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How Some Maryland Bars Have Been Breaking An Election Day Law For Decades

Electoral politics can be enough to drive anybody to drink — but until this legislative session, one Maryland city had laws on the books that specifically prohibited hitting the suds on election night.

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Picky Pollinator Finds Maryland Less Positive For Procreation

The insect in question is the Baltimore checkerspot, and there are only 11 wild colonies left, all in the state's western end.

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Baltimore Protests Continue Over Freddie Gray's Death

"He was a typical Sandtown kid," one neighbor said about the man critically injured while in police custody. Demonstrators marched onto a highway onramp and faced a line of officers blocking their way Wednesday night

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Justice Department Opens Baltimore Police Probe; Protest Held

There will be a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.

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For Legislation On Rape And Sexual Assault, Mixed Results In Maryland

Two bills regarding the kits used to collect evidence from victims of sexual assault and rape were successful, but other measures related to sex crimes did not make it through the General Assembly.

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Maryland Isn't Doing Enough To Address Police Accountability, Say Some Lawmakers

The death of Freddie Gray after he suffered a fatal injury while in the custody of Baltimore police has led to the suspension of six officers, but the Maryland General Assembly ignored the majority of so-called "police accountability" bills during its yearly session.
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Unclaimed Maryland Slot Machine Money Not Handled Properly, Audit Says

About $350,000 that should have gone to the state did not, says a report from Department of Legislative Services.

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Baltimore Police Investigate Death Of Freddie Gray In Police Custody

A Baltimore man died after his spine was nearly severed while in police custody. Police are investigating, but there is currently no word into what caused the injury.

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Slate Of Criminal Justice Reforms In Maryland Await Gov. Hogan's Signature

Maryland lawmakers passed a handful of bills this week aimed at getting non-violent criminals out of prisons and back in the workforce.

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New Measure Aims To Train Cops On Policing People With Disabilities

The measure is in response to the death of Ethan Saylor, a man with Down Syndrome who died at the hands of Frederick County sheriff's deputies two years ago.

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