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Freeze warning issued again, putting early fruit crops at risk

8:13 PM EDT, April 16, 2014

Freeze warning issued again, putting early fruit crops at risk

The long, cold winter was good to farmers and gardeners as frigid temperatures and blankets of snow helped kill pests and moisten soil. So when spring arrived, early bloomers surged to life.

8:01 PM EDT, April 15, 2014

Man found dead of gunshot wound in Johns Hopkins Hospital bathroom

A man entered Johns Hopkins Hospital with a gun early Tuesday morning and is believed to have fatally shot himself inside an emergency room bathroom, an incident that came days after the medical center held a national symposium on safety inside hospitals.

Man found dead of gunshot wound in Johns Hopkins Hospital bathroom

6:57 PM EDT, April 15, 2014

Man found dead of gunshot wound in Johns Hopkins Hospital bathroom

A man entered Johns Hopkins Hospital with a gun early Tuesday morning and is believed to have fatally shot himself inside an emergency room bathroom, an incident that came days after the medical center held a national symposium on safety inside hospitals.

Foreclosure rates remained high in March in Maryland

11:04 PM EDT, April 10, 2014

Foreclosure rates remained high in March in Maryland

Even as the housing market recovers nationwide, echoes of the mortgage lending crisis continue to reverberate in Maryland, home to the nation's second-highest foreclosure rate last month.

Former contract worker at UM says he accessed data to reveal problems

9:50 PM EDT, April 9, 2014

Former contract worker at UM says he accessed data to reveal problems

The FBI is investigating a former University of Maryland contract worker who said he took College Park administrators' personal information from the campus network and posted online about the stunt to draw attention to major security flaws.

Firefighters battling blaze in West Baltimore

9:54 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Firefighters battling blaze in West Baltimore

City firefighters are battling a blaze involving four rowhouses in West Baltimore.

Sign-up surge marks final weeks of Md. health exchange enrollment

9:01 PM EDT, April 4, 2014

Sign-up surge marks final weeks of Md. health exchange enrollment

A surge of nearly 50,000 Marylanders obtained health coverage through the state's insurance exchange during the final two weeks of enrollment despite continued technical difficulties.

Baltimore police investigating at least three Monday shootings

10:31 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Baltimore police investigating at least three Monday shootings

Baltimore police are investigating at least three separate shootings that occurred within about four hours Monday.

York Road closed in Cockeysville, area evacuated after gas main break

6:13 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

York Road closed in Cockeysville, area evacuated after gas main break

York Road was closed between Ashland Road and Wight Avenue in Cockeysville and nearby businesses evacuated as utility crews repaired a gas main break Monday afternoon, Baltimore County officials said.

Lockdown lifted, no crime suspected at Stevenson

8:24 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Lockdown lifted, no crime suspected at Stevenson

Stevenson University's Owings Mills campus was locked down for three hours Monday afternoon as authorities investigated reports of an armed person on campus that turned out to have been sparked by a pellet gun.

Scientists produce synthetic yeast chromosome, with help from Hopkins students

8:11 PM EDT, March 27, 2014

Scientists produce synthetic yeast chromosome, with help from Hopkins students

With the help of Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students who spent years stringing bits of DNA together, scientists have built the world's first synthetic yeast chromosome, which eventually could help in the production of drugs, vaccines, biofuels and even beer.

Snowy day could mean some ice overnight, with wind and cold Wednesday

11:46 PM EDT, March 25, 2014

Snowy day could mean some ice overnight, with wind and cold Wednesday

Roads wet and slushy from a late-season snow were expected to become icy overnight, with one more frigid and windy day ahead Wednesday before a return to spring weather.

UM physics professor a lauded scientist, passionate teacher

7:03 PM EDT, March 27, 2014

UM physics professor a lauded scientist, passionate teacher

Professor James Gates delivers his big ideas in analogies and metaphors.

Archaeologists seek War of 1812 remnants buried within Patterson Park

7:36 PM EDT, March 26, 2014

Archaeologists seek War of 1812 remnants buried within Patterson Park

Today it's best known for the pagoda, summertime jazz concerts and some of the city's best sledding. But an archaeological dig planned for Patterson Park's Hampstead Hill seeks to revive a largely forgotten 200-year-old story.

Light snow expected to bring 1-3 inches on grass, slushy pavement

12:09 PM EDT, March 25, 2014

Light snow expected to bring 1-3 inches on grass, slushy pavement

Wintry weather dragged on Tuesday, with light snow falling by midday expected to bring a slushy couple of inches of snow.

Millennial Media to put its stamp on Can Company in expansion

7:53 PM EDT, March 24, 2014

Millennial Media to put its stamp on Can Company in expansion

When a former canning plant was transformed in the late 1990s into a commercial hub to anchor Canton's redevelopment, middle school students suggested its name reflect history: The Can Company.

Radar system leads to oyster-poaching conviction for watermen

5:27 PM EDT, March 21, 2014

Radar system leads to oyster-poaching conviction for watermen

Two watermen were fined nearly $1,500 for oyster poaching on the Eastern Shore, the first conviction stemming from a network of radar and cameras the state launched in 2010 to detect illegal seafood harvesting.

Gubernatorial candidates make their cases to Young Democrats

7:29 PM EDT, March 22, 2014

Gubernatorial candidates make their cases to Young Democrats

Maryland's Democratic candidates for governor made their cases to the party's youths Saturday, but for some, like Baltimore high school student Eric Brown, the race is still a tossup.

UMCP reports another cybersecurity breach

6:24 PM EDT, March 20, 2014

UMCP reports another cybersecurity breach

The University of Maryland, College Park suffered a second cyberattack on the heels of the recent theft of personal data for hundreds of thousands of students, staff and alumni, university officials announced Thursday.

Pride of Baltimore II, 'Star-Spangled Banner' replica to help mark Maryland Day

1:06 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

Pride of Baltimore II, 'Star-Spangled Banner' replica to help mark Maryland Day

The Pride of Baltimore II and a replica of the flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" will be the focus of Maryland Day celebrations in Baltimore and Annapolis on March 25, according to the Maryland Historical Society.

Documentary follows 'Particle Fever' surrounding Higgs boson discovery

8:00 PM EDT, March 19, 2014

Documentary follows 'Particle Fever' surrounding Higgs boson discovery

You can't see the Higgs boson, but you can watch its discovery.

More than 7 inches fall in rare St. Patrick's Day storm

6:42 PM EDT, March 17, 2014

More than 7 inches fall in rare St. Patrick's Day storm

A rare St. Patrick's Day snowfall made this month the snowiest March since 1993, spreading more than 7 inches of snow across much of the region.

Names, Social Security numbers of 9,700 Marylanders with disabilities exposed in hacking

9:07 PM EDT, March 17, 2014

Names, Social Security numbers of 9,700 Marylanders with disabilities exposed in hacking

Names and Social Security numbers of about 9,700 Marylanders with disabilities were exposed when a hacker breached a state contractor's computer systems in October, state health officials said Monday.

Hacking incidents prompt universities to rethink balance between openness, security

5:22 PM EDT, March 15, 2014

Hacking incidents prompt universities to rethink balance between openness, security

In the two weeks between recent revelations that hackers stole data on students, alumni and faculty from the University of Maryland, College Park and the Johns Hopkins University, nearly 360,000 records were swiped in similar attacks at schools in Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Dakota.

UM data breach slightly smaller than thought

6:18 PM EDT, March 12, 2014

UM data breach slightly smaller than thought

A cyber attack at the University of Maryland, College Park, affected 21,499 fewer people than originally thought after an analysis revealed the database contained some incomplete and inaccurate data, university officials said Wednesday.

Keeping James Webb Space Telescope on track, budget a complex task

2:07 PM EDT, March 14, 2014

Keeping James Webb Space Telescope on track, budget a complex task

At NASA Goddard Space Flight Center last month, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and space agency Administrator Charles Bolden stressed the importance of maintaining budget support for the James Webb Space Telescope, keeping it on track for a 2018 launch.

Hacker breaches Hopkins server, but officials say identity theft not a concern

5:07 PM EST, March 7, 2014

Hacker breaches Hopkins server, but officials say identity theft not a concern

Names, email addresses and phone numbers from about 850 current and former Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering students were posted online Thursday, stolen by someone claiming to be part of the hacker group known as Anonymous.

Along with cutting-edge research comes costly overhead for Hopkins, other institutions

10:07 PM EST, March 7, 2014

Along with cutting-edge research comes costly overhead for Hopkins, other institutions

Along with the Johns Hopkins University's distinction for its nation-leading haul of federal research dollars comes another for charging the government more for utilities, administrative staff and real estate than any other institution.

After another dash of snow, record-breaking cold possible Tuesday

7:45 PM EST, March 3, 2014

After another dash of snow, record-breaking cold possible Tuesday

Monday's snowfall introduced a spell of more dangerous cold that could continue to disrupt work, school and travel in the region for several days.

Man charged in drive-by shooting of bus driver

12:06 PM EST, March 2, 2014

Man charged in drive-by shooting of bus driver

Police charged a West Baltimore man in the drive-by shooting death of a bus driver in Westport last week.

KPMG buys Baltimore software company Cynergy Systems

7:32 PM EST, March 6, 2014

KPMG buys Baltimore software company Cynergy Systems

Tax giant KPMG LLP has acquired Cynergy Systems Inc., a Baltimore-based company that builds and designs software and mobile applications, for an undisclosed sum.

Osiris shares rise on news of quarterly, annual profit

6:48 PM EST, March 5, 2014

Osiris shares rise on news of quarterly, annual profit

Columbia biotechnology company Osiris Therapeutics swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, and for all of 2013, sending its share price surging by as much as 10 percent Wednesday.

Man shot during robbery in Belair-Edison

9:35 AM EST, March 2, 2014

Man shot during robbery in Belair-Edison

A man was shot multiple times in Northeast Baltimore early Sunday morning in apparent robbery, police said.

Off-campus confrontation led to McDaniel College shooting, lockdown, police say

12:25 PM EST, March 2, 2014

Off-campus confrontation led to McDaniel College shooting, lockdown, police say

A shooting that prompted a three-hour lockdown at McDaniel College early Sunday stemmed from a confrontation between a group of students and four men just off the Westminster campus, police said.

Md. medical practices, doctors to pay nearly $3M in Medicare overbilling settlement

6:41 PM EST, February 18, 2014

Md. medical practices, doctors to pay nearly $3M in Medicare overbilling settlement

Three Maryland medical practices and a medical billing company have agreed to pay $3.3 million to settle an investigation into Medicare overbilling, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

What forecasters are saying about the snow storm

1:05 PM EST, March 2, 2014

What forecasters are saying about the snow storm

Forecasters are expecting a major snowstorm Monday on top of a coating of ice that begins late Sunday, but uncertainty remains on just where the heaviest snowfall might track.

'Major storm' expected to bring ice, up to 8 inches snow

5:44 AM EST, March 3, 2014

'Major storm' expected to bring ice, up to 8 inches snow

A winter that hasn't pulled any punches has started to sock the region again Monday, with as much as 8 inches of snow expected followed by another round or two of single-digit temperatures.

Maryland digs out from storm

6:56 PM EST, February 14, 2014

Maryland digs out from storm

A few more inches of snow were forecast to accumulate by midday Saturday, further straining government snow-removal budgets and setting back efforts to clean up from the region's heaviest snowfall in four years.

Storm dumps biggest snowfall since 2010 on a day possibly among area's top 10 snowiest on record

7:28 AM EST, February 14, 2014

Storm dumps biggest snowfall since 2010 on a day possibly among area's top 10 snowiest on record

The biggest snowfall in four years blanketed the Baltimore area Thursday with up to a foot and a half of snow, giving many schoolchildren two more days off and stranding residents and travelers. As the region dug out, two men died after shoveling.

