Former Baltimore police commissioner De Sousa ordered to surrender passport, firearms pending trial

Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa’s fall from top cop to criminal defendant came into sharp relief Monday, when he agreed in federal court to surrender his passport and any firearms he owns as he awaits trial on the tax charges that led to his recent resignation. During a brief hearing before Chief Magistrate Judge Beth Gesner in U.S. District Court downtown, De Sousa was formally advised of the three misdemeanor charges against him and agreed to several conditions on his freedom pending trial. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel County Council strengthens medical marijuana rules

The Anne Arundel County Council unanimously voted Monday night to strengthen special requirements for medical marijuana developments, a move that will make it even harder for developers to find sites but will appease residents who have been frustrated with project approvals they view in defiance of county rules. The bill prohibits granting variances on special requirements related to medical marijuana developments. (Capital)

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Mayor Gavin Buckley ousts longtime historic preservation chairwoman

Mayor Gavin Buckley, ahead of a City Council meeting dealing with controversial Historic District rezoning, announced on Monday he will replace the longtime chairwoman of the Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission. Sharon Kennedy, who has held the position since 2003, butted heads with Buckley during the fight over a mural painted without permits on his West Street restaurant, Tsunami. (Capital)

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High-tech flood monitoring planned for Ellicott City watershed

In an effort to better monitor the “veins” of the heart of historic Ellicott City, its waterways, officials on Monday announced plans to install “EKGs,” as county councilman Jon Weinstein called them— stream gauges that experts say will help them analyze water flow patterns and buy residents valuable time to make preparations for flooding. Forty-eight gauges will be installed at 16 locations throughout the surrounding Tiber-Hudson watershed through a partnership with the National Weather Service and the Department of Homeland Security. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Topless lawsuit could linger to 2019 for Ocean City

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ocean City's ordinance barring women from going topless is moving forward as millions prepare to descend on Maryland's mega resort this season. The federal civil suit filed in January could linger into 2019 as lawyers argue in U.S. District Court of Maryland. The debate has been a firestorm for officials for the past two years. (Daily Times)

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Former Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake files for divorce

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the previous mayor of Baltimore, filed for a divorce from her husband Kent Blake, according to court documents. The couple filed for a divorce in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City on April 10, court records show. The case indicates Rawlings-Blake filed for divorce on the grounds of 12-month separation. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel app connects anyone CPR trained with nearby heart attack victims

If you are one of the thousands of Anne Arundel residents with CPR training a new phone app can alert you to a nearby heart attack or another cardiac emergency in a public place. The county activated PulsePoint Monday, an app that will notify CPR certified residents who sign up to participate and provide the location of public automated external defibrillators — a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm — they can grab on their way. (Capital)

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Ocean City ranked a Top 10 hot summer destination choice

On the cusp of another season, Ocean City got another feather in its cap this month when it was named by TripAdvisor as one of the Top 10 hottest destinations for this summer. Ocean City placed sixth on TripAdvisor’s top 10 list of hottest summer vacation destinations released this week. The top 10 list from start to finish includes Mackinac Island, Michigan, Bar Harbor, Block Island, Rhode Island, Lake George, N.Y., West Yellowstone, Mont., Ocean City, Martha’s Vineyard, Anchorage, Alaska, Jackson Hole and Nantucket. (Dispatch)

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