September 30, 2013
The percentage of Maryland ex-offenders likely to return to prison within three years of release has fallen by double digits since 2000, state prison officials reported Monday. Secretary Gary D. Maynard, the top official at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, credited the prison system's improved educational and job skills training programs, as well as stronger partnerships with state agencies that provide medical and mental health services to inmates and upon their release.
December 30, 2013
Maryland has lost its bid to be a Federal Aviation Administration test site for drones, but officials still expect the state to be involved in federal research into how the unmanned aircraft may safely be flown in U.S. airspace. Virginia was one of six states chosen Monday by the FAA. Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey signed an agreement this year to collaborate on drone research. As a result, Maryland officials said, personnel and facilities in all three states will play a role in the FAA testing.
September 19, 2013
The prospect of filling every seat at M&T Bank Stadium for Saturday's matchup between Maryland and West Virginia seemed promising when the game was first booked a little more than two years ago. Both the Terps and Mountaineers were coming off bowl games and had made coaching changes to energize their respective fan bases. Although the game might not sell out - 55,000 tickets have been sold as of Thursday morning, according to Maryland deputy athletic director Nathan Pine - the makeup of the crowd in terms of the allegiance to the respective teams could be noticeable.
April 30, 1996
In Maryland, Haroon R. Ansari once told whopping lies on a resume that state officials never bothered to check and was named to a $62,000-a-year job as head of Crownsville Hospital Center.The would-be psychologist was declared a fraud, resigned in disgrace and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor last April, promising never to lie on a job application again.A week later, he sent his resume to officials with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Authorities said he told more whopping lies and got hired for over $80,000 a year, with his employer once again failing to conduct a background investigation.
January 18, 2014
Critics said Saturday that the latest problem to hit Maryland's online health exchange - an incorrect help-line number that directed hundreds of callers to a Seattle-based pottery business - was another symptom of the poorly operating website. "You can't make this stuff up, and I guess if it wasn't so serious, it could be funny," said Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley, a Frederick County Republican. The website mistakenly listed a 1-800 number that sent some Marylanders attempting to pick a health insurance provider to Seattle Pottery Supply instead of Maryland's call center.
March 7, 2014
Maryland officials Friday ordered Starion Energy, a Connecticut-based company licensed to sell electricity in parts of Maryland, to pay $350,000 for multiple violations of state law, including more than 100 instances in which it enrolled, or re-enrolled customers without consent. The penalty is the Public Service Commission's most severe yet against a retail energy supplier. The commission imposed a $60,000 fine on Viridian in 2012 and a $100,000 fine on North American Power & Gas in 2011.