July 12 // Officials fear court ruling voids crime-fighting tool

Authorities are warning that a ruling by Maryland's highest court could take away a powerful weapon in the fight against crime: the state's mandatory five-year, no-parole sentence for gun possession by certain convicted felons. The Court of Appeals ruling in a Baltimore case erased a defendant's mandatory sentence and ordered him resentenced under a more lenient provision of the law. City officials decried the ruling, which comes as Baltimore is grappling with a flareup of gun violence. (Balt. Sun)

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Most commuter bus service on ICC to continue

Most commuter bus service will continue on the Intercounty Connector, but a route between College Park and the Germantown Transit Center will be scrapped Aug. 1, due to low ridership, Maryland transit officials said Thursday. (Wash. Post)

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Montgomery ready to start repairs at Silver Spring Transit Center

The first stages of repairs at the Silver Spring Transit Center are scheduled to begin in the next few days, including the removal of concrete slabs that did not contain reinforcements and testing concrete that will be used to replace the slabs. (Gazette)

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New Frederick Co. fire chief shakes up ranks

The incoming chief of Frederick County's fire and rescue services made her first big move more than a week before her official start date, as commissioners Thursday approved her plan to shake up the system's top brass. The restructuring, which will bring several new faces to the system and result in one departure, is part of an ongoing effort to integrate the volunteer and career wings of the service. (News-Post)

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What court's decision in Johns Hopkins malpractice case might mean for Baltimore OB services

The Maryland Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a record-breaking verdict in a birth injury malpractice case against Johns Hopkins Hospital. But the jury is still out on whether the ruling will reverse any of the fears such large verdicts have spurred among doctors who deliver babies in Baltimore. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Inaugural Charles Street 12 race will benefit University of Maryland Children’s Hospital

Almost 2,000 runners have signed up for a new 12-mile race from Towson to the Inner Harbor that will have its inaugural running in August. The Charles Street 12 race, which organizers say they want to make an annual event, is expected to draw about 2,500 runners for the Aug. 10 race, said Kelly Dees, the race director. The event benefits the pediatric heart program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Harford County shelter to review policies in light of pet's death

The Harford County Humane Society's board will review its policy on euthanasia Friday after a Bel Air man's cat was mistaken for a stray and put down within hours of arriving at the shelter. The man's lawyer and the shelter are also in settlement talks. (Balt. Sun)

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After flaws found, Horseshoe Baltimore casino will file new liquor license application

After reports that the city Liquor Board approved the new Horseshoe Baltimore casino’s liquor license application – even though it lacked proper documentation – the gambling emporium is being asked to come back to the city with a new application. (Balt. Brew)

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