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Maryland State Police Sgt. Marc Black said some people pretend they don't know that handheld cell phones are not permitted on Maryland roads. (Screenshot from CNS YouTube video)
Bob April 16, 2014 at 09:09 am
“People would think that hands-free is better, but really it turns out that the research showsRead More that it’s about as bad. The hands-free [device] still involves the brain pretty fully it just frees up your hands, but you’re still engaged,” Of course hands-free still involves the brain as much as hands-on. The biggest difference is that hands-on also engages the hand, so movement of the hand is restricted. After 7 months I still see many many drivers with some type of device in-hand, either up to the ear or being held near the steering wheel. Maybe the state should start offering a small bounty (remember how VA did it with HOV lanes, although not necessarily involving cash) for reporting a car with a device in the hand of the driver.
Kolo Jezdec April 16, 2014 at 09:12 am
@Roger "How many times do we see cops breaking the law on this? Often. And speeding."Read More Some cops also do drugs, assault people, rape women, get in car accidents, etc. And some doctors smoke and eat too much, tax accountants sometimes file their taxes late, ministers sin, writers plagiarize, blah, blah, blah.**** Middle School students use the "He did it, too," defense. Adults should do what is right regardless of who else is doing it. Concentrating solely on operating a 1-2 ton machine when on a public road is the right thing to do. Unless you are a tough guy like brett farve.
Kolo Jezdec April 16, 2014 at 09:26 am
" Maybe the state should start offering a small bounty (remember how VA did it with HOV lanes,Read More although not necessarily involving cash) for reporting a car with a device in the hand of the driver."****Not in favor of reporting on each other. Would be hard to prove, would take our attention away from driving, and would likely require us to use a phone while driving.***If everyone was more courteous and thoughtful of others using the road, lots of problems could be avoided.
"We want to provide some sweet relief to our  customers," the Great American Cookies vice president said. (Credit: Great American Cookies)
MG42 April 15, 2014 at 01:11 pm
Feels like these private businesses offer me more on tax day than the services I get from ourRead More worthless federal, state and local governments that actually take my tax money (at gunpoint, to boot).
Midwest Hydroganics owner Joseph Vota said business has been booming since Patch revealed the DEA was staking out his store. Credit: Joseph Hosey
Bruce Cummings April 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm
@Kim Johnson. Not that it matters, but you have your facts wrong. President Barack Obama nominatedRead More Leonhart for the position of DEA Administrator on 2/2/2010. The issue here is people should be able to shop at a store without being followed or have the NSA track each word I am typing.
knee jerk April 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm
I'll do my shopping in either Lowe's or Wal-Mart's garden centers, at least for now, and only useRead More cash.
Bill Leseberg April 16, 2014 at 08:17 am
Topper N Mitzi - Obama does suck, 100% of the time!
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will be honored for his work to repeal the death penalty. Patch file photo.
Melinda Bedard April 15, 2014 at 05:00 pm
That jackass shouldn't be honored for anything! He has done nothing but make Maryland one of theRead More most taxed states in the nation! We need to bring back the death penalty and go back to the electric chair. Lethal injection is too good for most of the animals that commit heinous crimes! He is an embarrassment for the state of Maryland.
Dudley Sharp April 16, 2014 at 06:56 am
O'Malley: Sacrificing More Innocents THE DEATH PENALTY: SAVING MORE INNOCENT LIVES The InnocentRead More Frauds: Standard Anti Death Penalty Strategy and THE DEATH PENALTY: SAVING MORE INNOCENT LIVES http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-innocent-frauds-standard-anti-death.html OF COURSE THE DEATH PENALTY DETERS: A review of the debate and MURDERERS MUCH PREFER LIFE OVER EXECUTION 99.7% of murderers tell us "Give me life, not execution" http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/03/of-course-death-penalty-deters.html
TIM GORDON April 16, 2014 at 07:55 am
WHATS REALLY SCAREY IS THAT HE WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT. WE CANNOT COMPARE OUR STATE WITH TEXAS ASRead More THEY ARE REPUBICAN AND WE ARE LIBERAL DEMOCRATES. REALLY. BUT I LOVE THIS STATE AND WHERE I LIVE IN DUNDALK. I PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS AS THEY SURE NEED WISDOM.
Stu Pidasso April 16, 2014 at 12:54 am
true dat. there is alot of waste in this country, perhaps tis the reason we are trillions of dollarsRead More in the hole!! Our Founding Fathers would be rolling in their graves if they knew what is going on in our country, going right down the shitter......
steve forte April 16, 2014 at 07:40 am
How broke are we you ask? Well we are 17trillion $ broke. Is that a lot of money? Well lets see. AllRead More single family homes combined in this country are worth about 16Trillion $. If none of us had a mortgage and everyone sold their home and gave the money to the gvmt we would still be broke. That's effin broke.
Pedro April 16, 2014 at 07:56 am
Chicago man should be a dead Chicago man-but we will put him in prison with all his buddies!
Twitter photo of the bus burned in a crash in Orland last week, where 10 people died, including five students.
