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2013 Geminid Meteor Shower peaks tonight (WATCH LIVE)

Meteor Shower

BALTIMORE; 2:32 p.m. – One of the best meteor showers of the year lights up the sky late Friday night into Saturday morning. The 2013 Geminid Meteor Shower could treat viewers to 90 to 120 meteors per hour. Observers can…

Baltimore City NAACP President issues statement on death of Nelson Mandela

Tessa Hill-Aston

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston statement on the death of former South African President and human rights champion Nelson Mandela. Mandela died on Thursday at 95 years of age. Here is the full…

Flags to be flown at half-staff through December 9 to honor Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

BALTIMORE – President Barack Obama on Friday ordered that the United States Flag be flown at half-staff immediately as a mark of respect for the memory of Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at 95 years of age. Governor Martin…

Gov. O’Malley announces $200M investment in Maryland by Brazilian pharmaceutical company

Martin O'Malley

ANNAPOLIS – On a trade mission to Brazil, Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that Brace Pharmaceuticals, an investment company created by EMS S/A, Brazil’s largest domestic pharmaceutical company, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Montgomery County and plans to invest…

Nelson Mandela dead at 95 (VIDEO)

Nelson Mandela

UPDATE (12/6/13; 9:43 a.m. ET): Both the U.S. flag and the Maryland flag will be flown at half-staff through December 9 to mark Mandela’s passing. The president of the Baltimore City NAACP has issued an official statement marking Mandela’s death.…

READ: Pope Francis’ new manifesto calls for decentralized Catholic Church, slams economic inequality

Pope Francis I 2013

ROME – Eight months into his papacy, Pope Francis this week issued a wide-ranging manifesto in which he sharply criticizes the excesses of capitalism and says he would like to see a decentralized Roman Catholic Church that is “bruised, hurting…

NORAD Santa Tracker 2013 goes live on December 1st

NORAD Santa Tracker

BALTIMORE – Just one more day until the 2013 edition of NORAD Tracks Santa goes live. The NORAD Santa Tracker website, www.noradsanta.org, goes live on Sunday, December 1, featuring a holiday countdown, daily games and activities, and much more. There…

Gov. O’Malley to lead trade mission to Brazil, El Salvador

Martin O'Malley

ANNAPOLIS – Governor Martin O’Malley, First Lady Catherine O’Malley and a delegation of Maryland business leaders, educators and government officials will travel to Brazil and El Salvador for a nine-day trade mission in December. The trip will strengthen economic and…

Catholic churches in Baltimore to take up collection for Philippines aid

Archbishop William Lori

BALTIMORE – Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, has asked all Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Baltimore to hold a special collection at Masses this weekend to support typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines. All money raised will…

Mayor Rawlings-Blake deploys emergency management planner to help typhoon survivors

Super Typhoon Haiyan

BALTIMORE – On Wednesday, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that C.P. Hsia, director of planning for the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, will be deploying with a team of emergency management professionals to one of the most severely impacted…