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    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Parliament has asked Europe’s top human rights body to rescind a 2011 resolution that cited since-unsubstantiated allegations of human organ harvesting during the 1990s war in Kosovo. The parliament voted 125-0 late Thursday in favor of a motion asking the Council of Europe to clear both Albania and Kosovo of the organ trafficking claims. Supporters said such an action would help normalize relations between Kosovo and Serbia. “That issue (organ harvesting claims) should end sometime so the people find the power to reconcile and live together, healing the wounds of the past,” the resolution states. In 2011, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly passed a resolution calling for a European Union mission in Kosovo to investigate “war crimes and organ trafficking” in Kosovo and Albania. It cited allegations that fighters from the now-disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army trafficked human organs taken from prisoners, slain Serbs and fellow ethnic Albanians in both Kosovo and Albania. “Numerous indications seem to confirm that, during the period immediately after the end of the armed conflict, before international forces...
    Hi everyone! In case you missed this morning’s “Where’s Marty?” segment, it was an encore of Camp Week. And where better to do that than in a theater with the Arena Players? READ MORE: Baltimore Man, 45, Charged With Murder In Reisterstown Road ShootingDuring a previous segment, K2 and I learned about the Arena Players’ theater camp, and I knew then that we would be back. But the truth of the matter is that it is so much more than a camp. It’s a youth theater program that runs every season except for winter. Today we saw both theater work and classroom work. As it turns out, the folks who run the camp are teachers. So the students get to brush up on reading, numbers along with writing sentences and paragraphs. We were told that understanding punctuation is to understand the emotion of the line that was just spoken. Similarly, understanding geography is understanding where a character is from and what might make that character tick. In other words, we’re talking about some next level theater work. READ MORE: Maryland...
    Hi everyone! We are big fans of “Sail Baltimore” here at WJZ. For years, this group of folks has welcomed ships from around the world and introduced them to Baltimore. In other words, “Sail Baltimore” is a very big deal. READ MORE: Federal Investigators Release Video Of Baltimore Police Fatal CrashThis morning’s visit to the Libertad, an Argentine naval vessel, was anything but what you would have expected. She is a regal vessel making her 11th trip to Charm City. Her arrival and departure with the crew of midshipmen standing in the rigging is something worth seeing. That gleaming white hull and the elegant sails would make John Paul Jones do a doubletake, much less Admiral William Brown, who is recognizes is the father of the Argentine Navy. Now here comes the curveball mentioned above: Admirable Brown as an Irish orphan who found his love for the sea in Baltimore. He got his first job on the water working on the Delaware River. Who knew? And the rest, as they say, is history. This is one of the reasons for...
    Hi everyone! Today we went out to Gunpowder Falls State Park near Parkton where you can find the state’s oldest bridge. It is currently closed to traffic but is located at the end of Old Frederick Road, just off the Torrey Brown NCR Trail, where there is parking available. READ MORE: CDC Reports 5 More Monkeypox Cases In MD, State Receives 682 Vaccine Doses From FedsThe Parkton Stone Arch Bridge was built in 1809. All of the stone used in its construction was quarried nearby, thousands of pounds of it. That year, James Madison had just been inaugurated as our fourth president. At the time, York Road (which this bridge was part of back then) was the way to head north. Historical figures in those days would have had to cross it to travel to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and pay homage to the political machine up there. You could walk across the Little Falls River, which runs underneath it, but a carriage was needed on that road. We have so much history in Maryland and something as small as a bridge...
    Hi everyone! Today is the four-month anniversary of WJZ At 9. Over the past few months, K2 and I have racked up a lot of miles and seen a lot of cool stuff. But today was particularly inspirational as we visited First Fruits Farm in Freeland. READ MORE: Feds Seek Prison For Capitol Rioter Who Had Confederate FlagFirst Fruits, a nonprofit Christian ministry that aims to provide fresh produce to families and individuals experiencing hunger, estimates volunteers have helped harvest over 20 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. And here’s another jaw-dropping number: last year 15,000 people volunteered to help First Fruits with its admirable efforts. The farm is run by Rick and Carol Bernstein. In 1998, the couple moved to a farm in Baltimore County with the “idea of planting and harvesting fields with volunteers helping, and serving needy families.” Fast forward to 2022 and the farm is now over 200 acres in size. The farm has been powered by the efforts of volunteers and donors. READ MORE: 18-Year-Old Charged With Attempted Murder In Southern Baltimore ShootingThe best part...
    Hi everyone! Today we wrapped up “Camp Week” with a trip to rock-and-roll camp. The venue was an amazing place called Stages Music Arts. READ MORE: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra To Put On Star-Spangled Spectacular Show At Inner HarborIt is a school for music and theater, a state-of-the-art recording studio and so much more. Located in Cockeysville, this place is a gem! And the kids were rocking! Nothing like hearing some Nirvana, AC/DC, and Pink Floyd at 9 a.m. And played well. The instructors, themselves excellent musicians, told us it is more than just music. Very much like all the camps we visited this week, the lessons learned are self-confidence and teamwork–the music will follow. All the camps were skill camps and clearly that is an overriding theme when it comes to a skillset. READ MORE: Meet The Investigators Working To Address Baltimore City's Unsolved MurdersAnd this afternoon, the current session of music camp at Stages will hold a show for the parents. A little bit of pressure, but that keeps you on point and moving forward. I think the parents...
