Sessions' order curtailing use of consent decrees will not affect Baltimore's police reform efforts, monitor says

The head of Baltimore’s consent decree monitoring team said a memo issued by Jeff Sessions just before he was ousted as Attorney General will have no effect on the federal decree ordering civil rights reforms at the city’s police department. Kenneth Thompson, the court-appointed monitor, said there’s already a court order in place in Baltimore and that Justice Department policy doesn’t apply to the courts. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland asks court to urge FAA to change low flight paths near BWI because of noise

Maryland officials are asking a federal court to urge the Federal Aviation Administration to resolve complaints about noise pollution stemming from low-flying planes at BWI and other airports after the agency declined to respond to the state earlier this year. The petition is the latest in a series of requests the state has filed as residents who live near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Reagan National in Virginia seek relief from noise from low flight patterns. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Police officer found guilty of fabricating evidence in case where his own body camera captured the act

A Baltimore Police officer was found guilty by a judge Friday of fabricating evidence in a case in which his own body-camera footage showed him placing drugs in a vacant lot and then acting as if he had just discovered them. During his trial, Officer Richard Pinheiro Jr. said that he intentionally recorded the body-camera video to serve as a re-creation of a legitimate discovery of heroin that he had made in a similar manner — but failed to record — moments earlier. He said the re-created video was for “documentation” purposes. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland election: Lower Shore sees turnout increase in midterm voting

As the dust settles on Tuesday's midterm elections, Maryland's Lower Shore is seeing an uptick in voter turnout.  Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties all saw a voter turnout of more than 50 percent, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. This is an increase in midterm election voting for all three Lower Shore counties compared to the 2014 general election. (Daily Times)

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Bethesda ranked fourth hardest working city in U.S.

Bethesda is the fourth hardest working city in the country, according to a ranking by a life insurance company. The rankings were based on "total time" working—an aggregate of work hours and commute times. The average "total time" working for Bethesda residents was 46.4 hours per week, which included an average of 4.9 hours commuting. (Bethesda)

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Street-side fundraisers now require city approval

The Cumberland City Council voted unanimously Thursday to require anyone seeking to solicit donations along city streets to obtain a permit. The ordinance was passed 4-0 during a regular council meeting at City Hall. City meetings are usually held on Tuesdays, but due to the general election, the date was moved. Councilman Seth Bernard served as acting mayor for the meeting, filling in for Brian Grim who was unable to attend. (Times-News)

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Anne Catharine Green recognized in Annapolis park name

As rain poured down over the Severn River, 18th-century newspaper publisher and editor Anne Catharine Hoof Green stood near the bank, a copy of the Maryland Gazette neatly folded under her left arm. The real Green died in 1775, of course, eight years after taking over publication of what is now one of the nation’s oldest newspapers from her husband Jonas Green. The woman by the bank, the modern mirage, was Diane Rey dressed as Green in period attire. Rey was one of dozens who gathered Friday to celebrate adding Anne Catharine’s name to her husband’s namesake park — now Jonas and Anne Catharine Green Park. (Capital)

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Harford District Court plaza in Bel Air named for the late Sen. Wayne Norman

The plaza outside the Mary Risteau Building in downtown Bel Air was named this week for the late state Sen. H. Wayne Norman Jr., who died earlier this year. Norman, a lawyer for 35 years and one of Harford County’s three state senators, died March 4 at his home. Sen. Bob Cassilly, who was holding a nearly 400 vote lead to retain his Senate seat, said he and Norman had gotten to be very close in the last four years as they served in the Senate together. (Balt. Sun)

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