U.S. Holocaust Museum research center opens in Bowie

Between the Belair Mansion, the old Bowie Race Track property and multiple museums, Bowie is a repository of history. The city added a lot more history Monday. Officials with the U.S. Holocaust Museum dedicated the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center Monday, a $40 million storage and research facility that will house 99 percent of documents and artifacts held by the museum but not on display in Washington, D.C. The event took place on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Bowie Blade-News)

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In 1918, a U.S. Navy ship sank. Last week, a piece of it surfaced in Maryland.

The sunken treasure rested in a box inside another box inside an Audubon tote bag in Barry and Sharon Covington’s Potomac, Md., living room. About two dozen people milled around, most related by blood or marriage to the man whose portrait was propped up next to the fireplace: A. Vernon Jannotta. It was his treasure inside that box and everyone wanted to see it. On the night of July 19, 1918, Jannotta was a young Navy ensign assigned to the USS San Diego, a cruiser that escorted troop convoys to Europe during World War I. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore tops 100 homicides before end of April for first time in two decades

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Baltimore reached 100 homicides for the year before the end of the April. Three new cases Monday pushed the number of victims counted for 2017 to 101. Among them was a fatal shooting near the Inner Harbor before daybreak Monday. As police discussed that case in the afternoon, a man was gunned down in East Baltimore, in the same block as a new senior center that was rebuilt after it burned while under construction during the rioting two years ago. (Balt. Sun)

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May 1 declared 'Zaching Day' in honor of Zach Lederer's fight against cancer

In honor of Zachary "Zach" Lederer, whose battle with cancer inspired the Zaching Against Cancer support and awareness foundation, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman will declare May 1 "Zaching Day" in Howard County on what would mark Lederer's 24th birthday. The Zaching Against Cancer Foundation began shortly after January 2012 when a picture of the then 18-year-old College Park student, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, went viral. The photo captured Lederer doing the strongman pose in a hospital bed following surgery. His parents, John and Christine Lederer, said the pose became known as "Zaching," and they continued running the foundation after their son's death in March 2014. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Seven Baltimore artists named finalists for the 2017 Sondheim Artscape Prize

Seven Baltimore artists were named Monday as finalists for the 2017 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The work of the five female and two male artists will be shown in an exhibit running June 17 through Aug. 13 at the Walters Art Museum. The winner, chosen by the panel of three jurors, will capture the $25,000 grand prize, and the remaining six finalists will be given a $2,500 honorarium. The winner will be selected after jurors view the installed art and interview each of the artists. The winner will be announced during a July 15 ceremony at the Walters that traditionally is held during the Artscape festival. (Balt. Sun)

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New Harford ag center could be move-in ready by December

Harford County should have a brand-new agricultural services center just in time for Christmas this year, pending the approval of a bid in June, a top county official said Thursday. The project to refurbish the former Glen Echo Furniture building off of Route 1 in Dublin was expected to be put out for bid Thursday, Director of Administration Billy Boniface said during a budget work session with the County Council. Boniface said he plans to bring a bid offer to the county's Board of Estimates, which he chairs, during the board's June 6 meeting. Construction would start "soon thereafter," if the bid is approved. (Aegis)

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April 24 // Mayor's nominees to Civilian Review Board include academics, attorneys and a former Baltimore sheriff's captain

Mayor Catherine Pugh's list of nominees to fill the city's largely vacant Civilian Review Board includes several academics and attorneys, as well as a former high-ranking official in the Baltimore Sheriff's Office, The Baltimore Sun has confirmed. The Civilian Review Board considers complaints alleging excessive force, abusive language, harassment, false arrest and false imprisonment by police agencies in the city. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore police overtime spending soars as department grapples with understaffing, shift changes

Two years ago, Baltimore officials said they had come up with a new police deployment plan that would curb the use of overtime while increasing the number of officers on the streets. Instead, overtime spending has continued to soar — to double what it was in 2013 and the agency is now spending nearly $1 million a week to supplement regular staffing. (Balt. Sun)

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