‘It hasn’t really stopped, it’s just been adjusted’: Towson, Catonsville residents keep Independence Day spirit alive

Every Independence Day for the past seven years, John Barber has awakened early to park his dad’s 1975 Pontiac Grand Ville convertible on Bosley Avenue hours before Towson’s Fourth of July Parade begins. By arriving at 7 a.m., the Towson resident is usually the first in the line of vintage cars that cruise along the parade route after the elected officials and before the live bands and floats. (Balt Sun)

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Johns Hopkins leads effort to bring COVID-19 testing to hard-hit communities in Baltimore

Johns Hopkins Medicine is leading an initiative to provide COVID-19 testing to hard-hit areas of Baltimore City that continue to report a significant number of cases. The initiative is in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health, the Baltimore City Health Department and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD). The team plans to continue testing in Baltimore neighborhoods several days a week and recommends community members schedule an appointment for testing. (Daily Record)

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Fort Meade to begin opening facilities as they lift some coronavirus restrictions

Fort George G. Meade will be able to start reopening some facilities as the U.S. Army Military District of Washington downgrades the health protection condition. Fort Meade has been operating under health and force protection “Charlie,” which allowed very little to be open, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Facilities such as gyms and childcare have remained closed on the post, even as they opened in surrounding Anne Arundel County. (Balt Sun)

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NAACP announces plan to relocate its headquarters from Baltimore to Washington, D.C.

The NAACP announced plans Monday to eventually relocate its headquarters from Baltimore to Washington D.C., after moving to a new location in the city a few months ago. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a letter of intent to move the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People into the Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs, which is home to other government agencies and is set to undergo new development. (Balt Sun)

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The coronavirus pandemic and surveillance plane have not stemmed Baltimore’s torrid rate of homicides this year

Not continuing calls by residents to end the violence, not the launch of a police surveillance plane, not even the coronavirus pandemic have slowed Baltimore’s relentless pace of homicides. Approaching the year’s halfway point, more people have been killed in the city than during 2019, which had the highest homicide rate on record. The stay-at-home orders have not abated the killings, even though crime in most other categories has dipped, according to police and crime statistics. And now, with restrictive health measures easing and the historically violent summer months arriving, Baltimore police are working to come up with solutions. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland State Police clear backlog of gun applications

Four days after the Maryland State Police said they were going to “work around the clock” to clear a backlog of gun applications, the agency said it is finally caught up. The agency said it completed more than 2,000 background investigations for gun purchases and said no regulated guns were released to any person who is prohibited from ownership. (Balt Sun)

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Black Lives Matter movement, LGBTQ+ community come together to show Annapolis that all Black lives matter

Pride flags and signs waved in the sky garnering horns honking from passing cars near the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial during the Pride and Black Lives Matter Unity March Monday in Annapolis. The first stop for the crowd of about 100 was at City Dock at a painting of George Floyd, where they kneeled in silence while two artists, Jeff Huntington and Comacell “Spitfire” Brown, added the name of Tony McDade. McDade was a Black trans-man who was killed on May 27 in Florida. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland tells lab to stop performing COVID-19 tests

State officials have ordered a Maryland lab to stop performing coronavirus tests and have warned people who recently got tested through the company that their results may be incorrect. Maryland Secretary of Health Robert Neall issued an order Saturday demanding that the Advanced Pain Medicine Institute, which has offices in Greenbelt, to stop its collection and processing of COVID-19 specimens. (AP)

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