Thirteen murderers released from prison after court ruling

Thirteen inmates convicted of murder have been released from prison — and dozens more could be freed — after Maryland's highest court ruled that jurors had been given improper instructions in the decades-old cases. The Court of Appeals ruling effectively entitled as many as 200 prisoners convicted before 1980 of crimes including murder, attempted murder and rape to demand new trials. (Balt. Sun)

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State begins crackdown, new citation system for toll cheaters

Toll cheaters who use Maryland E-ZPass lanes without a transponder will get hit with a $50 fine and could have their vehicle registration suspended under a law that took effect July 1.The Maryland Transportation Authority, operator of eight toll facilities, has begun the transition to the new collection process, which officials said will plug a loophole and allow them to recover as much as $7 million in overdue tolls. (Balt. Sun)

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Court overturns Hopkins malpractice case

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals overturned a multimillion-dollar judgment against Johns Hopkins Hospital in a case that accused its doctors of causing severe and irreversible brain damage to a baby born at the hospital.The judges ordered the case sent back to a lower court for retrial. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s proposal to buy apartments attacked by property owners

A Prince George’s councilwoman’s proposal to have the county government buy apartment buildings to preserve their use for low- and middle-income residents is coming under fire from property owners. County Bill 27 would give the county first right of refusal to purchase apartment complexes of 20 units or more in which the buyer plans to turn the property into condominiums, or demolish or remove more than a third of the existing units. (Gazette)

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Bedbugs in Baltimore

Baltimore is showing up high in a list we would probably rather avoid. It's all about bed bugs. In recent years, they've made a comeback throughout the United States. Now, Memphis-based Terminix has released a list of cities that are experiencing large increases in bedbug activity. Baltimore is number 5 on that list. (WMAR-TV)

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City officials: Annapolis circulator trolley ridership up 161 percent

City officials said that circulator bus ridership has increased 161 percent from last year, with the service averaging more than 13,000 passengers a month. The free bus line was established two years ago primarily to serve those parking at public garages. (Capital)

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Community donations aid county's plan for Perry Hall dog park

Baltimore County plans to fund a dog park in Perry Hall after residents pushed for the project and collected private donations for it. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Wednesday the county plans to issue construction bids for the Perry Paw Dog Park at Honeygo Regional Park within the next four to six weeks. (Balt. Sun)

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Frederick first to use state's new child abuse response

Maryland is rolling out a new method of addressing child abuse and neglect cases, and Frederick County was first to use the family first approach. The new method, called "alternative response," changes the way social workers approach low-risk child abuse cases by helping families find services to improve a situation rather than investigating them for possible criminal charges. (News-Post)

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