City demolishing two vacants – and the pointed mural activists painted on them

A few weeks ago, street artist Stefan Ways painted a purple, black and gold raven on two decrepit vacant rowhouses in East Baltimore, 705 and 707 N. Patterson Park Ave. It was the first of 15 murals in a project undertaken this summer by a band of street artists and Carol Ott, the award-winning activist who has maintained the Baltimore Slumlordwatch blog for the past three years. (Brew)

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60 men take part in walk against violence

They walked past the vacant, shuttered storefronts in Old Town Mall — past the faded signs for Old Towne Pharmacy and Ayrdale Variety. They walked through a basketball game on North Bond Street, meeting with surprised faces as the players broke it up to talk. And then the group of about 60 men wearing black T-shirts — who organized their walk Friday night in an effort to do something about violence in Baltimore — walked up to Dominic Inman. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll County Comprehensive planner talks about new job with the county

Before becoming the new chief of the Carroll County Bureau of Comprehensive Planning, Lynda Eisenberg has had a diverse career in both the public and private sector. The Carroll County Times caught up with Eisenberg to ask her about why she chose to work for county government and what changes she plans to make in the bureau. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Neuman says dilapidated police academy 'must be rebuilt'

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman waved her hand in front of her face as she stood in a former missile silo that's a subterranean site for aspects of county police physical and defensive tactics training. The silo was among facilities she and other county officials visited Wednesday on a tour of the police academy in Davidsonville, which once was a Cold War-era Army Nike missile site. The county executive deemed it so dilapidated that she ended her tour saying, "It must be rebuilt." (Balt. Sun)

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Bradley Manning arguments wrap up

Army Col. Denise Lind, the judge who is hearing the case without a jury at Manning's request, must decide whether Manning is guilty of espionage and aiding the enemy in providing more than 700,000 confidential records, videos and other material to WikiLeaks. A conviction could send him to prison for life. (Balt. Sun)

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Stoney Creek Bridge construction on schedule

Business at Pasadena Seafood has been so bad since the Stoney Creek Bridge closed for repairs that owner Jason Krauch has laid off some of his workers. He's cut off from his customers in Riviera Beach to the south of the creek, and traffic on Fort Smallwood Road is down to a trickle. (Capital)

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Md. Court: Bars Are Not Liable For Patrons’ Drunken Accidents

Maryland’s highest court ruled that bars that serve intoxicated customers are not at fault for what happens on the road. The ruling stems from a case that killed a ten-year-old. Prosecutors say Michael Eaton drank 17 beers, several hard drinks and a shot of tequila the night he slammed into the back of an SUV on Interstate 270. The wreck killed a ten-year-old girl. (WJZ-TV)

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Native Asian Kudzu Bugs Threaten Crops In Maryland

Right on the heels of the Asian stinkbug invasion comes a new pest. This one’s called the kudzu bug and it packs a real potential for trouble. (WJZ-TV)

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