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  • 39 bowl games and a reason to watch every one

    Over the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all. Here’s why: Saturday, Dec. 20 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada (minus 1) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Why watch? Someone thought it would be fun to…

  • Woman pleaded guilty to defrauding stores with gift cards

    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A District Heights woman has pleaded guilty to plotting to steal $485,000 in gift cards from Target stores. Twenty-eight-year-old Ebony Nicole Ruffin entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Greenbelt. According to her plea, Ruffin and others used counterfeit personal checks and false identification to get gift cards and merchandise…

  • Md. woman fined $100 for leaving kids in hot car

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick woman has been fined $100 for leaving her children in a car in a supermarket parking lot on a 90-degree day Forty-one-year-old Fatimate Diallo (fah-tih-MAH’-tay dee-AH’-loh) was convicted during a trial Wednesday in Frederick of two misdemeanor counts of leaving children under 8 in an unattended vehicle. Police say…

  • Md., 6 other states have bans on atheists holding office

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions prohibiting people who don’t believe in God from holding public office. The Openly Secular coalition, based in Columbus, Ohio, says the other states are Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The…

  • Police: Stolen credit cards used to nab $8,500 in 8 minutes

    WASHINGTON – You could call them the “Eight Minute Mammas.” Police are looking for two women who used stolen credit cards to buy about $8,500 in gift cards from the Target in Rockville, Maryland. And they did it in eight minutes. Montgomery County police say the pair walked into Target about 7:20 p.m. Dec. 5.…

  • Baltimore police search for missing boy abducted by mother

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police are searching for an 11-year-old boy who they believe was abducted by his mother who suffers from a mental illness. Police say 11-year-old Kuwan Taylor was abducted Wednesday by his mother, Davita Walker. Kuwan’s legal guardian is his aunt. Police say Walker has a history of arrests and that her…

  • AAA projects record holiday travel by Maryland residents

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Record numbers of Maryland residents are expected to travel for the year-end holidays due in part to lower gas prices and a longer holiday travel window. AAA Mid-Atlantic says more than 2.1 million Maryland residents are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for the holidays. That would be a…

  • Montgomery County to discuss handling of reported school abuse cases

    WASHINGTON — Montgomery County is planning a meeting of community leaders and parents who are concerned about how county public schools handled recent cases of reported child abuse. The Washington Post reports the planned Feb. 2, 2015 public meeting to review school policies and procedures will include county lawmakers, prosecutors, police, school officials, teachers and…

  • Montgomery County orders hiring freeze amid budget shortfall

    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Montgomery County is freezing most hiring and purchasing through June to help close a $179 million budget shortfall. The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1zyAfJA ) reports Chief Administrative Officer Timothy Firestine also is directing county departments to prepare their 2016 fiscal year budgets assuming a 3 percent spending cut. The 2016 fiscal year…

  • Delaney addressing transportation issues in DC suburbs

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Commuter transportation is the focus of a meeting that U.S. Rep. John Delaney is holding with elected officials from Frederick and Montgomery counties. The agenda for Thursday’s discussion in Frederick includes Interstate 270, MARC rail expansion and the Corridor Cities Transitway. That’s a proposed route for buses only between the Shady…

  • Thieves make off with clothes, jewelry from fashion truck

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Annapolis police say thieves made off with more than $24,000 in merchandise and equipment from a fashion truck. Officers say the theft from the Little White Fashion Truck occurred between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning while it was parked on Bay Ridge Avenue. The windows on the truck, described on the…

  • Fisherman get year in prison for illegal harvesting

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Tilghman Island fisherman has been sentenced to a year in prison for illegally harvesting and selling more than 185,000 pounds of striped bass. Forty-one-year-old William Lednum was also ordered to pay almost $500,000 in restitution to the state of Maryland at sentencing Wednesday in federal court in Baltimore. According to his…

  • Dumervil, Suggs provide 1-2 punch for sack-happy Ravens

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Charging from opposite ends of the line with a single-minded purpose, Baltimore Ravens linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs are waging a duel to see who finishes the season with more sacks. “It’s competitive. It’s a race,” Dumervil said Wednesday. “Once the ball is snapped, he knows I’m coming and…

  • UMass president leaving for post in Maryland

    BOSTON (AP) — University of Massachusetts president Robert Caret is leaving to become the chancellor of the University System of Maryland. The announcement was made on Wednesday by James Shea, chairman of the USM Board of Regents. Caret will begin his new post on July 1, 2015. Caret has served as president of the five-member…

  • 5 die from hypothermia in Maryland in month

    BALTIMORE (AP) — State public health officials say Maryland has seen its first deaths from hypothermia this season, with five people dying from cold-related conditions in a month. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a news release Wednesday that the five deaths occurred between mid-November and mid-December. Officials say the deaths were…