
8:04 PM EDT, July 10, 2012
Farmers, builders and rural officials joined Tuesday in blasting new state environmental regulations that would limit growers' use of fertilizer and require more costly but less polluting septic systems on all new homes not connected to sewers.
9:05 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
Call it wildlife tourism in reverse. As spring turns into summer, young black bears hit the road, and in recent years it seems a few turn up on the outskirts of Baltimore, ambling across manicured lawns, rummaging through trash cans and raiding bird feeders.
11:01 AM EDT, May 29, 2012
Hundreds of Baltimore-area families have volunteered for a government study to spray their suburban yards with pesticide, which researchers hope can protect them from Lyme disease but that environmentalists warn is unsafe.
8:59 PM EDT, May 23, 2012
Something's rotten on the Baltimore area waterfront. Fish are washing ashore by the thousands in a mass die-off that officials say appears to be caused by a weather-driven worsening of the pollution that chronically plagues the Chesapeake Bay.
4:43 PM EDT, June 17, 2012
Farming in the city doesn't need a lot of land — and sometimes not even arable land. On a South Baltimore parking lot, inside six plastic-covered greenhouses, a handful of urban farmers are raising a cornucopia of greens in a thin layer of imported soil.
3:58 PM EDT, June 16, 2012
The case that has rattled the nation's renewable fuels industry began with some flashy cars.
4:40 PM EDT, May 19, 2012
Who doesn't love a tree? Apparently, criminals. Researchers have found that leafier places in Baltimore tend to have lower crime rates than those with few or no trees.
8:16 PM EDT, June 6, 2012
A Baltimore landlord with a long history of violating lead-paint poisoning laws was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison by a federal judge, who called the now-bankrupt businessman a "scofflaw."
7:22 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
With its dandelions, clover and discarded cigarette butts, the little "bioswale" in front of the Salvation Army community center in West Baltimore won't win any lawn-care prizes. But the shallow, weedy depression collects rainfall washing off an acre of litter-strewn pavement and filters out pollution that otherwise would foul the harbor.
9:09 PM EDT, July 6, 2012
Organizers of the Grand Prix of Baltimore say they plan to start construction on the downtown auto race circuit by the end of July and finish just in time for the three-day Labor Day weekend event.
7:24 PM EDT, May 21, 2012
A warning against water contact in the lower Patapsco River issued nearly two months ago has been lifted, the Anne Arundel County health department announced Monday.
5:57 PM EDT, July 9, 2012
Perched atop a weathered navigational marker near Rocky Point in Back River, the osprey shifted nervously, screeched and flew off as a boat full of people approached. With the raptor circling overhead, Rebecca Lazarus climbed onto the marker and peered into its nest, a tangled heap of tree branches and scraps of plastic.
8:26 PM EDT, July 2, 2012
Independence Day means steamed crabs for many Marylanders, but the outlook for celebrating the nation's birthday with a heaping tableful of locally caught crustaceans is as iffy as the weather of late.
7:15 PM EDT, May 29, 2012
Dead fish continued to surface Tuesday in Baltimore-area waters, though the conditions that scientists believe have been causing the weeklong die-off may be moderating slightly.
7:51 PM EDT, April 25, 2012
The Obama administration's latest move to permit testing for oil and gas off Maryland and other Atlantic coast states is drawing flak from both environmentalists and the oil industry.
12:58 PM EDT, June 14, 2012
The fish kills that have plagued Baltimore's Inner Harbor and nearby creeks over the past two weeks may have eased with the dip in temperatures, but scientists caution that's not the last we've seen of potentially toxic and even deadly algae blooms in area waters.
7:45 PM EDT, May 3, 2012
Steep projected costs for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay could be trimmed by billions of dollars, a new study suggests, by allowing polluters to buy "credits" for less-expensive reductions made by others.
7:30 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
Two Baltimore men who owned a warehouse have pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to transport stolen nickel, which had been imported through the Port of Baltimore, the U.S. attorney's office announced Monday.
10:48 PM EDT, April 29, 2012
In their quest to cure Baltimore's ailing harbor, advocates and authorities have tried one gadget after another: floating wetlands, a solar-powered aerator, even a trash wheel.
11:13 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
City police are investigating a suspicious death Monday in Northeast Baltimore, a police spokeswoman said. The death was reported around 2:45 p.m. in the 5400 block of Hillburn Ave., said Det. Nicole Monroe. No further details were immediately available.
