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Best of 2012: Most-Read Stories in Maryland

Maryland had its own horrific shootings in 2012, but it wasn't a year all about bad news. Remember Zaching, dinosaur footprints and the lawless Batman?

 

The end of the year is an opportunity to look back at the news that had us riveted in Maryland. Here are Patch's most-read stories of 2012:

Blue State Politics: Referendum Wins in Maryland Make National Headlines

A dominant state Democratic Party, a progressive electorate and other factors converged in Maryland on Election Day to bring passage of same-sex marriage, in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants and expanded gambling.

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Two Young Women Dead in Ellicott City Train Derailment

Two young women one week away from going back to college died at the site of a CSX train derailment in Ellicott City.

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Perry Hall High School Shooting Opens 2012-2013 School Year

A 15-year-old was accused of shooting another student in Perry Hall High School's cafeteria on the first day of school.

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'Zaching': Maryland Teen With Brain Cancer Inspires Web Phenomenon

A viral web sensation was born in support of Zach Lederer, a local politician's son who thought he had beaten cancer at age 11 but faced a renewed challenge in 2012.

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An Episcopal priest and an employee were the victims of a shooting in an Ellicott City church.

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Dinosaur Footprints of Deadly Flesh Eaters and Spike-Toed Iguanodon Found at NASA Goddard

Goddard scientists study outer space on land where dinosaurs once roamed, including fierce carnivores, and newly discovered dino prints prove it, according to a dinosaur tracker. 

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Police Charge 12-Year-Old in Toddler's Killing

A 12-year-old boy was charged and sentenced in the beating death of a 2-year-old girl who was staying at his family's home.

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Video Depicts Laurel Police Hitting Handcuffed Man

The Laurel Police Department investigated an incident involving an officer striking a handcuffed man at a bar. The NAACP called for the officer's removal.

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Police Charge Teen in Pasadena Murder

Police charge two teens, then drop charges against one in an unusual twist.

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Bel Air Teen Accused Of Murdering Father

Robert Richardson III stands accused of murdering his father in Bel Air in January. Richardson allegedly shot his father before dumping his body in Aberdeen.

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Grandson Faces Charges in Grandparents' Homicides 

Sudbrook Park resident Matthew Long, 31, was being held without bail in the Baltimore County Detention Center after being charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 10 deaths of his elderly grandparents, Vaughn and Marjorie Pepper.

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A man who jumped off the South River Bridge in Anne Arundel County was the father of a 28-year-old woman who did the same just four days prior, according to sources close to the family.

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Waugh Chapel Towne Centre Coming to Life

Where Wegmans goes, people will follow.

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PHOTOS: Westboro Protest Unites Glen Burnie Community

A community found out it could come together in the face of criticism by Westboro Baptist Church, which held a rally and called teen girls "whores."

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White Student Union Speaker Preaches Racial Separation

Jared Taylor said he hoped to spread a message about the importance of racial separation during a meeting of prospective members of a planned White Student Union at Towson University.

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Batman Has Moving Violations

A man dressed as Batman was caught by police with a Batmobile without tags but he was revealed as a Baltimore County businessman who visits children in hospitals to lift their spirits.

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Prince George's County Police arrested a police impersonator after he pulled over an off-duty police officer.

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Lululemon Killer Norwood: 'I Am Truly Sorry'

Just before being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, Brittany Norwood gave a tearful apology to the family of the woman she was convicted of killing.

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Multiple Stabbing Leaves Many Injured Outside New Red Rock Cafe

Police said nearly 100 people were involved in an altercation that broke out at the New Red Rock Café.

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McDonough Blames 'Black Youth Mobs' for Inner Harbor Violence 

The Inner Harbor area of Baltimore City is being terrorized by "black youth mobs" and city and state officials are "covering it up," according to Baltimore County Republican Pat McDonough.

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African President Reportedly Purchases Potomac Home

An African leader reportedly purchased a home in the DC suburb of Potomac.

