ROAR for Kids raises more than $100K for Kennedy Krieger Institute

Kennedy Krieger Institute, a nonprofit organization which improves the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, raised more than $100,000 at the 15th annual ROAR for Kids event April 27 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville. ROAR for Kids, a jungle-themed 5K run, 1-mile fun walk and family festival drew more than 1,000 participants , including hundreds of families, friends and supporters gathered to raise funds for research and programs that help children at the institute. (Daily Record)

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Sentencing set for last officer in Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force corruption case

The last former Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force detective to be sentenced is asking for a term of just three years in prison when a judge hands down his punishment at a hearing scheduled for later this month. Federal prosecutors have said they will seek 12 years for former Detective Jemell Rayam, who pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and cooperated with the government to map out the corrupt gun unit’s crimes. (Balt. Sun)

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MARKED BY HIGH WATER: Frederick looks back a year after devastating flood

A year to the day after widespread flooding filled the basements of homes up and down Motter Avenue in Frederick with up to 44 inches of water, evidence of the disaster is still visible. “If you go down this alley you’ll see these garages with these rust lines up and down the way, it’s like it just happened yesterday,” said Beth McKew, pointing to a layer of dirt and rust extending about 2 feet up the garages in the alley behind her and her wife’s home in the 900 block of Motter on Thursday. (News-Post)

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Hagerstown airport project gets $5.4M in federal funding for expansion

An expansion project could take off at Hagerstown Regional Airport, thanks to a federal grant. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on Wednesday announced “the Federal Aviation Administration’s intent” to award $779 million in grants to fund projects at 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. In a news release, she said the funding “allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation’s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities.” The list includes $5.4 million to expand the terminal building at Hagerstown Regional Airport on Showalter Road.  (Herald-Mail)

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How safe are Greater Washington’s hospitals? It’s a mixed bag.

Some of Greater Washington’s hospitals earn top grades for quality and safety, and others don’t score as well. But it depends which sources you consult. The Leapfrog Group on Wednesday released its spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades, a biannual compilation of scores for 2,600 acute-care hospitals across the country based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a voluntary hospital survey and other supplemental information. And the D.C. area’s facilities scored all over the map. At the top of the report card are Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Suburban Hospital in Bethesda and Inova Health System’s five Northern Virginia hospitals, among others. But most of the region’s facilities didn’t earn perfect scores. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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'It's very unfortunate,' Frank Stronach, patriarch of company that owns Pimlico, says of track dispute

The founder of the company that owns Pimlico Race Course says he is saddened by the breakdown in talks over the track’s future and that all options — including a complete rebuild — should remain in play. “It is very unfortunate,” said Frank Stronach, the Canadian businessman whose daughter Belinda now serves as chairman and president of The Stronach Group. The two family members have been embroiled since last year in an explosive legal struggle and spending dispute about the business. “At this time I am going through difficult and sad times,” he said in an email that touched on the family’s continuing disagreements. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard NAACP hosting town hall in response to fatal shooting in Columbia

The Howard County NAACP chapter will host a town hall May 23 focused on promoting awareness of community resources such as youth programs and mental health and substance abuse services to Harper’s Choice residents. The chapter has decided to host the event “in response to recent occurrences of crime in the community,” including the fatal shooting of Columbia resident Ronald Carolina Jr., according to chapter President Willie Flowers. On March 28, Carolina was found suffering from gunshot wounds in Columbia’s Harper’s Choice Village Center. Carolina, 27, was transported to Howard County General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. (Ho. Co. Times)

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'It would break my heart if this track closed': Trainers and others call Pimlico backstretch 'home'

Trainers and others who call Pimlico Race Course home say they are worrying not only about the track’s future, but also about how much they should say publicly at a time when the owner appears to have its sights set on consolidating racing at Laurel Park. “It would break my heart if this track closed,” said Dorothy Worton, 39, a Pimlico-based trainer. “I try not to gripe outwardly. They do give you free stalls.” The Stronach Group, Pimlico’s owner, says the “Old Hilltop” track has reached the end of its useful life as a venue for the Preakness and other events. (Balt. Sun)

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