O’Malley, Cardin Apologize To MARC Riders. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Ben Cardin spoke to MARC riders Thursday and told them steps will be taken to prevent problems like those experienced this week.MARC, Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration are investigating why a train broke down shortly after departing from Washington on Monday evening, leaving passengers without air conditioning in 90-degree temperatures.
First Red Panda Born At national Zoo In 15 Years. A red panda cub has been born at the National Zoo in Washington for the first time in 15 years. The zoo said Thursday that red panda mother Shama gave birth to a single cub on June 16. The father is 3-year-old Tate, who came to Washington last year from the Nashville Zoo. The zoo has temporarily closed the red panda exhibit to give the mother and cub privacy. Until it reopens, visitors may be able to get a glimpse from the upper viewing area on the Asia Trail.
Girl, 2, Trapped In Daycare Van For Four Hours In Heat. Baltimore officials are trying to figure out how a 2-year-old girl was left in a day care van for four hours in Wednesday’s heat without being noticed.The family of 2-year-old Izzy Hills said the girl is doing OK after the incident, but they’re shaken up.”She just said she was scared and she cried,” said the girl’s grandmother, Ileana Luciani.Her grandfather said he went to pick her up Wednesday evening at the Fitness Fun and Games Day Care but was told they didn’t know where she was. They searched the premises and found her in the van.
Baltimore City Passes Bottle Tax. After several votes, a decrease in the proposed tax and a lot of controversy, the Baltimore City Council passed a bottle tax Thursday that will tack on 2 cents to some bottled beverages bought in the city.The revised version of the container tax passed by a vote of 8-4. The 2-cent tax was introduced this week after a 4-cent tax was defeated last week.