Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The state's spending and advocacy for cyclists earned it a high ranking from the League of American Bicyclists.
Maryland is one of the best states in the region to bike, according to new rankings from the League of American Bicyclists. A combination of citizen advocacy for safe bike routes, dedicated state funding and a "Share the Road" campaign helped the state earn No. 11, behind places like Washington state, Colorado, Oregon and Massachusetts. Neighboring states also fared well on the rankings list: Delaware was 5, Pennsylvania was 15 and Virgina was 16. The League created a list of 10 signs that show progress on bikeability for states, including more than 1 percent of the commuters using bikes, bike education for police and congestion mitigation, none of which the organization noted positively for Maryland. "As the scores clearly highlight, …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Lack of participation said to jeopardize state economy in the future.
Nearly half of Maryland’s workers are not participating in employer-sponsored retirement programs, putting the future stability of the state’s economy at risk, according to a study from the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA). Released on April 2, the study details a downward trend in the number of Maryland workers contributing to employer-sponsored retirement programs from 1995-2012. The data also shows that four in 10 households headed by people nearing retirement (ages 55-64) will have to survive on Social Security, or may not be able to retire at all. Overall, in the decade from 2000-2010, the percentage of employers offering sponsored retirement programs dropped eight percent, from 67 percent in 2000 to 59 percent in …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Patch brings you weird news headlines from around the state of Maryland.
Lanham Woman Attempts Robbery, Bites Good Samaritans A Lanham woman is facing robbery and assault charges after attempting to steal a purse from an 80-year-old woman and then biting the victim's husband and a Good Samaritan, who foiled the robbery. Blog Post: Mike Miller Wouldn't Mind A Toke Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller wouldn't mind a toke right about now. Cicadas Return: 17-year Cicadas to Overtake East Coast by the Millions this Spring In May, cicadas in Maryland and along the Eastern seaboard will wake from their 17-year sleep. Jail for 76-Year-Old Ellicott City Man for Embezzlement, Tax Evasion A 76-year-old Ellicott City man was sentenced to more than a year in prison for tax evasion and embezzling more than $415,…
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Patch brings a unique perspective to everyday news written by users like you. Read what some of our Local Voices bloggers had to say this week.
It was an active week for some area bloggers in Greenbelt and around Maryland: Local Race Team Heads to Italy for Giro D'Italia Proteus Racing accepted an invitation from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to compete in the 2013 Giro D'Italia, and set the team presentation for 7 p.m. on April 4 at the team's headquarters in College Park, Maryland. Adopt, Don’t Shop – Pets Available for Adoption Feast your eyes on these beautiful babies and stop by or call the Prince George's Animal Services Facility at 301-780-7201 for information on any of these doggies. If the one you are interested in is no longer available, don't be discouraged, there are many other wonderful dogs and cats that need a loving, forever home. House Judicial …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
NBC4: Maryland drivers rack up more tickets than DC drivers.
Gas? Check. Oil? Check. GPS? Check. Speeding ticket? Check? Speed cameras seem to be multiplying in the metropolitan Washington area, and while they may be a deterrent to some drivers, others may view the charge for whizzing by one as just another cost of driving. NBC4 reported that, in 2012, Maryland had a much higher rate of repeat offenders ticketed by speed cameras than Washington, DC. “In the Maryland suburbs you’re about twice as likely to get multiple tickets,” David Marker, a senior statistician with the American Statistical Association, told NBC4. “By the time you get up to 5 or 10 tickets, you're 20 times more likely to get multiple tickets in the Maryland suburbs than in DC.” Prince George’s County had a repeat offender rate …
Patch brings you the top Weird News headlines in Maryland from the week.
Thieves Captured on Video Stealing Cooking Grease Two suspects stole cooking grease from an Oxon Hill restaurant and now police are trying to identify why. Pr. George's Woman Charged in Rental Car Theft Tilithea Diane Calliham, 44, is facing multiple charges including theft and driving a rental car without proper authorization. Police: Facebook Post Leads to Arrest in Stolen Credit Card Shopping Spree Pictures posted to the Howard County Police Department’s Facebook page led to the arrests of two people who police say stole credit cards and used them around town, according to a statement. Westminster Students to Show off Peeps on NBC Local students’ marshmallow machine will make an appearance on the national news this weekend. Why Did …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Green jobs in the state increased more than 18 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Green jobs accounted for 3.7 percent of jobs in Maryland in 2011, making the state's workforce the second greenest in the mid-Atlantic and the seventh greenest in the country, according to a recent report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only the District of Columbia had a higher number of green jobs in the region. More than 91,000 workers in Maryland held jobs producing green goods and services in 2011, representing an increase of 18.3 percent over 2010, according to MDBizNews. MDBizNews lists the following criteria as requirements for industries to qualify as providers of green jobs: Read the full article on MDBizNews. Do you think any Greenbelt businesses could be attributing to this number?
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Here are some of Patch's top Local Voices posts across Maryland this week.
Bevins Critical of Proposal to Tighten County Car Rules: Baltimore County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins said a colleague is only calling for the changes because he was questioned by a reporter for breaking a campaign promise not to take a county vehicle if elected. Sequestration to Have Serious Local Impact: Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young talks about what the impact of the sequestration's mandated federal budget cuts would be on city services. State of the River Address: The South River Report Card is discussed in this blog that details the health of one of the local waterways in Anne Arundel County. Anne Arundel 'School Hours Study' - Answers to the Questions: Blog reacts to a recent study as part of the ongoing …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Maryland Live Casino plans to open 122 tables on April 11.
Arundel Mills’ Maryland Live! Casino will debut 122 tables of live action games on April 11, according to a Washington Post article. Last November, Maryland voters approved Question 7, allowing Maryland Live and two other gambling establishments to not only offer table games in 2013, but to stay open 24 hours a day. To make room for the table games, more than 400 slot machines are being removed. The initial live table games will include so-called “carnival” variations of poker such as Pai Gow, three-card and Mississippi stud, as well as blackjack and craps. According to the Post, casino officials plan to add a split-level poker room in Summer 2013. Dealers for the table games were required to take a 12-week course at the Maryland Live …
Friday, March 1, 2013
By Jeremy Barr, Capital News Sevice
Friday, March 1
The House of Representatives voted Thursday to renew the Violence Against Women Act, passing a Senate-approved version of the bill rather than a Republican-offered alternative. The bill will now be sent to President Barack Obama, who has said he will sign it into law. The VAWA provides support and protection for victims of violence. It also funds training designed to better equip law enforcement to respond to instances of sexual and domestic violence. “The legislation passed today provides the broad and comprehensive protections victims and providers deserve,” Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Fort Washington, said in a statement. The bills include protections for same-sex couples and Native Americans, despite the reservations of some congressional …