Millennial Media revenue surges, but shares fall on shaky outlook

7:18 PM EST, February 19, 2014

Millennial Media revenue surges, but shares fall on shaky outlook

Millennial Media lost $3.8 million despite a surge to $96.7 million in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2013, with both results beating analysts' expectations, but shares fell in after-hours trading on shaky expectations going forward.

Thursday snowstorm could illustrate tricks of forecasting

9:41 PM EST, February 11, 2014

Thursday snowstorm could illustrate tricks of forecasting

If you had asked the Europeans a week ago, they could have told you a truckload of snow was headed for Baltimore on Thursday. The Canadians came around soon afterward. It took the Americans until just a few days ago to get a whiff of a winter storm.

Power restoration could last into Friday, before weekend snow chance

2:15 PM EST, February 6, 2014

Power restoration could last into Friday, before weekend snow chance

Some of the more than 170,000 power outages caused by a thick glaze of ice across the state Wednesday might not be repaired until Friday, utility officials said, prompting leaders in two counties to open shelters at schools that were closed for the day because of slick roads strewn with tree limbs.

'High-impact' storm forecast Thursday, with 6 inches or more of snow possible

4:36 PM EST, February 10, 2014

'High-impact' storm forecast Thursday, with 6 inches or more of snow possible

A "nor'easter" storm has the potential to bring 6 inches of snow or more Thursday across Central Maryland, but accumulations will depend on the storm's unpredictable path, forecasters said.

Company revives Baltimore's weather line, though with a new number

7:50 PM EST, February 3, 2014

Company revives Baltimore's weather line, though with a new number

It had been years since Tammy Bresnahan dialed 936-1212 to hear the Baltimore-area weather forecast, and when she called it again last month, she was surprised to learn the once-popular hot line had been disconnected.

Strongest winter storm in years could bring nearly a foot of snow to state

7:43 PM EST, February 12, 2014

Strongest winter storm in years could bring nearly a foot of snow to state

Meteorologists were expecting the heaviest snowfall of an already frigid and snowy season Thursday, with the region forecast to wake up to a blanket of snow and to endure an icy mix of precipitation through the afternoon.

Small number of ice storm outages left to be repaired Saturday

9:04 AM EST, February 8, 2014

Small number of ice storm outages left to be repaired Saturday

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. officials said they had restored nearly all the outages associated with Wednesday's ice storm by Saturday morning, but were contacting some customers who will enter a fourth day without electricity.

BGE expects to finish restoring power on Friday

9:58 AM EST, February 7, 2014

BGE expects to finish restoring power on Friday

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. expects to restore power by Friday to the last several thousand customers affected by this week's ice storm.

Millennial Media founder, CEO Palmieri steps down

7:29 PM EST, January 27, 2014

Millennial Media founder, CEO Palmieri steps down

In a sudden departure, Millennial Media founder and CEO Paul Palmieri left the Baltimore mobile advertising company Monday to work for a prominent Maryland venture capital firm.

Tiny satellites could revolutionize earth, space science research

1:59 PM EST, January 10, 2014

Tiny satellites could revolutionize earth, space science research

The first U.S.-launched satellite, Explorer I, was 6 feet long and weighed 30 pounds, and it led to the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt that surrounds Earth. More than 50 years later, scientists could do a lot more with far less.

Southwest to make first international flights as it takes over AirTran routes

6:35 PM EST, January 27, 2014

Southwest to make first international flights as it takes over AirTran routes

Southwest Airlines will make its first international flights July 1, including flights between Baltimore and Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica, as the carrier takes over routes flown by subsidiary AirTran Airways.

More wintry weather ahead, with freezing rain Tue. night, snow possible Sat.

7:18 PM EST, February 3, 2014

More wintry weather ahead, with freezing rain Tue. night, snow possible Sat.

On the heels of a wintry weather system that dropped less snow than expected in the Baltimore region Monday, a new batch of storm watches were set for Tuesday night into Wednesday, with a quarter of an inch of ice possible northwest of the city.

Cold snaps stir debate over safety, rules of skating on Lake Roland

11:23 PM EST, February 4, 2014

Cold snaps stir debate over safety, rules of skating on Lake Roland

For decades, Kay McConnell and her family joined those who lace up skates and take to Lake Roland in Robert E. Lee Park when winter freezes ice over the former reservoir.

Two men charged with over harvesting rockfish from Patapsco River

12:36 PM EST, January 8, 2014

Two men charged with over harvesting rockfish from Patapsco River

Two Middle River men were charged Monday with overfishing striped bass from the Patapsco River, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Thickest ice in decades collecting on waterways, posing challenges for boaters

7:59 PM EST, January 29, 2014

Thickest ice in decades collecting on waterways, posing challenges for boaters

Jeff Lill is a popular man lately, as captain of the J.C. Widener, one of the state's few ice breakers.

Cold blamed for 2 deaths prior to record-breaking chill

5:06 PM EST, January 8, 2014

Cold blamed for 2 deaths prior to record-breaking chill

Cold weather was a factor in the deaths of two people in Maryland during the first week of the year – before the record-breaking freeze of the past few days hit – according to state health officials.

Officials stress energy conservation, preparedness with more wintry weather possible

7:07 PM EST, January 30, 2014

Officials stress energy conservation, preparedness with more wintry weather possible

The bitter cold is forecast to subside Friday, but with four recent weather-related deaths reported in the state, officials are urging Marylanders to remain prepared —and warning of high utility bills with nearly two months of winter to go.

Hopkins again leads nation in research spending amid declines

8:09 PM EST, January 6, 2014

Hopkins again leads nation in research spending amid declines

Johns Hopkins University led U.S. universities with $2.106 billion spent on medical, engineering and other scientific research in fiscal 2012, though that total fell at Hopkins and, on average, at universities across the country compared to the previous year, according to the National Science Foundation.

Four more cold weather deaths reported across Md.

10:17 AM EST, January 30, 2014

Four more cold weather deaths reported across Md.

Cold temperatures were a factor in four more deaths in recent weeks, including that of a man in Baltimore, according to state health officials. That brings the death toll this winter to 11 across the state.

Two records broken on Baltimore's coldest day in nearly two decades

8:16 PM EST, January 7, 2014

Two records broken on Baltimore's coldest day in nearly two decades

Tuesday was Baltimore's coldest day in 18 years, with temperatures cold enough to shatter two records, strain the region's electricity supply, fill homeless shelters and even render fire hydrants near a South Baltimore blaze useless.

Mayor to propose relief for tax credit errors

9:33 PM EST, January 5, 2014

Mayor to propose relief for tax credit errors

City homeowners could receive $3 million in property tax assistance under a plan Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is scheduled to unveil today, addressing concerns over bills that skyrocketed after errors in tax credits were discovered.

Freezing rain falling Sunday ahead of Baltimore's coldest temperatures in 20 years

3:36 PM EST, January 5, 2014

Freezing rain falling Sunday ahead of Baltimore's coldest temperatures in 20 years

Freezing rain was falling around the Baltimore region into Sunday afternoon, with as much as a few tenths of an inch of ice accumulation possible in most areas and a quarter of an inch or more northwest of the city.

$1 million Powerball ticket sold in Rockville

11:21 AM EST, January 5, 2014

$1 million Powerball ticket sold in Rockville

A Powerball lottery ticket sold at a Rockville gas station won a $1 million prize in Saturday night's drawing, Maryland Lottery officials said Sunday.

Slots revenue drives 13 percent increase in Md. horse breeding in 2013

5:43 PM EST, December 27, 2013

Slots revenue drives 13 percent increase in Md. horse breeding in 2013

Nearly 650 mares were bred in Maryland this year, a 13 percent increase over 2012, and a surge in state slots gambling revenue could help raise the number again next year, according to the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

Pixelligent searching for space to ramp up manufacturing

8:54 AM EST, December 28, 2013

Pixelligent searching for space to ramp up manufacturing

Nanotechnology developed in Baltimore could help brighten household LED light bulbs or touch screens in the new year as startup Pixelligent prepares to ramp up manufacturing.

Wind chills hit 15 below zero early Tuesday morning

12:19 PM EST, January 7, 2014

Wind chills hit 15 below zero early Tuesday morning

A mass of some of the coldest air to descend on the United States in two decades brought wind chills to as cold as 15 degrees below zero in Baltimore early Tuesday morning, shattering at least one record with more cold lasting into Wednesday.

Winter weather comes in milder

9:00 PM EST, December 14, 2013

Winter weather comes in milder

Lighter-than-expected precipitation and an early arrival of warm air limited snowfall across the Baltimore area Saturday, with less than 2 inches falling in parts of Carroll and northern Baltimore counties.

Police identify two East Baltimore murder victims

10:49 PM EST, January 4, 2014

Police identify two East Baltimore murder victims

Baltimore police identified the victims of a Thursday night shooting in East Baltimore as two men from Northwest Baltimore, both of whom are expected to be added to a growing homicide tally four days into the new year.

Governments begin Christmas tree disposal, recycling

6:24 PM EST, December 26, 2013

Governments begin Christmas tree disposal, recycling

Sick of the holidays? Santa didn't bring what you wanted? Or maybe you are just looking to spruce up the garden? Send your Christmas tree to the wood chipper.

Fresh burst of snow forecast Tuesday atop the slush and ice

8:09 PM EST, December 9, 2013

Fresh burst of snow forecast Tuesday atop the slush and ice

A second burst of snow in three days is forecast Tuesday, potentially lengthening the weekend for schoolchildren one more day and clouding the morning commute.

Freezing rain possible Sunday before more single-digit lows Tuesday

3:10 PM EST, January 4, 2014

Freezing rain possible Sunday before more single-digit lows Tuesday

Baltimore came within two degrees of breaking a record for cold temperatures Saturday morning, with a chance for freezing rain ahead Sunday and more single-digit lows forecast next week.

Emergent BioSolutions seeks to buy land from city for expansion

7:21 PM EST, December 16, 2013

Emergent BioSolutions seeks to buy land from city for expansion

Emergent BioSolutions wants to exercise an option to buy 8 acres next to its East Baltimore manufacturing facility for an expansion that eventually could add up to 100 jobs, a company official said.

New health care landscape

12:00 PM EST, December 27, 2013

New health care landscape

It was a year of significant changes in how health care is delivered in Maryland. Here are some highlights:

Heavy snow surpassing forecasts, with ice still ahead

8:50 PM EST, December 8, 2013

Heavy snow surpassing forecasts, with ice still ahead

For a region accustomed to fizzled snow forecasts in recent years, a storm dumping as much as 8 inches of snow across northern Maryland surprised many on Sunday, stalling vehicles, canceling the city's annual holiday parade and blanketing the field at M&T Bank Stadium for the Ravens' first snow game in Baltimore.

Emergent BioSolutions strikes $222M deal to buy Cangene Corp.

12:41 PM EST, December 12, 2013

Emergent BioSolutions strikes $222M deal to buy Cangene Corp.

Rockville biotechnology company Emergent BioSolutions Inc. has struck a deal to buy Canadian firm Cangene Corp., which employs 100 people in Baltimore, for $222 million in cash, the companies said Thursday.

Heavy snow surpassing forecasts, with ice still ahead

3:54 PM EST, December 8, 2013

Heavy snow surpassing forecasts, with ice still ahead

Several inches of snow fell across the Baltimore area, with as much as 5-7 inches in some spots, and ice was still ahead as a winter storm that has traveled across the country packed more of a punch in Maryland than forecasters expected.

Northrop Grumman joins health IT incubator as sponsor

6:43 PM EST, December 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman joins health IT incubator as sponsor

Northrop Grumman Corp. has signed on as a sponsor of DreamIt Health Baltimore, a business accelerator backed by Johns Hopkins University and BioHealth Innovation Inc.

