Wandering buskers and topless sunbathers take Ocean City to court

From inhaling buckets of Thrasher’s fries and Fisher’s popcorn to drinking at the naughtily named bars, letting loose nutritionally and otherwise is part of going to Ocean City every summer. But even Maryland’s favorite resort town has to draw the line somwhere. And it’s apparently this side of profane language, bare breasts and unfettered busking. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel fails to file mandatory report on development near schools for two years

The Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning failed to release annual reports in 2016 and 2017 that detailed residential developments that affected county schools. The report has required under county law since 2003. The county auditor noticed that two years of reports had not been filed and brought this to the attention of Zoning Officer Phil Hager. (Capital)

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Three more teens charged with murder in death of Baltimore County police officer; all held without bail

Baltimore County police charged three more teenage boys as adults in the death of police Officer Amy S. Caprio, who was killed Monday while responding to a call in Perry Hall. Darrell Jaymar Ward, 15, Derrick Eugene Matthews, 16, and Eugene Robert Genius IV, 17 — all of East Baltimore — were each charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary. They were apprehended Tuesday morning, hours after police arrested 16-year-old Dawnta Harris and charged him with murder. (Balt. Sun)

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Two prominent defense attorneys will represent teen charged in killing of Baltimore County officer

Two prominent local defense attorneys will represent one of the teenagers charged in the killing of Baltimore County police Officer Amy Caprio. Attorney Warren Brown, who along with attorney J. Wyndal Gordon is representing 16-year-old Dawnta Harris, said that he spoke to his client Wednesday morning. Harris was arrested Monday and charged as an adult Tuesday with first-degree murder in Caprio’s case. (Balt. Sun)

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Juvenile services secretary says Baltimore County officer's killing shows youth justice system failed

Maryland’s secretary of juvenile services says the justice system failed in the case of a West Baltimore teen charged with murder in the death this week of a Baltimore County police officer. Secretary Sam Abed blamed the courts on Wednesday for sending 16-year-old Dawnta Harris home earlier this month as he awaited sentencing for stealing a car, against recommendations from his staff. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County among the 10 'happiest' counties in the nation, study says

If you live in Columbia or Ellicott City or anywhere else in Howard County, you're probably pretty happy, a new study says. Howard County is reportedly the 10th happiest county in the nation, largely thanks to an affordable cost of living and low poverty rates. Personal finance website SmartAsset compared 980 counties across the country by how happy the people who live in them are likely to be, based on eight factors: housing affordability, unemployment rates, poverty rate, bankruptcy rate, physical activity rate, marriage rate, divorce rate and life expectancy. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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National Aquarium dolphins are learning their biggest trick yet — traveling to a new home

There was something about the big blue mat that on this particular morning Jade just didn’t like. It made no matter that the 18-year-old bottlenose dolphin, one of seven owned by the National Aquarium, had seen this identical pad many times before. Perhaps she was spooked by the photographer at the edge of the pool holding a clicking black box that obscured her face. Or the problem might have been the big green beach umbrella that threw dark and unfamiliar circles of shade over the pool. (Balt. Sun)

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Gov. Larry Hogan and first lady adopt two dogs from BARCS

From BARCS rescues to Maryland’s “FURst” Dogs, two canines have found a home with Gov. Larry Hogan and first lady Yumi Hogan. Hogan, who is running for reelection, tweeted Wednesday about the recent adoption of a mother shih tzu named Anna, short for “Annapolis,” and a puppy named Chessie, short for “Chesapeake.” The couple got input on the dogs’ names from Marylanders, Yumi Hogan wrote in an email to The Baltimore Sun (Balt. Sun)

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