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Rita Rich

Rita Rich is the former news director of WNAV Radio under the station's previous owner, Pat Sajak. She's contributing to this website because of a desire to stay in touch with the community she's grown so fond of.
Rita produces podcasts for others and is also a guest booker for a nationally syndicated radio talk show.

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For the week of January 23, new unemployment claims in Maryland were 11.97% lower than in the previous week

For the week of January 23, new unemployment claims in Maryland were 11.97% lower than in the previous week, despite high inflation and the threat of a recession, according to WalletHub. More key highlights from the company's analysis. Weekly unemployment claims in Maryland decreased by 11.97% compared to the previous week. This was the 5th biggest decrease...
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Major milestone reached in the Hillman Garage rebuild celebrated

Annapolis officials and builders celebrated the topping out of the new Hillman Garage. That means all the concrete for the structure has been poured and is in place for the new garage that sits behind City Hall on Gorman Street.  The rebuild of the garage is a long time in coming. Mayor Buckley and the City Council put together a plan to rebuild the garage as one of the first ste...
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Unity Press Conference held in front of the Supreme Court of Maryland on Rowe Boulevard on Thursday morning.

Members of the NAACP, community activists, and police representatives met at the Supreme Court of Maryland Building on Rowe Street in Annapolis to demand justice and police reform following the brutal beating death of Tyre Nichols by members of a now-disbanded unit of the Memphis police department. Those assembled demanded that Congress pass HR 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Ac...
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Anne Arundel Medical Center's birthing center closed earlier this week

Earlier this week, Luminis closed the birthing center after 26 years of operation due to the low number of births there in the past several years. The midwives will now help deliver babies in the hospital, said Luminis spokesperson Justin McLeod. The birthing center delivered 31 babies last year, McLeod said. That’s compared to the roughly 5,500 babies delivered at the...
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Moore and O's announced multi-year deal to revitalize the Camden Yards Area

Governor Wes Moore and the Orioles announced a plan to revitalize the Camden Yards area in Baltimore. The baseball stadium was built in 1992 on land that once served as the rail yard for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Camden Station.  Construction began in 1988. When it was finished, it was said to have inspired a new generation of destination ballparks in the U.S. ...
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Governor Moore of Maryland delivered his first State of the State Address Wednesday

During his 45-minute-long State of the Union Address, Governor Wes Moore's focused on public service.  "I only realized recently, service, the word service, comes from the Latin, servitium, which meant ‘slavery,'” Moore began after acknowledging the assembled dignitaries. “It is fitting, as the first African American to deliver this sp...
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Annapolis to get 3 Million for electric powered ferry

The City of Annapolis was informed of a grant award from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of $2,975,000 in funding for an electric ferry pilot program that will operate between Eastport and City Dock. The funding supports the acquisition of two battery-powered electric vessels, charging equipment, and improvements to the two docks that will be landing points for the ferries.&n...
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New Governor voices support for increased gun safety laws at Annapolis' Lawyer's Mall

Maryland Moms Demand Action volunteers returned to the Capitol for their annual Advocacy Day to call on lawmakers to prioritize gun violence prevention in our state. Maryland's new governor Wes Moore (D), made an appearance, without an umbrella, in the rain to address the dozens of soaked, red-attired women and their supporters, who have been pushing state lawmakers to support stricter laws...
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Owners of hunting supply store facing multiple charges of hunting while intoxicated and using bait

Maryland Natural Resources Police issued a group from Anne Arundel County multiple charges, including hunting while intoxicated and using bait. On Jan 18, officers located a baited area filled with cracked corn and birdseed on private property in Allegany County. The next day, officers returned to conduct surveillance and found four blinds with a person inside each one. The four ...
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Anne Arundel schools calls on parents and other volunteers to roam hallways to improve safety

Saying that schools cannot boost safety in their hallways and classrooms alone, the superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Dr. Mark Bedell is inviting parents and others to roam around buildings and get to know students.  “The community has a clear role to play in school safety, from awareness to support, and we want to partner with them. To be clear, we&rsqu...
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36 year old Odenton man sentenced to 20 years forbeing a Drug Kingpin Howard, Baltimore County and City

A 36-year-old man pleaded guilty to being a drug kingpin that distributed fentanyl in Howard and Baltimore Counties and the city of Baltimore. The Odenton man, Darvin Kevin McCoy, is one of six defendants in the investigation started by Howard County Police after they arrested a suspect for a non-fatal opioid addiction.  On Nov. 22, 2022, another defendant, Jawan Markeys Fulton, 28, o...
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A 22 year old is under arrest for stabbing a co-worker at Bowen Farm Supply

