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Maryland State Police Sgt. Marc Black said some people pretend they don't know that handheld cell phones are not permitted on Maryland roads. (Screenshot from CNS YouTube video)
Dennis Gilpin April 15, 2014 at 08:50 pm
If you are traveling at sixty plus you have little time to make a fast stop. Most people travel tooRead More close on our roads and taking your eyes off the road not only puts your passengers lives at risk but everyone life at risk. This has been a contributing cause of road crews being killed because of distracted driving. When I see the traffic slow up on the beltway I immediately put on my four ways to get the attention of the vehicle behind me. My brother got rear ended on I-95 north near RT 24 by a driver who didn't see the stopped traffic up ahead. He was rear ended by a vehicle traveling about fifty miles an hour. If he didn't have a heavy vehicle he would have been killed.
Roger April 16, 2014 at 05:05 am
How many times do we see cops breaking the law on this? Often. And speeding.
brett farve April 16, 2014 at 05:40 am
Hey cops.. Im responding on my cell phone right now driving 70 mph. Its just a law to make money.Read More Pull me over talking on it and I will shove i u y a
"We want to provide some sweet relief to our  customers," the Great American Cookies vice president said. (Credit: Great American Cookies)
MG42 April 15, 2014 at 01:11 pm
Feels like these private businesses offer me more on tax day than the services I get from ourRead More worthless federal, state and local governments that actually take my tax money (at gunpoint, to boot).
Midwest Hydroganics owner Joseph Vota said business has been booming since Patch revealed the DEA was staking out his store. Credit: Joseph Hosey
John April 15, 2014 at 07:10 pm
@Kim Johnson- don't be silly Kim. Barry 's been in charge for 6 yrs now and could of appointed OprahRead More to that position if he wanted to. .
Bruce Cummings April 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm
@Kim Johnson. Not that it matters, but you have your facts wrong. President Barack Obama nominatedRead More Leonhart for the position of DEA Administrator on 2/2/2010. The issue here is people should be able to shop at a store without being followed or have the NSA track each word I am typing.
knee jerk April 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm
I'll do my shopping in either Lowe's or Wal-Mart's garden centers, at least for now, and only useRead More cash.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will be honored for his work to repeal the death penalty. Patch file photo.
Dennis Gilpin April 15, 2014 at 01:35 pm
With elections coming up, it is no surprise that the award is well timed. Has to try to justify howRead More his administration voted.Coming from Baltimore he dealt with a lot of violence and gang banging. You would think he would want to protect the public from killers by having a deterrent ? While no one wants to condemn a man, no person wants to be victim of senseless violence. The technology as evolved to such an degree that many killings can be tied to an individual. Take the death penalty off the books and we become caretakers of the individuals who prey on us. Putting them in prison works real well. Consider the access the criminals had to all the women and drugs in the Baltimore city jail. When a criminal takes their own life, after killing innocent people or kidnapping and killing a child, it is just what they should get rather than coddling them for the rest of their life. As was noted in the article, the prison guards have little defense against a inmate doing life. If Baltimore county wanted to keep the death penalty , on the books, it's only because they want the killers to be accountable for their actions, also as a deterrent.
Buzzy Fretton April 15, 2014 at 01:48 pm
Honored??? LOL!! Just pathetic. O'Malley & his blind mice have not learned from Texas'Read More example.
Melinda Bedard April 15, 2014 at 05:00 pm
That jackass shouldn't be honored for anything! He has done nothing but make Maryland one of theRead More most taxed states in the nation! We need to bring back the death penalty and go back to the electric chair. Lethal injection is too good for most of the animals that commit heinous crimes! He is an embarrassment for the state of Maryland.
joebanana April 15, 2014 at 02:44 pm
A .22 cent tax on a SODA? Sounds like a Mob shakedown.
joe smoe April 15, 2014 at 03:02 pm
that's obama's home town. not that he showed up as a senator when we was one. too bad he isn't asRead More delinquent as Commander In Chief in the White House. He sucks hugely. A huge waste of a human being.
Stu Pidasso April 16, 2014 at 12:54 am
true dat. there is alot of waste in this country, perhaps tis the reason we are trillions of dollarsRead More in the hole!! Our Founding Fathers would be rolling in their graves if they knew what is going on in our country, going right down the shitter......
Twitter photo of the bus burned in a crash in Orland last week, where 10 people died, including five students.