Brown takes some responsibility for health site woes

9:28 PM EST, December 5, 2013

Brown takes some responsibility for health site woes

Amid continued criticism from a political rival, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown took some responsibility Tuesday for the dismal performance of Maryland's online health insurance exchange.

Union renews push for labor protections at UM Medical Center

7:59 PM EST, December 7, 2013

Union renews push for labor protections at UM Medical Center

The union representing thousands of Maryland health care workers is renewing a push to apply state labor protections and collective bargaining laws to employees at the University of Maryland Medical Center, a move that hospital officials say is not needed to allow unionizing there.

Less snow than expected, but a fresh blanket in northern Md.

8:26 PM EST, December 10, 2013

Less snow than expected, but a fresh blanket in northern Md.

Jim Cantore came to Baltimore looking for heavy snow, but all he got was some slush — plus a hot dog and a couple of six-packs of beer.

Amputees help advance thought-controlled prosthetic technology

6:56 PM EST, December 4, 2013

Amputees help advance thought-controlled prosthetic technology

One minute, Anne Mekalian's brain is telling her prosthetic arm to unstack a set of multicolored plastic cones, and the shiny black metal limb is listening. Every now and then, the plastic clatters to the table, but quickly the cones are separated and restored to a neat pile.

PETA attacks animal research for sexual health issues

9:26 PM EST, December 3, 2013

PETA attacks animal research for sexual health issues

Animal advocacy group PETA called Tuesday on the National Institutes of Health to stop animal experiments related to sexual health, including Johns Hopkins studies of erectile dysfunction using rodents.

Reddit co-founder, a Columbia native, campaigns for power of Internet

7:31 PM EST, November 30, 2013

Reddit co-founder, a Columbia native, campaigns for power of Internet

The lanky 18-year-old in a blue mortarboard cap, his shoulders festooned with tassels and other regalia, stepped to the lectern, gave Howard High School's Class of 2001 a nervous snicker and spoke words heard in countless other graduation speeches that year.

Light wintry precipitation brings few travel disruptions in Md.

5:58 PM EST, November 27, 2013

Light wintry precipitation brings few travel disruptions in Md.

The tail end of a winter storm brought some sprinkles of sleet and snow to Maryland on Wednesday on top of heavy rains, but few travel disruptions were reported outside of New England despite concerns of chaotic pre-Thanksgiving transportation.

Man dies of hypothermia in Prince George's Co.

4:17 PM EST, December 4, 2013

Man dies of hypothermia in Prince George's Co.

Hypothermia was a factor in the death of a man in Prince George's County recently, prompting state health officials to warn the public about the dangers of cold weather Wednesday.

State weighs regulations for research labs

5:36 PM EST, November 27, 2013

State weighs regulations for research labs

State health officials are weighing new safeguards for research laboratories and biotechnology companies that handle potentially deadly infectious pathogens, but whether they will impose any remains uncertain because they don't know how big a threat there is.

MedStar to transfer 74 employees to real estate contractor CBRE

7:37 PM EST, December 3, 2013

MedStar to transfer 74 employees to real estate contractor CBRE

MedStar Health has laid off 74 people in its real estate and facilities management departments as the hospital system transfers those functions to a contractor, which plans to hire back the workers, Medstar officials said.

Snowflakes possible Wednesday as cold air follows behind storm

10:18 PM EST, November 26, 2013

Snowflakes possible Wednesday as cold air follows behind storm

Temperatures were forecast to rise into the mid-40s by Wednesday morning in the Baltimore area as the rain continues, but gusty winds and possible snowflakes could still blow in by the afternoon to again slow those traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Md. panel recommends holding hospital rates steady

6:38 PM EST, November 6, 2013

Md. panel recommends holding hospital rates steady

The rates hospitals can charge for care would remain flat for the first six months of 2014 amid uncertainty over hospitals' financial stability and proposed changes in how they are compensated, under a draft recommendation made by a state panel Wednesday.

Heavy rains with chance for wintry precipitation to disrupt Thanksgiving travel

8:53 PM EST, November 25, 2013

Heavy rains with chance for wintry precipitation to disrupt Thanksgiving travel

Icy and snowy conditions along with heavy rain could snarl traffic and complicate air travel in Maryland and many parts of the eastern United States on Tuesday and Wednesday — two of the biggest travel days of the year as people head home for Thanksgiving.

Angelos donates $2.5M for lung center at Franklin Square

5:56 PM EST, November 20, 2013

Angelos donates $2.5M for lung center at Franklin Square

Peter Angelos, the personal injury lawyer who owns the Baltimore Orioles, donated $2.5 million to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center to establish a lung disease treatment center in his name, he and hospital officials announced Wednesday.

Army lab in Edgewood tied to Nobel-winning chemical weapons disarmament group

5:00 AM EST, November 6, 2013

Army lab in Edgewood tied to Nobel-winning chemical weapons disarmament group

A team of scientists at Aberdeen Proving Ground may play a critical role in helping the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, disarm Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons.

Towson gynecologist surrenders medical license amid drug investigation

7:09 PM EST, November 21, 2013

Towson gynecologist surrenders medical license amid drug investigation

Towson gynecologist Dr. John Yacoub surrendered his medical license to state regulators Wednesday as he faced allegations of improperly distributing prescription drugs.

Google to pay Md. $1M over privacy breach allegations

7:31 PM EST, November 18, 2013

Google to pay Md. $1M over privacy breach allegations

Google will pay the Maryland state government $1 million as part of a $17 million, 37-state settlement for collecting information on consumers' Internet browsing activity without their consent.

Insurance exchange enrollment rises 36 percent in Maryland

5:32 PM EST, November 15, 2013

Insurance exchange enrollment rises 36 percent in Maryland

More than 1,700 Marylanders had enrolled in health insurance coverage through a new state marketplace from Oct. 1 through Nov. 9, and of those who signed up in October, most were women and middle-aged, state health officials said.

UM researchers take new view in understanding metastatic breast cancer

5:00 AM EDT, October 20, 2013

UM researchers take new view in understanding metastatic breast cancer

Breast cancer kills when rogue tumor cells spread through the bloodstream, squeezing through microscopic gaps to inundate organs until they fail. But what if that spread could be prevented, the cells left free-floating to be crushed in capillaries or to self-destruct instead?

Hopkins wins $70 million NIH grant; UM left out

7:09 PM EDT, October 22, 2013

Hopkins wins $70 million NIH grant; UM left out

The Johns Hopkins University regained a five-year, $70 million federal grant designed to change how researchers pursue drug development and other medical treatments, but the University of Maryland, Baltimore lost its first bid for a similar grant, the National Institutes of Health said Tuesday.

Maryland to add cancer warning to parental consent form for indoor tanning

6:01 PM EST, November 15, 2013

Maryland to add cancer warning to parental consent form for indoor tanning

A form parents must sign before their children use indoor tanning devices will warn that the practice can cause skin cancer and possibly death under a new policy state health officials adopted Friday.

State, NASA Goddard sign partnership to promote business growth

4:31 PM EST, November 25, 2013

State, NASA Goddard sign partnership to promote business growth

State officials announced a partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Monday that aims to attract and grow companies that can help support space missions or adapt NASA technology for other commercial purposes.

MedStar Baltimore hospitals shed 1 percent of staff through attrition

2:44 PM EST, November 15, 2013

MedStar Baltimore hospitals shed 1 percent of staff through attrition

Columbia-based MedStar Health has shed about 1 percent of its work force at its four Baltimore-area hospitals over the past year, less than the layoffs of about 5 percent of its employees at MedStar Washington Hospital Center announced this week, officials said.

Hopkins gynecologist may have had 9,000 victims

9:40 PM EDT, November 1, 2013

Hopkins gynecologist may have had 9,000 victims

A former Johns Hopkins gynecologist, Dr. Nikita Levy, might have surreptitiously photographed or recorded the examinations of at least 9,000 patients, lawyers representing his alleged victims said Friday.

Stalled storm floods roadways, prompts rescues

10:46 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Stalled storm floods roadways, prompts rescues

The deluge intensified Friday, with more than 3 inches of rain on top of the pools that formed across Maryland on Thursday, flooding roadways, clogging drains and requiring rescues from trapped vehicles.

Ben Carson to give speech, receive award on medical freedom

5:00 PM EST, November 15, 2013

Ben Carson to give speech, receive award on medical freedom

Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will speak to members of the American Medical Association on Saturday as he is honored for advocacy of "freedom-based" health reform.

Preparations for the next Hurricane Sandy go on in Garrett, Crisfield

9:52 PM EDT, October 28, 2013

Preparations for the next Hurricane Sandy go on in Garrett, Crisfield

Hurricane Sandy blew the waters of the Little Annemessex River into living rooms across the Somerset County town of Crisfield one year ago, displacing hundreds of families, some still homeless a year later.

Md. insurance exchange shoppers trend young, female, officials say

8:57 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Md. insurance exchange shoppers trend young, female, officials say

Young people are showing interest in buying insurance through Maryland Health Connection, the state marketplace created as part of federal health care reform, with those under 35 making up a third of those exploring the organization's website, officials said Friday.

Osiris strikes deal to sell marquee stem-cell drug for $100M

8:05 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Osiris strikes deal to sell marquee stem-cell drug for $100M

Columbia biotechnology company Osiris Therapeutics has reached a deal to sell its marquee stem-cell drug, the first to win government approval, for up to $100 million.

Towson gynecologist took photos with patients' consent, lawyers say

6:59 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

Towson gynecologist took photos with patients' consent, lawyers say

Graphic photos of female genitalia found on the cellphone of a Towson gynecologist were taken with patients' consent for medical and educational purposes, the doctor's lawyers said Monday.

10:27 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Stalled storm floods roadways, prompts rescues

The deluge intensified Friday, with more than 3 inches of rain on top of the pools that formed across Maryland on Thursday, flooding roadways, clogging drains and requiring rescues from trapped vehicles.

Flood warnings issued with more rain ahead for Baltimore Running Festival weekend

2:50 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Flood warnings issued with more rain ahead for Baltimore Running Festival weekend

Flood warnings were issued across the Baltimore region Friday afternoon with two or three inches of rain expected on top of more than 2 inches that fell Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Gynecologist's license suspended amid inquiry over drug, image allegations

10:07 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

Gynecologist's license suspended amid inquiry over drug, image allegations

A Towson gynecologist has been temporarily barred from practicing medicine after a state and federal investigation allegedly uncovered images of female genitalia on his phone, as well as evidence he used and distributed illicit drugs and had an affair with a patient.

Hopkins APL scientists launching massive balloon to study comet

5:13 PM EDT, September 27, 2013

Hopkins APL scientists launching massive balloon to study comet

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are set to launch a massive balloon above the skies of New Mexico this weekend for a glimpse of Comet ISON, the rare comet on its way to looping past the sun and Earth in the coming months.

Baltimore VA hospital faulted for lengthy emergency room stays

6:35 PM EDT, September 27, 2013

Baltimore VA hospital faulted for lengthy emergency room stays

Shortages of beds, doctors and nurses in the Baltimore VA Medical Center's emergency room resulted in nearly half of a sample of patients spending more than 6 hours at the facility, including one who waited more than 24 hours, according to a critical inspection report released this month.

Investigation finds 'visibly dirty' equipment at shuttered Monarch Medspa

7:59 PM EDT, September 23, 2013

Investigation finds 'visibly dirty' equipment at shuttered Monarch Medspa

State health investigators suspect that a deadly outbreak of infections at Monarch Medspa in Timonium last year may have stemmed from "visibly dirty" equipment or two health care workers who carried the same bacterium found in patients, according to a report released Friday.