This past Friday, an argument between two co-workers at Bowen Farm Supply on Riva Road,  escalated to the point that one man was stabbed, and the other is now under arrest. The suspect left the area before the police arrived. However, he was located at his residence in Annapolis and taken into custody. The 49-year-old victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-...
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Two people pleaded guilty to killing their roomate

Two people befriended a woman living in an Anne Arundel home with her Mom. They became her roommates. Now they can receive a sentence of 40 years in prison for killing the woman and allegedly dumping her body in the Chesapeake Bay in 2017.  The story sent investigators in motion from Maryland to Tuscon, Arizona, where authorities said the roommates, William Eugene Rice Jr. and Christi...
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Woman dead after Sunday night crash near Route 665 and Chinquapin Round Road

Annapolis Police say a woman died from her injuries after a motorist crashed into her while walking near Route 665 and Chinquapin Round Road Sunday night. That's why the road was closed for hours last night until early Monday morning. The motorist stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Officers identified the pedestrian as 63-year-old Rhoda Cabauatan o...
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Police identify the bicyclist killed in hit and run in Annapolis

Police have identified the 74-year-old man killed by a hit-and-run driver on Hilltop Lane near Merryman Road Tuesday night. His name is Zarko Peruza. On a Go Fund Me page, his granddaughter said Mr. Peruza's only way to get to his job at the Safeway on Forest Drive was by bike.    The city has been installing a street sidepath where the fatal accident occurred....
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New Director of Parks and Rec in Annapolis

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley has named Roslyn Johnson as the new director of the city's Parks and Recreation department. Ms. Johnson needs to be confirmed by the City Council, which is scheduled for February 27.  Current Recreation and Parks Director Archie Trader has been offered a newly-created position within the Annapolis Police Department. In this civilian role, Trader ...
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Time is runnning out to submit comments on changes to boating regulations in Maryland

The department is considering updating the regulation for the report of boating accidents, specifically, the dollar amount which triggers the reporting requirement for an operator of a vessel involved in an accident. The department is also considering a minor housekeeping change in the same regulation regarding a grammatical error. Please visit our ...
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Light Rail operator charged in death of motoriest in Anne Arundel County

A light rail operator has been charged with negligent manslaughter, criminal negligence, and reckless endangerment. after a Linthicum train crash killed a high school football star in February 2022. The operator, Tavon Smith was in control of the train that killed 17-year-old Lamar Patterson,  from Kissimmee, Florida, who was recruited and played for Baltimore...
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Bicyclist dead after hit and run accident in Annapolis

A 74-year-old man died after he and his bike were hit by a vehicle on Hilltop Lane Wednesday night.  Annapolis Fire responded to the scene near Merryman Road at about 10 p.m.  Authorities are still looking for the vehicle that hit the Annapolis man.    ...
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Odenton man fatally shot at a Hanover Shopping center

 26-year-old Markus Nocho was shot at the Ridgeview Shopping Center. He was taken to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police have not released any more information and are asking the public to help by calling (410) 222-4731. Tipsters can stay anonymous by dialing (410) 222-4700. ...
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The FBI and AACOPD Investigatin an attempted armed robbery of Wells Fargo branch in Glen Burnie

A teller was passed a note by a female suspect, wearing a blond wig, denim hat, and a yellow surgical face mask, asking for money. The teller was in the process of complying when the suspect asked for the note back and left.  The suspect reportedly asked the teller not to press the alarm.  She was said to have worn a black Champion Sweatshirt and carried an off-white colored handbag. ...
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18 Year Old From D.C. Not Guilty of Murder of Another Teen in Admiral Oaks Apartment Complex

In September 2021, Christian Parada was found dead in the bedroom of her Admiral Oaks Apartment in Annapolis.  Security camera footage shows the then 16-year-old teen boy from the District of Columbia entering the building. But, during numerous police interviews, Daniel Fletcher said he didn't kill the young man who was found to have died from a shot in his head. Police ...
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69-Million-Dollars Released for Maryland State Spending Priorities by Governor Moore

Day one of the Moore-Miller administration announced the reallocation of $69 million for paid family and medical leave program, environmental protections, and new recreational cannabis processes that are needed after this past November Marylanders voted to legalize pot. Addressing a hot political issue, the governor also released millions of dollars for abortion services. This mo...
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Inauguration of Wes Moore and Aruna Miller