    Hi everyone! Camp week continued Thursday with a cooking camp. And not just any cooking camp but one run by Nancy Longo, a legendary chef in Baltimore’s foodie circles. READ MORE: Scott Signs Bill Establishing Baltimore City Police Accountability BoardNancy became a chef 38 years ago, though she began cooking with her Italian grandmother at age 7. After graduating from the Baltimore International Culinary College, she began a career that would see her crest the “foodie wave” that came over the city in the late 80’s. Her Pierpoint restaurant on Aliceanna with its contemporary menu started getting attention and national awards immediately. During her career she befriended some of the greats, like Anthony Bourdain, and Paul Prudhomme. In other words, she is the  real deal. And I knew that doing a camp week, we needed to go to her cooking camp, which has been in business for the past 20 years. Today, like every other day this week, it is life lessons that we being taught. Believe in yourself. Take the challenge of cooking. Understand the recipe. How to...
    Hi everyone! The puns flew large and strong today because we went to sewing camp! READ MORE: BPD Officer Dragged By Car 2 Blocks Is Now In Fair Condition; 36-Year-Old ChargedIn Pikesville, there is a business that teaches sewing and it is called Sew Fabulous. It is for kids, young adults and adults. Or anyone wanting to learn to sew or to learn to sew on a higher level! It also has a GREAT reputation. The owner and lead instructor is Margaret Garland. Let me just say this, she is the real deal who lives and breathes sewing. (Here’s the Sew Fabulous website. I’m sharing it early on because some of you adults might just want to learn the basics.) But I digress. Let’s talk sewing camp. Everyone has heard of the music festival called Coachella, but this is “Sewchella!” And the students are rocking the needles and sewing machines. READ MORE: Crime Without Punishment: Homicide Clearance Rates Are Declining Across The US. Baltimore's Is Down To 42%Much like the past two days of camp, with Baltimore Blast Soccer Camp...
    A woman chants at the Alabama State Capitol during the March for Reproductive Freedom against the state's new abortion law, the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, in Montgomery, Alabama, May 19, 2019.Michael Spooneybarger | Reuters West Alabama Women's Center in Tuscaloosa has canceled 100 appointments for women scheduled to have abortions this week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and opened the door for states to prohibit the procedure. Alabama swiftly banned abortion on Friday after the court decision. Anyone in the state who performs an abortion would face up to 99 years in prison. Three patients came to West Alabama Women's Center early Monday who either didn't get the message that their appointment was canceled, or who received notice but wanted to see if they could still get an abortion, said Robin Marty, director of operations at the clinic. When the Supreme Court overturned the landmark decision on Friday, 21 patients were at the clinic for first-time appointments hoping to schedule abortions for this week, Marty said. West Alabama Women's Center is sending as many people...
    Hi Everyone! Welcome to “Camp Week” on “Where’s Marty?” Look, schools out and camps are on! So we are hitting a few unique ones, and Monday we went to a soccer camp. And not just any soccer camp, but the legendary Baltimore Blast soccer camp. READ MORE: White House To Resume Its Full Tour Schedule Next MonthFor 40-plus years, the Baltimore Blast have been the gold standard for indoor soccer. Even in the American outdoor circles the Baltimore Blast have the respect of players and coaches alike. The Blast have so dominated the indoor game with playoff appearances and championships it’s “stupid.” How can a franchise be this successful? Simple, hard work and not taking losses as an “oh well” event. Games are a high-energy family production, and on the field, high-scoring. If you have never seen an indoor game, you should. And that family-friendly high-energy vibe is important. If you do not have kids, you need to understand just how many kids play soccer. Leagues, travel teams and more. I would go so far as to say it is...
    HI Everyone! On Friday, we kicked off Pride Weekend with a visit to City Cruises. Specifically, we visited the Inner Harbor Spirit tour vessel, where we spoke with Chad Barth, vice president of food and beverage for City Cruises, and Sylvia Miller, who has been with the agency for almost two decades. Harbor tours and events really did not come around until just after Harborplace was built. I said it on the air, and I will write it here: Having been on more than a few cruises with these good folks, I feel the value translates to just pennies on the dollar. Always fun. READ MORE: Johns Hopkins Experts Describe Updated Gun Control Laws As 'Great First Step' Just before COVID hit, the company really wanted to put together a big Pride brunch with drag performers benefiting 30 charities. Welp, COVID ended that idea but only temporarily. Queens Cruise, scheduled Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will have some of the area’s best and most popular drag performers. One of whom joined us today. Thank you, Chanel...
    Robin Marty, the operations director for a west Alabama abortion clinic, was on a live television interview when she learned that the Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade. Marty hastily excused herself and called her staff to deliver the devastating news: that they would have to send home all the patients in the waiting room. Alabama is one of 22 states with laws in place to ban abortion now that Roe is moot, and the West Alabama Women's Center would cease providing the service for the foreseeable future. “After that all of my staff went home,” Marty told The Daily Beast. “They’re all trying to process.” Abortion services ground to a halt around the country Friday after the Supreme Court overturned Roe, sending the choice of whether to outlaw abortion or leave it legal back to the states. All three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas said they would cease providing abortions in the state Friday, after Attorney General Ken Paxton warned that prosecutors could immediately pursue charges against providers who violate a pre-Roe abortion ban still on the books....