Holly B April 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm
God bless Heaven's newest angels. We here on earth will miss them both.
RM April 15, 2014 at 11:26 am
Hey John Rithouse, if you don't like it, then don't come here for news. Guys like you make this sameRead More annoying comment every day. Are you mentally slow?
rubberband April 15, 2014 at 01:28 pm
This was out in my neck of the woods. All really great kids, college bound and starting their adultRead More lives. Having lost a child, I can say these families will mourn for as long as they live, and will have to find a "new normal" as EVERYTHING is changed for them now...I wish them strength, there is nothing quite like burying a child. Appreciated are the messages of respect and sympathy. It can be annoying to get news from areas other than your own, however the new Patch is doing things differently, and show no evidence of changing it back.....my best advice would be to ignore stories not in your area, and to write your editor directly, and share your comments with those who can make changes.
Screen Grab from WCVB report of a senior home resident who was evacuated.
Kathleen April 15, 2014 at 09:47 pm
OK, let me take a wild guess here...This is Massachusetts so it shouldn't be that difficult toRead More figure it out. These two crack heads in their 40's are on SSI, claiming some phony disability and are living on SSI in a Section 8 apartment in a senior complex. Probably a good guess right? They put senior citizens in grave danger and will probably get a slap on the wrist and sent right back to live in the elderly housing... just a guess of course but probably pretty accurate. Either that or they are living in an apartment with one of their parents and are not on the lease but yet still live there...only in MA!
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Kathleen I don't get the Massachusetts reference, having said that I think your about right.
century April 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Kathleen, your right. As for housing, the less number of homeless, the more grant money the city andRead More state receives for housing. It happens all the time in Pennsylvania. Free loaders like the crackheads mentioned in the story is why people who have legimate disabilities are judged as liars and have to fight for their rights.
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement to compete in an event in Arizona later this month. File|Patch
Pat April 14, 2014 at 05:29 pm
I really do wish he would stay retired and give the young guys a chance. He's had his day in theRead More sun. Time to sit back and enjoy the up- and- comers.
runymede April 15, 2014 at 07:38 am
Who cares ?
Steven Spiegel April 15, 2014 at 10:31 pm
What does Mike retiring have a thing to do with the young up and comers having a chance ? They haveRead More a chance to swim against him and beat him if they train hard enough !!!!!! That is why its a competition . I believe retirement at 30 is absurd . They pay those guys to much if they can retire at age 30.
Megan Huntsman: Credit KLTV screen grab
John April 15, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Well gee officer, I was throwing out some old stinky boxes my wife had in our garage and the nextRead More thing you know......
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Nothing new there Black panther o Poetry the human race has been delving the depth of depravity forRead More eons. There are a lot of good people in our world, but unfortunately evil is hyper active
D Penta April 15, 2014 at 05:29 pm
It says Around Town but the headline is UTAH. Utah is not near Natick!! I think everyone should notRead More open an article on Patch unless they see their town's name in the headline. So If it doesn't say Natick, then we all know it is not LOCAL to the Natick Patch. The less clicks these Patch sites get, the fewer advertisers they will get and then perhaps they will realize if we want sensational news from across the country we'd go back to Patch's former owners AOL and the HuffPost! Those here from other Patch sites - I think you should do the same only click on articles that mention your community's name. No name. No click!
April's blood moon eclipse will show itself on April 15, 2014. Photo Credit: jurvetson, via flickr creative commons
art doyle April 15, 2014 at 07:52 am
noah was a story in a book. just sayin'
M L Goins April 15, 2014 at 11:16 am
I am a Christian and have accepted Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God as my Lord andRead More Saviour. Some of you posting must not have actually heard what Pastor John Hagee said. What he said was, that when other blood moons ocurred that something significant ocurred regarding the Jews, the blood moon of 1492 and the expulsion edict to remove all Jews from Spain, the 1948 blood moon Israel became a nation, the 1967 blood moon and the six day war resulting in some Israeli land being reclaimed. Pastor Hagee said NOTHING about the end of the world ocurring to coincide with the four blood moons ( he did however say people would say he did - which looking at these posts some have misconstrued his words). Perhaps all the posters that are commenting on what Pastor Hagee said should actually hear what he said PRIOR to commenting/mocking/judging. Pastor Hagee and his statements. Perhaps, in time, we will see if the government of Israel has made a significant decision today. Personally (my very own personal opinion- no Biblical prophecy just me), I hope they decide NOT to ever release any more terrorists from prison to bribe the palestinians to "talk" about making a peace agreement.....just saying....
