Schuh pushes for law enforcement, public safety officials to purchase homes in Anne Arundel

County Executive Steve Schuh will propose a $2,000 stipend for law enforcement and public safety officials who buy their first home in Anne Arundel County. In a release Wednesday, Schuh said he will propose the stipend during collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the unions representing the county’s police, firefighters, corrections officers and sheriff’s officers. The push to entice public safety officials to live in the region comes at a time when the county police department is recruiting entry level police officers, advertising on social media and elsewhere. (Capital)

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Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentence

A man convicted of taking part as a teenager in deadly sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington area has lost a bid for a new sentence in Maryland. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg said in a ruling dated Tuesday that Lee Boyd Malvo's "physical, mental and emotional state" was given full consideration before he was sentenced to life without parole. Malvo was convicted in Maryland and Virginia of playing a role when he was 17 in the 2002 shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three. Malvo's attorneys say his sentences should be thrown out because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles is unconstitutional. (Balt. Sun-AP)

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In Baltimore, police face pressure to halt violence and heated scrutiny of arrests

In the middle of an East Baltimore street, three police officers struggled to subdue an alleged drug dealer as a gathering crowd screamed objections and recorded the officers’ every move. A video of the incident last week quickly racked up tens of thousands of views on Facebook. The footage shows an officer pushing the man’s chest onto the pavement and placing a knee on his lower back. By the time the confrontation was over, one officer had a dislocated shoulder and two men were arrested — Myers on charges of illegal drug possession and resisting arrest, and a second man, Martez Buckner, 29, on charges of obstruction and hindering and resisting arrest. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County Jewish community raises $10K for Jews in Uganda

Famine in East Africa caught the attention of members of the Jewish Federation of Howard County last month when they learned of a small Jewish community in Uganda, known as the Abayudaya, who are suffering from starvation. In partnership with the Howard County Board of Rabbis, the local Jewish federation started an emergency fundraising campaign to help feed the Abayudaya, raising more than $10,000 in less than a week. As donations continue pouring in, the federation will keep the campaign open through the end of August, and are urging other communities to share their support. Funds are sent to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee humanitarian organization. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Baltimore to pay $98K to settle free speech lawsuit against sheriff

Baltimore’s spending panel agreed to pay $98,000 today to a former deputy who sued Sheriff John W. Anderson for firing him after he spoke out about a raid that resulted in him getting shot. The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Catherine Pugh, will pay ex-sheriff’s deputy James Lane in exchange for him dropping his lawsuit, which alleged violations of his First Amendment rights. The city payment to Lane follows a $160,000 settlement approved by the state’s Board of Public Works in January. (Balt. Sun)

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Both sides of Civil War represented in Harford courthouse portraits

A portrait of Brigadier Gen. James Jay Archer, a Bel Air native and Southern sympathizer who led "Archer's Brigade" in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia commanded by Robert E. Lee, is tucked away on a wall on the second floor of the Harford County Courthouse in Bel Air. In the adjacent ceremonial courtroom hangs a portrait of Judge James Watters, a cavalryman for the Confederate Army during the Civil War, along with a portrait of Col. Edwin Hanson Webster, a colonel in the Union Army. Both sides of the Civil War are represented in the same room and nearby hallways of the historic building. (Aegis)

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Brooks Robinson's glove donated to Smithsonian museum

Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson learned Wednesday that one of his gloves is to be displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, along with a trove of other artifacts from the careers of Willie Mays, Ted Williams and other baseball icons. “They’ll still remember me,” said the 80-year-old former third baseman, winner of 16 Gold Glove awards for his defensive prowess. (Balt. Sun)

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August 16 // Baltimore interested in hosting games in combined North American bid for 2026 World Cup

Baltimore was named one of 34 potential American host cities Tuesday for a combined bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. M&T Bank Stadium was among 49 stadiums in 44 cities identified by the United Bid Committee as a potential venue for soccer’s most popular showcase. Cities have until Sept. 5 to declare their interest in taking part in the bid process, as Baltimore is expected to do. (Balt. Sun)

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