BWI Marshall launches website to track aircraft noise

BWI Marshall Airport has launched an online tool that provides detailed information on airline flights and jet engine noise that can be heard on the ground. The tool, which is called WebTrack, relies on air traffic control flight data and noise monitors that are deployed in neighborhoods near the airport. “Neighbors can use the system to examine specific aircraft noise events, near their homes for instance, and even file a report with our noise office,” said Jonathan Dean, spokesman for BWI Marshall. (WTOP)

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Just how hard is to get downtown on Light Rail amid Baltimore street collapse? Riders give mixed reviews.

When an area near Howard and Pratt streets collapsed Monday, the Maryland Department of Transportation had to respond quickly to help residents and commuters who frequently travel through Baltimore via personal vehicles and public transportation. The sinkhole has resulted in multiple partial road closures in the downtown area, and six light rail stops, between the Camden and North Avenue stops, are temporarily suspended while repairs continue. (Balt. Sun)

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After confusion, ‘Historic Ellicott City’ flood alert protocol almost ready

After Monday’s confusion, when emergency sirens didn’t sound in Howard County, Maryland’s historic Ellicott City during flash flood warnings from the National Weather Service, a new protocol is days from implementation, WTOP has learned. While Monday’s flash flood warning from the weather service mentioned the “western edge of Ellicott City,” the most flood-prone part of the city, along Main Street, wasn’t covered by the warning, which is why the sirens didn’t sound. (WTOP)

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Baltimore Street crossing, bridge projects to reduce traffic to one lane for three weeks

Vehicular traffic flow to and from the West Side will soon become more complicated. A three-week project for replacement of the railroad crossing and temporary repairs to the west abutment of the Baltimore Street bridge will begin July 29 at 6 a.m. Baltimore Street will be reduced to one-way traffic going westbound between Mechanic and Greene streets, accord to Cumberland City Engineer Robert L. Smith. The road will be reduced to one-way traffic until construction is finished Aug. 16. (Times-News)  

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Fairfax County police have linked a shooting spree to gangs and a recording studio. That has angered some black residents.

Two masked men leaped from a black car and unleashed a barrage of bullets at another vehicle in broad daylight at a strip mall in Fairfax County’s Rose Hill on July 2 , surveillance video shows. The targets fired back, before both cars sped off. A day earlier, gunmen opened fire on two high school students at a playground in nearby Gum Springs, leaving behind 29 shell casings, police said. And a day after the strip mall shooting, another man was shot at the same playground, police said. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore-Based Catholic Order Releases Names Of Members Accused Of Abuse

A Baltimore-based Catholic religious order that sponsors schools across the U.S. has released a list of dozens of members accused of sexually abusing children. The list released Friday by the Xaverian Brothers includes two current members “with a credible or established offense.” The group, a separate entity not part of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, says no credibly accused brothers are in active ministry. (WJZ)

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‘Decidedly Unprofessional’: More Body-Worn Camera Footage Released Showing Montgomery County Officer Using Racial Slur

Montgomery County officials Friday released 205 minutes of body-worn camera footage from officers responding to a May 9 incident in which an officer reportedly used a racial slur while responding to a call. The incident happened at a McDonald’s restaurant in Silver Spring. Officers were called to the restaurant for a trespassing complaint. An officer approached four men outside the restaurant who a caller said were trespassing and asked them to leave. (WJZ)

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New Baltimore City Police Lounge Hopes To Build Relationships With Community

Tucked away at the corner of Druid Hill Avenue and Dolphin Street is a new Baltimore City Police lounge. The lounge provides an area for officers to further engage with the community while on the job. “Sometimes it’s just necessary to be right there in the community where people can walk in, schedule a meeting and officers can take a lunch break there without going back to the station,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. (WJZ)

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