Tropical Storm Watches In Effect For Parts Of Maryland As Tropical Storm Isaias Lashes Florida Coast

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to remain a tropical storm as it continues it’s track northward, spreading tropical moisture along the east coast. Potentially dangerous storm surge, tropical downpours and strong winds will be impacting the Carolina’s on Monday. Monday night into Tuesday, conditions will deteriorate across Maryland. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland landlords sue Baltimore City, Howard County and Salisbury over COVID-related bans on rent increases

A group of roughly two dozen housing providers across Maryland are challenging laws that are intended to protect tenants from rent increases during the coronavirus pandemic. The companies — which together own more than 2,000 residential rental units in Baltimore City, Howard County and Salisbury — are suing their local governments over three similar, recently enacted laws that bar landlords from raising rent or charging late fees during the state of emergency. (Balt Sun)

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Ripken Stadium, Ocean City Convention Center To Hold COVID-19 Testing Events

Organizers of a COVID-19 testing event next Tuesday at Ripken Stadium in Harford County expect 1,000 people that day. The state, Harford County Health Department, Upper Chesapeake Health, and the Aberdeen Police Department will host the drive-thru event that runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration is required to reserve a space in line for a test, but no doctor's order is needed. Tests will be given to those 12 and older. (WBAL)

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Maryland meets coronavirus testing milestone, positivity rate decreases

All of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions have met the goal of testing 10% of their populations for the coronavirus. According to a press release, the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has also dropped to 4.47% after it has administered 1.25 million tests. It has remained below 5% since June 25. “Our aggressive statewide testing strategy is helping us to understand, identify, and stop the spread of this virus, and I want to commend all of our local jurisdictions for stepping up to meet our goal of testing 10% of their populations,” Gov. Larry Hogan said. (WTOP)

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Ocean City requires face masks on boardwalk, events to curb COVID-19

Guests visiting the Ocean City Boardwalk will be required to wear masks beginning Friday at 5 p.m. The declaration issued by the town of Ocean City is meant to build on a requirement from Gov. Larry Hogan that people must wear a mask in an outdoor public area if social distancing isn't possible. The declaration requires anyone older than 5 years old to wear a mask while on the Boardwalk between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 a.m., according to a draft of the declaration read aloud by Mayor Rick Meehan. (Delmarva)

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Investigation launched after park ranger removes, damages Black Lives Matter murals in Patterson Park

The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks is investigating a park ranger after multiple murals supporting the Black Lives Matter movement were removed from Patterson Park on Friday, despite the artists having received approval from the city to display their work. Joe and Karley Sgandurra, two Lauraville residents, headed the project, which brought local artists together to create work in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge’s Order Clarifies COVID-19 Health Measures In Courthouses, Judicial Branch Facilities

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued an Administrative Order on Friday clarifying COVID-19 health measures in courthouses and judicial branch facilities. It now includes additional requirements on wearing face masks inside courthouses and judicial branch facilities, including requiring face coverings during all court proceedings and providing disposable masks for those who don’t have them already. (WJZ-TV)

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MDOT releases documents on next steps of Capital Beltway/I-270 plan ahead of virtual hearings

It’s no surprise to local drivers that congestion on the Capital Beltway and I-270 in Maryland causes hours of slow travel each weekday. In fact, the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study, produced as part of the Maryland Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration’s effort to fix the problems vehicles have traveling through the D.C. area, said the roads are severely congested 10 and seven hours, respectively, each weekday. (WTOP)
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