As search for fire chief begins, some urge a look within

As Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake begins her nationwide search for a new fire chief, some city and fire union officials are urging her to focus on qualified candidates from within the department. The city has hired Florida-based Gans, Gans & Associates help find candidates, just as it has done for a number of other leadership positions in Baltimore in recent years, said Travis Tazelaar, a mayoral spokesman. (Balt. Sun)

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Six more convicted in killings released under court decision

Six men convicted in killings exited a side door at the Baltimore courthouse Thursday after spending more than half their lives in prison — their freedom secured by a court ruling that found they had received unfair trials because of improper jury instructions. The men, all convicted in the 1970s, walked across Lexington Street into a crowd of relatives and supporters, who flung their arms around them. (Balt. Sun)

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Federal safety experts inspect vehicles involved in Bay Bridge crash

Crash experts from the National Transportation Safety Board were at a Glen Burnie salvage yard Thursday morning to look at the three vehicles involved in the Bay Bridge accident that catapulted a young woman and her car into the water. At the same time, state officials — including Gov. Martin O'Malley — went on the offensive to reassure the public that the 61-year-old bridge is safe and that they would implement any recommendations made by the NTSB. (Balt. Sun)

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Defamation, false light claims dropped against Carroll County Times

A $6 million lawsuit against the Carroll County Times was dismissed Thursday by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge. In her memorandum opinion issued Thursday, Judge Pamela L. North dismissed the claims of defamation and false light and denied the request for the stories to be removed from the newspaper's website. (Carr. Co. Times)

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In Easton, archaeologists hope to uncover earliest free African-American settlement

In Easton, an untold story of free African-Americans is being discovered through bits of glass, shards of pottery and oyster shells. Piece by piece, archaeologists and historians from two universities and the community are uncovering the history of The Hill, which they believe is the earliest settlement of free African-Americans in the United States, dating to 1790. (Balt. Sun)

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Fillmore will not cancel Molotov concert

Fillmore Silver Spring will not cancel a performance by Mexican rock group Molotov despite pressure from its landlord to pull the act for its anti-gay lyrics. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) asked the venue to cancel an Aug. 26 performance by the controversial band, saying the lyrics of its 1997 song “Puto” verge on hate speech. (Gazette)

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Pouget sworn in as first countywide fire and rescue chief

Denise Pouget was sworn in Thursday as the county's first chief over a unified fire and rescue system. As she steps into a role that comes with weighty responsibilities and big expectations, Pouget hopes her down-to-earth style will show the service that she can be taken at face value and trusted as a leader. (News-Post)

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Single Carrot Theatre names interim artistic director

Single Carrot Theatre, one of Baltimore's most successful out-of-the-mainstream companies, has named Kellie Mecleary as interim artistic director, effective Aug. 1 and continuing through July 2014. She succeeds longtime Carrot member Nathan Cooper, who is heading off to start a theater career in Bulgaria. (Balt. Sun)

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