12:48 PM EDT, May 9, 2012
A series of emails between Gov. Martin O'Malley and Perdue's corporate lawyer shows what an environmental group calls a "cozy relationship" between the two law school classmates as Maryland's chief executive weighs farm pollution regulations of concern to the Salisbury-based poultry producer.
9:19 PM EDT, May 16, 2012
The number of young children deemed at risk of lead poisoning in Maryland and nationwide expanded drastically Wednesday as a federal health agency declared it would effectively cut in half its threshold for diagnosing the environmental illness.
7:38 PM EDT, May 14, 2012
The owner of the Domino sugar refinery in the Inner Harbor has agreed to pay a $200,000 civil penalty and install pollution controls to settle a federal lawsuit accusing the plant of violating the Clean Air Act.
7:09 PM EDT, May 22, 2012
State officials are investigating what killed thousands of fish in Marley and Furnace creeks in northern Anne Arundel County, but suspect they suffocated after an algae bloom sucked the oxygen out of the water, a Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman said Tuesday.
6:41 PM EDT, May 2, 2012
Environmental groups are appealing a federal judge's ruling that the owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill need only do a limited search for offshore pollution from the plant.
2:18 PM EDT, May 5, 2012
It's said good things come to those who wait. But somebody still has to pay for them.
7:26 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
A West Baltimore man, Tyrone L. Webb Jr., 31, was sentenced Monday to life plus 20 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, dumping her body in the woods and reporting her missing, according to the city state's attorney's office.
7:49 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge dismissed Monday a defamation lawsuit filed by Dr. Mark Midei against St. Joseph Medical Center, barring the embattled cardiologist from seeking damages against his former hospital in the scandal over unnecessary heart stent procedures he's been accused of performing.
7:54 PM EDT, April 18, 2012
A new trial date has been set for Oct. 9 in an environmental group's lawsuit accusing an Eastern Shore farm couple and Perdue Farms of polluting a Chesapeake Bay tributary.
7:03 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has charged Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant with a safety violation after an employee "deliberately became inattentive" — meaning he was caught napping — last year in the room housing diesel generators for use in an emergency.
7:24 PM EDT, April 19, 2012
Rebounding from near-collapse four years ago, the Chesapeake Bay's blue crabs are more plentiful than they've been in nearly two decades, with a record crop of young, Maryland officials announced Thursday.
8:38 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
While others found much to criticize about this year's General Assembly, environmental activists hailed it Tuesday as the most significant in decades for advancing long-running efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
4:51 PM EDT, April 17, 2012
Heavy spring rains, a hot summer and two major storms caused the Chesapeake Bay's overall health to worsen last year, scientists said Tuesday, though there apparently was a slight improvement in the Baltimore area's Patapsco and Back rivers, long considered among the bay's most degraded tributaries.
9:58 PM EDT, April 13, 2012
Boaters, anglers and anyone bold enough to swim in Baltimore's troubled harbor will soon be able to get timely information about whether they're risking an upset stomach or infection from splashing in water fouled with sewage leaks and other pollution.
3:43 PM EDT, April 14, 2012
With 369,000 square feet under roof, it would seem McCormick & Co.'s sprawling distribution center in Belcamp would have an eye-popping power bill, with some 3,300 light fixtures and a refrigerated storage area big enough to drive forklifts in and out.
9:14 PM EDT, March 22, 2012
A federal judge signed off on a deal between government regulators and the owner of the Sparrows Point steel plant requiring the company only to look near its shoreline for toxic contaminants it might need to clean up.
10:48 PM EDT, March 19, 2012
With a catch in her throat, Kristin Hudson talks in a video posted online about her young daughter asking if "they" will take away her daddy's farm.
8:14 PM EDT, April 17, 2012
Democrats and Republicans sparred Tuesday over whether a special session of the General Assembly is needed to pass tax increases to avert steep budget cuts, while Moody's Investors Service warned the situation could hurt the credit ratings of localities that depend on state aid.
4:07 PM EDT, March 25, 2012
Just as they do every April, the fruit orchards at Larriland Farm have donned their spring finery.
9:55 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
For nearly 30 years, local, state and federal authorities have wrestled with what to do about an old dump in North Point that's been leaking toxic waste into nearby wetlands and Back River.
7:15 PM EDT, March 20, 2012
Maryland is largely on track to meet its goal of reducing climate-warming pollution 25 percent by the end of the decade, according to O'Malley administration officials, but still needs legislation being debated in Annapolis to put wind turbines off Ocean City, limit sprawl and increase funding for mass transit.