'A little yellow ribbon is not going to stop them'

7:53 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

'A little yellow ribbon is not going to stop them'

WASHINGTON — Nothing was going to stop Jack Poitras from playing taps at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, not even the National Park Police.

Southbound JFX moving smoothly after morning shutdown

10:31 AM EDT, September 15, 2013

Southbound JFX moving smoothly after morning shutdown

All lanes of the southbound Jones Falls Expressway were shut down at Cold Spring Lane about 9 a.m. Sunday because of a crash, according to Baltimore emergency officials. But the highway reopened within about half an hour.

Md. submits plan to overhaul hospital charges

3:10 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Md. submits plan to overhaul hospital charges

Maryland health officials on Friday turned over to the federal government a plan that would overhaul how hospitals are paid for treating patients to promote lower admissions and better care.

Shutdown postpones meeting on Harbor Point contamination

2:18 PM EDT, October 4, 2013

Shutdown postpones meeting on Harbor Point contamination

A meeting to address residents' concerns over environmental hazards on the site of the proposed Harbor Point development has been delayed because of the federal government shutdown.

UM medical school to break ground on much-needed research space

7:27 PM EDT, September 16, 2013

UM medical school to break ground on much-needed research space

Winning a $1.6 million federal grant to buy a robotic system to store 1 million blood, urine and tissue samples was easy compared to finding space for it at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Man dies in McElderry Park shooting; two injured in other incidents

9:34 PM EDT, September 15, 2013

Man dies in McElderry Park shooting; two injured in other incidents

A man died in a shooting in the McElderry Park area of East Baltimore late Saturday, one of three shootings in the city on Saturday night and Sunday, police said.

Voyager 1 reaches interstellar space, NASA says

7:47 PM EDT, September 12, 2013

Voyager 1 reaches interstellar space, NASA says

After 36 years of space exploration and months of heated argument among scientists, NASA officials confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 entered into interstellar space more than a year ago.

SEC suspends trading of MuniMae over late, missing filings

5:58 PM EDT, September 23, 2013

SEC suspends trading of MuniMae over late, missing filings

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading of the shares of Municipal Mortgage & Equity LLC, a Baltimore firm known as MuniMae, until Oct. 1 over late or missing filings with the market regulator.

Rabid raccoon found in Annapolis park

10:32 AM EDT, September 17, 2013

Rabid raccoon found in Annapolis park

A raccoon found in Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis has tested positive for rabies, and health officials are looking for any person or pet who may have come in contact with it.

Towson cheerleaders decline further appeal, settling hazing matter

9:10 PM EDT, September 13, 2013

Towson cheerleaders decline further appeal, settling hazing matter

Towson University cheerleaders disciplined for hazing told administrators Friday they would not make a second appeal after receiving a softened penalty, settling the matter, university officials said.

Maryland health insurance exchange stumbles out of the gate

6:02 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Maryland health insurance exchange stumbles out of the gate

Bill Kammerzell of Annapolis hoped to enroll in an insurance plan under health reform first thing Tuesday morning but the state's website crashed.

Maryland seeks out uninsured to inform about health reform

4:25 PM EDT, September 7, 2013

Maryland seeks out uninsured to inform about health reform

As Maryland health officials prepare for nationwide health reform, the goal is clear: enrolling the state's estimated 800,000 uninsured residents. But finding them is a challenge.

Wife of 'NFL Insider' released from hospital after being hit while jogging in Towson

9:12 PM EDT, September 15, 2013

Wife of 'NFL Insider' released from hospital after being hit while jogging in Towson

Lauren La Canfora, the wife of CBS Sports' "NFL Insider" Jason La Canfora who was hit by a car while running Friday in Towson, was released from a second trip to the hospital Sunday.

Astronomers tracking potential 'comet of the century' later this year

5:00 AM EDT, September 10, 2013

Astronomers tracking potential 'comet of the century' later this year

A comet looping behind the sun right now could emerge this fall as a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle that shines in the sky so brightly, it is visible with the naked eye around the world — if it survives.

Grand Prix of Baltimore canceled through 2015, and likely beyond

9:29 PM EDT, September 13, 2013

Grand Prix of Baltimore canceled through 2015, and likely beyond

Speeding race car tires may have blackened Baltimore's streets for the last time, as Grand Prix of Baltimore organizers announced Friday that calendar conflicts have doomed the event for the next two years.

City moves to replace Grand Prix of Baltimore

9:26 PM EDT, September 20, 2013

City moves to replace Grand Prix of Baltimore

Race cars speeding down Pratt Street brought Kevin and Debbie Parkhurst the 50 miles from their home in North East to downtown Baltimore for a third consecutive Labor Day weekend this month.

Maryland to launch ad campaign for health insurance marketplace

8:22 PM EDT, September 3, 2013

Maryland to launch ad campaign for health insurance marketplace

Marylanders, with the help of a catchy jingle and the Baltimore Ravens, will urge residents to sign up for new health insurance coverage available through federal reforms in an advertising campaign launching this month, health officials said Tuesday.

Y2K-like glitch thought responsible for Deep Impact's demise

6:47 PM EDT, September 27, 2013

Y2K-like glitch thought responsible for Deep Impact's demise

Once a week, scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park and NASA aimed satellites across the solar system to where they figured the spacecraft known as Deep Impact would have drifted since seven days earlier.

John C. Stidman, WMAR-TV pioneer

4:51 PM EDT, September 15, 2013

John C. Stidman, WMAR-TV pioneer

John C. Stidman, an artist and pioneer of WMAR-TV who spent 38 years at the city's first television station as a director and producer, died Wednesday of complications from a fall at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. The longtime North Baltimore resident was 90.

Flights resume at BWI after lightning strike shuts down airport

8:42 AM EDT, September 13, 2013

Flights resume at BWI after lightning strike shuts down airport

Lightning struck Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport's air traffic control tower, injuring one person and shutting down the airport for nearly three hours Thursday afternoon, delaying or stranding thousands of travelers.

Hopkins, U-Md. await word on grant funding key in medical treatment discoveries

1:51 PM EDT, August 16, 2013

Hopkins, U-Md. await word on grant funding key in medical treatment discoveries

Dr. Craig Hendrix is exploring a novel concept: whether antiviral drugs can be absorbed through certain areas of the body to prevent sexual transmission of HIV.

City to unveil electric car charging stations at War Memorial Plaza

8:27 AM EDT, September 27, 2013

City to unveil electric car charging stations at War Memorial Plaza

State energy officials and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will unveil a pair of electric vehicle charging stations outside City Hall on Friday, the first on a city public street, officials said.

How will health reform affect dental coverage?

6:40 PM EDT, August 23, 2013

How will health reform affect dental coverage?

Much of the attention over what changes federal health reform will bring has focused on doctor visits and hospital stays. But what about dental care?

Center Stage cancels two performances of 'Animal Crackers' after actor leg injury

12:39 PM EDT, September 15, 2013

Center Stage cancels two performances of 'Animal Crackers' after actor leg injury

Center Stage has canceled two performances of the musical comedy "Animal Crackers" scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening because of a leg injury to an actor.

Betamore startup Riskive sees unmet need protecting social media accounts

9:27 PM EDT, August 9, 2013

Betamore startup Riskive sees unmet need protecting social media accounts

Anyone active in online social networking has likely received one: A message from someone who clicked on the wrong link, flooding friends' inboxes or feeds with more links about weight loss drugs or shocking photos.

Strip club promotion causes scare at downtown office tower

3:51 PM EDT, August 13, 2013

Strip club promotion causes scare at downtown office tower

An invitation to Baltimore strip club Scores' annual end-of-summer luau that included "a little part of the beach" inside caused a scare when it landed on a desk at Constellation Energy Group on Tuesday morning.

Hagerstown inmate tests positive for Legionnaires' disease

9:44 PM EDT, August 16, 2013

Hagerstown inmate tests positive for Legionnaires' disease

An inmate at a Western Maryland state prison tested positive for the bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease, prompting an investigation of the facility's water and air-conditioning systems, corrections officials said Friday.

$520,000 grant awarded to spur biotechnology job creation in Md.

2:35 PM EDT, September 11, 2013

$520,000 grant awarded to spur biotechnology job creation in Md.

Two Baltimore nonprofits received a $520,000 federal grant for a program to help create jobs in medical research and biotechnology.

Maryland approves premiums for small-business insurance exchange

8:53 PM EDT, September 17, 2013

Maryland approves premiums for small-business insurance exchange

Small businesses buying health coverage for their employees through a new state insurance marketplace could pay anywhere from 5 percent less to 15 percent more in premiums next year under rates Maryland regulators approved Tuesday.

Heat prompts school closings, energy savings, but sharp swing to fall weather awaits

9:45 PM EDT, September 11, 2013

Heat prompts school closings, energy savings, but sharp swing to fall weather awaits

A burst of heat and humidity prompted early school closings and electricity-saving measures across the region Wednesday, but a snap back to fall-like weather lies ahead Friday and through the weekend.

Severna Park company Dynasplint lays off 500 after loan foreclosure

6:59 PM EDT, August 7, 2013

Severna Park company Dynasplint lays off 500 after loan foreclosure

Severna Park company Dynasplint Systems Inc. laid off 500 employees, including about 250 in Maryland, on Tuesday after its lender moved to foreclose on its property, including cash that was to cover payroll.

I-95 southbound in Harford reopens after fatal collision

9:19 AM EDT, August 16, 2013

I-95 southbound in Harford reopens after fatal collision

A fatal three-vehicle accident shut down southbound Interstate 95 near Abingdon early Friday morning, according to the State Highway Administration.

Millennial Media shares fall 19 percent on acquisition, earnings news

6:02 PM EDT, August 14, 2013

Millennial Media shares fall 19 percent on acquisition, earnings news

Shares of Millennial Media lost 19 percent of their value in trading Wednesday on news that the Canton mobile advertising company would buy a competitor mostly in exchange for stock, and that its losses widened in the second quarter.

Dolphin die-off linked to virus as casualties rise

8:34 PM EDT, August 27, 2013

Dolphin die-off linked to virus as casualties rise

Scientists believe a virus similar to measles in humans is responsible for an accelerating die-off in bottlenose dolphins along the Mid-Atlantic coast.

Proposed screening guidelines could prevent lung cancer deaths, doctors say

7:46 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Proposed screening guidelines could prevent lung cancer deaths, doctors say

An influential U.S. health care panel's recommendation for lung cancer screening of high-risk patients could fortify Baltimore-area hospitals' efforts to prevent deaths from the disease, which kills more each year than the next four deadliest cancers combined.

Pain drug abuse fuels competition, legal battles for companies

4:50 PM EDT, September 3, 2013

Pain drug abuse fuels competition, legal battles for companies

It's just urine. But for a Baltimore company and a rival, it's liquid gold worth bruising legal battles.

Navy disciplines five sailors in Super Pond drownings

10:08 PM EDT, August 14, 2013

Navy disciplines five sailors in Super Pond drownings

The Navy announced Wednesday that it had taken administrative or disciplinary actions against five sailors, including two facing possible military trial, after an investigation into the deaths of two divers who drowned during training in February at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Seven dead dolphins found on Md. shores in 'alarming' Mid-Atlantic trend

8:07 PM EDT, August 5, 2013

Seven dead dolphins found on Md. shores in 'alarming' Mid-Atlantic trend

Seven bottlenose dolphins have washed up dead on Maryland shores in recent weeks, part of a larger mystery along the Mid-Atlantic coast, where alarmed scientists are working to find the cause of more than 120 dolphin deaths since June.

Hopkins patient marks 30-year anniversary of heart transplant

11:12 PM EDT, August 8, 2013

Hopkins patient marks 30-year anniversary of heart transplant

If Baltimore County resident Orlando DeFelice hadn't had a heart transplant, doctors told his wife, Pam, he would have likely died within four days.

