Carroll Co. to bring mobile clinic to underserved areas

The health department in one Maryland county has received grant funding that will allow it to create a traveling clinic on wheels to help underserved areas. The Carroll County Times reported Saturday that plans call for the van to have two treatment rooms, a bathroom, nurse area and refrigerator for medication. The initiative called the Carroll County Care Collaborative will focus on areas of the county that lack resources and have been hot spots for overdoses. (Carr. Co. Times)

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4th Circuit: Baltimore police settlement ‘gag orders’ violated 1st Amendment

The Baltimore Police Department cannot impose broad “gag orders” limiting what plaintiffs can say about settlement agreements, a federal appeals court panel ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled by a 2-1 vote that the nondisparagement clause in a woman’s settlement “amounts to a waiver of her First Amendment rights and that strong public interests rooted in the First Amendment make it unenforceable and void.” The clause, included in nearly every agreement settling a police misconduct lawsuit until 2017, required Ashley Overbey Underwood to limit her public comments to the fact that a settlement had been reached and prohibited discussing opinions, facts or allegations connected to her case with the news media. (Daily Record)

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Maryland police agencies have for years broken law mandating reporting of excessive force, charges against officers

In the wake of Freddie Gray’s death from injuries suffered in police custody and the subsequent protests and rioting in Baltimore in 2015, state lawmakers passed a law mandating police agencies across Maryland report when officers use excessive force or injure someone and cases of officers’ criminal misconduct, among other data. However, dozens of agencies — including the Baltimore Police Department — never did so. That’s resulted in extreme undercounting of such encounters in annual reports mandated by the law and collated by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland grants contractor a 5-month delay in Purple Line’s opening date

Maryland transportation officials have granted the contractor building the Purple Line a 160-day delay in the light-rail line’s opening but will not compensate it for related costs, according to a letter by a state contracting officer. Under that timetable, the 16-mile rail line between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties would begin carrying passengers Aug. 18, 2022. The opening date in the project’s contract has been March 11, 2022. However, disagreements over when the line will begin carrying passengers — and who will pay how much to offset holdups and accelerate construction — will continue. (Wash. Post) 

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Report: Coastal Flooding in Md. Will Get Worse — Even on Sunny Days

Communities like Annapolis are seeing severe flooding even on days when there are no storms, a NOAA report has found. City of Annapolis photo As if two days of torrential rains this week weren’t reminder enough, a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggests that coastal flooding in Maryland – and across the country – is going to get worse, this year and beyond. And in many cases, it won’t even take severe storms to produce record floods. “U.S. coastal communities are faced with mounting challenges as sea levels rise,” said Nicole LeBoeuf, acting director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. (Md. Matters)

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Harford County Sheriff Launches ‘Thrive Initiative’ In Effort To Reduce Amount Of Repeat Offenders

The Harford County Sheriff has launched a new public service initiative to help inmates in the detention center succeed after their release. “When a person enters the facility they go through the booking process, and at that time, they receive The Thrive information sheet,” a spokesperson said. The Thrive Initiative is a packaging of programs to break addictions and help ensure that the person does not offend again. “From the whole Thrive Initiative, we offer the services necessary for those in our custody care to hopefully not re-offend when they come back out,” Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. “That is the ultimate goal.” (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore City aims to create opportunities for youth with Olympic-style Charm City Games

When Reginald Moore, executive director of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, thinks ahead to the upcoming Charm City Games, chills go down his spine. “To be able to stand there and put a medal around these kids’ necks,” Moore said. “To know that it’s something of honor to them … to see the look on the kids’ faces when they receive that medal for competing.” Moore dreamed up the games, an Olympic-style competition for kids ages 12-14 from July 15-20, as a way to bring the communities of Baltimore together. (Balt. Sun)

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BWI Marshall Airport launches online flight and aircraft noise tracking tool

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport unveiled a new interactive system this week that provides the public with detailed information about airline flights near the airport. WebTrak is an online tool that provides data about airline operations, including noise measurements from permanent monitors in communities near BWI. The WebTrak system provides historic and near real-time flight tracking information, as well as noise level data for users.  The tool displays airline flights, weather information, BWI noise monitor locations, and aircraft noise levels on a user-friendly map. The flight tracking system includes specific details about flights associated with BWI, as well as information on air traffic transitioning through the region. (Daily Record)

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