    Hi Everyone! It was back to Civic Works today, because the last time we were there, a story just fell into our lap. READ MORE: Maryland State Comptroller Calls For Tax Holiday To Offset High Gas PricesCivic Works is a nonprofit that “strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service.” And it has been the way for two decades. And a month ago while we were doing our live shots, a van arrived and worker opened its doors and started putting boxed of FRESH vegetables into that car. Of course I said, “What’s that?” I was told of this amazing program where Civic Works grows vegetables year round in two acres of greenhouses behind the old Lake Clifton High School building. They get fresh produce to the elderly and others. Also in those boxes is other produce sourced from local farms and paid for by donations to the Civic Works budget. And, again, this goes on ALL YEAR. That is a special program we wanted to take YOU to see more of. READ MORE: Baltimore City...
    Hi everyone! To say I am a fan of the American Visionary Art Museum would be the biggest understatement in the world – no, make that the universe. READ MORE: Former Ravens DT Tony Siragusa, Member Of Super Bowl XXXV Team, Dead At 55When friends and family come to visit I take them to AVAM. When I need a creative, even spiritual lift, I go to AVAM. And if I cannot make it down to this wonderful internationally recognized campus on Key Highway, I go to the website and look at it. I look closely at the pictures. I read the stories. I savor the quotes that abound there. Today we went to AVAM to witness the return of the refurbished Vollis Simpson “Whirligig.” Simpson made the wind-powered sculpture from recycled industrial materials, a craft the former farm machinery repairman became synonymous with in his hometown of Wilson, NC, where 30 of his works are on display in a park. Simpson and his two sons traveled to the museum the year it opened, in 1995, to install the...
    Hi Everyone! Baltimore Center Stage is one of the city’s crown jewels. For 60 years, Baltimore Center Stage has been producing the highest quality of regional theatric productions — it is considered one of the top 10 regional theaters in the country. Baltimore Center Stage is the State Theater of Maryland. And the resume continues on, but the point is made. On Tuesday, K2 and I were in a special place behind the scenes, behind the stages, (yes, there is more than one performance space in the building), looking at what makes a show tick. That would be costumes and sets. And what a costume design room and set-building area we saw! WOW! READ MORE: Investigation Underway After Three People Stabbed In Ocean City When you attend a show at the Calvert Street theater, you see the lobby, the ticket office, the bar, the restrooms and the theater itself. But surrounding that are many floors of the facility that have been repurposed into one grand place. Historic buildings in some cases, one of which was the chapel of a...
    HI Everyone! T.G.I.F.! (It is the truth!) READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Hot & SunnyToday we went to Druid Park to kick off AFRAM on WJZ! This weekend marks 45 years of AFRAM. In 2020, it was cancelled, but what wasn’t? Last year, it returned virtual as a successful virtual event. This year it is back and back in the park. To say the set up is sprawling is an understatement. AFRAM ’22 is built into the rolling northside of the park with plenty of room, and parking. PLENTY! And the WJZ welcome booth greets you at the entrance. Not only is this great festival leading us out of the COVID, but also leading us at WJZ back out where we belong, in the community! The website is extensive and will answer EVERY question you may have. Shout out to the web designer and IT team. Surf there and then surf by the park! https://aframbaltimore.com/ In the back of the stage area, “AFRAM LIVE!”, you will find vendors, two of whom joined K2 and I today. Sydney Newton is going...
    Hi everyone! As Juneteenth approaches we took the opportunity to head up the Hosanna School Museum, the site of the first school for African-American youth in Harford County. READ MORE: Presumed Monkeypox Case Identified In National Capital Region Of MD, Health Department SaysThe year was 1867. The Civil War was over by two years. Juneteenth had occurred in 1865, two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Finally, a school house for African-American youth was established by Miss Edmonia Highgate on property owned by a free African-American known named Cupid Paca. The Paca family owned 50 acres of land and Cupid’s son sold a quarter-acre of his inherited land for the school to be built. The history of Hosanna School Museum is really presented in detail on the website, Including Sunday’s Juneteenth celebration. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Strong To Severe Storms PossibleThe commitment by the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers is blue ribbon, and we cannot thank them enough for hosting us today. Standing in that school room, seeing the displays, and the real learning materials...
    Hi everyone! If you’re not familiar with the Station North Arts District, let me bring you up to speed. A glance at its website really tells the story. READ MORE: Speculation That Orioles Could Leave Baltimore 'False' & 'Intentionally Divisive,' Georgia Angelos SaysAs the page notes, it was the first part of Baltimore to be recognized by the state as an “arts and entertainment district in 2002.” It encompasses several neighborhoods and includes galleries, spaces for artists to live and work and local businesses. Two decades later, the idea still has legs and continues moving forward. Wednesday, we were out at Motor House. READ MORE: Hogan Calls On Committee To Approve Mobile Sports Betting By Start Of NFL SeasonLocated at the corner of North Avenue and Howard Street, Motor House sits in an old auto dealership. The building has since been repurposed into a performance center, art studios and galleries and a really happening bar. It’s a great use of space. Cities need creative people and visionaries, businesses to support them and artists of all genres to live and work...