9:11 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
A Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta returned to Baltimore late Monday afternoon after passengers smelled smoke in the cabin, an airline spokesman said.
8:09 PM EST, March 6, 2012
With efforts to reduce lead poisoning among children at a crossroads, Maryland lawmakers are wrestling with proposals to expand state regulation of home sales, rentals and repairs to reduce youngsters' exposure to the toxic metal.
10:52 PM EDT, April 8, 2012
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is about to dramatically enlarge one of its newest attractions — one meant to draw crabs and fish as well as tourists.
5:54 PM EDT, March 14, 2012
There's a new champion in Baltimore. Not a sports team, a tree. Tucked amid a clump of loblolly pines in Druid Hill Park stands Maryland's largest striped maple.
5:01 PM EST, March 2, 2012
One hundred fifty years ago this month, two strange-looking ships met near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and changed the course of naval, if not American, history.
6:37 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
Parts of three waterways have been opened to shellfish harvesting after tests showed declines in bacteria there, the Maryland Department of the Environment announced Monday.
8:23 PM EST, March 6, 2012
A study of how or whether to allow a controversial drilling method for extracting natural gas in Western Maryland cannot be finished without funding, state officials told lawmakers Tuesday.
6:05 PM EST, February 26, 2012
For years, the wastes from burning coal and producing copper have enjoyed a second life, used in sand-blasting to remove paint, rust and grime from ship's hulls, storage tanks, bridge trusses and other surfaces. Painting contractors, shipyard workers and thousands of others in Baltimore and across the country are said to use the black, gritty material called slag.
6:02 PM EST, March 5, 2012
An independent panel of scientists says two government-issued studies can't show if people were harmed by toxic pollution from Fort Detrick contaminating the ground water, but further studies are unlikely to answer lingering questions about the health impacts of the cancer-causing chemicals buried decades ago at the Frederick military base.
7:55 PM EST, February 14, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley fielded skeptical questions from lawmakers about three of his top environmental initiatives Tuesday as he appealed to them to approve bills aimed at promoting offshore wind energy, limiting development and improving water and sewer systems.
7:47 PM EST, January 30, 2012
Scientists, economists, politicians, educators and even an artist gathered Monday in Annapolis to mark the launch of an unusual University of Maryland think tank that aims to bring academic disciplines together to tackle thorny environmental issues.
5:59 PM EST, February 18, 2012
Federal regulators have given mostly high marks to the latest Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan drafted by Maryland but found fault with Pennsylvania's and Virginia's restoration blueprints.
9:44 PM EST, February 2, 2012
Lighting Maryland homes with power from giant turbines off Ocean City moved closer to reality Thursday as federal officials announced they are ready to go forward with leasing vast areas along the Mid-Atlantic coast for wind farms.
7:24 PM EST, March 7, 2012
Another 112 acres of wetlands are being added to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, federal officials announced Wednesday.
4:14 PM EST, January 9, 2012
Richard K.C. Hsieh, a public health specialist and former National Library of Medicine official who in retirement traced his family tree back to seventh-century China, died of a heart attack Dec. 31 at his Towson home.
6:13 PM EST, January 31, 2012
The federal government declared Tuesday that it's formally listing most Atlantic sturgeon along the East Coast — including in the Chesapeake Bay — as endangered, providing new legal protection for the big, prehistoric-looking fish believed to be at risk of extinction.
7:38 PM EST, January 5, 2012
Maryland and other Chesapeake Bay states struggling to clean up the degraded estuary should do more to encourage projects that convert farm animal manure to energy, a new report says.
7:35 PM EST, January 24, 2012
Just as it can with human couples, sharing a good meal apparently sparks thoughts of love among whooping cranes.
8:56 PM EST, January 20, 2012
With the Chesapeake Bay cleanup at a critical juncture, Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling on Marylanders to double down on their contribution to the effort, proposing to raise the "flush fee" every household pays from $2.50 to $5 a month, on average.
10:06 PM EST, February 6, 2012
Baltimore County police said Monday that they were seeking information on a sexual assault that occurred three weeks ago in the Catonsville area.
1:20 PM EST, January 8, 2012
A fire in a West Baltimore home on Sunday slightly burned one person, a fire department spokesman said.
6:51 PM EST, February 6, 2012
A 43-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a 25-year-old man found dead last week in a Northeast Baltimore home, police said.
