Education, Sci-Tech

BCPS closes schools due to ransomware attack

UPDATE 2: Baltimore County government officials have issued the following statement: “We are aware that Baltimore County Public Schools has been the victim of a ransomware attack. Our Office of Information Technology is working closely with them to offer technical assistance and guidance. We do not have any reason to believe that Baltimore County Government systems have been compromised, but …


Business, Events, Politics, Sci-Tech

Baltimore County to host small business webinar on executive orders

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and County officials will host a free webinar on Tuesday, December 1 to help small business owners and managers navigate the current reality of operating businesses staying up-to-date with state and local executive orders. The webinar will also educate attendees on additional resources such as loans and grants that are available. “Deciphering Current Executive …


Frosh announces $17.5 million multi-state settlement with Home Depot over data breach

BALTIMORE MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday announced a multi-state settlement with the Georgia-based retailer The Home Depot stemming from its 2014 data breach, which exposed the payment card information of approximately 40 million consumers nationwide. Through the $17.5 million-dollar settlement, The Home Depot has reached a resolution with 46 states and the District of Columbia. The Home …

Rideshare driver assaulted, carjacked in Fullerton

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Police are investigating after a rideshare driver was assaulted and carjacked in Fullerton last week. At just before 12:15 p.m. on Friday, November 20, the suspect ordered a ride from a ridesharing service. When the driver picked up the suspect in the 7500-block of Belair Road (21236), the suspect assaulted the driver, then took control of the victim’s vehicle …

Governor Hogan: Maryland to send COVID-19 wireless emergency alert on Thanksgiving Eve, Maryland State Police to step up compliance enforcement

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday afternoon announced that the state would be stepping up enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and cases surge across the state. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will send a wireless emergency alert to cell phones across the state to remind Marylanders of critical COVID-19 …

Dole recalls organic romaine hearts due to E. coli risk

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of organic romaine hearts. The products being recalled are Dole™ Organic Romaine Hearts 3pk (UPC 0-71430-90061-1), combined English/French packaging, with Harvested-On dates of 10-23-20 and 10-26-20, and Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts (UPC 7-11535-50201-2), with Harvested-On dates of 10-23-20 and 10-26-20. The recall is being conducted due …

Ring recalls 2nd-generation doorbells due to fire risk

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Amazon’s Ring is recalling hundreds of thousands of video doorbells due to a fire risk. The Ring Video Doorbell (Second Generation) battery can reportedly overheat when incorrect screws are used for installation, posing fire and burn hazards. This recall involves Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation), model number 5UM5E5 smart doorbell cameras. Only Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) models with …

WEEKLY ZIP CODE REPORT: Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Friday reported that statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to rise along with the overall positivity rate over the past week.  Mortality rates continued to decline during the same time period. Previous zip code reports can be viewed here. Overall Metrics As of Friday, November 20, 2020, there have been 177,086 cases of novel coronavirus …