    In 2018 (man that seems so long ago), the agricultural-tourism industry was just starting to take off. Maryland was no exception, and that’s when Baltimore County got its first farm brewery courtesy of Inverness Brewing. READ MORE: Harford County Woman Charged With Murder In 3-Year-Old Niece's DeathThe 100-acre farm is as lovely as it is large. Old stable hands’ barns have been rebuilt beautifully. Nowadays, Inverness entertains families, couples and friends from Thursday through Sunday. It goes without saying that the beer is the major draw. The Frank family calls its method “farm-to-keg” and currently makes 18 different brews at Inverness throughout the course of the year. (A side note: One day, my wife and I ran into WJZ Weather Watcher Phil Kosmicki and his wife there. It was great to meet and hang out with them.) The Franks point out that Inverness and the other fine farm breweries and wineries across the state provide a great way to spend some time outdoors. READ MORE: Baltimore Branch Of NAACP Will Host Gubernatorial Forum Next WeekStanding next to 20-foot hops plants...
    Hi everyone! Believe it or not, up until this morning, I had never seen Chopper 13 in person. I mean, I have seen it flying overhead, but as for actually walking up to it, never. So today, at my request, “Where’s Marty?” went to Martin State Airport to geek out and take a look–and to meet the two men who bring this airborne newsroom to life. READ MORE: Armed Man Arrested In Maryland For Threat To Kill Justice KavanaughOur pilot is Captain Nathan Bosch, a former Navy lieutenant commander. Nathan flew choppers (big ones!) for the Navy for 21 years. Our cameraman is Bill “Billy Pop” Poplovski, a 23-year veteran of the WJZ newsroom. As I’ve said before, I like taking you behind the scenes to see places you might never visit and meet people you might never encounter. So, today did not disappoint. I think there is a mistaken impression that everyone here at WJZ hangs out and sees each other regularly and that we “see it all.” That’s not the case, and I’ll share a few examples. I...
    Hi everyone! Today we went to the Holabird Industrial area of Dundalk, the home for decades of Maryland Screen Printers. It is VERY possible that at some point you have had on one of their t-shirts. Could be a college one, a high school one, or even a beach one. Ever run, or walked, in a 5k or charity run? The t-shirt giveaway could have been from their stockpile. READ MORE: Triple Crown Newcomer We The People Is Favorite For Belmont Stakes, Derby Winner Rich Strike The 3rd ChoiceTo me, part of the “Where’s Marty?” mission is to introduce you to people who have had impact on day-to-day life in the area. And owner Craig Pfeifer fits that bill. In the clips of the show this morning, you will see him in a golf shirt and khakis. He told us he dressed up for the interview and is usually in a tee and shorts helping out wherever needed in the 30,000-square-foot operation. Go to their web site and search just “tee shirts.” (They have a ton of other items available,...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On this date in 1956, if you were driving up Eastern Avenue just North of Martin State Airport, you would have seen this marquee: And today, in 2022, if you are driving up Eastern Avenue just North of Martin State Airport you will still see this marquee! READ MORE: Scammers Dodge Federal Regulations That Were Supposed To Crack Down On RobocallsMaryland’s last drive-in theater is still going strong after 66 years. It is still owned by the same family, and it still shows the best of Hollywood. Heck, Top Gun: Maverick just ended its run there, and the new Jurassic Park flick is starting its run at Bengies Drive-In on Thursday. Monday, June 6 is National Drive-In Theater Day, so of course, we came to this well-kept Baltimore landmark! With a screen that is 120 feet wide and 52 feet tall, 300-500 cars come every weekend night alone, and hundreds more come during the weeknights. The snack bar alone is so legit deco. I want to rent it out and have a party in there!...
    Marty, born Martha Elizabeth, is the daughter of Watergate couple Martha and John Mitchell. Marty's father John served as Richard Nixon's Attorney General during the Watergate crisis. 1Marty's parents, Martha and John Mitchell, during the Watergate scandalCredit: Getty Who is Marty Mitchell? Marty and her mother Martha moved from New York to Washington DC for John to serve as Attorney General in 1969. She was born on January 10, 1961, and attended the Stone Ridge Country Day School in Bethesda, Maryland. Not much is known about where Marty is today, however, TheCinemaholic reports that a marriage notice bearing her name was published in March 1989. It says the New York Times published a story claiming Marty was set to marry Paul Savidge of Silver Spring, Maryland. She has attended a Roman Catholic school, despite not being Catholic, because her parents believed it would provide their daughter with the discipline they thought she needed. It said Marty had graduated from Georgetown University and worked as an associate with Dean & Associates, a consulting firm involved in Washington real estate. The marriage...
    Hi everyone! Today it was back to the incredible Baltimore Museum of Industry. And our third trip did not disappoint. READ MORE: Aircraft Skids Off Runway At Martin State AirportTen years ago on Friday, the last steel was produced at Sparrows Point. For the longest time, Bethlehem Steel produced steel and made ships at an area in eastern Baltimore County known as Sparrows Point. At one point, it was the largest steel mill in the world. With Sparrows Point being next to deep water, it was the perfect place to ship product. Factory towns grew on the edges of the plant. Dundalk, Sparrows Point, Edgemere and others were where nearly 50,000 employees lived and worked. To say the impact of “The Point” was large is just an understatement. I can assure you, if you’re new to the area, that someone you have met had someone in their family who worked at Bethlehem Steel. Ask around you will see. At least one person will say yes. The massive machinery produced steel for things like the Golden Gate Bridge, historic skyscrapers,...