Mayor's robocall awakes some city residents, sent before 6 a.m. by mistake

6:44 PM EDT, August 16, 2013

Mayor's robocall awakes some city residents, sent before 6 a.m. by mistake

Several thousand city residents got an early wake-up call Friday from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake when a robocall for a back-to-school rally went out by mistake before 6 a.m.

Millennial Media shares fall sharply on news of deal, losses

10:14 AM EDT, August 14, 2013

Millennial Media shares fall sharply on news of deal, losses

Shares of Millennial Media fell nearly 20 percent in early trading Wednesday on news that the Canton mobile advertising company would buy a competitor at a bargain price and that its second-quarter losses widened.

Six heat-related deaths reported in Md. during second half of July

6:17 PM EDT, July 31, 2013

Six heat-related deaths reported in Md. during second half of July

Six people died of heat-related illnesses in Maryland — two each in Baltimore city and county — during a stretch that included a spell of triple-digit heat indices this month, according to state health officials.

Aetna pulls health plans from state insurance exchange

8:29 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Aetna pulls health plans from state insurance exchange

Aetna Inc. said Friday it canceled plans to sell insurance on Maryland's new health insurance exchange, set to open Oct. 1 as part of the federal health care reform law, after regulators cut the rates it could charge consumers for its plans.

Hopkins' doctor's rare treatment thought to contribute to a first in congresswoman's delivery

7:54 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Hopkins' doctor's rare treatment thought to contribute to a first in congresswoman's delivery

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler was on to her third set of doctors when she visited the Johns Hopkins Hospital, having been told the fetus she was carrying was developing without kidneys and would be unable to breathe on its own after birth.

Top Hopkins financial officer to retire at year's end

5:38 PM EDT, July 30, 2013

Top Hopkins financial officer to retire at year's end

Stuart Erdman, a top financial officer for the Johns Hopkins Health System, will retire at the end of the year, the health system said Tuesday.

12:47 AM EDT, July 14, 2013

Batts, ministers call for peaceful reaction to verdict

Baltimore's police commissioner and several African-American religious leaders joined together Saturday night to urge residents to express their reaction peacefully after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Man fires gun in celebration of Fourth, wounds great-granddaughter

7:46 PM EDT, July 5, 2013

Man fires gun in celebration of Fourth, wounds great-granddaughter

Lassiter Basket bought his .22-caliber handgun in 1963 and in recent years has fired it just twice a year — on New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July. He says he uses blanks for safety and shoots in the privacy of his Forest Park row house.

Lieber Institute expanding at Johns Hopkins research park

July 20, 2013

Lieber Institute expanding at Johns Hopkins research park

Slices from thousands of brains fill nearly a dozen freezers set to 112 degrees below zero on the top floor of a research building at the Johns Hopkins Science + Technology Park.

'Fate,' kidney donation program help Maryland family

8:08 PM EDT, July 26, 2013

'Fate,' kidney donation program help Maryland family

Julie Stitt begged her husband for years to let her donate her kidney as he spent nearly a decade in dialysis, through two failed transplants. Last year, he relented.

911 caller says youths attacked man 'because he's Mexican'

9:56 PM EDT, July 16, 2013

911 caller says youths attacked man 'because he's Mexican'

A Hispanic man who says he was beaten by a group of teens in Patterson Park over the weekend remembers few details of what happened as police continue to investigate whether he was targeted because of his ethnicity after the not-guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial.

Batts, ministers call for peaceful reaction to Zimmerman verdict

9:11 AM EDT, July 14, 2013

Batts, ministers call for peaceful reaction to Zimmerman verdict

Baltimore's police commissioner and several African-American religious leaders joined together Saturday night to urge residents to express their reaction peacefully after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Patients fare well in trauma recovery despite organ transplants, study finds

July 21, 2013

Patients fare well in trauma recovery despite organ transplants, study finds

Maryland Shock Trauma Center patients who had previously undergone kidney, liver, lung and other organ transplants recovered as well as the general population, according to a University of Maryland study that experts say demonstrates the resiliency of transplanted organs.

Hidden Maryland: NASA Goddard clean room

11:44 PM EDT, July 7, 2013

Hidden Maryland: NASA Goddard clean room

— Once you've passed through a vestibule, an air shower, a changing room and three more doors separating the grime of life from the "clean room" where NASA is building the James Webb Space Telescope, a gust of 72-degree filtered air greets your face.

Baltimore Co. pain relief practice resisting probe into meningitis outbreak

11:54 AM EDT, July 11, 2013

Baltimore Co. pain relief practice resisting probe into meningitis outbreak

A Baltimore County pain treatment center is resisting involvement in a probe into the deadly national fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroids last year.

Dr. Ben Carson launches weekly Washington Times column, attacks 'PC police'

7:18 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Dr. Ben Carson launches weekly Washington Times column, attacks 'PC police'

Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has joined The Washington Times as a weekly opinion columnist, about a week after retiring from his post at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Man dies in Howard Co., state's first heat-related fatality of 2013

4:50 PM EDT, July 3, 2013

Man dies in Howard Co., state's first heat-related fatality of 2013

A man with an underlying health condition died of heat-related complications in Howard County recently, marking the state's first death linked to hot weather so far this summer, health officials said Wednesday.

Fire marshals investigating series of Cambridge arsons

11:38 AM EDT, July 5, 2013

Fire marshals investigating series of Cambridge arsons

The state fire marshal's office is asking the public for help investigating a series of arsons at vacant homes within a half-mile of each other in Cambridge.

Baltimore ranks No. 8 in U.S. for concentration of STEM workers

4:12 PM EDT, June 10, 2013

Baltimore ranks No. 8 in U.S. for concentration of STEM workers

Nearly one in four jobs in the Baltimore area requires skills in science, technology, engineering and math, a concentration that ranks among the top 10 in the country and brings wealth to the region, according a report released Monday.

Sondheim prize goes to photographer who chronicled inmate's re-entry

9:40 PM EDT, July 13, 2013

Sondheim prize goes to photographer who chronicled inmate's re-entry

Gabriela Bulisova, a Maryland Institute College of Art graduate whose photographs depict the return to freedom of a woman imprisoned half her life for a double murder, is the winner of this year's $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

BWI hits 93 Tuesday, with more intense heat ahead

6:39 PM EDT, June 25, 2013

BWI hits 93 Tuesday, with more intense heat ahead

Tuesday's temperatures reached a record high for 2013 in Baltimore, and it could get hotter still with the heat index expected to near 100 degrees Wednesday and surpass it Thursday.

Triplets convene in Baltimore

July 14, 2013

Triplets convene in Baltimore

Tourists of the Inner Harbor: You don't need your eyes checked.

Police, city investigate fatal accident at Annapolis Fourth of July parade

11:18 AM EDT, July 6, 2013

Police, city investigate fatal accident at Annapolis Fourth of July parade

Kyle Aldridge died after stepping off a parade float being driven by his grandfather, who was preparing to steer onto the Annapolis route for the annual Fourth of July procession of dance teams, antique firetrucks and hand-shaking politicians.

North Baltimore residents cautioned over rabies cases

10:30 AM EDT, June 28, 2013

North Baltimore residents cautioned over rabies cases

Baltimore health officials are asking North Baltimore residents to be wary of potentially rabid animals after euthanizing three of them over the past month.

7:30 PM EDT, June 21, 2013

Jos. A. Bank shareholders vote disapproval of CEO pay

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. shareholders voted to reject pay packages for the menswear retailer's top executives at the company's annual meeting Friday, a nonbinding action that may express displeasure with management or, company officials believe, a so-called "golden parachute" provision for CEO R. Neal Black.

Adaptation of Xbox Kinect device could prevent common summer tragedy

6:48 PM EDT, June 28, 2013

Adaptation of Xbox Kinect device could prevent common summer tragedy

This time of year, dozens of children across the country die after being forgotten inside sweltering cars. A group of Johns Hopkins University students may have found a way to ensure that parents remember even a silently sleeping baby.

Companies back STEM efforts as Maryland seeks to revamp science education

7:28 PM EDT, June 23, 2013

Companies back STEM efforts as Maryland seeks to revamp science education

Students across Maryland would see revamped science classes under curriculum standards the state school board will consider Tuesday — part of a broader effort by educators, researchers and businesses to kindle innovation in children well before they enter the workforce.

A year post-derecho, some lessons are still being put into action

6:39 PM EDT, June 28, 2013

A year post-derecho, some lessons are still being put into action

After last June's derecho — and Tropical Storms Irene and Isabel before it — Rodgers Forge resident Nancy Slaterback was fed up with power outages.

7 Md. outpatient centers get subpoenas in meningitis outbreak investigation

10:53 PM EDT, June 25, 2013

7 Md. outpatient centers get subpoenas in meningitis outbreak investigation

Seven Maryland health care centers that received tainted steroids linked to a nationwide meningitis outbreak will be required to turn over documents and give testimony under subpoenas filed last week in a federal lawsuit.

Hopkins closes science writing program, citing low selectivity

9:25 PM EDT, May 24, 2013

Hopkins closes science writing program, citing low selectivity

Graduates of the Johns Hopkins University's master's program in science writing have explained the prospects of life on Mars, the promise of neuroscience research and the ethics of animal testing on the pages of Scientific American, Nature and Popular Science, on the airwaves of NPR and in books.

Sommer, former Hopkins dean, to accept prize in Israel

7:33 PM EDT, June 7, 2013

Sommer, former Hopkins dean, to accept prize in Israel

Alfred Sommer, a former Johns Hopkins University dean who discovered the importance of vitamin A in preventing child blindness, will accept an award Sunday in Israel honoring his contributions to preventive medicine.

Pa. man accused of stabbing homeless man 70 times being held in Baltimore

3:34 PM EDT, July 6, 2013

Pa. man accused of stabbing homeless man 70 times being held in Baltimore

A Pennsylvania man accused of stabbing a homeless man 70 times is being held in Baltimore City Detention Center after city police arrested the fugitive Thursday.

Minor derecho, tornado outbreak cap active week of weather

11:21 PM EDT, June 14, 2013

Minor derecho, tornado outbreak cap active week of weather

A lightning strike injured a Cecil County zookeeper, half-dollar-sized hail fell in several counties and tornado sightings sent people scurrying for shelter from Rockville to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

H&S development plans could hasten efforts for bustling Central Avenue corridor

9:24 PM EDT, May 10, 2013

H&S development plans could hasten efforts for bustling Central Avenue corridor

John Paterakis Sr. didn't believe it when Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke told him nearly two decades ago that Harbor East's Marriott Waterfront Hotel would spur revitalization from the Inner Harbor to Canton.

Hopkins epidemiologist tracing outbreak of SARS-like disease

8:57 PM EDT, June 19, 2013

Hopkins epidemiologist tracing outbreak of SARS-like disease

Johns Hopkins epidemiologist Dr. Trish Perl traveled halfway around the world last month to trace the outbreak of a deadly SARS-like disease in Saudi Arabia that's spreading.

Maryland prompts federal action on pharmacy oversight after meningitis outbreak

7:04 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

Maryland prompts federal action on pharmacy oversight after meningitis outbreak

State health officials don't know how often Marylanders use medications mixed in facilities lacking safety oversight, like a Massachusetts facility linked to three deaths here, but a newly passed law could tell them — and help demonstrate a gap in federal regulation.

Shock Trauma honors 'gift of life' that allowed organ surgeries

10:07 PM EDT, April 27, 2013

Shock Trauma honors 'gift of life' that allowed organ surgeries

John Jenkins knows the heartache of losing a child. But he and six other families have learned firsthand that such tragic deaths needn't be in vain.