After walking from Annapolis Dock, an entry point for slaves in America, West Moore will be sworn in as Maryland’s first Black Governor.  He will put his hand on a bible once owned by abolitionist Frederick Douglas.  Moore will be only the third black governor elected in U.S. history. Here's a montage of photos posted online from this historic morning. ...
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A Woman and Her Dog Were Shot Sunday Night in Brooklyn Park

A woman and her dog were treated for gunshots in their legs. The 48-year-old lady was walking her pet through a parking lot at 5100 Ritchie Highway at around 6 pm Sunday when an unknown suspect fired shots at them. The canine and his owner were treated for non-life-threatening wounds at a veterinary hospital and a nearby shock trauma unit. Anne Arundel County Police have not located a suspect o...
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20 Year Old Dead After Crash in Odenton

A 20-year-old Owings Mills, Maryland man is dead after police found him in his car, which crashed into a utility pole on the left shoulder of southbound Crain Highway at St. Stephen’s Church Road. Derrell Amir Walker was found in the wreck of his 2015 Honda Accord. Police don't know why the car left the roadway. ...
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Orioles Plan $5-Million Dollar Investment in Baltimore

Orioles Chairman and CEO John Angelos, alongside Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, today announced a $5 million commitment to CollegeBound Foundation to support the next Baltimore renaissance. The CollegeBound Foundation empowers Baltimore City Schools’ students to successfully pursue and complete a college degree or other post-secondary option. As part of the initiative and in addition to t...
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A Late Night Stabbing on Clay Street in Annapolis

Police say that man said he was cut in the cheek by a knife after getting into a fight with another man on Clay Street by Obery Court.  Police spoke to the man when they answered his call on West St before Midnight last night. No other injuries were reported, and police did not locate a suspect last night. ...
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Historic Innauguration on Monday of State's First Woman Comptroller in Annapolis

The Comptroller's official swearing-in will occur at 10 a.m. in front of the Comptroller’s building on Calvert Street at Bladen Street. Calvert Street between Bladen Street and Northwest Street will be closed in both directions, with no parking, on Monday, Jan. 16. Parking for the event is available at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, with a free shuttle to and from the swearing-in...
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Maryland Hospital Association: State's Hospitals Very Close to Capacity

Across the state, there has been another steep uptick in Marylanders needing hospitalization for COVID, plus other conditions. Most hospitals are over 90% full, with many at 100%. Hospitals will take care of everyone, but wait times are longer. The Maryland Hospital Association urges the public to use hospital resources sparingly. If you or a family member has a life-threatening emergency medic...
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Providence Point Development On Hold after Judge's Admonishments

 Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Mark Crooks is throwing water on the Annapolis Planning Commission and its attorneys for failing to issue a competently written decision allowing Providence Point to Develop 20 + acres of woodland near Crab Creek. Frederick, Maryland-based National Lutheran Communities and Services plans to build a 350-bed facility off of Forest Road and Crystal Spr...
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Ready to Ferry Across the Mersey, to Quote Gerry and the Pacemakers?

As first reported by the Capital:  "The request for proposals establishes a six-month timeline for the winning bidder to submit a written report and present its findings. When the pandemic crippled the tourism industry, groups like Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County began working more closely with counterparts across the state to seek solutions. The group started d...
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Check With Your Carrier, Before Heading Out To the Airporet

When alerts came over this writer's mobile phone in the morning about  7:40 this morning about the ground stop issued by the FAA a few hours--HOURS--and when an international news service, Reuters, posted this photo of airplanes stacked- up at JFK airport -                                    ...
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City of Annanpolis Innauguration Notices for Jan 18

The City of Annapolis is preparing for the inauguration of Gov.-elect Wes Moore and Lt.-Gov.-elect Aruna Miller on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. The official swearing-in will occur at noon inside the State House, followed by a public ceremony on the northwest side (facing Lawyer’s Mall).  For information specific to inauguration ceremonies, please visit ...
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Changes in State Gov in Annapolis and Across the State

As the City of Annapolis prepares its residents for road closures and parking hassles in advance of next week's inauguration of Wes Moore as Maryland's next governor, the Hogan administration lets us in on the "epilogue" after eight years in power. Governor Hogan, standing before a statue of George Washington, delivering his speech resigning his commission from the A...
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