    Hi everyone! It was a nice morning for a drive deep into Howard County to Woodbine, where we visited the estate of a former Maryland governor. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Hot & Sticky, Plus Thursday's An Alert DayHis name was Edwin Warfield and his estate was called Oakdale. On property deeded way back in “the day,” like Revolutionary War-era day, the governor’s family settled and built a 22-room house on 180 acres. Starting this weekend and every weekend until June 5, the home is now playing host to Historic Ellicott City’s 34th Decorator Show House. Simply put, a “Show House” is usually a grand old home that many decorators take over. Each of them puts their own spin on a room. The results are spectacular. Admission is charged and you can wander the rooms, brainstorm decorating ideas, talk to the professionals and even purchase some of the items you find. READ MORE: Johnny Depp Wins Libel Lawsuit Against Ex-Wife Amber HeardFor years, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra did something similar. But that was before COVID-19. But coming out of the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Friends, it is the season for heaven in a cone—the snowball.  Today, K2 and I went to the AAA Ice Company on Belair Road to see where a lot of the ice for snowballs are made. READ MORE: Old Bay Launches Limited-Edition Hot Sauce For Pride MonthIn business since 1921. This family operation is in the business of making ice cubes, dry ice, ice carvings, and blocks of crystal clear ice. John McPherson, who owns the company, said it makes tens of thousands of ice cubes per day. It measures the amount of ice in tons made per day. The AAA Ice Company even supplies ice to the Baltimore Orioles. So it is very possible that your last drink at Camden Yards may have contained ice cubes born in Overlea, Maryland. Perhaps your snowball was made with their product. McPherson said there has been a noticeable uptick in business when the summer hits.  That is how vast the demand for snowballs is. In one of their two main production rooms, the temperature is 18 degrees. So when...
    Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp provided the following statement on the passing of former first lady, Betty Foy Sanders: “Marty, the girls, and I were saddened to learn of Mrs. Betty Foy Sanders’ passing,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “As first lady and alongside Georgia’s 74th governor, Carl Edward Sanders Sr., she represented so much of what makes Georgia the greatest state in our nation to call home. With her sharp wit, class, and famous sense of humor, she was the epitome of a southern woman. During her years as first lady and during her long and fulfilling life afterwards, she was devoted to beautifying our state, preserving Georgia’s proud history, and helping students of the arts further their education and talents. “A talented artist in her own right, her influences are felt at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion to this day, and they will be felt for years to come,” continued Kemp. “As we mourn with her family and loved ones, we also thank God for her service, her life of...
    Hi Everyone! Today we went to Bowie, to a restored home that, from the outside, hides very well the TREASURES inside. READ MORE: Sandy Point State Park Drowning Victim Identified As Hyattsville ManWelcome to the National Capital Radio & Television Museum. It is the history of radios and televisions themselves, and each one of the hundreds of items in the collection tells a story of America. The curator, Dr. Brian Belanger, pointed out that today kids are interested in computers and robotics. But in the 1920s, and even just a bit earlier, kids were interested in the new technology of radio, which in the 1930s gave way to television. And all of the engineering involved to establish the first real mass commuication grid in the world. The kids of yesteryear set the high-tech table for the kids of today! READ MORE: No Mask Order In Anne Arundel County, Despite High Level Of COVID-19 Spread, Pittman SaysThe “NCRTV” museum started as an idea in the mid ’80s by a bunch of old radio enthusiasts and has grown from there....
    A huge alligator nicknamed Marty has scared the living daylights out of a horse at an American racetrack that's been home to the huge predators for years.  Several races at the Delta Downs racetrack in south-west Louisiana have had to be delayed due to spontaneous alligator appearances over the years.  On Friday, Marty made his way out of the lake in the track's infield and onto the dirt course, giving a horse a bad fright during a nine-race meeting. Marty the alligator makes his way out onto the Delta Downs racecourse, spooking a horse during Friday's race meet Joe Allen posted the video on Facebook with the caption 'It's Marty's world, we just live in it,' and racing fans were quick to joke about the cameo in light of the numerous gator sightings at the track.  Well, that's not something you see every day at the track... ????????(???? via Facebook - Joe Allen) pic.twitter.com/o6g0XGdRIn— Racing.com (@Racing) May 27, 2022 'If you're at Delta Downs, then it's a regular occurrence lol,' a fan tweeted.  'I've been telling everyone for years about...
    AN alligator nicknamed 'Marty' left a horse terrified on Friday when it entered the Delta Downs racetrack during a nine-race meeting. A video posted on Facebook by onlooker Joe Allen shows Marty calmly crossing the dirt track while a handler struggles to control his horse. 2The horse was left petrified by the alligatorCredit: Twitter.com/Racing 2The creature strolled across the track during a race meetingCredit: Twitter.com/Racing Spectators took to Twitter to react to the incident, with one person saying: "I think this gator is well known there, they have a name for him and everything." Another added: "I’ve heard of horses ‘coming from behind a tree’ to win with a magnificent final straight burst from the back of the field… but alligators/crocodiles appearing from behind a fence post? That’s a first for me." Another fan said: "Wow.....think the Croc is at wrong venue lol." However, others have argued that the horse should have been removed from the area straight away. Read More on SportTRICKY THREE-FOOTER Watch giant alligator with three feet hobble across Florida golf course One person said: "That horse...
