Frederick County, City Sign Agreement To Split Monocacy Blvd. Costs

Frederick County and the city of Frederick will split the cost of multimillion-dollar improvements to Monocacy Boulevard. County Commissioners President Blaine Young and Mayor Randy McClement signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday that formalized the deal to evenly share the $16.7 million cost of the project. The plan will widen Monocacy Boulevard to four lanes from Schifferstadt Boulevard to Gas House Pike, smooth curves in the road, and improve curbs and gutters. (News-Post)

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Forced To Battle: Major Dog Fighting Ring Busted In West Baltimore

A drug bust leads to a gruesome discovery of dead dogs and others being used in a dog fighting ring. The ring was found in a home in west Baltimore. BARCS officials say the dogs appear to be healthy overall. The alleged organizer of the ring was arrested but not formally charged. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore Sees Increase In Maternal Mortality; Officials Work To Reverse Trend

Despite advances in medicine, a shocking number of mothers are dying after giving birth. Maryland and specifically Baltimore has one of the worst rates of maternal mortality in the country. Now, Merck for Mothers is partnering with Baltimore Healthy Start with programs designed to improve maternal health before, during and after pregnancy. (WJZ-TV)

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Local Woman Organizes Tornado Relief

A local woman is collecting donations for her father’s hometown, which was hit Nov. 17 by a tornado that cut through the town, destroying and damaging as many as 500 homes. “The main thing about disaster relief is that the media will go away and the Red Cross will go away soon and these families will be left to pull their lives back together. This is the least I can do,” said Sarah Abel, community design manager for Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, about her relief effort for the victims of the Nov. 17 tornadoes in the Midwest. (Star-Democrat)

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Nov. 20 // City's 'stop and frisk' oversight criticized

Baltimore police say they stopped residents 123,000 times last year but found only nine handguns — a figure civil rights advocates say is so implausible that it raises questions about whether the agency is actually monitoring the conduct of officers on the streets. "I think what's become apparent is that the department can make no credible assertion at this point about how they are using stop and frisk or what it accomplishes," said Sonia Kumar, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery Council tentatively approves plan to study network of bus-only lanes

Vowing that residents will be closely consulted at every step of what is likely a decades-long process, the Montgomery County Council tentatively approved a transportation master plan Tuesday calling for a network of bus-only lanes to move people through a congested region with little space left for new roads. (Wash. Post)

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Silver Spring Transit Center will require more repairs, county says

Montgomery County officials have determined that the troubled Silver Spring Transit Center, which is two years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget, needs even more extensive repairs before it opens to the public, officials said Tuesday. In addition to fixing cracks that appeared throughout the three-level structure, project contractors need to strengthen about 250 interior beams and girders to stand up to heavy bus traffic at the transit hub, according to the county’s general services director, David Dise. (Wash. Post)

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ACLU criticizes Md. police on immigration enforcement

Law enforcement in Maryland is "unwittingly" being turned into a tool of federal immigration authorities by agreeing to hold people wanted by the Department of Homeland Security, the ACLU said Tuesday. A report published by the American Civil Liberties Union examined the ways in which Maryland police and jails comply with "immigration detainers" issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to ask local authorities to hold people for up to 48 hours after they would otherwise be released. (Balt. Sun)

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