Bike share program relaunched Sunday in downtown, waterfront

When the Baltimore Bike Share program returns to the streets Sunday, stations will be located at nine locations downtown and around the waterfront. About 50 bikes will be available at the following stations: Brown Advisory, BioPark, BGE at Center Plaza, Constellation at Harbor Point, McHenry Row, the Can Company, Harbor East, the Inner Harbor Visitors Center and the National Aquarium. The relaunch represents about a quarter of the bike share’s fleet. Remaining stations will be opened by the end of the month, city officials said. The $2.36 million program was shutdown for about a month this fall after widespread thefts and maintenance backups. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore artists, activists and educators ask what's next after removal of Confederate statues

About 15 community members gathered in an old church space in Charles Village on Sunday to discuss Baltimore’s removal of three Confederate statues and what should take their spot. “People definitely want to talk,” said Sheila Gaskins, an organizer with the group Artpartheid. “And they want to be heard.” “I’m concentrating on Baltimore history,” said Kimberly Sheridan, a 57-year-old artist from Pigtown who’d brought a sketchbook of renderings for possible statues: one of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, perhaps, or some of the many local legal luminaries of the civil rights movement. The removal of the statues is “not going to solve problems,” Sheridan said, “but it can inspire people to do that.” (Balt. Sun)

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Thousands go pink for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Baltimore

If there’s one thing Mei Chen has learned in the nine years since she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, it’s that a strong support system and a positive attitude can be almost as crucial to recovery as the right medical treatment. The 47-year-old Ellicott City woman learned it when her family helped her through her mastectomy. She learned it again when they backed her at her first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure last year. But the idea came across more clearly than ever Sunday morning, when a horde of supporters cheered as Chen crossed the finish line on Woodall Street in Locust Point in the 25th annual running of the Komen race. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel County to consider tax credits for public safety officers

The Anne Arundel County Council will consider legislation Monday that lowers tax bills for public safety officers and would change when Board of Appeals members can participate in decisions based on their attendance. The council meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the County Council chambers at the Arundel Center in Annapolis. Bills that are up for public hearing can be voted on after discussion as long as the bill isn’t significantly amended. The public safety tax credit is sponsored by County Councilman Jerry Walker, R-Crofton. The bill would give police, fire and detention officer’s a $2,500 property tax credit for living within the county. It also would apply to the sheriff’s office and volunteer firefighters. (Capital)

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Baltimore native Davis eager to guide hometown through consent decree as new city solicitor

As Baltimore native Andre M. Davis watched the city negotiate a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice in the waning days of the Obama administration, he was thinking about a job opportunity he had recently turned down: running the city’s Law Department. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore KKK leader denied bail for firing weapon at Charlottesville rally

A Baltimore Ku Klux Klan leader charged with firing a pistol during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been denied bail despite his claim that he acted in self-defense. Richard Wilson Preston is accused of firing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school during the August rally. The Daily Progress reports Preston told a judge Thursday that he drew his pistol twice: first when he was threatened by a man he thought was going to throw a newspaper box at him and again when threatened by a man with a nail-laden stick. (Daily Times)

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Spitting, kicking, breaking glasses: Assaults on staff spike at Maryland's largest state psychiatric hospital

On a spring day at Maryland’s largest state psychiatric hospital, a patient tried to escape, soiled herself and attacked a caregiver and a hospital police officer. She also spat on the police officer and tried to bite her. The caregiver had her glasses broken. She was treated at St. Agnes Hospital and missed nine days of work. The police officer missed 12 days of work. The attacks were part of a spike in assaults on employees at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville, as the Hogan administration labors under a court order to recruit staff for positions there that were already difficult to fill. (Balt. Sun)

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Federal trial to open against alleged heroin ring protected by Baltimore police detective

When Antonio Shropshire drove to an auto repair shop last year and learned his car concealed a GPS tracking device, prosecutors say, the suspected drug boss called his confidant. He knew the confidant as “Poppy.” The Baltimore Police Department knew the man as Detective Momodu Gondo. “I took the car to the shop and, uh, the thing was — the thing was lit,” Shropshire said, according to prosecutors. A federal trial begins Monday for Shropshire, 31, and four men accused of operating a deadly heroin ring that police say stretched, under Gondo’s protection, from The Alameda to Pennsylvania. (Balt. Sun)

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