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Week in State News: Reliving the Purple Glory, Going Hollywood, Panic Buttons in Schools?

Stories you may have missed across the state.


By Patch Staff

Relive the Ravens Super Bowl Parade (VIDEO)

There's only one place to see the parade as though you were there. Also, check out photos of the trophy and the purple sea of humanity here.

Kriss Mincey is a relative newcomer to the music scene. At Aberdeen High School, Mincey—who grew up in Baltimore, Richmond and points in between—took up dance and came out of her shell. She never returned to that shell. Now, Mincey, 22, is on the world's stage as a contestant on American Idol. 

Accused Maryland School Shooter to be Charged as Adult

Adult charges will stand against the student accused of opening fire inside Perry Hall High School on the first day of school, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert Cahill, Jr. announced.

Torrey Smith Talks Health Habits to Gleeful Elementary Students

Chase Elementary School students thought they were getting a "very special" NFL rally on Purple Friday. It turned out they didn't know how special.

After Sandy Hook: Educators To Take Up Increasing Security in Pr. George's Schools

Installing panic buttons, electronic doors, and increasing armed police officers are on Thursday's agenda for the county's education board.

Ride the Rhode Island Ave Streetcar from DC to College Park

Film from 1950s puts you in the driver's seat of old streetcar line which serviced Hyattsville. Now see the plan which would return streetcars to Rhode Island Avenue in the next 10 years.

Fire Chief: High Rate of Accidental House Fires in Bowie "Unusual"

After three major house fires in Bowie this past weekend, which were preceded by nine other fires in the prior two months, Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor offered some explanations for the recent spate of blazes in Bowie.

Six Charged in North Potomac Burglary Heists

Six males were charged in a North Potomac burglary ring that netted more than $100,000 worth of goods from 30 homes, Montgomery County Police said Thursday.

Players from Quince Orchard and Watkins Mill high schools signed letters of intent Tuesday to continue their football careers in college.

Blair High's Rapping Teacher Hits National Spotlight

A high school math teacher in Silver Spring who makes rap videos, using the alter ego "2 Pi," to help students learn complicated algebra principles is making international headlines.

Silver Spring Man Sentenced to Life for Stabbing Wife to Death

A 45-year-old Silver Spring man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the stabbing death of his estranged wife. Family members who testified during the sentencing said that Hector Granados had a 20-year drinking problem, which, defense attorneys argued, caused him to become depressed and violent.

Las Vegas Man Accused Of Molesting Boys In Gaithersburg During 1980s

Nathaniel Morales is accused of molesting boys during in Gaithersburg in the 1980s and 90s.

Police: Wilde Lake High Rape Occurred in Choir Room

Police provided a more detailed outline in court documents of what they said happened at Wilde Lake High School earlier this week.

Opponents of Gun Legislation Flock to Ellicott City Hearing

The Howard County Delegation's public hearing was dedicated, almost entirely, to testimony about newly proposed gun laws.

Wendy Webster, store manager of Wegmans Columbia discussed the store's first months of business.

Superintendent Apologizes After Last-Minute School Closing

Carroll County Superintendent Steve Guthrie pledges better communication in the future.

Vitale Tackles 'Spice' with New Legislation

The bill introduced by the Anne Arundel County delegate would categorize synthetic marijuana in the same group as marijuana, mescaline, and LSD.

Anne Arundel Delegate Reprimanded for Conflict of Interest

Del. Tony McConkey was publicly reprimanded by his peers on Tuesday after an ethics panel concluded that he stood to benefit personally from a legislation amendment.

Anne Arundel County police say although a man charged with trespassing at North County High School in Glen Burnie owns several guns and ammunition, he made no contact with students.

The school board will review proposed guidelines for usage of social media by Anne Arundel County Public School students and employees.

Police Charge Bank Robbery Suspect After Chase 

Police said Alexandria Mary Miller of Bowie used a gun to rob the PNC Bank in Crofton, and led police on a chase in two counties before being apprehended.

In what was described by Riverdale Park Mayor Vernon Archer as a "shake-up of leadership," going forward the Cafritz development will be lead by attorney Lawrence Taub from the firm O'Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore.

Greenbelt Man Charged in Fatal Shooting of N. Carolina Man

Prince George's police arrested Brandon Anthony Battle, who is charged in a Hillcrest Heights killing.

Man Airlifted after Car Struck By CSX Train

A driver whose car was struck by a train in Brandywine, MD, Wednesday was evacuated by a Maryland State Police helicopter with life-threatening injuries, according to Prince George's Fire/EMS chief spokesman.

Hinds-Mofor Resigns From Hyattsville Council

Ward 5 council member announces resignation after a year marked by frequent absences caused by pregnancy complications.

The Maryland Jockey Club is reviving plans for a major redevelopment of Laurel Park, the century-old thoroughbred racing facility just outside of the City of Laurel. A draft proposal submitted to state officials last week calls for building a new clubhouse, moving the stabling area, building 300 new stalls, and adding a space for retail shops. A hotel could be in the cards, as well.


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