Cyclist filmed assaulting people posting signs protesting George Floyd’s death, Maryland-National Capital Park Police say

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police are looking for a man after a video appeared to show him violently grab an object from a child who was posting signs protesting the death of George Floyd. The police tweeted this week that the assault occurred Monday on the Capital Crescent Trail. The trail runs along MacArthur Boulevard in northwest Washington, D.C., and into Montgomery County. (Balt Sun)

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City to hire 300 jobless Baltimoreans for new contact tracing, public health effort

The city will hire more than 300 jobless residents to be part of a pilot public health outreach and Covid-19 contact tracing effort in Baltimore. The newly launched program, Baltimore Health Corps, is a $12 million public-private partnership. The effort is being led by the mayor's office, the Baltimore City Health Department and the Rockefeller Foundation, which has made an initial commitment of $2 million. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Police preparing for potential counter protesters this weekend, Anne Arundel chief says

Anne Arundel County police are preparing to keep people safe at protests planned over the weekend as they have been tipped off to the potential of violent counter protesters, the police chief said Thursday. “As we garner intelligence we’ve seen a ramping up sentiment contrary to what the protesters have been putting forward as their sentiment from people who are not communicating their feelings in a healthy manner,” Police Chief Timothy Altomare told reporters Thursday. (Balt Sun)

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Ozone Transport Commission advances petition to EPA to help cut Maryland air pollution that originates elsewhere

The Ozone Transport Commission has voted to advance a petition to the United States Environmental Protection Agency that could help reduce air pollution in Maryland from upwind sources. The commission, which was formed to help find regional solutions to air pollution, approved on Tuesday the petition originally filed by the Maryland Department of the Environment, according to a news release issued Wednesday. The petition proposed that power plants in Pennsylvania need to be required to reduce harmful emissions that are carried by the wind into Maryland. (Balt Sun)

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Protesters seeking equal treatment of black people by police gather in downtown Bel Air for second straight day

More than 300 people crowded Main Street in front of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office in Bel Air on Thursday to protest the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and what they saw as unequal treatment of black people by police writ-large across the country. It was the second day of demonstrations in downtown Bel Air and it was not hard to see how the protesters felt; most bore signs stating their feelings. (Balt Sun)

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Md. State Athletic Commission fines two pro wrestling companies for use of barbed wire, blood

The Maryland State Athletic Commission has fined two professional wrestling companies for the use of weapons and blood in matches late last year. All Elite Wrestling, a rising competitor to industry giant World Wrestling Entertainment, agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for actions taken by wrestlers Tyson Smith (who performs as Kenny Omega) and Jonathan Good (who performs as Jon Moxley) in the main event of the company’s Nov. 9, 2019 show at Royal Farms Arena. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore Polling Stations See Long Lines, Large Turnouts During Unusual Primary Election

Pandemic, protests and a primary election — Baltimore City has seen it all this week. Voters at Baltimore’s Edmondson Westside High School stood close together early Tuesday evening in a long line that snaked from the school’s front door almost to Athol Avenue — an estimated 200-yards. (Md Matters)

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George Floyd Death: Demonstrators Link Arms With Baltimore City Police Officers During March; Peaceful Protests Held Across Maryland

In downtown Baltimore on Wednesday night, the streets filled with peaceful protesters who carried signs and linked arms with police officers in the wake of the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minnesota. "It’s time for a change,” Jazmine Brooks, of Baltimore, said. “This is our community. These are our kids that are growing up here. There has to be a better future for them.” (WJZ)

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