H&S plans expanded Whole Foods, department store, apartments for Central Avenue sites

8:10 PM EDT, May 10, 2013

H&S plans expanded Whole Foods, department store, apartments for Central Avenue sites

H&S Properties Development Corp. plans to push its Harbor East development east across Central Avenue with an expanded Whole Foods Market, a possible department store and apartments on two sites, baker-turned-developer John Paterakis Sr. said Friday.

Police investigating double shooting in Lansdowne Saturday

8:59 PM EDT, April 28, 2013

Police investigating double shooting in Lansdowne Saturday

Two men were shot in Lansdowne on Saturday night, and Baltimore County police are looking for possible suspects.

Goucher researchers scrutinize city 'greening' plans

3:23 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

Goucher researchers scrutinize city 'greening' plans

Description: Baltimore has a per-person "ecological footprint" that is 13 percent higher than that of the average American, according to a study of local consumption habits led by a researcher at Goucher College. The measure takes into account how large of an area would be needed to accommodate the city's waste and to secure the resources needed to do so. For all of Baltimore, the area is the combined size of West Virginia, Delaware and Rhode Island, the study found. The largest impacts come from traffic and electricity use, according to the research.

Sinai to research new drug to prevent blood clots, heart attacks in stent patients

3:10 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

Sinai to research new drug to prevent blood clots, heart attacks in stent patients

A Sinai Hospital cardiologist is launching a clinical trial of a type of coronary artery disease drug not yet tested in humans, building on a history at the Baltimore hospital of research to develop more effective treatments to prevent blood clotting.

Hopkins startup Healthify targets overlooked factors in evaluating health risks

7:20 PM EDT, April 22, 2013

Hopkins startup Healthify targets overlooked factors in evaluating health risks

A doctor might ask for a patient's family disease history, or exercise or smoking habits, but whether they have trouble getting food onto the table or paying energy bills is unlikely to appear on any clinic questionnaire.

Teen dies after disappearing in Rocky Gorge waters

9:30 PM EDT, May 27, 2013

Teen dies after disappearing in Rocky Gorge waters

A teenage boy died Monday after disappearing in the waters of Rocky Gorge Reservoir near North Laurel.

Group caught on camera in fight outside Windsor Mill restaurant

9:17 AM EDT, April 28, 2013

Group caught on camera in fight outside Windsor Mill restaurant

Two people were beaten outside a Baltimore County restaurant Friday night, police said, an attack that was captured on a cell phone video and shared on Facebook.

Second arrest made in shooting death of 1-year-old

10:02 PM EDT, May 27, 2013

Second arrest made in shooting death of 1-year-old

Police made a second arrest and were tracking other suspects Monday in a double shooting that killed a 1-year-old, an attack that angered public officials amid a bloody holiday weekend in which gun violence wounded or killed a dozen people.

UM showcases first foals born on campus in 30 years

9:54 PM EDT, April 27, 2013

UM showcases first foals born on campus in 30 years

College junior Steve Moirano has no children of his own, but he played the proud parent Saturday as a pair of foals debuted to a crowd of onlookers at the University of Maryland campus farm.

Record heat forecast Wednesday, with highs around 90 degrees

9:13 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

Record heat forecast Wednesday, with highs around 90 degrees

Maryland skipped over spring and went straight to summer-like weather Tuesday, as a "Bermuda high" system more common to June or July created a chance for record-breaking heat on Wednesday.

Health officials warn of rabies exposure from cat in Milford Mill

12:11 PM EDT, April 18, 2013

Health officials warn of rabies exposure from cat in Milford Mill

Baltimore County health officials found a rabid cat in the Milford Mill area and are looking for anyone who may have been exposed to the animal.

$1.4 million raised for baseball field at Cardinal Gibbons site

5:47 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

$1.4 million raised for baseball field at Cardinal Gibbons site

Saint Agnes Hospital and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation said Friday that they have raised $1.4 million to renovate the baseball field of the former Cardinal Gibbons School, preserving a site where Babe Ruth once played.

Baltimore man charged in Halethorpe bar shooting

4:57 PM EDT, May 27, 2013

Baltimore man charged in Halethorpe bar shooting

Police charged a Southwest Baltimore man with attempted first-degree murder in a shooting at DePaola's Pub in Halethorpe early Saturday.

H&S Bakery freeing up Harbor East site with new distribution center

9:53 PM EDT, April 5, 2013

H&S Bakery freeing up Harbor East site with new distribution center

H&S Bakery is moving its Harbor East distribution center to an East Baltimore business park, freeing up prime real estate that the breadmaker-turned-developer has eyed for development for more than a decade.

St. Joseph strikes deal with Medicare to recoup some of lost billings

8:21 PM EDT, April 15, 2013

St. Joseph strikes deal with Medicare to recoup some of lost billings

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center will be able to recoup some of the tens of millions of dollars it lost while operating without a Medicare certification under a compromise reached with federal officials.

Hubble spots distant supernova from early universe

8:29 PM EDT, April 5, 2013

Hubble spots distant supernova from early universe

Description: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected a supernova that exploded more than 10 billion years ago, the most distant of its kind ever spotted. It was 4 percent farther away and 350 million years older than the previous record-holder, a supernova found three months ago by a team at the U.S. Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

Cardin pledges to press for sequestration alternative in town hall meetings

6:06 PM EDT, April 12, 2013

Cardin pledges to press for sequestration alternative in town hall meetings

Sen. Ben Cardin lamented snowballing damage from federal budget cuts in town hall meetings with federal workers and small-business leaders Friday, pledging to work toward an alternative budget solution by October.

Baltimore-area residents near Boston Marathon blasts

9:26 PM EDT, April 15, 2013

Baltimore-area residents near Boston Marathon blasts

Ryan McGrath and other Baltimore-area runners were relaxing after the Boston Marathon, refueling with some burritos, when they heard the blasts.

Global Virus Network moves into UM BioPark

11:51 AM EDT, April 11, 2013

Global Virus Network moves into UM BioPark

A global nonprofit that battles the spread of viruses has moved into the University of Maryland BioPark after sprouting from the university's Institute of Human Virology.

Marylander who died of rabies contracted disease from kidney transplant

7:54 PM EDT, March 15, 2013

Marylander who died of rabies contracted disease from kidney transplant

The first Marylander to succumb to rabies since 1976 developed the virus through a kidney transplant that took place more than a year before the Army veteran died of the disease in February, national health and defense officials said Friday.

Sourcefire taps board member as new CEO

7:22 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

Sourcefire taps board member as new CEO

Columbia cybersecurity firm Sourcefire Inc. named John Becker, a longtime member of its board of directors, as the company's new CEO on Monday.

After death, Maryland to limit where cosmetic surgeries are performed

3:52 PM EDT, April 27, 2013

After death, Maryland to limit where cosmetic surgeries are performed

Maryland is moving to toughen regulations on the fast-growing medspa industry — a move designed to narrow a "loophole" and prevent deaths such as one last year following a liposuction treatment at a Timonium facility.

Wet spring snowfall was Baltimore's latest in a decade

6:42 PM EDT, March 25, 2013

Wet spring snowfall was Baltimore's latest in a decade

The blanket of as much as 5 inches of wet, slushy snow that fell across the Baltimore area Monday was the heaviest snowfall of an underwhelming season and the latest measurable springtime snow in a decade.

Man killed in Pigtown shooting early Thursday

2:18 PM EDT, March 28, 2013

Man killed in Pigtown shooting early Thursday

A man died in a shooting reported in Southwest Baltimore about 4 a.m. Thursday, city police said.

Senate passes health bill

1:01 PM EDT, March 27, 2013

Senate passes health bill

The Maryland Senate voted Wednesday to pass a bill that would qualify more Marylanders for government health care and pay for a new health insurance marketplace, both part of advancing the rollout of federal health reform.

Millennial Media looking past market swings to chart growth

April 7, 2013

Millennial Media looking past market swings to chart growth

Millennial Media's stock has lost three-fourths of its value since the Canton company went public a year ago as an established force in the mobile advertising market. Ask CEO Paul Palmieri about that, and he'll repeat what he deems wise words from a prominent contemporary.

Young Maryland Zoo elephant Samson recovering from deadly virus

8:39 PM EDT, March 13, 2013

Young Maryland Zoo elephant Samson recovering from deadly virus

A deadly virus has stricken Samson, the only elephant born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in its 137-year history, but zoologists are hopeful that he will recover because the strain is thought to be less serious in his species. Samson also has survived longer than others with the virus.

Underground electrical fire reported beneath downtown Sheraton

10:07 AM EDT, March 27, 2013

Underground electrical fire reported beneath downtown Sheraton

An underground electrical fire was reported beneath the Sheraton City Center hotel Wednesday morning, but city emergency officials said it posed no danger to hotel guests.

Bill to increase oversight of cosmetic surgery centers making late push in Assembly

6:40 PM EDT, April 1, 2013

Bill to increase oversight of cosmetic surgery centers making late push in Assembly

A bill to give health regulators more oversight of facilities like the now-closed Monarch Medspa in Timonium is making a late surge in the General Assembly after weeks of discussions among state and industry officials.

Study explores why some families return to poor neighborhoods

March 17, 2013

Study explores why some families return to poor neighborhoods

When it was introduced in 1994, the federal housing experiment Moving to Opportunity was, to some, a means to rectify poverty. To others, it was a way for cities to dump their poorest residents on the suburbs.

Suspicious colleague reported Levy, Hopkins dean says

10:19 PM EST, February 27, 2013

Suspicious colleague reported Levy, Hopkins dean says

A female colleague of Johns Hopkins gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy became suspicious about a pen the doctor wore around his neck and alerted officials at the medical institution, touching off an investigation into whether he secretly recorded patients.

More than a dozen cases of mumps suspected at Loyola

6:50 PM EDT, March 14, 2013

More than a dozen cases of mumps suspected at Loyola

A dozen or more cases of mumps have been reported among Loyola University Maryland students over the past month, prompting officials to alert the campus community to signs of the rare virus that has spread rapidly across college campuses in recent outbreaks.

Lutherville doctor known for running habits critically injured in Towson accident

9:04 AM EDT, March 29, 2013

Lutherville doctor known for running habits critically injured in Towson accident

Shirtless, hair flowing, legs pumping, Dr. Theodore Houk is a familiar sight running along North Charles Street on his twice-daily, 5.5-mile trek between his Lutherville home and his job at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Research buzz: Using Antarctic microbes to consider feasibility of life on Mars

4:39 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

Research buzz: Using Antarctic microbes to consider feasibility of life on Mars

Description: Unusual proteins within microbes allow the organisms to survive in cold and salty conditions in Antarctica, and could in theory help support life on Mars as well, according to NASA-funded study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The study revealed slight differences between core proteins in ordinary organisms and those known as Haloarchaea, which can live in severe conditions with extreme salinity or temperatures, for example. They studied such microbes from Deep Lake, a salty body of water in Antarctica, and found that atoms within the core proteins were more loosely connected, "allowing them to be more flexible and functional," DasSarma said.

Man shot in face in Sandtown-Winchester

6:07 PM EST, March 3, 2013

Man shot in face in Sandtown-Winchester

Baltimore police reported that a man was shot in the face in Sandtown-Winchester on Saturday night.

Maryland readying for 'last gasp' winter storm that could cause widespread power outages

11:27 PM EST, March 5, 2013

Maryland readying for 'last gasp' winter storm that could cause widespread power outages

A late-season storm was forecast to bring the first significant snowfall in Baltimore in two years Wednesday, prompting worries about travel difficulties and power outages from the wet, heavy flakes and strong wind.

Hopkins medical school falls to No. 3 in U.S. News rankings

4:30 PM EDT, March 13, 2013

Hopkins medical school falls to No. 3 in U.S. News rankings

Johns Hopkins University's medical school fell one spot to No. 3 in the nation, while its education school rose to No. 2, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings.

