rockettraccoon says: What is the most underreported story/event of 2013 (so far)?
» SFB says: There are a few, but I’d say that the situation involving Robert Ethan Saylor, the Maryland man who was killed outside of a movie theater in the hands of police, is a good place to start. Saylor, who had Down’s syndrome, was watching a movie and liked it so much that he stayed in the theater to watch it again. He refused to leave; police were called. His aide, who was with him in the theater, warned police about his condition and to be careful about how they treated him. Police were not careful, and Saylor was restrained by three separate sets of handcuffs. While in custody, his medical condition flared up, leading to his death in a local hospital. Despite all that, a grand jury ruled that the officers had not committed a crime. Months later, people are still calling for an state investigation into the incident. — Ernie @ SFB
16:46 // 2 months ago
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley on Thursday signed into law one of the United States’ toughest gun control measures, even as opponents vowed to overturn it.
The legislation prompted by the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre requires handgun buyers to undergo safety training and submit fingerprints to obtain a license.
It also bans the sale of 45 types of assault weapons, which have been linked to at least 461 U.S. deaths since 2004, according to the governor’s office.
Opponents of the changes say they aren’t planning to seek any sort of public vote/referendum on the bill, but will instead offer support to an NRA lawsuit which challenges the legality of the new regulations. Similar legislation has been passed in Colorado, New York, and Connecticut following a recent uptick in mass shooting incidents.
16:18 // 6 months ago
The Maryland Senate has approved a medical marijuana bill on Monday by a vote of 42 to 4.
The bill passed on the last day of the legislative session.
The bill now heads to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s desk. According to the Baltimore Sun, he is expected to sign the bill, having called the bill a “yellow light” approach toward medical marijuana. The AP reports the bill would create a state commission to oversee medical marijuana programs at academic medical research centers that decide to participate.
Of course, as the Department of Justice will likely remind people when asked about the new laws later today/this week, marijuana remains a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Still, with the majority of Americans firmly against the continued criminalization of marijuana use, we imagine that even the federal government knows it will likely be forced back down on this issue relatively soon.
16:57 // 8 months ago
Are we better off than we were four years ago? Let’s ask Obama’s surrogates
- we aren’t On Sunday, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said we weren’t better off than we were four years ago, but blamed Bush, not Obama. ”Without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses, Bush recessions, the Bush deficits, the series of desert wars, charged for the first time to credit cards,” he told ”Face the Nation.”
- we are But everyone deserves to be contradicted sometimes, and in this case, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa disagrees with the Maryland governor. ”We are better off. We’ve had 29 consecutive months of growth - 4 1/2 million jobs. In fact, more jobs in that time than the 8 years under [President] Bush.” What do you think? Are we better off than we were? source
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10:48 // 1 year ago
The fire department says 55 passengers are being removed from the train. They are being led away from a fan shaft exit at 29th Avenue and Ager Road.
The train derailed near the west Hyattsville, Md. station, which is not far from the area where the deadly 2009 Metro crash took place.
UPDATE: WMATA has cancelled all weekend track work as a result of the derailment, and says that overground trains will travel at slower speeds this weekend as a precautionary measure. There’s also a baseball game tonight; WMATA also recommends riders take the Orange Line and Blue Lines to reach Nationals Park, rather than the Green Line.
17:52 // 1 year ago