| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:54 PM
Smokers looking to light up socially haven't been able to in Maryland's bars and restaurants since 2007, when the General Assembly banned smoking in most public places.
Enter the state's growing number of hookah lounges, where patrons smoke flavored...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 7:30 AM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $30,000 to help educate Baltimore families about the risks to young children of lead poisoning, which despite progress made in reducing exposure over the years still affects nearly 3,000 youngsters...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 9:25 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules to protect pets, and their owners, from contaminated food.
The Preventive Controls for Food for Animals rule would set new manufacturing standards for people and facilities involved in the...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:47 AM
Thanks to new restrictions passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley this year, Maryland is now in the top tier of states when it comes to the strength of its gun laws. It had been close to the top before, but now it ranks fourth,...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Leila, 4, wanted to ask Santa for pink Legos this Christmas. But trying to get the little girl, who has autism, to sit on Santa's lap at the mall had proved difficult in years past.
Early Saturday morning, before White Marsh Mall had formally opened for...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 2:36 PM
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...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 2:50 PM
This year's flu season got off to an early start, and public health officials are asking people to get their vaccinations to ward off a serious outbreak.
State health officials announced the first confirmed case Oct. 3: a child in the Washington suburbs....
| Dec 2, 2013
| 3:00 AM
In 1998, I had a start-up called NotFilms.com that provided an online platform for home videos. At that time, online video was the size of a matchbook and very few people had a broadband connection capable of uploading video (let alone watching it), so...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 5:50 PM
The number of Maryland children poisoned by lead fell to a new low again last year, even as state officials expanded their effort to deal with a much larger pool of youngsters harboring lower levels of the harmful substance in their blood.
| Sep 25, 2013
| 8:45 AM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sickle cell disease affects an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 Americans. It is most prevalent in people with ancestors from Africa, South or Central America, the Caribbean, Mediterranean countries,...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 7:09 PM
Annapolis High School student Dajuan Gay left an after-school job early Wednesday so he could petition the Anne Arundel County Board of Education for later school start time. The junior than left the board meeting to resume his regimented daily schedule...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:00 AM
About two months ago, I was driving home from Frederick at about 2 a.m., and I passed a specter on the side of the road. At least I thought so, because it was hard for me to believe that I had seen what I thought I saw. I pulled over to the side of the...