    Hi everyone! Welcome to the gateway to summer! The Memorial Day holiday weekend is here, and in Maryland the crab is the king of the summer. Sorry, steak on the grill, it’s just our thing. Think about this, people actually flock to Maryland to vacation and, naturally, they want to enjoy some crabs, crab cakes or anything crab-related. READ MORE: Pandemic Highlighted Need To Address Disparities In Minority Access To Mental Health Care, Advocates SauySo, where else should K2 and I have gone this morning but the kitchen of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood? The Latin name for blue crab translates to “beautiful swimmer.” Millions of pounds of crab are harvested from the Chesapeake and its tributaries yearly. A lot of those pounds get put into steamers, at home or at the restaurant. I mean, really, is there anything better than just hanging and banging crab with family and friends? Throw in some sweet corn and fresh, chilled tomatoes and you’re living large. So just because it’s the first summer holiday weekend, we wanted some crabs. John Minadakis, Jimmy’s top guy, said...
    Hi everyone! This morning we were at the historic Clifton Mansion in Clifton Park. It was built in 1803 by shipping magnate Henry Thompson and later sold to Johns Hopkins, who made it his summer home. Having Johns Hopkins himself on the resume is a showstopper, but these days the mansion is home to Civic Works, Baltimore’s service corporation. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Clouds & More Clouds, Plus Friday's An Alert DayCivic Works, to me, is a powerful force on so many different levels — from making sure seniors’ homes are secure, to building a brighter future for our kids, to providing fresh vegetables to those who are hungry. Look, I could go on and on FOR REAL. Please just surf by their website and take a look at the best that humankind has to offer. I mean that. But in the midst of this organization’s exemplary work, the headquarters is this magnificent mansion that is slowly but surely being restored to its former glory. It looks like a Victorian-era Italian villa. With grand staircases and enameled windows, the stage...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) –  Mayor Marty Small Sr. will announce several federally funded projects set to begin in Atlantic City, including Boardwalk rehabilitation, and firehouse and neighborhood preservation on Thursday. The briefing will take place at approximately 10:15 a.m. and be streamed on CBS News Philly above. What: Mayor Marty Small Sr. will announce several federally funded projects set to begin in Atlantic City, including Boardwalk rehabilitation, and firehouse and neighborhood preservation. When: Thursday, May 26, 2022. Time: 10:15 a.m. Online stream: Live in the player above and your mobile streaming device. Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates on this developing story.
    Hi Everyone! With the much-anticipated arrival of “Top Gun: Maverick” this weekend, the millions of fans of the original are TOTALLY feeling the “need for speed!” READ MORE: Marylanders Can Now Add Their Driver's License To Apple Wallet(IThe line was said by not just Tom Cruise’s character “Maverick”, but also by Anthony Edward’s character “Goose.” Cruise says, “I feel the need…” and Edwards finishes it with “…need for speed!”) Today we felt the need to see fighter planes, so we did another WJZ at 9 “Museum Week” encore at the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum in Middle River. Glenn L. Martin was one of America’s true aviation pioneers. Glenn L. Martin On the museum’s website, there is an extensive history of Martin, his life and accomplishments. To say it is impressive, and that “he was one heck of a guy” is a DRAMATIC understatement. And besides his impact on America’s aviation program, the impact of his company on a sprawling plot of land in eastern Baltimore County was HUGE. Streets on Aero Acres Just across...
    Hi everyone! Today was a treat, a real local treat. Radebaugh Florist and Greenhouses is a family-owned business that has been a Charm City staple since 1924. So wherever you’re reading this, chances are you have gotten, worn or held flowers from Radebaugh’s. READ MORE: Crash Between Tractor-Trailers Closes Lanes In Fort McHenry Tunnel, Firefighters Union SaysNot unlike when we went to the Tuxedo House and visited with owner Scott Furman, Kaitlyn Radebaugh took us behind the scenes to show off Radebaugh’s design center. And it almost goes without saying that with the world catching up on all the in-person events that were canceled during the pandemic, the business has been working overtime. Besides weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, dances, funerals and just-because purchases, flower orders pour in every day. “Just because?” Yep. Radebaugh’s has 50 people working across over 60,000 square feet at two locations. It’s all to keep up with growing demand, as evidenced by 46,000 floral arrangements over the last year alone. When K2 and I arrived, 137 bouquets of red roses were being assembled for the Notre...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Department of Health is now investigating a second presumptive case of monkeypox. It’s unclear if the two cases are connected, but the two individuals have been isolated.  Officials will continue to figure out if anyone else has been exposed. READ MORE: Miami Beach’s Deauville Hotel, made famous by the Beatles, poised for a comebackIn the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put a warning to doctors to look for patients with monkeypox symptoms. “Anytime something new comes across their desk they push that out,” Dr. Joshua Lenchus said. Lenchus is the chief medical officer for Broward Health. When asked if the first patient had been brought to the hospital, Lenchus told reporters he could not reveal that information. Instead, he said, “I can’t tell you much about the presumptive case, the two other cases they had last week were international travel and they were both US citizens that came back to the country.” Uniquely, monkeypox is being seen for the first time in people with no clear connection to Western and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – We are not alone. Across the nation there is a noticeable uptick in the COVID positivity rate. Here in South Florida, Miami-Dade and Broward are now under a high risk of COVID community transmission. READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign off on housing moneyAccording to Dr. Aileen Marty, “We have been at high risk for a while now.” So how’s all that go down in the street, where folks have gotten used to not wearing masks? Not so well with Bob Wolf of Broward County, who told CBS4, “I have had COVID twice although being double vaccinated and I am kind of over it.” The facts are Broward is flirting with an almost 22% positivity rate and Miami-Dade trails at 18%, but hospitalizations remain low. READ MORE: Second Suspected Case Of Monkeypox In Broward Under InvestigationMarty, who is FIU’s well-respected infectious disease specialist, says, “A lot of people, especially in South Florida, go indoors because it is too hot out of doors, and that sets up a crowded indoor space, which leads to higher transmission.” With 68% of...
