Frederick senator proposes ban on mandatory microchipping
ANNAPOLIS — Big Brother may always be watching, but if a Frederick County lawmaker has his way, at least that won’t lead to you being forced to get implanted with a microchip. Sen. Ron Young (D-District 3) testified in support of Senate Bill 944before the Senate Finance Committee. The bill would prevent employers and the state government from requiring or coercing anyone to be implanted with an identification device. The premise of Young’s bill may sound like the plot of a sc
Is a $103 million expansion of natural gas service the best MD can do?
Maryland’s Republican governor has taken a succession of actions on climate change that put him in stark contrast to President Donald Trump and many in his party’s leadership. Gov. Larry Hogan pushed to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. He has pledged his support for the Paris Climate Agreements. He opposes off-shore drilling. And he supported higher standards for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the market-based program that caps power plant emissions in Maryl
Spirit of innovation: Family brings shochu tradition to Frederick
Taka Amano is trying to introduce part of Japanese culture to Maryland. Amano is among the first in the country distilling an alcoholic beverage called shochu. It’s a Japanese, vodka-like alcohol almost unknown in the United States. Amano hopes a bill being considered in the Maryland Senate will help get his locally made shochu into more restaurants and stores. “People who have tasted it have really liked it,” Amano said. “I would like to make it available at sushi and Japane