Zynga closes Timonium video game studio in broader consolidation

7:00 PM EST, February 25, 2013

Zynga closes Timonium video game studio in broader consolidation

Zynga, the video game maker best known for FarmVille and Words With Friends, has closed its Timonium office as part of a broader corporate consolidation, company officials said Monday.

Carson tapped to speak at major conservative political conference

10:49 AM EST, February 27, 2013

Carson tapped to speak at major conservative political conference

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will speak at a prominent conservative political rally next month, alongside the likes of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, the American Conservative Union said Wednesday.

Hopkins clinic where Levy worked had limited state oversight

8:07 AM EST, February 27, 2013

Hopkins clinic where Levy worked had limited state oversight

Dr. Nikita Levy and the Johns Hopkins clinic where he worked have no records of complaints against them, according to state health officials. But just who is responsible for oversight of the East Baltimore Medical Center where he is alleged to have secretly recorded his patients?

Health reform's changes stir worries as they take shape in Md.

5:53 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

Health reform's changes stir worries as they take shape in Md.

State lawmakers put finishing touches last week on plans to apply federal health care reforms in Maryland come Jan. 1. But who becomes newly insured — and at what cost —still worries stakeholders as the state speeds toward becoming one of the first to adopt a revamped system.

Marylander dies from rabies in first case since 1976

6:30 PM EDT, March 12, 2013

Marylander dies from rabies in first case since 1976

A Marylander has died of rabies for the first time since 1976, state health officials said Tuesday. It is not yet known how the person contracted the virus, which is found in animals across the state.

Warm air deflates likely last chance for winter weather

7:32 PM EST, March 6, 2013

Warm air deflates likely last chance for winter weather

It was supposed to be both winter's last blast and Baltimore's first significant snowfall in two years, but stubbornly warm air took the "snow" out of Wednesday's snow day for many Marylanders.

Coast Guard suspends search for two lost fishermen off Assateague

10:08 PM EST, March 7, 2013

Coast Guard suspends search for two lost fishermen off Assateague

The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for two men missing in waters about 15 miles off the coast of Assateague Island after their fishing boat sank a day earlier.

Health officials tracing source of chemicals that sickened Hopkins workers

6:21 PM EST, February 28, 2013

Health officials tracing source of chemicals that sickened Hopkins workers

Health officials continue to investigate how contaminated hot water sickened nearly two dozen people at the Johns Hopkins at Keswick complex Monday, but the case is similar to previous ones involving faulty water-heating systems that let chemicals mix into drinking water.

300 Baltimore medical students learn their professional fate on 'Match Day'

7:25 PM EDT, March 15, 2013

300 Baltimore medical students learn their professional fate on 'Match Day'

Vernissia Tam gulped down half a glass of champagne at noon Friday and prepared to scream. She was about to find out what kind of doctor she would become, and where she would train.

Allergen drops can be alternative to shots, drugs, Hopkins report says

4:24 PM EDT, March 28, 2013

Allergen drops can be alternative to shots, drugs, Hopkins report says

Taking drops of allergens under the tongue can be an effective alternative to allergy shots for preventing coughing, wheezing and chest tightness common this time of year among allergy sufferers, according to a Johns Hopkins doctor's review of dozens of published studies.

Few saw warning signs in case of Hopkins doctor accused of secretly taping patients

4:09 PM EST, February 23, 2013

Few saw warning signs in case of Hopkins doctor accused of secretly taping patients

Fanya O'Donoghue had just learned she was pregnant when she happened to meet a group of nurses at a social gathering. She was looking for an obstetrician, and asked them whom they would recommend.

Maryland starts early prep for snowstorm

10:27 PM EST, March 4, 2013

Maryland starts early prep for snowstorm

With a winter storm watch in effect and the possibility of several inches of snow Tuesday into Wednesday in Central Maryland, officials at Baltimore Gas and Electric have put out a call for up to 500 out-of-state utility workers to be prepared to help in the aftermath of the storm.

11:15 PM EST, March 5, 2013

Maryland readying for 'last gasp' winter storm that could cause widespread power outages

A late-season storm was forecast to bring the first significant snowfall in Baltimore in two years Wednesday, prompting worries about travel difficulties and power outages from the wet, heavy flakes and strong wind.

Two patients file lawsuits against gynecologist Levy, Johns Hopkins

9:05 PM EST, February 22, 2013

Two patients file lawsuits against gynecologist Levy, Johns Hopkins

Two former patients of Johns Hopkins gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy filed lawsuits against him and his former employer Friday over concerns that he might have secretly photographed them, as a victims advocacy group joined lawyers in pressing for more information from an ongoing criminal inquiry.

O'Malley names state cyber security czar

5:18 PM EST, February 19, 2013

O'Malley names state cyber security czar

Gov. Martin O'Malley tapped a private-sector cyber security veteran to lead a push to promote that industry's job growth in the state, he announced in a visit to Hanover company KEYW Corp. Tuesday.

Hopkins doctor found dead amid investigation of claims he secretly taped patients

10:03 PM EST, February 18, 2013

Hopkins doctor found dead amid investigation of claims he secretly taped patients

Police want to identify women seen over two decades by a Johns Hopkins gynecologist who was found dead on Monday amid a police investigation that he was surreptitiously photographing and videotaping his patients.

More remains of unidentified man found in search of Overlea woods

5:44 PM EST, March 2, 2013

More remains of unidentified man found in search of Overlea woods

Baltimore County police, joined by 40 volunteers, found more skeletal remains of an unidentified man during a search Saturday of woods near Overlea High School.

Controversial address vaults Hopkins' Carson into political arena

9:44 AM EST, February 18, 2013

Controversial address vaults Hopkins' Carson into political arena

Dr. Ben Carson says he didn't anticipate the reaction to what he considered his common-sense remarks as keynote speaker this month at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Accused Hopkins gynecologist suffocated himself with helium

8:58 PM EST, February 20, 2013

Accused Hopkins gynecologist suffocated himself with helium

Johns Hopkins gynecologist Dr. Nikita A. Levy wrote an apology letter to his wife before wrapping a plastic bag around his head Monday and pumping it with helium, killing himself in the basement of his Towson-area home, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Lawyers scramble for patients of accused Hopkins gynecologist

8:49 PM EST, February 21, 2013

Lawyers scramble for patients of accused Hopkins gynecologist

One law firm has rented out a conference room in the downtown Hilton and invited patients of a Johns Hopkins gynecologist to discuss their legal options. Other firms are taking out newspaper ads, urging his patients to contact them. Others are asking clients to spread the word to other potential victims.

Tighter greenhouse gas limits adopted for Md., Northeast

5:22 PM EST, February 7, 2013

Tighter greenhouse gas limits adopted for Md., Northeast

A consortium of Northeastern states including Maryland has agreed to reset a power plant emissions cap to current levels and to tighten it annually starting in 2015, an action officials said would increase investment in energy efficiency and slightly raise electricity prices, besides cutting pollution.

Barnes' family says verdict boosts efforts to spur better investigations

8:14 PM EST, February 6, 2013

Barnes' family says verdict boosts efforts to spur better investigations

When Phylicia Barnes' disappearance drew national attention two years ago, it prompted calls for stronger response to reports of missing children — particularly minorities. Some who made those pleas said Wednesday that Michael Maurice Johnson's conviction in Barnes' murder validated their efforts.

Hopkins patients come forward as investigation into secret recording continues

9:02 PM EST, February 19, 2013

Hopkins patients come forward as investigation into secret recording continues

Nearly 100 women, fearing that a Johns Hopkins gynecologist secretly videotaped and photographed them, contacted police Tuesday, and some potential victims reached out to private attorneys contemplating legal action.

Another light snowfall expected to arrive for Friday afternoon rush hour

4:25 PM EST, January 24, 2013

Another light snowfall expected to arrive for Friday afternoon rush hour

Another fast-moving dusting of snow could snarl the Friday evening commute, with a dangerous chill still not expected to lift until early next week.

Bloomberg donates $350 million to Johns Hopkins for research, scholarships

9:23 PM EST, January 26, 2013

Bloomberg donates $350 million to Johns Hopkins for research, scholarships

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is donating $350 million to the Johns Hopkins University for student financial aid and research addressing "complex global challenges," one of the largest-ever gifts to a university, bringing Bloomberg's support of the Baltimore institution to more than $1.1 billion.

Inner Harbor section of Light Street to close for weekend

2:34 PM EST, February 15, 2013

Inner Harbor section of Light Street to close for weekend

A portion of Light Street near the Inner Harbor will close Friday night through the weekend as crews remove a pedestrian bridge over the street, the first of intermittent closures through the spring, officials said.

Cycling advocates fight proposed helmet law, preferring 'safety in numbers'

10:42 AM EST, February 13, 2013

Cycling advocates fight proposed helmet law, preferring 'safety in numbers'

It seems as if it would be a common-sense maxim for cyclists: Wear a helmet.

5 firefighters injured in 4-alarm Pennsylvania Avenue fire

9:01 AM EST, February 5, 2013

5 firefighters injured in 4-alarm Pennsylvania Avenue fire

Five firefighters suffered minor injuries Monday evening when a building collapsed during a four-alarm fire in West Baltimore.

Michael Maurice Johnson found guilty in killing of Phylicia Barnes

12:20 PM EST, February 6, 2013

Michael Maurice Johnson found guilty in killing of Phylicia Barnes

UPDATE: A Baltimore jury has found Michael Maurice Johnson guilty of second-degree murder in the killing Phylicia Barnes, a North Carolina teenager whose body was found in the Susquehanna River in 2011, months after a mysterious disappearance that drew national attention. 

Michael Johnson found guilty in killing of Phylicia Barnes

8:42 PM EST, February 6, 2013

Michael Johnson found guilty in killing of Phylicia Barnes

A Baltimore jury found Michael Maurice Johnson guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, agreeing with prosecutors that the last known person to see the North Carolina teen alive was also her killer.

Cold snap, far from letting up, raises health concerns

8:20 PM EST, January 23, 2013

Cold snap, far from letting up, raises health concerns

Baltimore will enter its third consecutive day below freezing Thursday, prompting health officials to warn vulnerable residents of deadly conditions, even as the region prepares for treacherous travel with light snow expected to fall early Thursday and Friday afternoon.

10-year-old girl dies in southeast Baltimore fire

9:01 AM EST, January 27, 2013

10-year-old girl dies in southeast Baltimore fire

A 10 year-old-girl died in a southeast Baltimore fire, in one of three blazes firefighters battled Saturday night.

New England blizzard causes some travel headaches in Baltimore

12:26 AM EST, February 9, 2013

New England blizzard causes some travel headaches in Baltimore

A blizzard was expected to dump a couple of feet of snow across New England through midday today, and while Baltimore was largely spared, the storm delivered some wintry precipitation and headaches for travelers.

New Western Md. map could mark turn in geology research

1:48 PM EST, January 25, 2013

New Western Md. map could mark turn in geology research

The last statewide map of Maryland geology, published in 1968, is out of print. Online versions of it are marked with a disclaimer that it's too imprecise for anything but "historical and illustrative purposes." But a push to drill for Marcellus shale could help bring it into the 21st century.

Water main break shoots water 50 feet in air

9:56 PM EST, January 26, 2013

Water main break shoots water 50 feet in air

Water went shooting 50 feet into the air because of water main break in Parkville Saturday morning, officials said.

9:39 PM EST, January 26, 2013

Man injured in Oliver shooting

A man received several non-life-threatening injuries in a shooting in the Oliver neighborhood Saturday afternoon, police said.

