The top headlines of the week in Maryland:
The president told a crowd at Prince George's Community College Thursday that Republicans are afraid Obamacare will succeed. Read more on Bowie Patch.Juror, 19, Arrested for Taking Cell Phone Picture During Howard County Grand Jury
The man snapped a picture of an undercover police officer, possibly compromising him, during secret proceedings of the Grand Jury. Read more on Ellicott City Patch.Charges Dropped Against Ellicott City Man Arrested at Common Core Meeting
The Ellicott City man was charged with disturbing school operations and second-degree assault after attempting to question school officials at a public meeting in Towson. Read more on Ellicott City Patch.MTA: Prolonged Shutdown May Impact MARC Service
Trains will run as scheduled if the government shuts down on Oct. 1, but in case of a prolonged shutdown, services will be reevaluated. Read more on Bowie Patch.Columbia Mall Expansion: Two Restaurants, Seven Retailers Announced
Many of the new stores will open this November, find out what they are. Read more on Columbia Patch.Harford County Exec Responds to Baltimore County Education Forum Arrest
County Executive David Craig, a Republican running for Maryland governor, sounded off on Common Core and the arrest of a parent during a state-sponsored forum. Read more on Havre de Grace Patch.Internet Service Speeds Up in Southern Anne Arundel County
A public-private partnership is bringing broadband Internet access to much of Southern Anne Arundel County. Read more on Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch.Jack Creek Park in Shady Side Reopens With New Trails
The park's grand reopening was celebrated last week in a ceremony that included Anne Arundel County Councilman Jerry Walker and County Executive Laura Neuman. Read more on Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch.Business Booms for Joy Kids Learning Center
Two entrepreneurs used their combined business and child care center knowledge to launch a successful venture in Edgewater.Read more on Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch.Reports: Suspected Serial Killer Gets Life in Prison
Jason Scott received two life sentences for the 2009 slayings of a Largo woman and her daughter. Read more on Bowie Patch.Ballet Theatre of Maryland Opens Season in Bowie Oct. 5
Watch five beautiful princesses dance holes in their shoes at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. Read more on Bowie Patch.Bail Bondswoman's Killer Sentenced to 55 Years
The convicted killer told the court, "I shouldn't be out on the streets." Read more on Columbia Patch.
A 1-year-old child was hurt after someone fire at her home in the Chapelgate section of Odenton. Police are urging the public’s help in finding the suspect, and residents now say they hope to form a community association. Read more on Odenton-Severn Patch.
The Silver Spring Transit Center was supposed to be finished a long time ago. And with structural repairs looming, there’s no opening date in sight. So, how better to pass the time until then than by participating in a contest? Read more on Silver Spring Patch.
At a visit to the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Sen. Ben Cardin talked about his ideas for reforming the country's tax code. Read more on Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch.
A car came to rest on Ellicott City’s Main Street bridge Thursday afternoon. Read more on Ellicott City Patch.
Thieves have been caught on camera stealing personal belongings from patrons at the Fairwood Safeway gas station in Bowie. Read more on Bowie Patch.