Pr. George’s sheriff’s deputy, corrections officer indicted

A grand jury indicted a Prince George’s County sheriff’s deputy and corrections officer on Thursday for their alleged involvement in the beating of an inmate. Sheriff’s deputy George Rodgers was indicted on charges of second-degree assault and misconduct in office for striking an inmate over the head and dragging him into an “isolated search room where he allegedly continued to assault him,” according to a news release from the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney. (Wash. Post)

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Photographer tells Little Italy story

Baltimore photographer Harry Connolly took 20,000 photos over 16 years chronicling the changes in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood.  On Thursday, Connolly will present his work at a gallery at  Stevenson University in a celebration of art and Italian culture. “Looking back now, it kind of feels like I caught its last hurrah,” Connolly said. “A lot of the people here are no longer with us. Father Mike [Salerno], he was sent away to some place in Brooklyn. Everything is changed. Photography becomes a part of the past almost immediately but after 15, 16 years looking back on one small neighborhood it seems like it’s changed a lot, more than other places.” (WMAR)

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Poverty, asthma high among Charles youth

Rates of homelessness, poverty and asthma among Charles County youth are on the rise, according to a needs assessment commissioned by the county’s Local Management Board. Performed every three years as required by a state mandate, the Charles County Community Needs Assessment of Children, Youth, and Families found the county had rates of youth with problems that were either increasing, above the state average or had a racial disparity, including infant mortality, health care availability, asthma, college graduation, bullying and child poverty. (Gazette)

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Baltimore Black Pride events begin tonight

From a ballroom performance show to a discussion on hate crimes with Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, the next two weeks are packed with a wide variety of Baltimore Black Pride events. With the theme "A New Era: Evolution 2013," this year's events are meant to support the organization's goals of outreach and education within the black LGBT population of Baltimore. They are the first Black Pride events planned under a new partnership between Baltimore Black Pride and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Oct. 2 // Police step up enforcement as tougher cellphone law starts

Motorists around Maryland found their cellphone conversations interrupted by flashing blue lights Tuesday, as tougher restrictions went into effect on the use of hand-held devices while driving. Police were on the lookout for people driving with phones to their ears on the first day of a state law that makes the violation a primary traffic offense. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. Based Charitable Organization Helps Families Of Fallen Military Members

A Maryland based charitable organization steps up to help those impacted by the government shutdown at a time of devastating loss. The Fisher House Foundation in Rockville did what the government would normally do if it were open–cut $100,000 checks to the families of service members killed in combat. Late Thursday night, the president signed a bill reinstating the death benefit. However, Maryland based Fisher House Foundation stepped in to help the fallen soldiers’ families where the shut down government did not. (CBS-WJZ)

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Oyster season starts with a busy day

The first day of oyster season on Tuesday, Oct. 1, was a busy one. In Broad Creek, the water looks good, the oyster bars look good and there was plenty of spat on shells, which watermen were conscious to make sure and throw back in the water for further growth, Talbot County Watermen’s Association President Bunky Chance said. (Star Democrat)

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City given month to work out dispute with Sparrows Point

A Baltimore judge told the city and the owners of Sparrows Point to resolve their differences over the discharge of municipal sewage by mid-November. Until then, the city can continue to discharge as much as 40 million gallons of treated sewage a day from its Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant through a pipeline owned by Sparrows Point LLC. (Brew)

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