7:13 PM EST, January 8, 2012
A New York company that makes vanilla rugelach sold in Maryland stores is recalling the product because it contains undeclared eggs, which may cause a life-threatening illness if consumed by anyone with an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs.
3:41 PM EST, January 8, 2012
Baltimore police are investigating two shootings that occurred overnight in South Baltimore, one of which killed a Richmond, Va., man, a police spokesman said Sunday.
8:11 PM EST, February 10, 2012
— It's quiet these days at Dominion's liquefied natural gas terminal in the Chesapeake Bay. Only five tankers docked last year at the pier a mile off the Calvert County shoreline, and not much traffic is expected this year, either.
6:16 PM EST, December 15, 2011
An Eastern Shore watermen faces up to $28,000 in fines for multiple oystering violations in Dorchester County, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Thursday. Officers charged Joshua T. Tieder, 23, of Taylors Island with 13 counts of possessing undersized oysters, 14 counts of failing to tag the location of his harvest and one count of exceeding the daily catch limit.
5:51 PM EST, January 5, 2012
Federal regulators plan a hearing Jan. 26 on a challenge to a French company's bid to build a third reactor at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, and will take public comments the day before.
6:54 PM EST, December 26, 2011
The aquarium in the living room of Meir and Leah Lazar's Baltimore County home isn't just for decoration. The tilapia and bluegills packed into the 50-gallon glass tank are waiting their turn to wind up on dinner plates.
11:05 PM EST, February 6, 2012
One man was killed and another seriously wounded Monday afternoon in separate shootings, according to city police. A third man was shot Monday night.
8:22 PM EST, December 13, 2011
Seeking to end a long history of abuse and neglect of Baltimore's waters, an ambitious new plan calls for a concerted public and private campaign to curb sewage leaks and littering and make the harbor swimmable by decade's end.
8:05 PM EST, February 8, 2012
Chicken farmers nationwide have stopped feeding their flocks a drug containing arsenic since a 2011 government study suggested the cancer-causing metal may be tainting poultry, but Maryland lawmakers are still struggling with whether to ban the once-widespread practice.
4:07 PM EST, February 15, 2012
— "Sturgie" is biding his time, waiting to be introduced to the right female.
8:36 PM EST, December 12, 2011
Maryland's counties and cities say they will need to spend billions of dollars to take the extra steps needed to restore the Chesapeake Bay to health by 2020, the deadline the state gave them for action.
6:45 PM EST, December 21, 2011
In a deal hailed as a model for land preservation in lean budget times, a wealthy businessman has agreed to give up development rights — and grant limited but free public access — to a 950-acre former wildlife sanctuary on the Eastern Shore that he bought 18 months ago.
7:34 PM EST, January 3, 2012
Nearly $2 million in federal grants have been awarded to protect and restore wetlands on the Eastern Shore, including a portion to enhance wildlife habitat on a 950-acre former bird sanctuary whose owner just donated the development rights to the state.
6:54 PM EST, January 10, 2012
As Gov. Martin O'Malley prepares to renew his push to build industrial wind turbines off Maryland's coast, a new poll shows strong public support even if the outlook for offshore wind development has grown cloudier lately.
8:06 PM EST, January 26, 2012
An aging, little-used power plant in Williamsport is slated to be closed later this year rather than meet new federal air-pollution limits, its owner announced Thursday, in what could be a spate of such shutdowns resulting from the controversial Obama administration regulation.
4:31 PM EST, January 8, 2012
A New York-based company that had announced more than a year ago it was ready to start building a disputed trash-burning power plant in south Baltimore is now seeking a waiver of a state-imposed deadline to begin work on the $1 billion project within the next month
4:49 PM EST, December 11, 2011
Baltimore City police said they were investigating a Sunday morning shooting in West Baltimore.
5:25 PM EST, December 11, 2011
A 20-year-old Upper Marlboro man was arrested on drug charges Saturday after police said they recovered bags of marijuana that he tossed while trying to flee from a police officer, according to Anne Arundel County police.
4:29 PM EST, December 31, 2011
— The first natural gas well has yet to be drilled into the Marcellus shale deposits underlying Western Maryland, but ripples already are being felt here from an industry that has brought wealth — and controversy — in neighboring states where drilling has proceeded apace.
