News Wrap: Winter Advisory; O'Malley Won't Run for Mikulski Seat
Winter Weather Advisory
A winter weather advisory is in effect in the Baltimore area until 10 p.m. tonight. The forecast is calling for snow, sleet and freezing rain, with up to an inch of snow accumulation and up to 1/10 inch of ice. Roads will likely be impacted by the wintry mix, which should make for dangerous travel in the region. Drivers should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility. Most school districts, including Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Carroll County, dismissed school early due to the inclement weather.
O’Malley Says He Won’t Run for Mikulski Seat
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley says he won’t run for the seat of retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. In a statement today, O'Malley said he's confident that some very capable candidates will vie for the seat, but he will not be one of them. He is still to be considering a run for president in 2016. In a statement yesterday, President Obama said Mikulski’s leadership serves as an inspiration to millions of women and girls across the globe to stand up and lead. The 78-year-old Mikulski is the longest-serving woman in Congress.
MD Senate Approves Rahn Nomination
A Maryland Senate committee has recommended the confirmation of Pete Rahn to become the state's next transportation secretary. Rahn was brought back for a second round of questioning yesterday. When Governor Larry Hogan announced Rahn as his choice for the post, some lawmakers said they were concerned about his commitment to public transportation. Rahn reportedly told the committee that he's looking for ways to reduce the cost of building the Red and Purple light rail lines.
Terps Women’s Coach Honored
University of Maryland Women’s Basketball Coach Brenda Frese was named Big 10 Coach of the Year for taking the Maryland women undefeated in conference play in the school’s first year in the Big 10. The fourth-ranked Terps are the number one seed going into the tournament, and will play Friday against either Michigan or Michigan State.
Disappointing Opening for O’s
The Baltimore Orioles had a disappointing start to the 2015 Spring Training Season on the road at the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez recorded four outs in his first start and was charged with six runs on two hits. The O’s were down 0-15 at the top of the 9th inning.
Late Bloomers Predicted for Cherry Blossom Festival
Forecasters predict that peak bloom for DC’s cherry blossoms will come at the end of this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, scheduled for March 20-April 12. According to the National Weather Service, peak bloom is predicted for April 11-14, but the forecast may change as we get closer to the date.