AROUND BALTIMORE: Punxsutawney Phil weather criminal & M&T Bank Stadium helps Maryland ‘go green'

HopeWell Cancer Support's 20th Anniversary

BALTIMORE - Here are the stories you're talking about on February 19, 2014. 

1. PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL IS A WANTED GROUNDHOG: Thanks to the warmer temperatures coming, the Anne Arundel County Police Department is thinking of releasing Punxsutawney Phil for good behavior after his arrest last week.

The Pennsylvania groundhog was nabbed in Hanover and booked on two counts – “excessive winter and failing to do right.” Phil was going to be held in police custody, without bail, until March 20th - the first day of spring, but with this weather, he may want to get comfortable in jail.

2. M &T HELPS MARYLAND RANK 2ND AMONG LEED BUILDINGS: The next time you catch a Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium you may be seeing more than purple and black.

That would be the color green. The Ravens’ nest helped Maryland rank second in the country on a list from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design or “LEED.”

Illinois Holocaust Museum, Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium and

Skanska’s World Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia round out the top three.

The full ranking is as follows:

Rank

State

Projects certified in 2013

Square feet certified in 2013

Per-capita square footage

1

Illinois

171

29,415,284

2.29

2

Maryland

119

12,696,429

2.20

3

Virginia

160

16,868,693

2.11

4

Massachusetts

101

13,684,430

2.09

5 (tie)

New York

259

37,839,395

1.95

5 (tie)

California

595

72,729,476

1.95

6

Oregon

47

6,991,942

1.83

7

North Carolina

133

17,183,099

1.80

8

Colorado

124

8,894,187

1.77

9

Hawaii

17

2,323,379

1.71

10

Minnesota

51

8,205,155

1.55

*

Washington, D.C.

106

19,524,216

32.45

*Washington, D.C. is not ranked as it is a federal district, not a state.

STORY: HOPEWELL 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: “The Bridge” band is back together and ready to rock the Baltimore Soundstage Friday night at the Concert of Hope.

“They’re great guys. They are Baltimore guys. They love the idea of supporting a good cause. They’re fantastic musicians,” said HopeWell Cancer Support’s John Miller.

It’s all part of HopeWell Cancer Support’s 20th anniversary, helping people and their families cope with cancer.

“All the services are free; it’s just a very comfortable place for people going through this ordeal,” John added.

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