Ravens fever starts its spread in lead-up to Super Bowl

8:42 PM EST, January 22, 2013

Ravens fever starts its spread in lead-up to Super Bowl

Baltimore is coming down with a case of Ravens fever, known to cause purple vision and unbridled joy. And the cure is still almost two weeks away.

Jurors begin deliberating in Phylicia Barnes murder trial

7:18 PM EST, February 4, 2013

Jurors begin deliberating in Phylicia Barnes murder trial

Lawyers on both sides of the Phylicia Barnes murder trial acknowledged the circumstantial evidence against Michael Maurice Johnson in closing arguments Monday. But while defense attorneys described flaws and inconsistencies, prosecutors said the facts point to Johnson as the only reasonable suspect.

Northrop Grumman pins Navy contract strategy on Linthicum facility

January 27, 2013

Northrop Grumman pins Navy contract strategy on Linthicum facility

The specter of federal budget reductions has meant hundreds of jobs lost at Northrop Grumman Corp. in Maryland, but as the defense contractor vies to build a key Navy radar system, that same cost-cutting pressure could boost the importance of Northrop's Baltimore-area operations, company leaders said.

6:20 PM EST, January 15, 2013

Polar bear dies at Maryland Zoo

Alaska, a Maryland Zoo polar bear that had been rescued from a Mexican circus a decade ago, was euthanized Tuesday after suffering kidney failure, zoo officials said.

8:59 PM EST, January 26, 2013

Perryville man charged with setting fire to his own apartment

State fire marshals on Friday arrested a Perryville man accused of setting his apartment on fire, officials said Saturday.

Breakthrough: Researchers break down the impulse to itch

2:31 PM EST, January 11, 2013

Breakthrough: Researchers break down the impulse to itch

Description: Johns Hopkins researchers may have narrowed in on nerve cells in mice that signal when something feels itchy, but not when it causes pain. Even if a stimulus that would normally be perceived as painful is introduced to the nerve cells, the brain interprets the stimulus as itchy, the research found.

End to stem cell research challenge doesn't calm funding fears for scientists

2:43 PM EST, January 11, 2013

End to stem cell research challenge doesn't calm funding fears for scientists

Even as they celebrate clearing a legal hurdle, worries of stem cell research grant money evaporating constantly weigh on scientists like Dr. Ted Dawson, whose projects at Johns Hopkins Hospital have helped inform treatment of neurological diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Maryland Zoo polar bear 'Alaska' dies

5:54 PM EST, January 15, 2013

Maryland Zoo polar bear 'Alaska' dies

"Alaska," a Maryland Zoo polar bear that had been rescued from a Mexican circus a decade ago, was euthanized Tuesday after suffering from kidney failure, zoo officials said.

Weekend closure planned for Charles Street

2:34 PM EST, January 10, 2013

Weekend closure planned for Charles Street

North Charles Street will be closed between Saratoga and Mulberry streets for much of the weekend. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and take alternate routes.

Light snowfall prompts early closings, slows evening commute

6:59 PM EST, January 25, 2013

Light snowfall prompts early closings, slows evening commute

A relatively weak system dusted the region with snow Friday afternoon, prompting schools, courts and libraries to close early and slowing the evening commute.

Cold temperatures, chance of snow this week

8:44 PM EST, January 22, 2013

Cold temperatures, chance of snow this week

As the area copes with a blast of Arctic air this week, weather forecasters are predicting wintry precipitation for Friday.

Two shot Tuesday in city's 1st reported gun violence in 2013

10:09 AM EST, January 2, 2013

Two shot Tuesday in city's 1st reported gun violence in 2013

Two men were shot on New Year's Day in Baltimore in the city's first reported gun violence of 2013, police said.

Consumer advocates stress discrimination concerns despite new mortgage rule

5:46 PM EST, January 10, 2013

Consumer advocates stress discrimination concerns despite new mortgage rule

Consumer advocates welcomed a federal effort aiming to prevent predatory mortgage lending at a town hall in Baltimore on Thursday, but expressed worries that new rules would not halt discrimination.

In meningitis outbreak, fear lingers for patients with few answers

4:40 PM EST, January 6, 2013

In meningitis outbreak, fear lingers for patients with few answers

A national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a tainted steroid killed two Marylanders. Nearly two dozen people living with the disease and hundreds of others who may have been exposed fear they may be next.

Disinfecting robots help prevent superbug infections at Hopkins

7:00 PM EST, December 31, 2012

Disinfecting robots help prevent superbug infections at Hopkins

Even as epidemiologists worry about a shrinking arsenal of antibiotics to fight potentially deadly drug-resistant bacteria, researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital are betting on another weapon to prevent infections: robots.

Seals making a return to Maryland waters

4:33 PM EST, January 6, 2013

Seals making a return to Maryland waters

After taking a vacation from much of the mid-Atlantic coast last winter, migrating seals have been spotted making a return to Ocean City's bays and beaches.

Weather hazards threaten to complicate holiday travel

7:41 PM EST, December 23, 2012

Weather hazards threaten to complicate holiday travel

State highway officials are urging motorists heading north and west for the holidays to be cautious, given winter weather conditions expected in some areas in the coming days.

Tuesday forecast: Mild, cloudy, with showers possible

7:12 AM EST, December 18, 2012

Tuesday forecast: Mild, cloudy, with showers possible

Mild weather is in the forecast Tuesday, with a foggy start and chance of showers later.

8:20 PM EST, January 1, 2013

Crash shuts down Route 295 southbound at Arundel Mills

Route 295 southbound was shut down at Arundel Mills Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon for an accident, police said.

'Light snow event' expectations lowered slightly

3:15 PM EST, December 29, 2012

'Light snow event' expectations lowered slightly

The third wet winter weather system to pass through Maryland in a week was expected to add to the young season's snow tally Saturday, but a late start and some drier air could make it difficult except in areas north and west of Baltimore. Snow was beginning to taper off southwest of Baltimore by early afternoon.

Baltimore to vote on deal to boost local hiring at Caesars casino

10:15 PM EST, December 18, 2012

Baltimore to vote on deal to boost local hiring at Caesars casino

City officials are expected to sign off Wednesday on a deal that promises to help residents seeking the 1,700 jobs planned for Horseshoe Casino Baltimore — addressing one of the main arguments made by gambling supporters in the debate over expanding casinos in Maryland.

Missing UM student found dead in apparent suicide

12:17 PM EST, December 29, 2012

Missing UM student found dead in apparent suicide

Prince George's County police found a missing 20-year-old University of Maryland, College Park student dead Friday night.

More wintry weather in forecast amid another bout of slush

10:14 PM EST, December 26, 2012

More wintry weather in forecast amid another bout of slush

Winter waited until the busy holiday season to arrive, and it isn't letting up yet. After a second bout of icy precipitation Wednesday, more snow, sleet or freezing rain is possible over the weekend.

What stargazers can look forward to in 2013

9:17 PM EST, December 28, 2012

What stargazers can look forward to in 2013

There is no Transit of Venus to be watched in 2013, or any major eclipses visible for long from Maryland, but local sky watchers say there is still plenty to look forward to seeing in the night sky.

City hosts New Year's Eve at Inner Harbor, with sharp eye on security

11:03 PM EST, December 31, 2012

City hosts New Year's Eve at Inner Harbor, with sharp eye on security

Thousands of people streamed into Baltimore's Inner Harbor on New Year's Eve night to welcome 2013 with a bang of fireworks expected at midnight — a tradition for some and a new experience for others — as police scanned the crowds for threats.

3:38 PM EST, December 27, 2012

Man dies of hypothermia in Frederick Co.

An elderly man in Frederick County died of hypothermia recently, the first cold weather-related death of the winter season, state health officials said Thursday.

Violent weather system could spawn blizzard in Western Md., damaging winds in Baltimore

5:37 PM EST, December 20, 2012

Violent weather system could spawn blizzard in Western Md., damaging winds in Baltimore

A strong low-pressure system causing blizzards across the Midwest is forecast to bring potential white-out conditions in Western Maryland and damaging winds across the Baltimore area Friday and Saturday.

Forecasters handicap White Christmas odds at 20 percent or less

11:01 AM EST, December 17, 2012

Forecasters handicap White Christmas odds at 20 percent or less

Forecasters are predicting a gradually increasing chill in the air over the next 10 days, bringing weather cold enough for snow around Christmas. But the odds of a White Christmas are still relatively slim.

Man wounded in Northwood shooting early Saturday

1:01 PM EST, December 29, 2012

Man wounded in Northwood shooting early Saturday

A 38-year-old man was wounded in a shooting early Saturday in the 3900 block of Loch Raven Boulevard, according to Baltimore police.

4:32 PM EST, December 17, 2012

Dense fog expected through Tuesday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for the Baltimore area extending through Tuesday morning. Visibility was reduced to an eighth of a mile at BWI as of 4 p.m. Monday.

Massive storm Sandy delivers high winds and torrential rain

5:40 PM EDT, October 29, 2012

Massive storm Sandy delivers high winds and torrential rain

As Sandy pounds the mid-Atlantic coast Monday, the Baltimore region is bracing for gale-force winds and flooding.

Snowy pattern in forecast next week; could miss Maryland

1:37 PM EST, December 14, 2012

Snowy pattern in forecast next week; could miss Maryland

Forecasters have been watching models that show a stormy pattern emerging next week, but some don't expect cold air will stretch far enough south to bring snow to Maryland.

Meteor showers peaking Thursday, Friday nights

5:02 PM EST, December 13, 2012

Meteor showers peaking Thursday, Friday nights

Readers in rural areas have an opportunity to see hundreds of meteors streaking across the sky Thursday and Friday nights, thanks to the annual Geminid shower as well as a potential second shower.

SMG again wins bid to operate 1st Mariner Arena

7:43 PM EST, December 14, 2012

SMG again wins bid to operate 1st Mariner Arena

Current operator SMG is the winning bidder for a new five-year contract to run 1st Mariner Arena and oversee its potential renaming, according to a memo from the city's top purchasing agent.

Passing snowfall drops up to 3 inches; a dusting for Baltimore

5:45 PM EST, December 29, 2012

Passing snowfall drops up to 3 inches; a dusting for Baltimore

Winter lovers enjoyed a light snowfall in the Baltimore region Saturday without many of the usual headaches, as the snow passed after several hours with few traffic concerns. But State Highway Administration officials urged motorists to continue to be cautious of roads freezing over.

Hopkins research offers Pa. woman new arm, 14 years after amputation

7:55 PM EST, December 15, 2012

Hopkins research offers Pa. woman new arm, 14 years after amputation

Over the 14 years since losing her right arm to a hollow-point bullet, Dana Burke was convinced she could feel herself pointing, pinching or waving as she motioned with the 5-inch-long limb the attack left behind.

8:05 PM EDT, August 21, 2012

No simple fix for power outages as state tackles grid reliability

Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration launched an effort Tuesday to limit the extended power outages that have troubled Marylanders in recent months, but industry experts warned that any solution could require significant costs and trade-offs.

10:34 AM EST, January 2, 2013

Edgewood man flown to trauma center after shooting in Belcamp

A 40-year-old Edgewood man was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Tuesday night and was later arrested after a shooting in a domestic dispute in Belcamp, according to Harford County emergency officials.

8:21 PM EST, December 29, 2012

Crash involving truck on I-97 sends drivers to hospital

A truck overturned in an accident involving an Anne Arundel County police vehicle on southbound Interstate 97 near Route 100 on Saturday sent both drivers to the hospital, officials said.

Morgan State board votes against renewing president's contract

9:42 PM EST, December 10, 2012

Morgan State board votes against renewing president's contract

In a heated, narrowly divided closed-door meeting, Morgan State University's board of regents voted last week not to renew President David Wilson's contract, sources close to the board said Monday.

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