    Hi everyone! We have a very cool zoo. Period. I’ve seen it behind the scenes as a reporter, when we’ve taken our kids there as a parent and just strolling through as a visitor. It remains a great way to spend a few hours, especially on a nice day. READ MORE: Ray Lewis Visits Johns Hopkins Children’s Center To Make $134K DonationA quick visit to the website shows just how much the Maryland Zoo has to offer for both little kids and big kids like us. Take the dinosaur exhibit, for example. Incidentally, it was during our visit for that story that we were invited to check out the commissary. The commissary, or kitchen if you will, is where all the meals for more than 1,000 animals are prepared daily. Much like our visit to the National Aquarium, it was interesting to see what goes into what each of the zoo’s residents eat. On Monday, we got to see the meat and bones the lions like to gnaw on and consume. It’s worth mentioning that we kept our masks in...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Florida Department of Health-Broward and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the first presumptive case of monkeypox in Broward. They said the person is isolated and this was related to travel. So far, they have not identified any additional cases. READ MORE: Florida Lawmakers Meet For Property Insurance Special Session“Let’s sort of take a breath and realize that this is a zoonotic disease of the kind that has not, historically, spread easily from person to person,” said Dr. Aileen Marty, Florida International University’s infectious disease specialist. Clusters of monkeypox began being reported globally just over a week ago. “There are two major clads, we call them clads, of monkeypox. One clad is from the Congo basin area, that clad is very dangerous, that clad we really don’t want to see. Then there’s a clad from West Africa and that’s the one that is circulating,” said Dr. Marty. The state department has told health care providers what to watch out for in cases. “Back pain is very common, muscles hurt, we...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Florida Department of Health-Broward and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the first presumptive case of monkeypox in Broward. They said the person is isolated and this was related to travel. So far, they have not identified any additional cases. READ MORE: Florida Lawmakers Meet For Property Insurance Special Session“Let’s sort of take a breath and realize that this is a zoonotic disease of the kind that has not, historically, spread easily from person to person,” said Dr. Aileen Marty, Florida International University’s infectious disease specialist. Clusters of monkeypox began being reported globally just over a week ago. “There are two major clads, we call them clads, of monkeypox. One clad is from the Congo basin area, that clad is very dangerous, that clad we really don’t want to see. Then there’s a clad from West Africa and that’s the one that is circulating,” said Dr. Marty. The state department has told health care providers what to watch out for in cases. “Back pain is very common, muscles hurt, we...
    Hi everyone! For 27 years, Giant Food has made the blanket of flowers that will be draped over the winner of the Preakness Stakes. It was done in a Giant warehouse for awhile, but the location where the blanket is made is now the Giant location on York Road in Towson. The reason? It’s close to Pimlico Race Course. READ MORE: LIVE: Heavy Police Activity Outside Owings Mills Shopping CenterIn case you didn’t know this, Maryland’s state flower is the black-eyed Susan. It’s a magnificent flower that blooms midway through the summer. It’s unique and beautiful, but the timing isn’t ideal. The bloom and the race don’t even occur during the same month. So for years, the substitute was the daisy, with some paint to depict the black color of the center of the flower it’s imitating. Seriously, I witnessed this in person while covering a story years back. These days, the flower used is the Viking Mum, or Viking Pom. It is yellow and, like the Black-Eyed Susan, has a dark center. Thousands of these flowers are used each...
    Hi everyone! On “Where’s Marty?” this morning, K2 and I went out to Hunt Valley, the home of System Source, an IT business that does a lot of heavy lifting for many employers both big and small. READ MORE: Mayor Scott, US Department Of Housing And Urban Development Announces Plan To Address City HomelessnessThe company’s office space is rather large and houses the System Source Computer Museum, a vast and impressive collection of computers and electronics from over the past few decades. Believe it or not, the museum is home to 10th motherboard that Steve Jobs (yes, that Steve Jobs) made in his bedroom. Fun fact: Jobs stored these motherboards in pizza boxes. This motherboard could be placed in a briefcase, which could plug into a monitor. In other words, you’re looking at one of the first iterations of a laptop computer. There are plenty of other historic items on display at the museum, and they’re all in relatively pristine condition. READ MORE: Old Man & The Filly: Lukas Saddling Secret Oath In PreaknessIf this is the sort of thing...
