Shrek on Ice- Ice sculptures on display at National Harbor

OXON HILL- Forget the turkey, Christmas is in full swing at the National Harbor. The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center debuted its legendary ICE! display. It’s an indoor winter wonderland of elaborate handmade ice sculptures. This year’s theme is Shrek the Halls, with ice sculptures of your favorite characters like Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and even a twenty-five foot pink dragon. Another highlight is the annual ice slide for people of all ages.

Warrior Challenge- Wounded veterans compete for charity

VIENNA- The high-intensity CrossFit workout has been helping wounded veterans to get back on their feet after their injuries. This past Veteran’s Day weekend, those athletes showed just how far they have come. Twenty-three wounded warriors competed at an area gym to be the winner of the inaugural VFW sponsored “Working Wounded Games.”

Pit Bull Challenge- Marylanders fight to keep their pit bulls a

BALTIMORE- Pit bull owners in Maryland are hoping for relief from either the courts or the state legislature following a ruling by Maryland’s highest court which called the dogs “inherently dangerous.” After the court ruled that landlords would be liable for any damages in the case of an attack, many landlords told their renters to move out or get rid of their dogs. Pit bull owners who rent their homes are still fighting to keep their dogs.

MD GOP- Cheers and tears for Maryland GOP on election night

LINTHICUM- Election night was an emotional roller coaster for Maryland’s republicans. The evening began with great hope for Gov. Mitt Romney and Maryland republican candidates, but ended with tears as the night came to a close. The Republicans say they’re disappointed, but not defeated, and they’re confident that another four years under Democratic rule will make Maryland swing from blue to red in 2014.

OC Sandy- Ocean City Maryland cleans up after Sandy

OCEAN CITY- Maryland’s largest resort town of Ocean City is cleaning up from a visit from super storm Sandy. Crisfield on the Eastern Shore is still flooded, with many residents still staying in shelters. Meanwhile, the boardwalk area is dealing with sand displacement, debris, and damage to the town’s iconic fishing pier. Some business owners and residents ventured out of their homes for the first time Wednesday to assess the damage and begin rebuilding. Many give credit to the beach restoration efforts for keeping damage down.

Inmate Bindings- Inmates work to give old books new life

BOYDS.- Local inmates are putting new skills to work and helping a local library system at the same time. Inmates work a few days a week to repair damaged library books, and they develop their work skills at the same time to help when they go back into the community.

Texting Dangers- Students test drive distracted driving

GLEN BURNIE- Some local residents find out first-hand about the dangers of texting and driving. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and AT&T held an event featuring a distracted driving simulation for students. The event is part of the “It Can Wait” campaign, persuading people to ignore the text and focus on the road.

ThinkPort- Online learning about the War of 1812

DUNDALK- Some local students become the first to travel back to the War of 1812 with the help of some very contemporary tools.

No Religion- The UMD campus reacts to a new study on religion

COLLEGE PARK- Students and religious leaders on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland react to a new Pew Form report that found the number of Americans opting not to identify with any religion is at an all-time high.

Debate Watch- UMD debuts new technology at debate watch

COLLEGE PARK- Hundreds turn out in College Park to both watch the presidential debate and take part in a new, immediate way of measuring audience response.

The University of Maryland debuted two Maryland-made forms of technology, including online voter registration for Maryland students and real-time polling where 2,000 students from across the country reacted to the debate and watched the trends live.