Baltimore’s acting technology director appointed to permanent position

Todd Carter, the acting director of the Baltimore City Office of Information and Technology, will now serve as its permanent director, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Thursday. Carter replaced former IT director Frank Johnson, who went on leave in September amid criticism over how the city handled a ransomware attack in May that disrupted city offices for weeks. (Balt. Sun)

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$12M Berlin Project Moves Ahead

The town’s board of zoning appeals approved variances that will allow an apartment renovation on Flower Street to move forward. The board of appeals voted unanimously Feb. 5 to approve a trio of variances requested by Homes for America as it prepares to renovate the apartments at 113 Flower Street and rebuild the apartments at 115 Flower Street. (Dispatch)

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Two Wicomico County residents make huge wins in Maryland lottery

Two Maryland Lottery players from Wicomico County hit it big Wednesday. A 27-year-old Hebron woman is now $117,626 richer after winning in the $10 fast play game "Lucky Numbers." at a Salisbury 7-Eleven. She is the game's first top prize winner, according to a Wednesday Maryland Lottery release. (Delmarva)

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Advocates urge Md. transit funding boost

A business advocacy group and elected leaders from counties in the Baltimore metro region voiced support for legislation boosting Maryland public transit funding by $500 million. Greater Baltimore Committee CEO Donald C. Fry said Wednesday his organization, which represents regional business interests, backs the Transit Investment and Safety Act because the legislation helps balance investment in the state’s transportation system. An emphasis on a well-rounded system is needed, he said, but the state plans to slash roughly $300 million in Maryland Transit Administration funding in the next five years. (Daily Record)

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GBMC to open first-of-its-kind unit for sexual abuse and trauma patients in Baltimore County

In response to a growing number of patients who are victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in the area, Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson is opening a new unit specially outfitted for examining and interviewing those patients — the first of its kind in Baltimore County. Set to open Thursday, the 2,500-square-foot unit includes two examination rooms and one interview room for investigators to speak with patients. Laura Clary, the clinical program manager at GBMC, said the new unit is separated from the rest of the hospital so that patients aren’t near the “chaos” of the emergency room. (Balt. Sun)

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Renovating City Hall, making it safer, part of ‘healing process’ for Taneytown after August ‘attack’

It’s been nearly six months since Taneytown’s City Hall suffered extensive damage when a man allegedly rammed his truck into it, significantly limiting its use since, and the municipality is in the process of rebuilding with the goal of making it safer. One side of the building is still boarded up. Acting City Manager James Wieprecht said City Hall suffered a lot of damage to the second floor and that the city wants to do more than just make repairs. “Damage was limited to the finance office, the lobby, a bit of the City Clerk’s office. (Carr. Co. Times) 

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BMW Championship coming to Caves Valley Golf Club in 2021, Baltimore area’s first PGA Tour event in nearly 60 years

For the first time in nearly 60 years, the PGA Tour is making a stop in the Baltimore area. Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills will host next year’s BMW Championship, the second of three FedEx Cup playoff events, marking the first PGA Tour event in the area since the Eastern Open Invitational at Mount Pleasant Municipal Golf Club in 1962. Steve Fader, chairman of the exclusive Caves Valley Golf Club, said in a phone interview Wednesday that he was “off the charts” excited. “Great honor to be selected as host course given the number of courses around the country that would love to host the championship, (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery council sponsors resolution favoring D.C. statehood

The Montgomery County Council has introduced a resolution supporting a bill in Congress that would give make the District of Columbia the 51st state. The county’s ceremonial resolution comes as the U.S. House of Representatives considers a bill that would grant D.C. statehood. On Tuesday, the House Oversight Committee on Oversight and Reform passed the measure, and it will go to the full house for a vote. D.C. is represented in the House by a non-voting delegate. The statehood bill in Congress would give the District full representation in the House, as well as two senators. (Bethesda)

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