A light shines on Baltimore all the way from Stoneleigh

This little light of mine … Stoneleigh resident and photographer John Waire (www.thewairehouse.com) wants us all to let our lights shine! Waire has a passion project that aims to remind people to see the positive, to BE the positive and to bring their own unique “light” into whatever they do. For sure, Baltimore has some amazing murals, each inspiring in its own way. Perhaps you’ve caught glimpse of a “Shine Your Light Baltimore” mural while driving downtown. Simple, bold, loud and clear. I asked Waire to tell us the story behind this project. (Balt Sun)

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Supreme Court denies Germantown murderer’s appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand the first-degree murder conviction of a woman who killed her husband’s ex-wife in Germantown but not without a justice’s sharp criticism of the prosecutors’ decision to retry her despite being privy to her private communications with her first defense attorney. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in a written statement, said she agreed with the high court’s decision not to hear Raminder Kaur’s appeal. However, that did not absolve the Montgomery County prosecutors of having gone forward with Kaur’s second prosecution after having seen the privileged documents when Kaur waged a successful ineffective assistance of counsel challenge to her first conviction, Sotamayor added. (Daily Record)

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Jair Lynch, Wilkes target Edgewood site for a mixed-use project. They could be the first to tap D.C.'s new affordable housing incentive.

A pair of prominent D.C. developers is now planning a mixed-use project adjacent to the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro station, in what would be the latest bit of construction for the gradually transforming corridor. Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners and The Wilkes Co. are now asking for zoning changes to allow for mixed-use development on 2.8 acres along the 600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE in Edgewood. The parcels sit just across the tracks from the Metro station and a block over from the massive remake of the old Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center into the Bryant Street mixed-use project. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Maryland reports 501 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths as positivity rate rises for 10th straight day

Maryland officials reported 501 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus Monday and three new deaths associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Two of the people whose deaths were reported Monday were men and the other was a woman. One was in their 60s and the other two were in their 70s, according to state data. Deaths are not always reported the same day they occur. Maryland has now seen at least 127,791 infections and 3,817 deaths since the state began tracking the pandemic in March. (Balt Sun)

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Montgomery Co. offers alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating

If you are planning to take the kids trick-or-treating this year, Montgomery County’s health officer is urging you to call off door-to-door candy collecting in the Maryland county this year. Dr. Travis Gayles, the county’s health officer, doesn’t want to see coronavirus spread as people come to close each other. “You are encountering multiple people outside of your network,” he said. (WTOP)

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Malik Hawkins keeps fighting for Baltimore – and for himself

After Malik Hawkins was bullied as a nine-year-old, his parents thought it made sense for him take up boxing. Now 24, the rising prospect from West Baltimore stands on the cusp of stardom in the sport. After winning all 18 of his fights — 11 by knockout — Hawkins will face his toughest test against Subriel Matias of Puerto Rico on Oct. 10. Showtime will broadcast the bout from Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. (South Florida Times)

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Maryland and Virginia drivers owe D.C. more than $370 million in outstanding traffic and parking fines

Maryland and Virginia drivers owe the District over $373 million in fines from outstanding parking and traffic citations they have racked up in the past four years, according to records from the city’s Department of Motor Vehicles. The data validates long-held concerns that drivers from both states are violating traffic laws in D.C. and accumulating unpaid tickets without facing consequences. (Wash Post)

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Montgomery Co. health officials advise day cares not to fully reopen despite OK from state

Health officials in Montgomery County are urging local child care centers to not increase capacity, even after Maryland allowed the move. Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said current COVID-19 metrics in the county has him worried about making the move. “We do have significant concerns about increasing the capacity for child care centers, particularly given the sustained moderate to medium high transmission levels for the county,” Gayles said. (WTOP)

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