The home of Congressman Elijah Cummings of Baltimore caught fire this morning. Cummings was in Washington at the time of the fire.
"I was in a Transportation Committee hearing when I learned about the fire at my house in Baltimore," Cummings reportedly told the press in a statement. "The fire started on the third floor of the house and the Fire Department is investigating the cause. Thankfully, no one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. I am grateful to all of those who have expressed their concern."
"When things like this happen I do not ask the question, 'why did it happen to me?' I ask the question, 'Why did it happen for me,'" Cummings said. "There's something to be gained from this. I don't know what it is yet.
The Baltimore Sun provides some details: "Firefighters were called to the three-story brick rowhome in the 2000 block of Madison Ave. at 10:42 a.m., where they found smoke coming from the roof, said department spokesman Samuel Johnson, Jr. They placed the one-alarm blaze under control by 11 a.m.
"Windows were broken out on the second and third floors, while debris was piled on the sidewalk beneath a first floor window holding an Obama '08 poster."
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Outgoing Maryland governor Martin O'Malley is commuting the sentences of the state's four remaining inmates on death row. In 2012, Maryland abolished the death penalty, but the law did not apply to those already sentenced for execution. O'Malley, a Democrat, said in an official statement that executions of convicted murderers "make every citizen a party to a legalized killing as punishment."
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In campaign remarks yesterday at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Illinois, President Barack Obama praised his adopted city, where he lived before becoming president of the United States. "Chicago is an example of what makes this country great," Obama said. His audience applauded.