A consequence of the coronavirus pandemic for these Baltimore activists? Freezers full of dead birds.

The Ziplock bags are tucked into a shoe box in Aaron Heinsman’s freezer, nearby pouches of frozen vegetables and a cauliflower pizza crust. Inside are birds. Hundreds of them. Common yellowthroats and American woodcocks and ovenbirds, avian ice cubes tightly sealed in plastic. Each met a devastating end in Baltimore City during this year’s migration season, at the hands of glass buildings they didn’t see coming. The birds are collected by Lights Out Baltimore — a group that advocates for making area buildings “bird-safe,” and collects data on bird collisions along the way. (Balt Sun)

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Former Raven Torrey Smith, Wife Chanel Helping Revitalize West Baltimore’s Hilton Rec Center

Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and his wife Chanel are helping revitalize a recreation center that was once a staple in west Baltimore. The Hilton Rec Center closed its doors in 2008. Before then, it had served as a community meeting center and a place to shoot some hoops. Now, the Smiths will bring it back to life by providing staff and programs. (WJZ-TV)

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‘Murder Hornets’ Discovered In Washington Arrive In Maryland To Be Studied, Preserved

Researchers in Maryland now have five Asian giant hornets — commonly known as “murder hornets” — at their lab so they can be studied. The hornets, including two pupae, one worker, one male and one queen, were caught in the first nest found in the U.S. in Washington state along the Canadian border, flash frozen and then sent to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Service lab and the Smithsonian. (WJZ-TV)

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COVID-19 In Maryland: Over 1,800 New Cases As Positivity Rate And Hospitalizations Continue To Increase

The Maryland positivity rate continues to rise while 1,840 new COVID-19 cases were reported Sunday, according to data from the State Department of Health. Hospitalizations also continued to rise with seventeen more Marylanders hospitalized due to the virus, bringing the total to 938. There are now 238 people in ICU beds, while acute care cases dropped slightly to 700. (WJZ)

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Carroll County allocates almost $600K in coronavirus relief aid to restaurants and retail businesses; some funds could be left over

With COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations rising across Maryland, Carroll County commissioners discussed relief fund efforts through the end of the year at their most recent meeting. Earlier this year, Carroll received $14.6 million in coronavirus relief funding and must spend the money by Dec. 30, directly related to the virus. So far, the county has spent $11 million and “has a solid plan for spending the other 3.7 million,” according to county officials. (Carr Co Times)

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Baltimore County on track to set speed camera ticket record, as drivers sped up on empty roads during pandemic

Baltimore County’s speed camera ticket citations are on track to set a record — in part, officials say, because drivers got more aggressive as more people stayed home during the pandemic. The county has seen a 10% increase in speed camera violations this year, issuing 181,525 citations between January and Oct. 13, according to data obtained by The Baltimore Sun. During the same period last year, the county issued 164,042 citations. (Balt Sun)

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Coronavirus infections set record for 13th day in Washington region as more restrictions are added

Coronavirus infections continued their upward march Monday in the greater Washington region, reaching a new high for a 13th consecutive day as Virginia set a daily record. The rolling seven-day average of new cases in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. jumped to 3,489, a number that has doubled over three weeks. More restrictions were added Monday in the region as officials try to slow the momentum of a rising number of infections. The area’s 4,490 new cases Monday were the most in a single day since the start of the pandemic, fueled by a record 2,677 new infections in Virginia. (Wash Post)

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Baltimore metro region receives $45 million in funding to improve crisis response services

Officials from throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region announced Monday that they will spend $45 million in state funding over the next five years to improve crisis response services. The funding will create a multi-jurisdictional partnership called the Greater Baltimore Regional Integrated Crisis System, or GBRICS, to improve crisis response services through a collaboration of health officials, hospitals and local agencies. (Balt Sun)

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