U.S. Census: Baltimore population decline jumps

Baltimore leaders have celebrated signs that the city appeared to have stopped hemorrhaging residents — and might even be gaining people. But new federal estimates show the city population falling to near a 100-year low. Baltimore's population fell by more than 6,700 people in the 12 months that ended July 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday, as the number of people leaving the city for other parts of the United States doubled. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Worcester County Commissioners face $5M shortfall entering budget process

Worcester County officials are facing a roughly $5 million shortfall as they begin the annual budget process. County staff presented the Worcester County Commissioners with a requested FY2018 operating budget of $204 million on Tuesday. County revenues in the coming year are expected to reach $199 million, leaving officials with a shortfall of $4,919,840 to eliminate. The commissioners’ first budget work session is scheduled for next week. (Dispatch)

Read Full Article

Study: Baltimore a top city for women in tech

A new study has named Baltimore the No. 3 city in the country for women in technology. SmartAsset ranked 59 cities using U.S. Census Bureau data on the pay gap between men and women, income after housing costs, tech jobs filled by women and four-year tech employment growth. Baltimore finished behind only Washington, D.C., and Kansas City, Mo., and moved up one spot from last year's rankings. (Daily Record)

Read Full Article

Baltimore issued more than $16 million in parking tickets last year

Baltimore issued nearly 340,000 parking tickets totaling more than $16 million in fines in 2016, according to a study released this month by the Law Offices of Randolph Rice. Parking meter violations were the most common, making up $3 million of the fines, followed by street-cleaning violations ($2.4 million), tow-away zones ($1.9 million) and residential-permit-only areas ($1.3 million), the study said. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

March 22 // Group of defense attorneys win access to more than 30 internal affairs complaints against Baltimore officer

Attorneys for a group of defendants arrested by a city police officer can now view internal affairs files for more than 30 complaints made against him, a city judge has ruled. The files for Sgt. Joseph Donato include excessive force and false arrest complaints that were sustained by internal affairs investigators, but remain tightly protected under the state's personnel laws. Prosecutors, who are required to disclose potentially relevant material to defendants, had not disclosed the cases to the defense attorneys and said in court earlier this month that they did not believe the files were required to be turned over. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Caretakers seek to counter sea swamping Assateague

Assateague Island is located in a precarious spot in regard to sea level rise. With sea levels rising — a total of 5 inches internationally since 1960, according to the Environmental Protection Agency — the barrier island has been faced with the task of adapting. Noting the vulnerability of the park, the National and Maryland parks services have taken strides to prevent future catastrophes. This year, the state park plans to eliminate eight campsites and relocate 18 others inland to make way for large storm and tide barrier dunes. (Daily Times)

Read Full Article

Annapolis alderman Ross Arnett announces re-election campaign

Alderman Ross Arnett, D-Ward 8, has announced he is running for re-election with a kick-off event at the Boatyard Bar and Grill in Eastport. This is Arnett's 10th year as a City Council member. He has represented Ward 8 since 2007. Council members are elected for four-year terms. City elections are held during off years between gubernatorial and presidential elections. Arnett said his campaign will focus on public safety, development, the environment and fiscal responsibility. (Capital)

Read Full Article

This week in Columbia history: Fred Weaver becomes first African-American on Howard County board

In March 1969, Howard County Executive Omar Jones appointed Columbia resident Fred Weaver to the county personnel board. The first African-American to be named to a county board, Weaver, 78, said he dedicated his service to diversifying the county's employees. His 10-year tenure, Weaver said, was an example of the many ways Columbia acted as a "catalyst" for the racial integration of Howard County. Jones' decision to put Weaver on the personnel board was notable, Weaver said, because it was not what he calls the "traditional" appointment for African-Americans at the time, but allowed him to have an impact beyond racial issues. (Ho. Co. Times)

Read Full Article