    Hi everyone! Epic television today. It is Preakness week, so this morning we checked out the very popular Sunrise Tours at Pimlico. READ MORE: $8K Reward Offered For Tips In Furrow Street Homicide CaseFor 30 years, these tours have been given Preakness week from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. They started today and run through Friday. It is a complete look behind the scenes of a race track at the most perfect time of day. Not only is that the most active time of the day at the track, but on a beautiful weather morning, it would take a legendary poet to describe the vibe in total. K2 and I, along with Fran Burns, scheduled to take our audience on two of the tour stops. First, we stopped at the starting gate, then we visited with two jockeys who showed us a key piece of training equipment. Both stops were truly a pleasure and learning experience. The starting gate is a lot more involved than you might think.  We were joined by Edmund Benson and longtime track announcer Dave...
    Health care leaders in the United States are out of touch with the reality of the basic healthcare needs of ordinary Americans, one leading public health expert warns.  Dr Marty Makary, a public policy expert from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, told DailyMail.com that the current set up of public health in America leaves it lacking for the average person, with the pandemic exposing some of the system's flaws. While officials spent the past two years focusing on Covid, and using funds on the testing, vaccines and treatments, other major issues affecting every day Americans like the nation's obesity and diabetes epidemics, and the surging cost of non-Covid care, have been totally ignored. Makary highlights the disconnect, and the exorbitant costs Americans suffer at the hands of a predatory and litigious medical system in his 2019 book 'The Price We Pay', where he traveled to 22 U.S. cities across nation to report of the gaps in the system. Dr Marty Makary (pictured), told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview that he believes there is a disconnect between health leaders and...
    Hi everyone! Is there anything more Baltimore than this? Baltimore in a Box is an epic concept and seems tailor-made for this morning’s “Where’s Marty?” segment. READ MORE: City Council To Consider Resolution Calling For Public Fund Supporting Local Reproductive Health OrganizationsAbout 10 years ago, Ross Nochumowitz started this business out of his basement. He bought stuff, boxed it up, handwrote labels and sent plain packages containing all things Baltimore to homesick Marylanders across the country. Almost a decade later, business is humming along from a storefront on “the Avenue” in Hampden, where Nochumowitz mails out custom-themed boxes to folks around the world. The funny thing about this morning’s live shot was that when K2 and I were walking into Otterbein Cookies for a segment last week, Nochumowitz was walking out with cookie supplies for his boxes. Ben Otterbein made the introduction, and that’s how we found ourselves featuring Baltimore in a Box today. READ MORE: Cancellations & Delays: Maryland Schools, Businesses & Government OfficesBesides the package business, Nochumowitz has a retail store where you can purchase box items, such...
    Hi everyone! TGIF–and that is a fact! READ MORE: 'Ending The Silence': Getting Past The Stigma Associated With Mental IllnessWith Preakness Week within our grasp, today we decided to kick things off with a visit to Willowdale Farm in Butler. It is home to two extraordinary things: Dr. Michael Harrison and Farmacy Brewing. There’s lots going on there, but let’s start with the good doctor and nationally recognized equine veterinarian. As you might have already guessed, horses are a big deal in Maryland. As a matter of fact, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, of which Dr. Harrison once served as president, states: “Maryland. We grow horses.” Dr. H pointed out that over 800 foals were born here last year. Here are some other facts: the industry employs 28,000 people, making it one of the biggest employers in the state; the industry generates $78 million in tax revenue; there are 10.5 horses per square mile in Maryland, or roughly 101,000 total. Besides that, horse farms make up a quarter of the state’s agricultural land. On top of that, 88,000 equine acres...
    Hi everyone! Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, the only one of the year. To be totally honest, when you’ve worked around the No. 13 as long as I have, it really has zero impact. READ MORE: ReBUILD Metro On A Mission To Tackle Baltimore's Vacant Housing ProblemAnd I don’t think I’m alone in that. As a matter of fact, I just asked Tim Williams if the No. 13 bothered him, to which he replied, “No, I have no problem with it.” I mean, we are surrounded by that number every second of every day we show up to work at WJZ. And the more I think about it, the No. 13 should not even bother our viewers. You are tuning in to Channel 13. Say it aloud: “You are watching Channel 13!” Does it bother you? But, for whatever reason, this number bothers a lot of people. Ever see a 13th floor in a building? Nope. And there are other examples of its exclusion for superstitious reasons. Add in the whole “Friday the 13th” deal, and the number takes on...
    Hi Everyone! A very nice but non-descript building in a Windsor Mill industrial park is home to a bakery company that turned out its first cookie in 1881. According to the company website, that was the year Adam Otterbein immigrated to Locust Point and started a business that, now, is run by the fifth generation of the family. READ MORE: Premier League Clubs Arsenal, Everton To Play In Baltimore This Summer, Bolstering City's World Cup BidWhen “K2” and I arrived Ben Otterbein introduced us to his employees, he knows them all by name. On air, he was very quick to point out that in a family business, the employees are family and are treated as such. These folks make millions of cookies every year, and the six flavors are all mixed, baked, packaged and boxed by hand, then shipped out quickly to ensure freshness. Otterbein’s six types of cookies are chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, ginger, sugar, lemon sugar, and oatmeal raisin. Ben and his management team are very current, progressive, and are growing the business like the...