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Fire and Ice, Pimp Sentenced, Lottery Shocker: Top Md. Headlines

Beware if you pass school buses, children left in cold, slumlord watcher faces lawsuit: The Maryland news you'll be sorry you missed.

Fire and Ice, Pimp Sentenced, Lottery Shocker: Top Md. Headlines
Maryland headlines from the week that just passed:

Edgewater Man Wins $1M Lottery Prize

It was a full two days after the drawing that the winner bothered to check his tickets, and found that he had just won a life-changing amount of money. In fact, he was just one number shy of the jackpot. Read more on Edgewter-Davidsonville Patch.

North Bethesda Diamond Ring Thieves Sought

Police: Woman posed as customer while her companion stole worth $20,000 of jewelry. Read the story at  Rockville Patch.

Ellicott City Man's Commercial a Finalist for $1 Million Super Bowl Contest

Raj Suri's Doritos spot could net him $1 million if it receives the most votes in the company's Super Bowl contest. Read more on Ellicott City Patch.

Prince George's Crime Rates Hit Historic Lows in 2013

Although New Year's Day saw two murders in Prince George's County, crime plummeted to record lows in 2013 in Prince George's County for the second consecutive year.  Read more on Bowie Patch.

Montgomery County Police Target Drivers Who Pass School Buses

Offenders face $125 fine;  Montgomery County police unveiled the initiative this week. Read the story at  Gaithersburg Patch.

Police Say 4-Year-Old Child Left In Car at Maryland Live! Casino for 8 Hours

Alicia Brown was charged with neglect and 2nd-degree child abuse after police said she left her daughter in a car while she was inside the Hanover casino. Police said the young girl was cold and had wet herself, and  blankets were used to cover a window of the car.  Read more in Odenton-Severn Patch

Boy Left Unattended in Snow-Covered Van, Grandfather Charged

A Columbia man was arrested after police said he left his grandson in a car near the Arundel Mills Mall. Police said the 6-year-old boy was left inside for 90 minutes while snow fell heavily. Read more in Odenton-Severn Patch.

Woman Slams Door on Home Invader Pretending to Deliver Package

A woman opened her door, and a man tried to barge his way in, pulling a handgun from his waist, police said.  Read more on Annapolis Patch.

Planning Board Approves $65 Million Downtown Columbia Building

The building is planned to include 160 residential units as well as commercial and office space. Read more on  Columbia Patch.

Ellicott City Fire Causes $900K in Damage, 1 Person Escaped

A fire engulfed a two-story house on Ellis Lane. Read more on Ellicott City Patch.

Which Maryland State Employee Banks the Biggest Salary?

Who is the most highly paid state of Maryland employee? Read more on  Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch.

NSA Leaker Edward Snowden's Documents Show Tie to Maryland Lab

Documents leaked by controversial  former NSA contractor Edward Snowden say that a laboratory in College Park is working on developing an advanced type of computer that could break virtually any digital code. Read more on  Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch.

Man Sold 13-Year-Old Girl Into Prostitution, Plied Her With Drugs

A Maryland man has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for selling a 13-year-old girl into prostitution. Read more on  Silver Spring Patch.

Activist Kensington Teen to Become Eagle Scout When Ban on Gay Scouts Ends

Gay youths will be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America for the first time starting this year. The action clears the way for Pascal Tessier of Kensington to become one of the organization's first openly gay Eagle Scouts. Read more on  Rockville Patch.

Black Monday: Washington Redskins Fire Coach Mike Shanahan

The Washington Redskins fired Coach Mike Shanahan Monday after the team finished the season with a 3-13 record. Read more on  Towson Patch.

Business As Usual for 'Duck Dynasty' TV Franchise

Comments by the duck-call family patriarch about gays and civil rights sparked social media debate. Under Armour kept its business ties to the reality TV show intact throughout the controversy. Read more on  Columbia Patch.

Carol Ott, Blogger Behind 'Baltimore Slumlord Watch,' Faces Vandalism Lawsuits

The author of a blog that catalogs vacant Baltimore properties is now facing lawsuits tied to two of the properties. Read more on Dundalk Patch.

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