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Eastern Shore Businessman Faces 25 Years In Prison

The Eastern Shore businessman and presumed ringleader of a multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling ring with alleged ties to terrorist groups, has been indicted again after a murder-for-hire plot was uncovered by New York state authorities.

Basel Ramadan, 42, was once a successful businessman in Ocean City, Md., but now he's being charged with 2nd degree conspiracy and 3rd degree criminal solicitation.

Ramadan faces 25 years to life in prison for trying to hire a hit man to murder two witnesses he believed were talking to police about the approximated $10 million in untaxed cigarettes he and his 14-person team smuggled and trafficked in New York City.

Ramadan made the call from New York's Rikers Island jail, where he has been held without bond since police raided his West Ocean City home in May.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says authorities learned of Ramadan's alleged motive from a confidential source back in August, and after monitoring his phone calls from inside Rikers, an undercover officer posed as a contract killer on a call that took place in September where Ramadan asked the officer to "take care" of the two "targets."


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.


Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

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