July 26 // Hearing on Annapolis City Dock proposal draws critics, supporters

Hundreds of people packed Annapolis City Hall on Thursday night to either praise or criticize plans for the future of downtown's City Dock. Depending on who was speaking, a new master plan for the dock could either spur downtown revitalization and please pedestrians or lead to parking headaches and tall buildings out of character with historic Annapolis. (Balt. Sun)

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Guards say not enough done to protect them

The union that represents correctional officers at a maximum-security facility in Western Maryland said Thursday that prison officials have not done enough to prevent a spike in assaults by inmates that has seen 12 officers injured since late June. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s Planning Board split on Bowie resident’s project, allowing it to proceed

The Prince George’s County Planning Board could not agree Thursday on a subdivision case that has stirred the Bowie community and revived the city’s desire to have authority over land-use decisions. After an almost four-hour public hearing, the board remained split on whether to approve the petition from Bowie resident Sean Yerby to divide his property into three lots and build two new homes in a half-century-old community. (Wash. Post)

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Montgomery tree canopy legislation applies to even treeless lots

A bill passed this week to preserve Montgomery County’s tree canopy doesn’t just replace those that are cut down, but also requires planting new trees where they never existed in the first place, a change suggested by the building industry. But lawmakers opted to require more trees than builders suggested, which some say is the same as imposing a fee. (Gazette)

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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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