Maryland maltsters optimistic industry can grow

In Havre de Grace, there’s a red barn with a white door on Level Road. It looks like your average dairy farm, but on the inside, there are no cows in sight. Instead, the barn is filled with machinery — and bags and bags of barley.

Bad news for gig workers: A crowded labor market is depressing income, census data shows

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – The “gig” economy has increased employment opportunities for thousands of Maryland residents, including high-skilled and low-skilled workers. But as the number of people jumping into gig work grows, the competition for jobs means smaller paychecks for…

Maryland resident nears completion of historic National Parks tour

Mika Meyer’s been on the road for three years. He’s a man on a mission: to become the first person to visit all 418 national parks continuously and honor the memory of his father.

Union feeds 400 people furloughed during shutdown

The Amalgamated Transit Union offered free lunches for furloughed workers last week during the ongoing government shutdown. As the week went on, more people came for the free lunch, and by last Friday almost 400 people were fed in total.

Early voting gets underway for November general election

Big turnouts were reported on the first day of early voting for the November general election.

Montgomery school challenges students in two languages

SILVER SPRING, Maryland ––– Step into Edwin Amaya’s fifth-grade math class at Kemp Mill Elementary School and you may find yourself overwhelmed, a la “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” It likely won’t be the mathematics that gives you…

Puerto Rican couple among many living at least temporarily in Maryland

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Elizabeth Vázquez’s house has a basement apartment, specially built for her parents, Nicolás Vázquez and Priscila Rodríguez. For the past four years, they stayed there during the summer and went back to Puerto Rico for the…

Officials: Cutting prescriptions, alternative treatments keys to easing opioid crisis

WASHINGTON – Reducing prescribed pain medications and innovations in non-opioid treatments could help ease the opioid epidemic, according to top federal drug and public health officials. Drug overdoses in the United States have nearly tripled over the last two decades.…

Maryland’s undocumented immigrants: In their own words

While rumors circulate that the Trump administration is closer to resolving questions left after last week’s immigration announcement, Maryland’s undocumented residents are uncertain of what comes next

Ethiopian restaurants foster community in diverse Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Beginning in the mid-1970s, war and political turbulence led a large number of Ethiopians to flee their home country. Many of these emigrants came to the United States, with a particularly high number settling in the…