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Kippah-Wearing Student Told to Prove Religion

The parents of a Jewish student at Northwood High School said the principal asked them to provide a letter from a rabbi justifying the kippah their son wore to school.

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Daycare Teachers Fired After Toddlers Wander Off

Teachers at a Bethesda daycare center were fired after a mother said four toddlers wandered off and were rescued by a Good Samaritan.

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Hampden Takes DIY Approach to Crosswalks 

Hampden residents and businesses grew tired of asking the city to repaint a street following a repaving project, so a citizen took matters into his own hands. 

Steve December 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Oh Bullcrap Karl. The MDGOP is just a bunch of Nutjobs, Rednecks and Conspiracy Theorists. They can't field a decent candidate and thats why they are insignificant.
Karl Schuub December 26, 2012 at 05:05 PM
It doesn't matter who they field. The only reason Ehrlich was ever governor of this state was because the democrats in the state had become so arrogant and sure of themselves they thought they could run Mickey Mouse and win - and along came that ignorant Kennedy woman; apparently less qualfied and charismatic than Mickey. The politics of the entire state are being driven largely by 3 counties; all of which are highly vested in big government. There was a time when the federal government was half the size that it currently is that Maryland had a much more balanced body politic. Up and until that happens again - that is the unwinding of our federal employee or tax teat sucking do-nothings stranglehold either by choice or by force this state will remain run by liberal theives and there will be nothing we; the taxpayers can do other than move away. You really are very, very myopic and self-deluded if you can't see that.
Steve December 26, 2012 at 05:12 PM
The only reason BGEhrlich was elected to any office was because he ran really dirty campaigns and eventually it caught up with him. Karma.... it's a beotch
FIFA December 26, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Except that we don't vote by county. We vote by headcount. Garrett County has 30,000 people in it which is equal to 1/60 of the combined population of Montgomery and Prince Georges County. Your point?
Karl Schuub December 26, 2012 at 05:20 PM
If the dems are so clean wanna explain the last redistricting map? You know the one that was redrawn targeting 1 congressperson. You think the people that live in that district appreciate having urban populations thrown in miles and miles and far, far away for the sole purpose of removing thier right to representation? That's clean to you? How about Sheila Dixon whoring around for animal furs or stealing gift cards meant for poor children? How about the "friends of O"Malley" who've benefitted from state to private real estate sales on the cheap? I could make you a very long list but it won't matter to you - be sort of like spending another 5 minutes of time on you that I'll never get back.
Karl Schuub December 26, 2012 at 05:23 PM
So you then agree that a small number of counties with a very narrow focus do indeed run the politics of the state. That is exactly what you're saying. That's exactly as I said. I'm fully aware of the concentration of populations and where those populations are largely employed or in the case of Baltimore City, not employed by having funds redistributed to their benefit.
Steve December 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
LOL Why does Andy Harris's district stretch from the Eastern Shore to Hunt Valley? How many times do you think he has even crossed the bridge?
Karl Schuub December 26, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Rope a dope won't work. Care to comment on the redistricting that targeted a single congressperson or the whore monger who ran Baltimore City and was openly corrupt for decades, not to mention a close confidant of O'Malley who came out of that same arena or the number of real estate transactions that have taken place between the state and developers? Are all those things OK with you?
Steve December 26, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I dunno. How about the General Assembly's Minority's Leader's issues with Domestic Violence. How about Dwyer's latest bout of Boating While Intoxicated? How about Bartlett Jr's charging the state while living at his girlfriends house? How about RoboBob's Robocalls? Are those things okay with you?
FIFA December 26, 2012 at 05:44 PM
So you don't like redistricting in Maryland Karl but I bet you don't mind it in the rest of the country? The House Democrats received more total votes than the House Republicans but have a significant minority in the house? What caused that Karl?
FIFA December 26, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Karl, Obama won Pennsylvania by 6%. But the Republicans have 13 House seats to the Democrats 5. What caused that Karl? Just bad luck on redistricting?
FIFA December 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Karl, you are hung up on the "number" of counties. That does not matter. It is the number of people that matter. What are you missing. There are only 30,000 people in Garrett County. You think they should get an equal vote?
