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Hogan proposes $1K bonus for state employees

Mar 9, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing a $1,000 bonus for all state employees.

Hogan submitted a $74 million supplemental budget on Monday to provide for the bonuses.

Hogan says the bonuses recognize the hard work of state employees, who have overcome significant challenges to deliver essential services to Marylanders during this COVID-19 health emergency.

The supplemental budget for the bonuses will need approval by the General Assembly.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —  City Council President Nick Mosby joins Farajii Muhammad to discuss public safety, the role of city council and his vision for Baltimore. 


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA)— Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer and NASA Solar System ambassador at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania joins Dr. Kaye to discuss the importance of the Tuskegee Airmen. 


Towards the end of the show, Dr. Kaye shares an interview with Morgan State University’s Archivist Dr. Ida Jones who shares the history and significance of the National Treasure. 

Police officer, Guardsman arrested on child porn charge

Mar 8, 2021

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police officer and National Guard member was arrested while working a mass vaccination clinic at Six Flags amusement park on a child pornography charge.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday its detectives had been working for months with federal authorities leading up to Friday’s arrest of Daniel Morozewicz of Frederick, who was released pending trial.

Morozewicz is a Rockville police officer and a corporal with the Maryland National Guard.

Region’s largest brood of cicadas will emerge this year

Mar 8, 2021

BALTIMORE (AP) — The region’s largest brood of cicadas will emerge this year.

The Baltimore Sun reported last week that scientists are rejoicing over the once-every-17-years event.

Millions of cicadas are likely to rise from the ground around mid- to late May.

The insects will stick around for two to four weeks.

The cicadas will breed and leave behind the next generation. It will surface in 2038. The winged singers are part of a group called Brood X or Brood Ten.

They will be hard to miss because their calls can approach 100 decibels.

Masks on but not much else; Baltimore strip clubs reopen

Mar 8, 2021
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore City’s strippers are back to the grind after the city lifted a pandemic-related shutdown of gentlemen’s clubs.

City strip clubs were allowed to reopen Friday after a prolonged closure of nearly three months.

The city’s order allowing strip clubs to resume operations came in the wake of a lawsuit filed by the clubs.

They argued that the city had been discriminating against them because other indoor venues were allowed to reopen while clubs had remained closed.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is lifting a COVID-19 mask mandate that was imposed last summer but has only been lightly enforced.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement Tuesday makes Texas the largest state to do away with a face covering order.

The new rule takes effect March 10.

The decision comes as governors across the U.S. have eased coronavirus restrictions, despite warnings from health experts that the outbreak is far from over.

Texas has seen a sharp plunge in cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks.

Police: Ex-chief targeted foes in string of Maryland arsons

Mar 4, 2021

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a former Maryland police chief is accused of setting fires to multiple structures that belonged to his adversaries.

Former Laurel Police Chief David Crawford was arrested Wednesday and is charged with over 50 felonies, including first-degree arson and first-degree attempted murder.

A string of fires at multiple homes, vehicles and residential garages took place from 2011 to 2020 in Howard, Prince George’s, Frederick and Montgomery counties.

Maryland Senate approves package of police reform measures

Mar 4, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A package of police reform measures in Maryland has passed the state Senate.

The measures approved Wednesday include a statewide standard for use of force, expanded use of body cameras and greater public access to police misconduct records.

A repeal of police job protections in a statewide disciplinary process that critics say have shielded authorities from responsibility in police brutality cases also was among the eight separate measures.

Joe Altobelli, manager who led O's to '83 WS, dies at 88

Mar 4, 2021

BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Altobelli, the manager who led the Baltimore Orioles to their most recent World Series title in 1983, has died at the age of 88.

The Orioles confirmed Altobelli’s death on Wednesday and in a statement said that the manager was a “tremendous leader.”

Altobelli was hired by the Orioles before the 1983 season and immediately found success.

The team’s roster included future Hall of Famers like first baseman Eddie Murray, shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. and pitcher Jim Palmer.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Demetric Muhammad, researcher and author of "But Didn't Yall Kill Malcolm?" joins Farajii Muhammad for a conversation about the assassination of Malcolm X, the United States government and the narrative behind the film, "The Rise of the Black Messiah". 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — The Housing Authority of Baltimore City says elevated levels of COVID-19 have been detected in wastewater at Latrobe Homes. 


The Maryland Department of the Environment uses an early warning system to detect COVID-19 from wastewater samples. 


Officials believe one or more residents or visitors who have recently used restroom facilities at the property may have contracted the coronavirus. 



BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore is the only jurisdiction in Maryland where the police department is considered a state agency.

State lawmakers are once again considering giving Baltimore City control over the police department. 

Farajii poses the question, “ Do you think the city should gain control over the police department?” 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Law professor Michael Higginbotham joins Dr. Kaye to talk about American democracy.