After concern prompts delay, City Council confirms Baltimore transportation director

The Baltimore City Council on Monday unanimously confirmed Michelle Pourciau as the city's transportation director — one week after delaying her confirmation amid concerns. After meeting one-on-one with Pourciau, City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young green-lighted her confirmation vote and she was approved without discussion. “There was a slight pause so folks could regroup,” said Lester Davis, Young’s spokesman. “We’re moving forward. Folks are on the same page now.” (Balt. Sun)

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Pugh watched closely as she moves to create LGBT commission and hire liaison

When leaders of the city’s LGBT community met with Mayor Catherine Pugh in late August they were pleased to find she was agreeing to one of their requests – that she set up an LGBT  Commission, something the city hasn’t had since the Sheila Dixon Administration. But there was a surprise. Pugh was not only agreeing to their other request – that she hire a full-time City Hall LGBT liaison – but had already named someone for the job: Samantha Smith. (Brew)

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Anne Arundel County approves resolution for justice grant

Anne Arundel County Council passed a resolution Monday night that allows the county to seek a U.S. Justice Department Grant. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant would award the county $164,273, which would be used by the county to bolster drug courts, mental health services and aid juveniles within the U.S. Justice Department system. It doesn't require any matching funds. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel executive proposes changing process for long range development planning

County Executive Steve Schuh has submitted legislation cutting the time between updates to the general development plans from 10 to eight years. Schuh had discussed cutting the time period to six years. In recent months he shifted to eight, calling it a balance between giving every two-term county council member a say on the underlying growth plan and development and the realities of getting the massive project done in time. (Capital)

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'DNA Day' planned for Ravens' game undergoes federal and state scrutiny

A Massachusetts biotech firm still intends to give away DNA test kits to fans at a Ravens game this season, according to the team, but the promotion first must undergo scrutiny from a federal agency and the state. The “DNA Day” event, scheduled for last Sunday’s Ravens-Cleveland Browns game at M&T Bank Stadium, was postponed after the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services raised questions with the state about approvals, state and federal officials said. (Balt. Sun)

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Family of Baltimore County man who died days after encounter with police files lawsuit

The family of a Middle River man who died days after an encounter with Baltimore County police filed a lawsuit against several officers, a paramedic and an EMT who responded to his home last year. The lawsuit alleges that the officers used excessive force against Tawon Boyd, 21, and that paramedics gave him an antipsychotic drug that contributed to his death. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County prepares to open supervised visitation and children exchange center

Montgomery County is planning to open a new supervised visitation and exchange center in Rockville in November. The center will be a place for people with protective orders against their former spouses, such as due to past domestic violence incidents, to safely visit or turn over their children. The County Council funded about $380,000 in the fiscal 2018 budget to establish the center. (Bethesda)

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Acid cloud leaks from chemical plant in South Baltimore, prompting shelter-in-place alert

A cloud of toxic acid leaked into the air at a chemical plant in South Baltimore’s Fairfield industrial area Monday morning, prompting emergency officials to warn nearby workers and residents to shelter in place for several hours. The leak of chlorosulfonic acid — a powerful, potentially lethal chemical used to make soap and detergents, among other things — was stopped after about 90 minutes and no injuries were reported. (Balt. Sun)

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