Karl Schuub December 26, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Another expected dodge. So FIFA thinks anything goes...no such thing as right or wrong it's who wins that matters and using any means necessary. And to Steve/FIFA no I don't think any of those things are right.
Karl Schuub December 26, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Steve, Frank and FIFA play among yourselves. I've seen this script before and it goes nowhere. You three are like a bunch of ants...one found the granule of sugar and it then takes 5 minutes for the rest to pile on. Waste of time.
Steve December 26, 2012 at 06:26 PM
"If we had a newspaper in town that did not lean so far left that it will soon drop off the cliff, we might get "fair and balanced" (quotes intentional) reporting of all the corruption in Maryland politics." Can't you just go to the Hillbilly that thinks he is the 2nd Coming of Lord Calvert's website to get that?
FIFA December 26, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Actually Karl it is more complicated than "anything goes". I simply don't like cherrypicking. Where you wish to fix a problem that affects you but don't care about other places. Another prime example right now is in Pennsylvania where the Republican controlled legislature wants to change how electoral votes are allocated in the state all because the state votes democratic in presidential elections. They wish to allocate electoral votes by the gerrymandered districts they have created. What a brilliant way to help steal an election. The electoral college needs to go away and a straight majority replace it. While I am on a roll, I can't stand the US Senate, it is dysfunctional. A tiny (population wise) state like Alaska gets two senators and so does California. All with the power to initiate a hold on legislation through filibusters.
FIFA December 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Actually Karl we are more like brooms. Someone drops a mess on the Patch, like you, and we have to sweep it up into a pile and dispose of it.
1ke December 26, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Read you, Karl Scrub, and don't like your screeds: 60's Baltimore County retro.
Chris W December 26, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Karl, I think they do it because they have no one else to talk to. It's pitiful really.
amark December 27, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Dirty campaigns? You mean like the leftists who threw Oreos at Michael Steele during the debate?
amark December 27, 2012 at 02:49 AM
The reason the Democrats won more House votes nationwide but have fewer seats is because they run up huge margins in inner city seats and in blue states like this one where people would vote for a cockroach if he had a D next to his name. MD's gerrymandering is about the most absurd map I have seen in any state.
amark December 27, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Karl you can't talk sense to the extreme knee jerk left.
FIFA December 27, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Gee amark, you have defined gerrymandering. Wow, surprised you understood that.
amark December 27, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Just offering up a reason since you guys think there is some outrage in the fact that you don't have complete control of the Congress like you do in this state.
FIFA December 27, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Gee amark, when I see someone offering up horse manure at a cowpie sale I just have to call them out on it. Your reason was horse manure.
1ke December 27, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Like you are right down the middle, am ark. "Can we have a "discussion" on having morons like Cardin removed from Congress?" This is your view on the viability of an Incumbent centrist Democrat who hasn't even started the six-year term he was re-elected to not even two months ago! You obviously have caught a swinging teabag in your eye.
amark December 27, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I know Frank the left has denied it happened, I'm sure you believe them. I'm sure you also believe the stories about racism at the tea party events however.
amark December 27, 2012 at 03:29 AM
I'm glad to see you read my other posts. Good idea to get away from MSNBC every once in a while and read the other side. I don't pretend to be "right down the middle" obviously but if you are suggesting Cardin is a centrist? LOL probably that says more about you than me: http://senator-liberal-ratings.findthedata.org/
Steve December 27, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Nut Case City. http://potomacteapartyreport.wordpress.com/
1ke December 27, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Considering that the list you consult for your empirical data ranks every Republican "ahead" of every Democrat on the "conservative" -->"liberal" continuum, I think we can agree that for YOUR purposes all we need to do is designate party affiliation and you will know all you need to know. Just say it, Chris W. I'll be honest. When I read http://bit.ly/VbUcUm , the Republican Party platform, I have to remind myself that this was a losing hand and not possible in this day and age. I wish that you could live in that America while I could continue to live in this one. I think you deserve it.

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