Author Archives: Capital News Service

Maryland island reclamation project troubles nearby property owner

The Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island (Capital News Service)

SHERWOOD – From the sandy shores of Lowes Wharf Marina on a sunny spring morning, the view of the Chesapeake Bay couldn’t be clearer. Paul Zelinske, the owner of the marina, watches the boats sailing back and forth in the ...

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Businesses in limbo as they await Purple Line

Optician Delmar Nelson has owned Crest Opticians for 50 years, most recently in a Silver Spring shopping center. If Purple Line plans fall through, this will be his third time relocating for a capital project. (Brittany Britto)

SILVER SPRING — Optician Delmar Nelson sits alone in his office on a late winter afternoon. Just outside the door, rows of untouched eyeglasses sit in displays illuminated by yellow lights. No one has walked into his store for the ...

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Maryland’s onetime mental hospitals costing state millions annually

The Rosewood Center in Owings Mills is one of five non-operational hospitals the state owns. Most of the annual operating expenses for the facilities go to keeping up the grounds. (File photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Six miles outside of Annapolis lie the decaying bones of a dinosaur. They don’t belong to a prehistoric animal, but to Crownsville Hospital Center, a mostly vacant former asylum that costs the State of Maryland around a million ...

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Bills would end subminimum wages for Md. disabled workers

Brian Beckham working with a trash bag with the time trial sign pointing at him): Brian Beckham, a custodial worker with disabilities at Melwood, finishes tying up the final trash bag during a demonstration of the now-obsolete time trials on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in the Melwood center. (Capital News Service photo by Josh Magness.)  

ANNAPOLIS — During Mat Rice’s time as a student at the Maryland School for the Blind, the disability advocate said he would work at a place openly referred to as “the workshop.” Rice, who has spastic cerebral palsy and is ...

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Van Hollen, Edwards tied in Md. Senate race

Maryland Democratic candidates Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Donna Edwards are statistically tied in the race to take over Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's senate seat, according to an average of the latest polls from NBC4/Marist and The Washington Post/University of Maryland.

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Md. gives final OK to bill to protect bees from pesticides

Bees. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers this week voted to curb the sale of certain pest control products to home gardeners after reviewing studies that point to the harmful effects some lawn chemicals have on bees and other pollinators. The legislation prohibits ...

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‘Yes means yes’ sexual assault bill dies; campus officials and activists debate next step

Delegate Marice Morales. (File)

ANNAPOLIS — A bill that would require Maryland institutions of higher education to revamp their sexual assault policies will not receive a vote this year, setting up a debate between university officials and activists about how to address the problem ...

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Hogan vetoes two bills, signs three as session nears close

ANNAPOLIS — The 2016 session of the Maryland General Assembly may end in April the way it began in January: with veto override votes. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, announced Tuesday that he would veto a bill changing the composition ...

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