Federal government shut-downs
The Redskins name debate
Gov. Rick Perry
Cellphones during air flights
Traffic lane “cutters”
Athletes on steroids
Target credit card hackers
Cruise ship norovirus
Obamacare’s religious mandate
Toilet-clogging “flushable” baby wipes
• A Baltimore jury awards $1.42 million to a patient, Nadege Neim, whose doctor, Maureen Muoneke, mistakenly removed her right ovary instead of her left one. When Neim returned for a checkup a month after the surgery, Dr. Muoneke realized her mistake but did not tell Neim.
• Howard County police bust an “in-home” licensed child day care center that had a hydroponic marijuana growing operation in the basement.
• Public health officials warn of rabid raccoons attacking people and pets in Ocean City.
• When a Bethesda couple, watching TV, see a black bear walk by their window they call police, who, after a chase through the neighborhood, tranquilize it.
• Donald Pray, after getting drunk and arguing with his passenger, gets out of his car, lies down on Suitland Road and is struck and killed by a car.
• A Maryland Lottery employee pleads guilty to stealing 7,500 scratch-off tickets worth $90,000 and redeeming them for $67,000.
• When Baltimore scrap metal thieves steal numerous 54-pound backup traffic light batteries costing $428 a piece, the city padlocks and alarms traffic light facilities.
• A woman dressed in pink with a pink cellphone robs two P.G. County banks in December.
• A man wearing a fake Santa beard holds up a Laurel bank in December.
• Frederick police, investigating a possible break-in, are surprised when two burglars fall through the dry wall ceiling.
• A portable speed camera stationed outside Glenelg High School is set on fire by unknown vandals.
• After leading police on a 100 mph chase through Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, Dock Workman is arrested after ramming a state trooper’s car four times. He was seen lighting a cigarette between his strikes against the police cruiser.
• Ocean City police witness a man hijacking a taxi and pursue him up Coastal Highway, where the hijacker abandons the taxi and runs into the surf, where he’s arrested.
• Montgomery County pays Bethel World Church $1.25 million not to build a church on its environmentally sensitive 119-acre Germantown property.
• On New Year’s Eve, a Silver Spring mother has twins born three minutes apart but in two different years, one in 2013 and the other in 2014.
• Golfers attending Baltimore’s Scunny McCousker Memorial Elvis Invitation Golf Dinner are asked to “dress like Elvis or an actress from any Elvis movie.”
• Ralph Jaffe (D) files for governor with Freda Jaffe, his sister, as his running mate.
• Baseball star Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother Vi Ripken, who was kidnapped in 2012, is the victim of an attempted carjacking in October 2013.
• Bethesda resident Lois Lerner, who resigned after becoming the central figure in the IRS-Tea Party scandal, volunteers for a Montgomery County panel that screens applications for tax-exempt status.
• Police suspect a possible suicide when a College Park man locks himself in a portable toilet and sets it on fire.
• An Anne Arundel jury awards $800,000 to a woman who suffered hundreds of bites when she moved into a bedbug-infested Annapolis apartment. Her attorney, Daniel Whitney, specializes in bed bug lawsuits.
• A Virginia woman, represented by Daniel Whitney, sues for bed bug bites she suffered at a National Harbor hotel.
• A lactose-intolerant federal employee suffering from frequent flatulence is reprimanded by Baltimore Social Security Administration officials for “creating a hostile work environment.”
• A woman with a Cheshire cat tattoo on her neck slips a $1,200 Maltese puppy into her purse and flees a Rockville pet store.
• When Baltimore police arrest a prostitute at a BWI hotel they discover that her pimp, waiting outside in his car, is a Baltimore city policeman.
• After a 22-year-old woman driving across the Bay Bridge is rammed by a tractor-trailer, sending her car 40 feet into the water, she frees herself and swims ashore.
• When three of Frederick’s five county commissioners participate in a local call-in radio show, a political opponent complains to a state board, which rules it an “open meeting law” violation because, as a quorum, they discussed county business at a “meeting” without prior public notice.
• Montgomery County public employee unions boycott the county Democratic Party’s annual spring fundraiser because, they say, the county party has grown too conservative.
• Instead of endorsing either gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur, a lesbian, or Doug Gansler, the first state official to advocate same-sex marriage, Equality Maryland (the gay lobby group) endorses Anthony Brown.
• When a Silver Spring real estate agent turns her house into an extravagant Halloween display and invites hundreds of clients to view it, county officials take her to court for operating a business in a residential neighborhood. The judge, after three hours of testimony, permits the display for two nights.
• After being sworn in as Glenarden’s new mayor, Dennis Smith discovers IRS fines for $150,000 accrued by the outgoing administration for failing to file tax records.
• Diamonde Grant (aka Dimez) sues the Oasis club, where she’s an exotic dancer, for taking a portion of her tips and private dance money in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
• The St. Mary’s County school board bans hugs between children and any adult who is not their parent.
• Attorney General Doug Gansler says prison inmates should be issued free tablet computers to help further their education.
• A National Guard A-10 Warthog fighter jet inadvertently ejects an inert 500-pound bomb, which lands in a Queen Anne’s County tavern parking lot, leaving a 3-foot-deep hole and some shaken patrons.
Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www.gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is email@example.com.