5:52 PM EST, December 11, 2011
Edging closer to its goal, Sandtown Habitat for Humanity and its volunteers have finished rehabilitating their 300th home in the blighted West Baltimore neighborhood where the nonprofit group has been laboring for more than 20 years.
11:29 AM EST, December 11, 2011
Three people died early Sunday in a house fire in Cumberland, according to the state fire marshal's office.
10:33 AM EST, December 11, 2011
Two men have been charged with murder in the shooting death of an Edgewood man, according to the Harford County sheriff's department. Christopher Curtis Alves, 21, was killed Thursday in the 1300 block of Harford Square Drive in Edgewood.
11:53 AM EST, December 11, 2011
A Baltimore police officer and two motorists were injured around 7 a.m. Sunday when their vehicles collided at the intersection of Clifton Ave. and N. Longwood St. in West Baltimore, police said. All three were taken to a hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, according to Det. Kevin Brown, city police spokesman. The crash is under investigation, he said.
11:44 AM EST, December 11, 2011
An Ellicott City man died early Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in Howard County, police said.
3:30 PM EST, December 10, 2011
Heavy rains routinely trigger big sewage overflows in Baltimore, but there is growing evidence that chronic leaks from the region's aging, cracked sewer lines are a bigger threat to public health.
4:27 PM EST, November 14, 2011
A sewer overflow in Southwest Baltimore spilled an estimated 446,000 gallons of untreated waste into the Gwynns Falls on Sunday, city officials reported Monday.
7:35 PM EST, November 21, 2011
State officials are plowing ahead with new rules on how and when farmers can fertilize their fields, despite last-minute objections from environmentalists that the proposed limits have been weakened in an apparent bid to mollify agricultural interests.
10:06 AM EST, December 11, 2011
A pileup involving eight vehicles on Interstate 695 in Catonsville Sunday morning sent six people to area hospitals, including a state trooper, and blocked outer loop Beltway traffic for about 30 minutes, Maryland state police said.
9:15 PM EST, December 1, 2011
A suspicious pattern of bidding on state grants for installing less-polluting septic systems — part of a wide-ranging critique of the Maryland Department of the Environment — has prompted legislative auditors to call for a criminal investigation.
6:47 PM EST, November 8, 2011
A state task force called Tuesday for tripling the "flush fee" Maryland homeowners pay as a way to help finance an accelerated cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.
4:48 PM EST, November 18, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley has revived a simmering political dispute over the University of Maryland law school's role in a lawsuit accusing an Eastern Shore farm and the Perdue poultry company of polluting a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.
11:31 PM EST, November 7, 2011
Residents and businesses in Locust Point face life without natural gas for heat, cooking and heating water for "several" days after a contractor ruptured a 12-inch main serving the South Baltimore neighborhood, according to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
6:47 PM EST, November 25, 2011
Florence Tan says she'll have fingers and toes crossed when NASA's latest Mars mission blasts off as early as Saturday morning from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
5:40 PM EST, November 7, 2011
Baltimore city health officials have confirmed two cases of legionnaires disease at a Hampden nursing home.
8:05 PM EST, November 10, 2011
Add another problem to the mounting woes for the financially troubled organizers of Baltimore's inaugural Grand Prix auto race — the company has missed all its deadlines for planting trees downtown to make up for those cut down for the Labor Day weekend event.
8:28 PM EST, November 29, 2011
— Charles S. Long was upset to discover that a bulldozer had cleared the land next to his, knocking down trees and uprooting day lilies on his property in the process.
9:18 PM EDT, October 25, 2011
Two groups charged with figuring out how the state can pay for new roads, a cleaner Chesapeake Bay and other key functions of government suggested the same basic answer Tuesday: Marylanders should be asked to dig a little deeper into their pockets.
6:09 PM EST, November 24, 2011
Thelma Boyd and her Cheverly-area neighbors were at their wits' end when they connected with the University of Maryland's environmental law clinic.
5:26 PM EST, November 29, 2011
FEDERALSBURG — Charles S. Long was upset to discover that a bulldozer had cleared the land next to his, knocking down trees and uprooting day lilies on his property in the process.
8:46 AM EST, November 15, 2011
Maryland and other Northeastern states have helped their economies with "cap-and-trade" regulation of their power plants' carbon dioxide emissions, a new study finds.
8:38 PM EDT, November 3, 2011
Efforts to reduce pollution of the Chesapeake Bay are starting to pay off, a major new study says, finding that despite weather-driven ups and downs, the "dead zone" that stresses fish and shellfish every summer has actually shrunk, on average, in recent years.
