Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, in a letter to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr.
Last week, Burns wrote a letter urging Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to “inhibit such expressions from your employee," after Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo shared his support for gay marriage.
The anchors chat about football for a few minutes, then tell the cameraman to roll. “Hello, everyone,” Williams says, “and thanks for tuning in.”
Porter is a convicted rapist. Williams is an armed robber. Their audience, not measured by Nielsen, is 2,000 or so murderers, rapists, robbers, forgers, car thieves and muggers at a Hagerstown prison. Their goals are not unlike Diane Sawyer’s: Tell viewers things they don’t know. Given the setting, most of their news is local.
“We have some very, very interesting facts coming up,” Williams says, his voice echoing off the cinderblock walls in a storage space doubling as a newsroom.
The newscast at the Maryland Correctional Training Center, or MCTC, is one of several such programs in the state’s prisons, and experts say they know of few other efforts like it in the United States. The newscasts put a modern spin on a jailhouse journalism tradition that dates to the 19th century, when Jesse James’s gang was known, among other things, as a group of influential and incarcerated newspapermen."
Pepco Executive Vice President of Power Delivery Dave Velazquez apologizes to the Montgomery County Council after the power company left 140,000 people without electricity following a relatively light winter storm.
Pepco has faced extensive criticism, complete with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Representative Chris Van Hollen sending separate letters, for its overall poor service and inability to restore power to tens of thousands of DC area residents following a storm two weeks ago. The utility company took out a full page ad in the Washington Post to apologize for its poor service. In response, Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski wants the federal government to investigate Pepco and establish reliability standards for power companies.