When it rains, sewage pours: 21 million gallons of contamination washed into Baltimore waterways this weekend

Some 21 million gallons of sewage-contaminated stormwater washed into Baltimore waterways amid heavy rainfall from Friday through Monday, city public works officials said. Most of that — about 13.5 million gallons — poured into the Jones Falls through two large pipes around the 1800 block of Falls Road. Another 6.5 million gallons spilled from an overflowing sewer main at Wilkens Avenue and Brunswick Street in Southwest Baltimore, washing into the Gwynns Falls. (Balt. Sun)

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Workers Making Final Preparations At Pimlico Race Course Ahead Of The Preakness Stakes

Park Heights is buzzing around the clock as thousands of workers prepare Pimlico for the biggest race in Baltimore. The Preakness Stakes is Saturday, and while the post position draw was held Wednesday, there’s still work to be done before Pimlico opens its gates to fans. “The Preakness is really about the people,” Tiffani Steer, of the Stronach Group, said. (WJZ-TV)

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MTA To Raise Fares For Buses, Subway, Light Rail, Mobility Shuttles In June

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration will increase transit fares starting June 23. The legislatively mandated increase will happen before the deadline for implementing the new fares required by the Maryland General Assembly. Outlined in the 2013 law, when the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increases over the prior two years, MDOT MTA is required to increase transit fares by a minimum of 10 cents or higher for Local Bus, Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink and MobilityLink service. (WJZ-TV)

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Speed cameras in Maryland collect $64 million in revenue

Nearly 1.6 million motorists in Maryland were captured by a speed camera in fiscal 2018, according to an analysis by AAA. That brought in nearly $64 million in ticket revenue. The motorist group also ranked which municipalities and counties took in the most money. Montgomery County topped the list, with $15.9 million, AAA said in a statement. Baltimore City, Prince George’s and Baltimore counties, and College Park rounded out the top five, as part of what AAA calls the “Million Dollar Club.” Those five areas alone took in more than 60 percent of Maryland’s speed camera revenue for fiscal 2018. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore officials say city websites safe to visit even as online payment systems remain crippled by hacker

Baltimore officials on Wednesday assured city residents that they can safely visit government websites but that the city’s computer systems have still not recovered from a digital attack that has crippled email, online payments and property sales. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and his top staff said the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Microsoft and other vendors were helping the city restore the network, but they would not provide details because the ransomware attack detected May 7 is being criminally investigated. City officials said at a City Hall news conference that the city’s ability to facilitate real estate transactions could be restored soon. (Balt. Sun)

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Public data on crime, parking tickets and more no longer being updated amid Baltimore ransomware attack

The ransomware attack on government computers in Baltimore City has affected various agencies’ day-to-day activities. It has also halted scheduled updates to several government datasets on Open Baltimore, the city’s open data website. The attack was discovered on May 7. Hackers used a virus to encrypt files on government systems, demanding a payment of 3 Bitcoins (equivalent to about $17,600 at current prices) to unlock a single system, or 13 Bitcoins (worth about $76,280) to unlock all the city’s systems. Officials have said they won’t pay and that it could take weeks to restore the city’s computer systems. (Balt. Sun)

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Days before Preakness, water main breaks in front of main Pimlico entrance

Crews have repaired a water main that broke outside the Pimlico Race Course entrance Tuesday, days before Preakness crowds descend upon the track for Baltimore’s largest sporting event of the year. As of Wednesday morning, a large hole remained outside the main entrance. Officials said it would be filled by the end of the day. The break comes amid scrutiny of Pimlico’s outdated infrastructure and speculation about the Preakness’ future in Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana seized in raid, Howard County police say.

A Federal agency places drugs in one of five categories depending on factors including their potential for abuse. A search of a Howard County apartment last week turned up drugs in four of the five federal categories, according to the county police. The raid was carried out Friday in an apartment in Ellicott City, the police said in a statement released Tuesday. (Wash. Post)

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