10:26 PM EST, November 8, 2011
Natural gas service will be restored to customers in Locust Point starting late Wednesday and the company has begun forced entries into homes as part of repair efforts, according to a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. official.
5:50 PM EDT, October 14, 2011
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is committing $5.7 million to find non-chemical means to control stink bugs, the brown pests from Asia that wreck fruit and vegetable crops and invade homes when the weather cools.
6:13 AM EST, November 9, 2011
State biologists have found "concentrated pockets" of dead oysters in the upper Chesapeake Bay, which they blame on a record-high influx of fresh water into the estuary this year. But the die-off appears so far to be limited to two areas north of the Bay Bridge, officials note, which together account for just 2 percent of the state's overall oyster harvest.
5:18 PM EDT, November 2, 2011
Scientists from the National Aquarium and the Johns Hopkins University say they've found low but potentially harmful levels of toxic oil contaminants in the Gulf of Mexico months after the Deepwater Horizon well blowout was capped.
7:22 PM EDT, October 11, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley vowed Tuesday to renew his stymied push for building wind turbines off Maryland's Atlantic Coast but said he's not sure yet what type of government incentive he'll ask lawmakers to approve for the industry next year.
November 8, 2011
The tropical storm that deluged Maryland in early September may have killed off many of the oysters in the upper Chesapeake Bay, a Department of Natural Resources spokesman said Monday.
3:58 PM EDT, October 18, 2011
The Sherwin-Williams Co. has agreed to pay $570,000 to settle alleged hazardous-waste violations at its southwest Baltimore paint plant, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.
7:07 PM EDT, October 30, 2011
A big fight is brewing over a little fish — a fish that no one wants to eat but that many regard as the most important in the sea.
9:15 PM EDT, October 24, 2011
Maryland's highest court struck down Monday a key provision of state law that shielded owners of older rental housing from civil lawsuits — and potentially costly payments to victims — if they took precautions to protect children in their units from lead-paint poisoning.
9:08 PM EDT, October 12, 2011
On its website, Clean Green Fuel offered customers "a unique blend of biodiesel" made from vegetable oil that would produce less air pollution and help reduce the nation's dependence on petroleum.
7:29 PM EDT, September 25, 2011
— Residents of Kent Island are never far from the water. That's what drew many of them to the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay, where they're close to boating, fishing and all nature's bounty.
4:46 PM EDT, October 8, 2011
Randy White had just buried a daughter, dead at 30 with a brain tumor. Now his other daughter had been diagnosed with growths in her abdomen.
7:32 PM EDT, August 31, 2011
Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland is due for closer scrutiny by federal regulators after unspecified security lapses discovered there earlier this year.
6:48 PM EDT, September 27, 2011
Two weeks after Tropical Storm Lee flushed millions of tons of mud into the Chesapeake Bay, state and federal officials announced Tuesday they are launching a study of how to protect the estuary from sediment and other pollutants building up behind dams on the Susquehanna River.
7:27 PM EDT, October 13, 2011
A federal prosecutor said Thursday that the government has recovered only a third of the $9 million that authorities charge a Perry Hall businessman with taking from his customers in a massive biofuel fraud scheme.
7:37 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
The O'Malley administration has decided to stop buying bottled water for state facilities where tap water is available, saying it's striking a blow for frugality and the environment at the same time.
9:04 PM EDT, September 1, 2011
When race fans roll into town for the Baltimore Grand Prix this weekend, they can expect to find the Inner Harbor course lined with more than 1,200 recycling bins, and their drinks will be served in cups made of biodegradable corn instead of plastic.
9:12 PM EDT, September 20, 2011
Lead poisoning, once widespread, appears on the way to becoming a rarity among children living in old rental housing in Baltimore and the rest of Maryland. But the problem is growing among youngsters who live in owner-occupied and newer rental homes, and that is prompting state officials to look for new ways to fight the longtime health scourge.
9:58 PM EDT, August 9, 2011
A new scientific study finds that though the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population is basically healthy, it has yet to recover enough from trouble a few years ago to be considered completely stable.
9:43 PM EDT, October 16, 2011
Beauty can be found even in the utilitarian.
7:47 PM EDT, October 7, 2011
A panel of independent scientists has found flaws in the Army's planning to shield workers and the public from harm from a proposed biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick.
7:11 PM EDT, September 15, 2011
A new report says the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort is handicapped by the failure so far of the federal government and bay watershed states to agree on common goals for reviving the troubled estuary.
