Unkept state roads cramp Bowie’s style

Bowie officials value keeping city roads looking neat and aren’t happy the state doesn’t seem to share the same priorities, which they said became especially evident this summer when grass along some stretches of state roads grew more than three feet tall. (Gazette)

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Baltimore wants community to weigh in on public pools plan

A series of community meetings are planned to solicit input on a plan for Baltimore's public pools and year-round aquatics programming. The city Department of Recreation and Parks' "Dive In, Baltimore!" — a decade-long plan to upgrade the city's aquatic facilities — calls for a mix of eight outdoor pools, between eight and 17 spray pads and five to eight indoor pools. (Balt. Sun)

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August 19 // City to raze hundreds of vacant houses in stepped-up plan

Boarded-up and falling down, hundreds of Baltimore's vacant and blighted rowhouses are scheduled for demolition in coming months in a stepped-up effort to rid the city of its most visible sign of decades of urban decay. Over the next 2-1/2 years, the city is budgeted to spend nearly $22 million to tear down 1,500 abandoned houses — a move urban planners say could transform Baltimore visually and clear a path for struggling neighborhoods to attract future development. (Balt. Sun)

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Little Italy facing big challenges

As the neighborhood of Little Italy hosts the St. Gabriel Festival this weekend — a tradition for more than 80 years — residents and business owners acknowledge that the tight-knit ethnic enclave is entering a pivotal phase. Many of the immigrants who built the neighborhood in the early and mid-20th century are aging or have passed away. Attracting a younger crowd to the favorite restaurants of their grandparents has proved challenging. And a recent uptick in crime — including a beating caught on camera — in what has traditionally been one of Baltimore's safest neighborhoods has some feeling vulnerable. (Balt. Sun)

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State board finds Frederick Co. commissioners violated Open Meetings Act

A state board has found three Frederick County commissioners violated the state's Open Meetings Act when they discussed the sale of two county-owned facilities on a local radio program in June. The five-page opinion explains that Commissioners Paul Smith, Billy Shreve and Kirby Delauter were at fault because the county had not provided notice of the show. (News-Post)

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Some premature newborns can't be treated at PRMC, hospital says

Premature newborns who once could have been nurtured on Delmarva will now have to be transferred to better-equipped hospitals in the Baltimore and Washington areas. Peninsula Regional Medical Center officials announced Friday they are downgrading services at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit from Level 3A to 2B. (Daily Times)

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Top court backtracks on conflict in sentencing laws 

In a victory for prosecutors, Maryland’s top court Friday erased a long-awaited decision that had essentially struck down the state’s mandatory, no-parole, five-year sentence for handgun possession by a convicted felon. (Daily Record)

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Fredericksburg, Va., officials to meet with Hagerstown Suns to discuss newest proposal

Officials in Fredericksburg, Va., will meet with the Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday to discuss terms on the newest proposal that could land the team in the Virginia city, Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn confirmed Friday. (Herald-Mail)

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