Holly B April 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm
God bless Heaven's newest angels. We here on earth will miss them both.
RM April 15, 2014 at 11:26 am
Hey John Rithouse, if you don't like it, then don't come here for news. Guys like you make this sameRead More annoying comment every day. Are you mentally slow?
rubberband April 15, 2014 at 01:28 pm
This was out in my neck of the woods. All really great kids, college bound and starting their adultRead More lives. Having lost a child, I can say these families will mourn for as long as they live, and will have to find a "new normal" as EVERYTHING is changed for them now...I wish them strength, there is nothing quite like burying a child. Appreciated are the messages of respect and sympathy. It can be annoying to get news from areas other than your own, however the new Patch is doing things differently, and show no evidence of changing it back.....my best advice would be to ignore stories not in your area, and to write your editor directly, and share your comments with those who can make changes.
Screen Grab from WCVB report of a senior home resident who was evacuated.
Kathleen April 15, 2014 at 09:47 pm
OK, let me take a wild guess here...This is Massachusetts so it shouldn't be that difficult toRead More figure it out. These two crack heads in their 40's are on SSI, claiming some phony disability and are living on SSI in a Section 8 apartment in a senior complex. Probably a good guess right? They put senior citizens in grave danger and will probably get a slap on the wrist and sent right back to live in the elderly housing... just a guess of course but probably pretty accurate. Either that or they are living in an apartment with one of their parents and are not on the lease but yet still live there...only in MA!
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Kathleen I don't get the Massachusetts reference, having said that I think your about right.
century April 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Kathleen, your right. As for housing, the less number of homeless, the more grant money the city andRead More state receives for housing. It happens all the time in Pennsylvania. Free loaders like the crackheads mentioned in the story is why people who have legimate disabilities are judged as liars and have to fight for their rights.
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement to compete in an event in Arizona later this month. File|Patch
Pat April 14, 2014 at 05:29 pm
I really do wish he would stay retired and give the young guys a chance. He's had his day in theRead More sun. Time to sit back and enjoy the up- and- comers.
runymede April 15, 2014 at 07:38 am
Who cares ?
Steven Spiegel April 15, 2014 at 10:31 pm
What does Mike retiring have a thing to do with the young up and comers having a chance ? They haveRead More a chance to swim against him and beat him if they train hard enough !!!!!! That is why its a competition . I believe retirement at 30 is absurd . They pay those guys to much if they can retire at age 30.
Megan Huntsman: Credit KLTV screen grab
John April 15, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Well gee officer, I was throwing out some old stinky boxes my wife had in our garage and the nextRead More thing you know......
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Nothing new there Black panther o Poetry the human race has been delving the depth of depravity forRead More eons. There are a lot of good people in our world, but unfortunately evil is hyper active
D Penta April 15, 2014 at 05:29 pm
It says Around Town but the headline is UTAH. Utah is not near Natick!! I think everyone should notRead More open an article on Patch unless they see their town's name in the headline. So If it doesn't say Natick, then we all know it is not LOCAL to the Natick Patch. The less clicks these Patch sites get, the fewer advertisers they will get and then perhaps they will realize if we want sensational news from across the country we'd go back to Patch's former owners AOL and the HuffPost! Those here from other Patch sites - I think you should do the same only click on articles that mention your community's name. No name. No click!
April's blood moon eclipse will show itself on April 15, 2014. Photo Credit: jurvetson, via flickr creative commons
art doyle April 15, 2014 at 07:52 am
noah was a story in a book. just sayin'
M L Goins April 15, 2014 at 11:16 am
I am a Christian and have accepted Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God as my Lord andRead More Saviour. Some of you posting must not have actually heard what Pastor John Hagee said. What he said was, that when other blood moons ocurred that something significant ocurred regarding the Jews, the blood moon of 1492 and the expulsion edict to remove all Jews from Spain, the 1948 blood moon Israel became a nation, the 1967 blood moon and the six day war resulting in some Israeli land being reclaimed. Pastor Hagee said NOTHING about the end of the world ocurring to coincide with the four blood moons ( he did however say people would say he did - which looking at these posts some have misconstrued his words). Perhaps all the posters that are commenting on what Pastor Hagee said should actually hear what he said PRIOR to commenting/mocking/judging. Pastor Hagee and his statements. Perhaps, in time, we will see if the government of Israel has made a significant decision today. Personally (my very own personal opinion- no Biblical prophecy just me), I hope they decide NOT to ever release any more terrorists from prison to bribe the palestinians to "talk" about making a peace agreement.....just saying....
Tom Hollman April 15, 2014 at 11:36 am
THIS ALL HAS TO DO WITH ORBITAL POSITIONING-----------------JUST SAYING.
A man who tried to cross a road without using the crosswalk was fatally struck and killed by two cars Saturday. File|Patch
Richard Rice April 15, 2014 at 09:25 am
This is a major tragedy in two ways. First tragedy was that he did not crossed whileRead More not in a cross walk and the second tragedy was the loss to his family!! May God grant strength to those left who are grieving!
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