9:52 PM EDT, July 15, 2011
Chessie, the wandering Florida manatee that has visited the Chesapeake Bay at least twice over the past 17 years, is back. The well-traveled mammal has not been seen since 2001, and his resurfacing is making waves among marine scientists and bay folk alike.
8:21 PM EDT, August 31, 2011
A new scientific study recommends halting all commercial harvest of oysters in Maryland, warning that the ecologically important bivalves are even more depleted than previously believed and that continuing to catch them risks eliminating them altogether from much of the upper Chesapeake Bay.
5:16 PM EDT, October 10, 2011
The Ryland Group, one of the nation's largest home builders, has agreed to pay $625,000 in penalties for storm-water pollution violations at construction sites in 14 states, including Maryland.
7:44 PM EDT, August 7, 2011
The sun is just peeking over the treetops as Billy Rice steers his 24-foot boat, Miss Jill, out into the Potomac River.
7:02 PM EDT, August 24, 2011
The Obama administration announced Wednesday it is providing $2.4 million to protect endangered Puritan beetles living in cliffs overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.
3:13 AM EDT, October 3, 2011
It might not seem to be a bright investment right now, after weeks of seemingly endless clouds and rain, but solar panels are popping up on rooftops all over Maryland.
8:53 PM EDT, September 2, 2011
Hurricane Irene did more than topple trees and turn out the lights across the Baltimore area. The storm left behind some nasty, stinky reminders of its fury, as sewage spills forced beach closures and triggered warnings to stay away from the water as summer draws to a close.
6:33 PM EDT, October 5, 2011
An Annapolis company has received an order to produce 1,500 electric-vehicle charging stations to serve the small but growing number and variety of plug-in, battery-powered cars on America's roads.
12:21 PM EDT, July 8, 2011
In a sweeping move aimed at curbing long-distance air pollution that afflicts the health of 240 million Americans — including Marylanders — the Environmental Protection Agency is ordering power plants across much of the eastern United States to sharply curtail emissions.
9:33 PM EDT, July 17, 2011
With more than a million miles on the road, Armand Patella's 19-year-old Ford 9000 truck has seen better days.
6:55 PM EDT, September 28, 2011
A Severna Park man has been charged with illegally removing trees from his and neighboring community property along the Severn River, in what officials say is the first criminal prosecution for alleged violations of laws regulating shoreline development.
5:15 PM EDT, August 27, 2011
An overgrown graveyard downtown, where some of Baltimore's early historical figures rest in walled isolation, buzzes now with new life.
12:27 PM EDT, September 15, 2011
The Chesapeake Bay looks like a dirty bathtub, its waters turned brown with mud and awash in pollution and floating debris, including uprooted trees, propane tanks, even a battered dining-room chair.
7:27 PM EDT, September 13, 2011
Dirty, used oil promises to bring some badly needed jobs to Baltimore, one recycling company says. But energy-saving light fixtures aren't proving to be the growth business that another company thought they were — at least not yet.
9:34 PM EDT, August 3, 2011
Baltimoreans — at least some of them — care passionately about their trees. One thousand of them signed onto an online petition by late Wednesday calling on City Hall to "halt the clear-cutting" of trees downtown so race fans could get a better view of the Baltimore Grand Prix. The petition drive's organizer said he planned to go to court to block any further tree removal for the three-day street race.
3:41 PM EDT, July 14, 2011
When Gerrie Okwesa moved to Reservoir Hill five years ago, she had no intention of staying long. Vacant rowhouses marred the block, and a fence obstructed one end of the street where she lived — put there by police, she was told, to disrupt the drug trafficking that plagued the neighborhood.
8:26 PM EDT, August 8, 2011
Residents angered by the removal of trees downtown to make way for the Baltimore Grand Prix got a sympathetic but firm lesson in the law Monday, as a city Circuit Court judge summarily dismissed a lawsuit seeking to prevent any more trees from coming down.
7:24 PM EDT, July 25, 2011
Kyle Scheren and other members of the punk band So Long Arletta work up a sweat when they perform, but nothing like what they got Monday wielding picks and shovels to turn an old school parking lot in Hampden into a garden and outdoor education space.
6:46 PM EDT, July 27, 2011
Federal nuclear safety inspectors found unspecified "security deficiencies" at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in southern Maryland earlier this year, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission disclosed Wednesday.
