Hundreds of parents packed into a volunteer firehouse in southern Maryland Friday night to learn about a growing statewide threat: Deaths from heroin overdoses are on the rise.
Six months ago, Terri Haffer lost her son to a heroin overdose. She’s sharing her story to save other parents from the same heartbreak.
You can’t beat them, so join them. That was the message Google chairman Eric Schmidt delivered Friday in a session at SXSW in Austin.
“Robots are replacing repetitive human tasks. This is progress,” Schmidt said. “It has a displacement component but eventually it makes us more productive society.”
While new technologies bring benefits, there are growing pains. Moderator Steven Levy asked if Schmidt feared a growing backlash against tech companies as their employees earn huge salaries and inflate real estate values even as they create products that sometimes replace the jobs of less affluent neighbors.Read more...
This summer, watermen will haul thousands of bushels of blue crabs from the depths of local bays and oceans, carry them to shore and heap them onto plates from Baltimore to Dewey Beach.
It’s hard to imagine, but the blue crab’s natural environment is not flanked by Old Bay seasoning. In the span of about three years, Maryland’s signature crustacean undergoes a complex life cycle shaped by currents, which take them from bay to ocean and back again.
During the winter, crabs burrow in the mud and hibernate. But once the water warms up, they’ll emerge and start feeding again.
At least one local business is planning to fly drones over Baltimore after a judge ruled that there is no law prohibiting the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft.
Terry Kilby, who with his wife, Belinda, published a book last year of aerial photographs of the city taken by unmanned aircraft, said Friday that they would launch their “rent-a-drone” operation next week.
The FAA said Friday that it is appealing the decision to the full National Transportation Safety Board, a move it said would stay the decision. Advocates for unmanned aircraft systems, as the industry prefers to call them, want the agency to finalize long-awaited regulations to govern the operation of drones.
U.S. officials told NBC News on Saturday they are investigating terrorism concerns after two people listed as passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet turned out not to be on the plane and had reported their passports stolen.
The officials said that they had found no clear link to terrorism, and that there are other criminal reasons, for example drug smuggling, that stolen passports might be used to board a plane.
Kansas’s highest court ruled on Friday that funding disparities between school districts violated the state’s Constitution and ordered the Legislature to bridge the gap, setting the stage for a messy budget battle in the capital this year.
With its ruling, the State Supreme Court averted, for now, a larger constitutional showdown by ordering a lower court to reconsider the most controversial part of the case — whether the public school system statewide was adequately funded. The lower court originally ordered an increase of more than $400 million in school spending, and the conservative-led majority in the Legislature had vowed to defy that order if it were upheld. Legislators said it was the job of lawmakers, not judges, to appropriate money.
...the enemy within
After years of focusing on outside threats, the federal government and its contractors are turning inward, aiming a range of new technologies and counterintelligence strategies at their own employees to root out spies, terrorists or leakers.
Agencies are now monitoring their computer networks with unprecedented scrutiny, in some cases down to the keystroke, and tracking employee behavior for signs of deviation from routine. At the Pentagon, new rules are being written requiring contractors to institute programs against “insider threats,” a remarkable cultural change in which even workers with the highest security clearances face increased surveillance.
Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea’s rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow’s foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine’s new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists.
The Russians have denied their armed forces are active in Crimea, but an Associated Press reporter trailed one military convoy Saturday afternoon from 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Feodosia to a military airfield at Gvardeiskoe north of Simferopol, over which a Russian flag flew.
Summer camp information fair set for April 5
The Department of Community Services Recreation Division is offering camp programs to give kids and teens an adventurous, active, and healthy summer. Registration begins Wednesday, March 5. Register by Friday, April 18 and receive $5 off per week/per session. Online registration is available at www.CharlesCountyParks.com.
The following camps are offered:
One of the most prominently located historic farms in St. Mary’s County, along Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville, has been preserved by Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust. In January, 2014, the Land Trust acquired a perpetual conservation easement on the 147-acre property, which is now owned by three siblings: John W. Roache, MD, Wanda Davina Valiante, and J. Barry Roache.
The farm is comprised of several parcels historically known as the Old Peverley (or Peverly) Farm or The Home Place, and Kelly’s Luck, Fortune or the Combs Place. For over 150 years —before there even was a village of Mechanicsville—travelers on Three Notch Road have passed the distinctive gabled farmhouse surrounded by crop fields. The landmark structure, which dates back as far as 1835, is relatively intact. This weathered tenant farmhouse speaks silently, telling stories of a farm family’s hard work, dedication to the land, and the joy of growing food for the community: stories that never change, and likely never will.
Produce from the Roaches’ farm is sold at Home Grown Farm Market in Lexington Park. Barry Roache is a managing member of the Farm Market Board, and is involved in the County school system’s “Farm to School” program, which educates students about local farming and nutrition.
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Board Docs - Mar 11, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting
1.07 [11:00 a.m.] Briefing: False Alarm Reduction Unit Overview (Mr. Bill Stephens, Director/Ms. Sherry Herd, Administrator, Department of Emergency Services)
Board Docs - Mar 11, 2014 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting
1.06 [10:00 a.m.] Budget Work Session: General Fund CIP Review and Water & Sewer Enterprise Fund (Operating & Capital) (Mr. David Eicholtz, Director/Ms. Jeni Ellin, Acting Chief of Budget, Department of Fiscal & Administrative Services)
The Westlake boys basketball team won its first regional championship since 2001 with a 66-51 victory over visiting Stephen Decatur from Worcester County on Friday night in the Class 3A South Region championship game.
The victory capped off three straight wins in a three-day stretch for the Wolverines, the top seed in the South’s Section II bracket. The stretch started with a 69-66 win over fourth-seeded Crossland of Prince George’s County in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday and continued with a 57-56 victory over second-seeded Thomas Stone in the Section II championship game on Thursday after a tip-in off a missed shot by senior forward Chris Craft at the buzzer.