Maryland releases oyster harvest limits: 26% reduction goal

Maryland officials say regulations for the upcoming oyster season aim to reduce the harvest by 26%. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources released the final harvest limits Monday. The department eased up some on limits it proposed last week, after watermen criticized the proposal at a meeting. Those regulations would have reduced the harvest by an estimated 30%. (WTOP)

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Necropsy Underway After Beached Whale Dies In Ocean City, Maryland

A necropsy, or animal autopsy, is underway Monday after a whale washed ashore in Ocean City near 114th Street over the weekend. The juvenile sperm whale was found along the north side of Ocean City, near the High Point North around 114th Street around 6:45 a.m. Sunday, officials said. Veterinarians from the National Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue arrived around 11 a.m. to attempt a rescue, however by 1:30 p.m. the whale died. (WJZ)

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AP investigation finds spiked CBD being sold in Maryland

An Associated Press investigation shows a dark side to booming sales of the cannabis extract CBD. Some people are substituting cheap and dangerous street drugs for the real thing. For the investigation, a reporter in Towson purchased three vape pods that were advertised as delivering inhalable CBD. Lab testing showed one contained synthetic marijuana. The store’s co-owner then pulled the brand from shelves. (WTOP)

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Cocaine overdose deaths rise

Cocaine hasn’t received as much attention in recent years, but it is increasingly playing a role in the opioid epidemic, state data show. Despite some good news from the first quarter of this year, cocaine-related deaths have skyrocketed annually in Maryland since 2015, with nearly half of those occurring in Baltimore. The vast majority of those deaths — 82%, according to the Maryland Department of Health — involved fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous synthetic opioid. (Times-News)

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Work begins on Md. 180 bridge project

 

Drivers on Frederick's Md. 180 bridge over U.S. 15 have likely noticed some increased activity in the area, as State Highway Administration crews prepare to begin a project to add capacity on the busy road. The $17 million project will widen Md. 180 from west of Swallowtail Drive to Solarex Drive, as well as build a second two-lane bridge over U.S. 15 near Butterfly Lane. It will also add bicycle and pedestrian routes over the bridge and throughout the project area, and a new left-turn lane at Solarex Court. (News-Post)

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Md. creamery makes Frederick’s official ice cream flavor

The city of Frederick has an official ice cream flavor, and its name was announced Friday at The Great Frederick Fair. Middletown-based South Mountain Creamery announced the name of the chocolate-inspired flavor, “Monocacy Mud,” after more than a month of public voting. South Mountain Creamery released the flavor July 30 at Hometown Harvest Kitchen, its restaurant in downtown Frederick. (Daily Record)

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Report: Region needs to add even more housing than planned in next decade

 The Washington, D.C., area will need to add more than 75,000 homes over about the next 10 years than currently projected to keep up with the number of new jobs expected in the region, according to a report released this week. The region is expected to add about 413,000 new jobs between 2020 and 2030, but is expected to add only 245,000 new housing units over that time, according to the report released Wednesday by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. (News-Post) 

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Residents Rally In Support Of Solidarity For #WeAreBaltimore

We Are Baltimore. That was the message from dozens of city residents Saturday demonstrating their support for the city in the face of recent attacks by President Donald Trump. The demonstrations come as the annual Congressional Republicans’ retreat wrapped up downtown. The We Are Baltimore rally highlighted Baltimore’s strengths and diversity while calling for meaningful change to address its challenges. (WJZ)

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