Family, Police/Fire, Sci-Tech

Maryland State Police warn public of online scam involving sexual extortion of minors

EASTON, MD—Maryland State Police are reminding parents of online safety and to be aware of online scams involving the sexual extortion of minors. Authorities say they have received numerous reports of minors being contacted by other social media users who begin chatting with them via messaging services such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Social media platforms may provide users the …


Education, Sci-Tech

BCPS schools, offices experiencing internet outage

UPDATE: BCPS officials say internet connectivity has been restored. Original story below… —— TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools on Monday morning reported that schools and offices are currently experiencing internet connection issues. The issue is originating outside of the BCPS network, officials said. The BCPS Department of Technology is working to resolve the issue. There has been no ETA on …


Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office seizes domain name purporting to belong to U.S. Department of Labor

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has seized “US-dolbids.com” which purported to be the official website for the United States Department of Labor. The seizure of the domain was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Christopher Cooper of the Division of Advanced Technology and Analytics, …

Governor Hogan presents FY 2023 budget focused on tax relief, education, relief for underserved Marylanders [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday presented his Fiscal Year 2023 (FY 2023) surplus budget, which strengthens the state’s Rainy Day Fund to record levels, delivers major tax relief to retirees and working families, expands relief for vulnerable Marylanders, makes record investment in K-12 education and school construction, increases funding for the Maryland Park Service, fully funds Chesapeake Bay restoration, …

Governor Hogan announces Connect Maryland, $400 million initiative to ensure universal broadband For Maryland [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday announced the launch of Connect Maryland, a transformative new initiative to supercharge the State of Maryland’s broadband with a total new investment of $400 million to fully address the digital divide. The governor made the announcement in Snow Hill, where he was joined by Senate President Bill Ferguson, House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones, and …

County Executive Olszewski announces over $2 million in grant awards to expand rural broadband access

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Monday announced that Baltimore County will receive $2.25 million in grant awards from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and administered by the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband to significantly expand access to rural broadband in Baltimore County. Baltimore County and Comcast are expected to expand broadband access to nearly 900 residences …

MDTA’s DriveEzMD portal goes live in Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Transportation Authority on Thursday launched DriveEzMD, a new access point for the state’s toll facilities featuring a new website, web chat, expanded customer call center, new toll payment choices, text notifications and more. Now that DriveEzMD is live, all MDTA Customer Service Centers have reopened to the public with COVID-19 protocols still in effect. DriveEzMD.com is online …

Governor Hogan signs 66 bills into law [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday signed 66 bills into law, including legislation to preserve and expand telehealth and mental health services across the state, increase access to high-speed Internet, and bring critical reforms to the Maryland Environmental Service (MES). The governor was joined by Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones. “I want to thank our …