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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Lawmakers considered two competing bills Tuesday that would make Maryland among a handful of states to consider "revenge porn" a crime. Vengefully posting naked pictures of an ex-lover online would carry jail time under the proposals weighed Tuesday, two of at least three bills filed this year to target a phenomenon that has grown with websites devoted to so-called revenge porn. Advocate Annmarie Chiarini, herself a victim of having compromising pictures posted by a jilted ex online, urged the House Judiciary Committee Thursday to pass tougher penalties than the state's current cyber bulling and harassment laws.
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By Scott Calvert, Justin George and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
Howard County police on Sunday identified 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park as the man who entered a store at The Mall in Columbia and fatally shot two employees before apparently killing himself. Officials said Aguilar was reported missing on the day of the shooting and that authorities had reviewed his journal, which depicted a "general unhappiness with his life. " But police said they still have not determined what fueled the lethal Saturday morning outburst that shattered the calm at the popular retail complex.
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By Justin George and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
Darion Marcus Aguilar became a vegan after watching a television show about how animals are slaughtered. That transformation, says a family friend, shows just how much the teen cared about life. But with Aguilar, 19, suspected of killing two people Saturday at The Mall in Columbia, his family and friends are struggling to understand how the quiet person they knew could be linked to such a crime. After shooting the employees of a skateboard apparel shop, Aguilar turned the weapon on himself, police say. "The best I could explain Darion's heart to you is: Darion is a vegan," Ellis Cropper said Sunday.
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January 22, 2014
When Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County enacted 5-cent taxes on plastic bags handed out by grocery stores and other businesses, officials expected that the money the government collected as a result would quickly drop off as customers changed their behavior. As it turns out, that hasn't happened at all. The Washington Post reported this month that the city's revenue from the bag tax has been remarkably stable since it was enacted four years ago, and in fact even went up slightly between fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
Two women have been charged in the recent stabbing deaths of two young children at a Germantown townhouse - in what Montgomery County police said was an attempt at an exorcism. Police on Saturday said Monifa Denise Sanford, 21, of Germantown was charged with first degree murder and attempted murder after being released from a hospital. Police had charged the children's mother, Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, with first degree murder and attempted murder on Friday. Both women are being held without bond.
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By Michael Dresser | January 16, 2014
Del. Aisha Braveboy has come in last in fund-raising for the four-way Democratic race for attorney general, calling the viability of her campaign into question. Braveboy, from Prince George's County, reported Thursday that she raised $33,622  in the year ended Jan. 8. That is less than a tenth of the money raised by Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County and Del. Jon Cardin of Baltimore County. Braveboy's numbers come from a belatedly posted report that will have to be revised to  add an accounting of her expenditures.
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By Michael Dresser | January 15, 2014
Sen. Brian E. Frosh has taken a commanding lead in fund-raising over at least two of his rivals in the Democratic race for attorney general, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday. Frosh, a veteran lawmaker from Motgomery County, has $795,900 in the bank, compared with $374,000 for Del. Jon Cardin of Baltimore County. Del. C. William Frick of Montgomery County reported that he had $133,000 in the bank. A fourth candidate, Del. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George's County, had not reported as of late afternoon.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
As some Maryland lawmakers rally for marijuana legalization, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will not be among them. The mayor on Wednesday spoke out against legalizing the drug, saying she does not endorse efforts by a previous mayor, Kurt Schmoke, to advocate for decriminalization. "I don't think it serves anybody's purpose to clog up the system with this type of offense, but I'm not going to be waving the Schmoke flag of legalization," she said. Rawlings-Blake said she endorses "diversion programs" that try to prevent offenders from continuing to use the drug.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Baltimore's budget director said Tuesday he's applied for a vacant seat on the Montgomery County Council - and will resign his position here if he is named to the council. Andrew W. Kleine, 44, of Silver Spring, is among the applicants seeking to fill Councilwoman Valerie Ervin's seat, who resigned on Jan. 3 to take a job at a nonprofit. “The opportunity was totally unexpected,” Kleine said. “As a lifelong public servant and longtime community leader, I could not pass up this exciting chance to serve in a new way. If I am selected, I would resign my position with the city to focus full-time on council business.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating the killing of two bald eagles in Montgomery County over the past week. The first was shot with a rifle at about 3 p.m. on Christmas Day while feeding on a deer carcass in a field that adjoins Georgia Avenue and Bordley Road in Brookville, according to a police news release. Then, on Saturday morning, another eagle was found wounded by a bird shot near a residence on Deakins Lane in Darnestown, the release said. The bird later died of its injuries.
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