7:13 PM EDT, July 5, 2011
Don't look now, but Maryland's state insect is fluttering away.
9:17 PM EDT, July 4, 2011
State officials looking to clean up the Chesapeake Bay are weighing a series of new restrictions on how and when farmers can fertilize their fields — and on when municipal sewage treatment plants can spread their sludge on farmland.
8:33 PM EDT, June 28, 2011
The dust was thick enough that Sally Dworak-Fisher could trace letters in it with her finger.
10:11 PM EDT, June 24, 2011
Obama administration officials converged Friday on Baltimore to announce a new initiative to clean up and redevelop blighted urban watersheds — with the ailing Patapsco River one of seven waterways chosen nationwide to test a partnership between federal agencies and local communities.
7:47 PM EDT, June 27, 2011
Crabs are plentiful so far this year in Maryland, but that doesn't mean there'll be enough to go around on Independence Day weekend, when nearly every patriotic Marylander, it seems, dreams of feasting on the state's official crustacean. Nor will they be cheap — with the price for a bushel of big Jimmies, or male crabs, topping $200 in some places.
11:39 PM EST, February 28, 2011
Baltimore, where thousands of buildings contain lead-based paint that can poison young children, has lost federal funding for abatement programs due to mismanagement of its most recent grant, officials said Monday.
8:29 PM EST, March 11, 2011
The state's health secretary said Friday that his department's laboratory has destroyed test results dating back to the 1980s documenting lead poisoning of Maryland children — potentially thousands of records that plaintiffs' lawyers say are crucial to pursuing lawsuits seeking damages on behalf of poisoned children and their families.
11:14 AM EDT, May 27, 2011
Something new is floating in the Inner Harbor. Not litter this time, but a space age-looking gadget meant to see whether new life can be breathed into the troubled body of water.
7:58 PM EDT, July 12, 2011
In a ruling that's left Dundalk-area residents shaking their heads, a federal court has declared that recent owners of the century-old steel-making complex at Sparrows Point can't be made to clean up past contamination of surrounding waters.
8:17 PM EDT, April 12, 2011
City officials said Tuesday that they've revamped Baltimore's struggling program to remove lead-paint poisoning hazards from housing after losing a $3.9 million federal grant, and intend to reapply soon for federal funds to underwrite the effort.
8:59 PM EDT, June 17, 2011
Maryland got an infusion of $2 million in federal funds Friday to pay state farmers to plant cover crops in winter, replacing state money cut from one of the most effective efforts to reduce nutrient pollution fouling the Chesapeake Bay.
1:01 PM EDT, June 20, 2011
— The dock built to hold water-filled tanks of baby oysters stands empty. The new marina for landing fully grown bivalves is being used for now by some crabbers.
January 30, 2011
Ray Bahr ought to be taking it easy. He's 75 and retired after a successful career as a cardiologist. Instead, the Canton resident finds himself prowling alleys in East Baltimore on the lookout for illegally dumped trash and goading city officials to clean up mini-landfills in back of abandoned houses.
11:07 AM EDT, May 1, 2011
Two men were wounded in Baltimore city Saturday in separate shootings, police said.
8:28 PM EDT, April 20, 2011
When William Donald Schaefer was elected governor 25 years ago, Maryland's environmentalists braced for the worst. During his run for statewide office, the longtime mayor of Baltimore had talked about rolling back moves by his predecessor to save a dying Chesapeake Bay.
As if you need another reason to feel guilty about chowing down on Thanksgiving Day, consider this: researchers at the University of Manchester in England figure that a turkey-n-trimmings feast for eight produces approximately 44 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. About 60% of that planet-warming gas comes from the life cycle of the turkey, alone. And that doesn't include drinks.
4:34 PM EDT, April 6, 2011
Sesquicentennial events abound as the four-year observance of the Civil War begins this week. Here's a sampler of those upcoming in the next few months:
4:24 PM EDT, April 6, 2011
While the first shots of the Civil War were fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina, the first blood spilled in fighting occurred in Baltimore on April 19, 1861, when a mob of Southern sympathizers clashed with Massachusetts soldiers who'd debarked from a train on their way to Washington. Eight rioters, one bystander and three soldiers were killed, while dozens were wounded.
8:02 PM EDT, July 11, 2011
The Obama administration took another step Monday toward opening the Mid-Atlantic coast for offshore wind development, but in the process slashed Maryland's potential stake in the developing new energy industry by more than half.
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