Top Maryland Headlines: Twitter Trouble, House of Cards in MD, First Lady Inspires

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By Patch Staff

It was a big news week in Maryland last week, with a visit by the first lady, a commuter nightmare in Montgomery and a heads up for a sixth casino in the state. All the headlines from 48 Patch sites across Maryland:

Berliner Calls for Better Electricity Service with 'Utility 2.0'

Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to require that substantial changes be made to electricity services in the state. Meanwhile, Pepco is asking for permission to raise rates.

Michelle Obama to Bowie State Grads: It's Time to Feel Hungry Again

In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the BSU class of 2013 why education is important.

Report: Quince Orchard Students Won't Lose AP Exam Credit Due to Twitter Video

The company that administers Advanced Placement exams decided Monday that the improper video will not invalidate the exam for 274 students.

Two of the most contentious bills Maryland state lawmakers grappled with this session became law Thursday. The Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, which provides for a hike in the state's gas tax, and the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, a restrictive gun control bill, proved divisive for legislators this session.

Report: Woman Shot by Police Had Assaulted Resident in 2012

Stephanie Kamlot pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in a parking lot but then was confronted by police outside the woman's home in Pikesville, throwing a rock through the window and waving a replica of a handgun. Police shot her several times in the upper body.

Technology Incubator Opens in Harford County

The GroundFloor in Havre de Grace partnered with bwtech@UMBC and Betamore in Federal Hill.

Maryland Governor Visits House of Cards in Harford County

Gov. Martin O'Malley touted job creation, tax credits related to the film industry.

A 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old boyfriend plotted the death of the girl's father, Howard County blogger Dennis Lane, as well as his significant other, according to charging documents in the case of Lane's slaying.

Takoma Park Makes History with New Voting Age

If you are old enough to get a Maryland driver's license, you will be old enough to vote in the City of Takoma Park’s municipal election in November.

David Craig to Announce Governor's Bid From Front Lawn?

The Harford County Executive has a tour of events scheduled from June 3 to June 4.

The suspect, 59-year-old Ronnie Lee Rainey, was taken into custody after briefly barricading himself in his home.

Three Companies Vie to Operate Prince George's Casino

Penn National Gaming and Greenwood Racing will compete against MGM Resorts to operate Maryland's sixth casino.

Track Fire Leads to Evacuation of Silver Spring Metro Station

A fire underneath a Metro rail car sent billowing smoke over downtown Silver Spring and forced the evacuation of the Silver Spring Metro station at the peak of Tuesday evening’s rush hour.

Trevin Drew Coleman, 18, is facing numerous charges after he allegedly crashed a stolen car into a traffic signal in Bowie last week.

Bill Nye Delivers 30 iPads to Greenbelt Middle

The school received the donation as a part of “Flipping for Sophia" online campaign.

Old Greenbelt Theatre Wins $75K Grant

After receiving a large number of votes in the Partners in Preservation contest, the Greenbelt theater was awarded money for renovations.

After more than 9 hours of testimony, the plan passed unanimously.

Using red light and speed cameras, targeted stings and other methods, police departments and municipalities hope to prevent pedestrian-related accidents, after a number of fatalities.

Firefighters Rescue Dog From Camp Springs Gas Leak

The residents thanked the Prince George's County firefighters for watching their dog during an emergency.

Van Strikes Woman Walking in Median in Wheaton

When two cars collided near the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Georgia Avenue Thursday morning, one jumped the curb and struck a woman walking in the median, Montgomery County police said.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Slams: Meet The Black-Eyed Suzies

Before they even laced up the skates, players from the Black-Eyed Suzies strolled into the Wednesday night scrimmage with the requisite snarl and swagger of the modern-day roller derby girl and enough tattoos, red lipstick, torn fishnets and snark to fill a roller rink.

Man Pleads Guilty to Depraved Heart Murder in Gaithersburg Hit-and-Run Death

Police said the Damascus resident ran one man down with his car, targeted another.

Council Chooses Developer Approach for Wheaton

County officials have the next six months to work with private developers on plans for Wheaton redevelopment that could include the new Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters, the Montgomery County Council decided this week.

Montgomery County Council Set to Pass $4.8B Budget

The plan for next year includes a tax increase, more cops in schools, more food resources for the poor and a fully funded public schools system.

Reports of an odd smell near Town Center spurred the evacuation of a building and temporarily shut down Rockville Pike.

The systemwide proposal to provide more central office support to struggling schools begins with a 10-school pilot, according to county schools officials.

Local Residents Talk About Purple Line at Open House

Most visitors at Tuesday evening's Purple Line open house at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School were supportive of the light rail line, planners told Patch.

The tools of the burglary trade can be as simple as a piece of concrete, as these Chevy Chase residents learned. 

For teens and 20-somethings in America, driving is much less of a daily thing than it was, say, 20 years ago. Car usage for other age groups has also declined, according to a new study by U.S. Pirg, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization.


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