Maryland commits $30 million to prevent evictions during pandemic

Maryland will commit $30 million in new funding to help prevent tenants affected by the coronavirus pandemic from facing eviction. While eviction moratoriums provided time for federal stimulus funds and state unemployment benefits to take effect, many people are still struggling to pay their rent. (WTOP)

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Wes Moore, others discuss underlying race issues, reforms and societal failures in virtual ‘Five Days’ panel

A riot, a pandemic, or any other major crisis reveals the underlying scourge of American society — that the country was built on, and has teetered historically on, a foundation of racism and poverty that many have never fully acknowledged, bestselling author and philanthropist Wes Moore said Sunday. (Balt Sun)

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June 28 Proclaimed As ‘Freedom Of The Press Day’ In Honor Of Slain Capital Gazette Journalists

Gov. Larry Hogan is honoring the memories of five Capital Gazette employees who were killed in a mass shooting on June 28, 2018 by proclaiming the date as “Freedom of the Press Day.” Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters tragically died when a gunman opened fire inside the Capital Gazette building at 888 Bestgate in Annapolis. (WJZ-TV)

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Applications now accepted for HACK Baltimore-ETCAccelerate Challenge

Applications are now being accepted for the HACK Baltimore-ETCAccelerate Challenge to participate in a Rapid Response Community Service offering, during which the HACK Baltimore team will help get the selected teams to a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) by August. These MVPs will then be considered for the next AccelerateBaltimore cohort that includes $50,000 in seed funding and other resources to continue building toward market readiness and launch. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Zoo reopens to public with precautions for people and animals

Visitors to The Maryland Zoo welcomed a sense of normalcy Saturday as it reopened to the public with precautions in place not only for visitors, but for lions, tigers, chimps and otters. After months of being cooped up due to the coronavirus, mask-wearing guests were back gazing at the animals on a warm day at Druid Hill Park. The animals stared right back. Nearly 2,100 people booked slots online to visit Saturday following three days of previews reserved for zoo members. (Balt Sun)

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Carroll County commissioners extend coronavirus-related state of emergency after debate

Two weeks after voting to lift Carroll County’s local state of emergency beginning June 27, the county commissioners voted, 3-2, to extend it past that date. Carroll County has been under a state of emergency since March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the June 11 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, the board voted, 3-2, to end the state of emergency on June 27. Commissioners Ed Rothstein, R-District 5, and Stephen Wantz, R-District 1, were opposed then. (Balt Sun)

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Co-founder of ReOpen Maryland says he has COVID-19, but won’t help contact tracing efforts

A co-founder of the ReOpen Maryland movement has said on social media that he tested positive for coronavirus this week but won’t work with public health officials trying to track the spread of the pandemic. Tim Walters, a two-time Republican candidate for the General Assembly from Linthicum, said in a series of Facebook videos starting Tuesday that he has come down with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland surpasses 3,000 deaths from COVID-19

With 23 new deaths reported over the last 24 hours, Maryland officially surpassed 3,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 Thursday. The grim milestone was reached nearly four months after Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency due to the pandemic and as other key metrics continue to improve across the state. Current hospitalizations fell for the 28th consecutive day. The daily positivity rate dropped to a new low, as the seven-day positivity rate once again dipped. And the state has now conducted more than 600,000 coronavirus tests, including 11,635 over the last 24 hours. (News-Post)

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