Author Archives: Capital News Service

Undersized crab possession dominates Md. crab violations


Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported 2,341 crab-related violations across the state from 2013 through 2018. There were 27 types of infractions ranging from crabbing without a license to possession of undersized crabs to taking the crustaceans from someone else’s ...

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Some Chesapeake Bay states fighting EPA clean water rule rollback

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh successfully argued that not every criticism of a person holding a position of public trust addresses a matter of public concern. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency revoked two regulations last month dealing with clean water and air that present conflicting positions from the Trump Administration over the role states should play in protecting their own natural resources. The first came ...

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Puppies help boys and girls at 2 Md. detention centers

A resident of the Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center in Laurel plays with Clay, a 20-month-old Miniature Goldendoodle. The puppy and another dog at a boys’ detention center in Hagerstown help youngsters at the Department of Juvenile Services facilities deal with stress and other issues. (Capital News Service/Hannah Gaskill)

LAUREL –– When visitors and staff members walk through the front door of Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center, they’re greeted by sign-in sheets, hand-held metal detectors and, now, a bouncing, fluffy yellow pup named Clay. Affectionately described by staff as ...

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Senators want answers on Trump administration shutdown of women’s health helpline

"We're gonna push hard to pass this bill. I do think that there are a number of other things we should be doing at the same time," Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, said Tuesday. 
 (Julia Schmalz / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

  SILVER SPRING — A group of Democratic senators, including Maryland’s Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, is pressing the Trump administration to explain this summer’s abrupt shutdown of a medical information helpline for women. The Department of Health and ...

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Md. lawmakers, AG question DeVos on loan forgiveness program

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said the Maryland Court of Appeals’ erroneous ruling struck down a state agency’s valid determination that a convicted human trafficker must register because his victim was a child. (File photo)

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and a coalition of state lawmakers have asked U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos why so many people are being denied by the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

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Summit highlights racial disparities in maternal care

Prison >> Mothers attend classes to get GEDs, receive drug and alcohol counseling

Case worker Sue Urish, left, and inmates LaTonya Jackson, with her 5-month-old daughter, Olivia Walton; Michelle Neaveill, with her 3-month-old son, Dalton Neaveill; Destiny Doud, with her 10-month-old daughter, Jaelynn Purcell; and Christine Duckwitz, with her 2-month-old daughter, Isabelle Mansker, read together at the Decatur Correctional Center in Decatur, Ill., last month. (Whitney Curtis for The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON — Racial disparities in health care in America continues to present much greater health risks to black women and babies, according to participants at the National Maternal and Infant Health Summit. More than 700 women die each year due ...

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In Baltimore’s poorest areas, no trees, no shade, no relief

Lorraine Diggs stands on the sidewalk outside her rowhouse in East Baltimore on July 9, 2019. Diggs is passionate about maintaining the trees outside of her home and has dedicated a small garden in front of her house to her late mother. (University of Maryland Photo/Maris Medina)

Kwamel Couther stands on the front lines of a campaign to bring thousands of cooling shade trees to some of the hottest streets in Baltimore. City trees are especially vulnerable in the first two years of life, requiring about 20 ...

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The urban poor hit hardest as the planet heats up

Boisey Neal, 12, sells bottled water to passing motorists on the corner of Orleans Street and North Milton Avenue in the McElderry Park neighborhood of Baltimore on July 1, 2019. Like many residents of McElderry Park, the city’s hottest neighborhood, Boisey lives without air conditioning. (University of Maryland Photo/Timothy Jacobsen)

Heat radiates from the asphalt and concrete that cover the streets, the sidewalks, the alleys, even the tiny yards behind the homes in the East Baltimore neighborhood of McElderry Park. Trees are scarce. And air doesn’t move much when it comes up against block after block of rowhouses.

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Health risks rise with the temperature

Stephanie Pingley sits outside the Amazing Port Street commons at Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in the McElderry Park neighborhood of Baltimore with two of her sons and her niece, right, on June 19, 2019. Her three children all have asthma, which gets worse when heat and humidity are high. (University of Maryland Photo/Amina Lampkin)

As the temperature in their rowhouse apartment rose to a humid 96 degrees F during a summer heat wave, Michael Thomas and Alberta Wilkerson sat on their bed, in front of fans, wiping sweat and drinking water, trying to keep their minds off the heat.

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