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  • Virginia woman arrested in Howard County scam

    Virginia woman arrested in Howard County scam
    Howard County police have charged a 21-year-old Virginia woman with running a door-to-door solicitation scam in Ellicott City this month.
  • Baltimore officer fights to regain job after towing scandal

    Baltimore officer fights to regain job after towing scandal
    After serving eight months in federal custody for his role in a towing scandal, former Baltimore police officer David Reeping is fighting to get his job back. Reeping contends that investigators used him as a scapegoat to avoid accusations of racial...

    Beretta's economic blackmail [Commentary]

    Beretta's economic blackmail [Commentary]
    Marylanders who recall the moving vans that absconded with the beloved Colts are all too familiar with economic blackmail from businesses whose owners threaten to leave town unless their legislative demands are met. But Ugo Beretta's tantrum against...

    Two convicted in abduction-murder plot

    Two convicted in abduction-murder plot
    A Baltimore jury convicted two men on murder, extortion and false imprisonment charges Wednesday for abducting a man and taking his girlfriend's ransom money before killing him and dumping his body in the Patapsco River. Eric Pendergrass went missing in...

    'Scandal' recap, 'Say Hello to My Little Friend'

    'Scandal' recap, 'Say Hello to My Little Friend'
    We pick things up at Olivia’s, where a disappointed Jake is packing up to go home. Olivia’s safer if he’s not there. She says Fitz will protect her, but Jake scoffs. Her father is Command and Fitz can’t defend her, because he...