15 people in Md. contract vaping-related illness

As of Sept. 10, 15 people in Maryland have contracted the mysterious vaping-related illness that has afflicted hundreds across the country and left at least six dead. The Maryland Department of Health said an investigation into the causes of a severe lung illness is currently underway. Patients show no clear signs of an infectious cause, but each reported the use of a range of devices that deliver vaporized nicotine, THC — which is the primary psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis — or CBD. (WTOP)

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Union Warns About Using State Police Helicopters To Fight Baltimore Crime

Maryland's governor has pledged Baltimore the help of helicopter missions to fight crime, but the union representing pilots says understaffing will leave the promise unfulfilled. The Baltimore Sun reports Maryland State Police is down to less than 50 pilots from the more than 70 it had in recent years. Gov. Larry Hogan this week told Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young that state police would carry out "tactical flights over Baltimore whenever their duties bring them into or near the city." (WBAL)

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Prosecutors in Prince George’s will no longer recommend cash bail for defendants

Standing on the stage of a bright conference hall, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy gave a 20-minute speech about the “state of justice” in the county. Claps and cheers punctuated the address as the county’s top prosecutor talked about convictions won and criminals sentenced. But there was one clear high point when it came to the audience’s reaction. “I do not believe in the cash bail system,” Braveboy said last week, with the local president of the NAACP, public defenders and justice reform advocates leaping to a standing ovation. (Wash. Post)

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BPD Releases Video Of Fatal Police-Involved Shooting

Baltimore police on Friday released body-worn camera video from a fatal police-involved shooting in August. Tyrone Banks, 30, was shot and killed Aug. 28. Police believe Banks attempted to run over one officer and shoot at another Aug. 27. The videos are shaky, but many rounds are clearly heard. Foxtrot video showed Banks waving a gun. Commissioner Michael Harrison said police have yet to account for each round and "where it ended up," and that investigators are not done yet. (WBAL)

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Beached whale in Ocean City has died, National Aquarium says

A beached juvenile sperm whale that drew a large crowd of onlookers in Ocean City Sunday has died, according to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, which sent veterinarians to assist the animal. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Ocean City Police Department will remove the whale’s carcass from the beach near 114th Street, where it was discovered about 6:45 a.m., and the DNR will perform a necropsy to try to learn more about the animal and why it was stranded, a National Aquarium spokesperson said. (Balt. Sun)

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Gowen Is New Top Maryland National Guard General

There’s a new general commanding the Maryland National Guard. Gov. Larry Hogan presided over Saturday’s ceremony in which retiring Maj. Gen. Linda Singh gave way to Maj. Gen. Timothy Gowen as the state’s adjutant general. The position is part of Hogan’s Cabinet and oversees Maryland’s military department, which includes emergency management and thousands of service members. (WJZ)

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‘This is amazing!’ Thousands pack Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Central Library after massive renovation

When the main branch of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library opened its doors in 1933, America was in the throes of the Great Depression, so organizers and officials decided it would be unseemly to throw the party a new city institution would normally warrant. Now the architectural and cultural jewel on Cathedral Street has undergone a $115 million renovation, and it has finally received the gala it deserves. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore detectives conferring with county after apparent body found in Southwest Baltimore

Baltimore Police homicide detectives are conferring with their counterparts in Baltimore County after the discovery Saturday of an apparent body wrapped in blankets and trash bags in Southwest Baltimore, police spokesmen from both jurisdictions confirmed. Detective Donny Moses said the investigation is in its earliest stages and that no details about the identity of the likely remains have been confirmed, but county police were notified because of their active search for Charla Melvin, a Milford Mill woman who disappeared a week ago. (Balt. Sun)

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