Ed Hale Jr. says he's running for Baltimore County Council

Businessman Ed Hale Jr. said he is planning a run for the Baltimore County Council in 2018. The 50-year-old Cockeysville resident told The Sun he has not officially filed for candidacy yet, but was holding his first fundraiser Monday evening, at Hightopps Backstage Grille. A Republican, he's running in District 3, which covers the northern part of the county. That seat on the seven-member council is currently held by Republican Wade Kach, also of Cockeysville. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel County executive candidate drops out of race after two months

The first Democrat to announce a challenge to Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh in 2018 says she is dropping out of the race. Jessica Ewing, 31, of Pasadena, posted a message on her campaign's social media site Monday afternoon explaining the decision. Ewing said the recent death of her aunt has shifted her focus away from campaigning. (Capital)

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Hearing scheduled for first medical marijuana dispensary in Anne Arundel

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Anne Arundel County could open in Annapolis where a pizza parlor and tattoo studio now sit. Advanced Alternative Therapies LLC has submitted an application to set up shop at 2029 West St., taking the space of Pride & Glory tattoo and body piercing, which is located in the same building as a Papa John's Pizza carryout. (Capital)

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Website helps find towed cars in Baltimore City

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation launched a new website to find towed cars. The site is called Find My Tow. It enables users to see if their car has been towed to a Baltimore City impound facility. Just need to enter specific information about your car and it will pull up where it's been towed and how much money is owed. (WMAR-TV)

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Agencies reaffirm Frederick County's three Triple-A bond ratings

For the second year in a row, Frederick County has maintained its AAA credit rating, County Executive Jan Gardner announced on Monday. The three international bond-rating agencies all concurred on giving the county their highest ratings. For the first time last year, the county had earned the highest possible credit rankings from Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global, previously known as Standard & Poor’s. (News-Post)

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Hancock, Washington County approve deed for library branch

Washington County and Hancock officials this month took a formal step in what has been a long trek toward building a new library in the town. The town deeded 1.9446 acres in Widmeyer Park to the county "for no money consideration, but for other good and valuable consideration." (Herald-Mail)

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March 20 // Parsons leapfrog Russians to take world junior title

Team USA's Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons came from behind to capture the ice dance title and Alina Zagitova of Russia won the ladies crown going away at the 2017 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. The Parsons danced off with the gold medal, edging Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd of Russia by 0.55 points. Team USA's Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko rose from sixth after the short to claim the bronze medal in their debut at the world junior championships. (icenetwork.com)

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As counties move to help immigration officials, Maryland lawmakers weigh policy change

When people are booked at Frederick County's jail, they're handed a form asking a series of questions, such as whether they're on medication or experiencing any pain. It's a standard list used in many jails and booking centers, but with two additions: What country were you born in? What country are you a citizen or national of? The answers to those can trigger a process unique in Maryland to Frederick County. Correctional officers trained by the federal government open an investigation into whether the arrestee is in the country illegally. If so, the officer alerts an on-site federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, who can begin immigration proceedings against them. (Balt. Sun)

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