News Wrap: O'Malley Warns Against Drilling; Deep Freeze
Baltimore Declares Code Blue Due To Frigid Temps
Baltimore City is declaring a "Code Blue" through tomorrow because of predicted frigid temperatures. The declaration means public and private shelters are available with extended services and there's help for those with no heat or electricity. There have been nine Code Blue days in Baltimore so far this winter, with two hypothermia-related deaths in the city.
O'Malley Critical Of Offshore Drilling
Martin O'Malley is slamming the Obama administration's plan to allow offshore oil drilling along the East Coast. In an op-ed piece in the The New York Times, the former Maryland governor calls the plan a "big mistake." O'Malley says the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster should be a reminder that the benefits of drilling don't outweigh the threat to local communities, public health and the environment when an "inevitable spill occurs."
Former Ravens Nose Tackle Cody Indicted For Animal Cruelty
Former Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody is facing animal cruelty charges. Baltimore County police say Cody has been indicted by a grand jury. He was processed and released on $10,000 bond. Before the indictment was made public today, the Ravens announced that Cody had been released from the team.
Maryland Lawmakers To Renew Push To Legalize Pot
Some Maryland lawmakers are renewing the effort to legalize marijuana in the state. Legislators from Colorado and Washington state paid a visit to Annapolis last week, saying voter-passed initiatives to legalize, control and tax the drug in their states in 2012 are working well. A recent poll shows that more than half of Maryland residents support legalizing pot and regulating it like alcohol.
City Hopes Billy Joel Concert Will Fill Coffers
City officials are licking their chops at the prospect of selling out M&T Bank Stadium for this summer's Billy Joel concert. The city and state raked in almost a million dollars in taxes generated by last year's Jay-Z/Beyonce show at the stadium. The Maryland Stadium Authority estimates that concert resulted in more than $6.5 million dollars in total spending.