Tom Hollman April 15, 2014 at 11:36 am
A screen grab from WKYC's Facebook page.
JD tippit April 14, 2014 at 09:44 pm
santella stop your badmouthing of pigs you racist human
John Santaella April 15, 2014 at 12:40 am
My bad. I apologize to all pigs. I shouldn't have done it. No more bacon for a month for me
Andie April 15, 2014 at 08:50 am
Someone should have walked by him and whipped a big wad of crap at him and see how he likes it.
CBS Sacramento screenshot of the bus accident in Orland, which took the lives of 10 people, including five students from Southern California.
John Chrusciel April 14, 2014 at 02:16 pm
John the reports stated the vehicle was on fire. This was before the crash. Maybe the driver saw hisRead More tractor on fire and had a massive heart attack? Who knows.
John Chrusciel April 14, 2014 at 02:21 pm
Decaturette back in the days before collapsible steering shafts it was a bad idea to wear a seatbeltRead More because during a head on collision the steering shaft would act as a spear and run you through. I never wore a seat belt my old MGA or TR3. However, this is no longer a problem because of modern design and engineering. Some people will hem and haw about being t-boned at an intersection and the harm that a three point harness can do. I personally know many people who have had their lives saved by seat belts. I always wear mine. They should afford children the same opportunity to protect themselves. A 25 mile per hour head on collision with another vehicle travelling at 25 miles per hour is like a 50 mile per hour collision. So I do not buy the argument about shorter distances nor do I buy the article about lower driving speeds. What can is cost to have simple lap belts installed in a school bus? Are we that greedy?
Becky April 14, 2014 at 04:03 pm
I think the real reason they don't install them is that it would raise a whole other level ofRead More liability -- like that then they would have to keep the seatbelts in good working order, and maybe enforce that people wear them. Could I sue them because another passenger flew out of their seat and hit me. Etc, etc.
Promoting the Port of Baltimore's new depth was one of the gubernatorial candidates' strategies for increasing economic activity. (Credit: Marge Neal)
Chuck Burton April 14, 2014 at 03:55 pm
Bob, you are correct about the tonnage, I'm not so sure about value on the east coast, except in NewRead More York/New Jersey. American business would doubtless be happy to manufacture here, if politicians, in their search for votes, hadn't driven costs so high. Now politicians overseas are beginning to do the same thing, and it is sometimes as cheap or cheaper to make things here again, so jobs are beginning to return. The trouble is, all the money we've spent over there is beginning to be used to buy American companies, so profits will still tend to go over the water. Politics is behind it all.
steven bradley April 15, 2014 at 04:35 am
Bob, the largest retailer in the world is WalMart. Did they get that way by providing moderatelyRead More priced American made products? No they got that way by providing the cheapest prices for products primarily produced overseas. That would make the American consumer at fact wouldn't it? There are plenty of places to place blame. It's not big bad businesses fault. If we eased regulations it would make it easier on small manufacturers and start ups to do business. That would go a long way to bringing manufacturing back here.
Bob Bobbers April 15, 2014 at 09:00 am
Steven, I agree that the American consumer shares the blame. But give the tired old "easeRead More regulations" spiel a rest. Politicians have been giving more and more tax breaks to the wealthy and to businesses since the mid-70's and have been deregulating more and more since the 80's. We have been bleeding jobs all that time. Deregulation and tax breaks for the wealthy simply do not work. If the past 40ish years are not enough evidence for you then look at what happened in the 1920's and 30's. It was the same pattern and it lead to the depression. There is a model that works. The model set from the 1940's through the mid-70's - known as the golden age of capitalism. There was stiff regulation of business, the wealthy paid their fair share of taxes, corporations paid their fair share of taxes and union membership was at an all time high. It worked. We had the longest period of sustained economic growth in our history. You see, capitalism only works when the majority can participate. When a business offshores its operations they take all of their employees out of the game. Then other businesses do it and we get a domino effect. Today we are living with the consequences of that. One of the consequences is that people have less money to live on so they are forced to buy cheap imports from WalMart even if they would prefer to buy local products.
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