Howard County government website hacked with pro-Islamic State message

The Howard County government website was hacked Sunday with messages supporting the Islamic State, part of a larger attack on local government websites around the country. A message on the website Sunday afternoon said President Donald Trump "will be held accountable" for "every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries." It went on to express love for the self-declared Islamic State, also known as ISIS, the organization the United States and its allies are fighting in Iraq, Syria and other countries. The message said the website page had been "Hacked By Team System Dz." It was quickly taken down. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Why a programmer from Maryland wants Northern Virginia to ‘Dump Comstock’

For several hours one morning last week, a truck sporting 6-foot-tall electronic signs admonishing Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) to “Do your job Hold a Town Hall” cruised around her Northern Virginia district while some drivers honked their approval. “Hey, there it is!” shouted a protester waiting for the truck on the grassy strip between a busy road and a shopping center that is home to Comstock’s district office in Sterling. The mobile billboard is the latest stunt dreamed up by Sean Schofield, a 44-year-old computer programmer from Silver Spring, and Abbey Ruby, a 34-year-old lawyer from McLean, who have been needling Comstock for months with a snarky website, social media strikes and ambushes caught on video. (Wash. Post)

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Harford celebrates 50 years of volunteering with parks and rec programs

Harford County Parks & Recreation celebrated more than 50 longtime volunteers - plus two volunteers with more than 50 years of service each - at its annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Dinner June 9 at Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. With a celestial theme of "Out of this World Volunteers," the event was hosted by the Emmorton Rec Council and drew nearly 250 guests. Overall, more than 13,000 volunteers gave more than 550,000 hours of service in 2016. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman offered his thanks on behalf of the many citizens who benefit from programs and activities offered through the county's rec councils. (Aegis)

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Starving horses rescued from Howard Co farm

Officials say 18 emaciated horses were found on a farm in Howard County. The horses were found in serious condition and rescued by the Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR). The DEFHR is already caring for 80 horse needing shelter. Counting the 18 horses rescued Thursday, the rescue now cares for 39 neglected horses in total. Last year they had a record of 65 horses for the year. "We are tracking to breaking last year's record intake and as a privately funded organization, we cannot stress enough the important of donations," said Executive Director Erin Clemm Ochoa. (WMAR)

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Guardian Angels bring neighborhood watch to Northern District

After a wave of armed robberies, assaults and break-ins tore through some of Baltimore's Northern District communities last fall, Oakenshawe resident Haydee Rodriguez wanted to help out local police. "I was thinking of ways [the community] could support each other and keep each other safe, and also work with our Northern District officers," Rodriguez said. With crime in the area seemingly getting worse and neighbors becoming more apprehensive, Rodriguez reached out to the Baltimore chapter of the Guardian Angels — a national group devoted to aiding local communities through safety awareness and crime prevention initiatives. (Balt. Sun)

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Expert warns 2017 may be last year to protect ash trees in Thurmont

 

The future of ash trees is stark: Start protecting them in 2017 or accept they are gone. This was the reality that tree expert Chris Klimas recently laid out for the Thurmont Board of Commissioners. Last year, the town committed to protecting 44 ash trees in its Community Park from the emerald ash borer beetles that eat the tree’s circulatory system and rapidly kill it. (News-Post)

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Seven apply for open Republican Central Committee spot

Seven people have applied for an open seat in the Carroll County Republican Central Committee. The county's Republican Central Committee received applications for a vacancy until June 17. The vacancy occurred when Don Hoffman resigned during the monthly meeting in May. The applicants are: Commissioner Richard Rothschild, Mary Butler, Joe Burns Jr., Joe Leeman, Krista Kniesler, Fallon Patton and Christopher Tomlinson, according to Matt Helminiak, a member of the committee. (Carr. Co. Times)

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June 23 // Maryland asks Court of Appeals to reinstate federal approval for Purple Line

Maryland is pushing forward with its appeal of federal Judge Richard Leon’s decision to call for a new environmental study of the Purple Line. On Wednesday, the state asked the federal Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to provide a stay of Leon’s August decision to vacate the project’s federal approval while it appeals his other ruling calling for the new study. (Bethesda)

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