Baltimore police union to meet directly with community leaders, says department has no crime plan

The union that represents rank-and-file police officers in Baltimore said Wednesday that the police department has no long-term plan to address the city's current "crime crisis," so it will be meeting directly with community members, business leaders and elected officials to discuss solutions. "It's time for action," the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 said in a statement. "We cannot sit back and continue to allow a surging crime rate destroy the good work our police officers and law-abiding citizens have accomplished in years prior." (Balt. Sun)

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Howard council, community leaders react to Long Reach Village Center plans

Community members had the chance to voice their opinions on newly proposed plans for the redevelopment of Long Reach Village Center during Monday night's County Council meeting. Many residents expressed their support for the plan, which they said is badly needed to revitalize the ailing center. The plan, which was introduced by representatives from the Design Collective on behalf of Orchard Development Corp., alongside the county's Department of Planning and Zoning, showed a more detailed concept of what the new space will look like, including townhouse units, retail and restaurant space, a daycare, a senior living space and a village green space. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Salisbury mayor joins calls for removal of Confederate historical marker

The peaceful lawn of the historic Wicomico County Courthouse with its tall, old shade trees and brick walkways seems an unlikely place for a controversy to be brewing. Most of the drama over the years has happened inside the 1870s structure. But a historical marker on the property recognizing a Confederate general is renewing the rift between North and South. James Yamakawa of the group Showing Up for Racial Justice wants the marker commemorating Gen. John Henry Winder removed from the courthouse property, which is the site of the former Byrd Tavern where slaves were kept prior to be auctioned off. (Daily Times)

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Columbia's history explored in collection of essays by those who know it best

One of Columbia's original architects and planners, Robert Tennenbaum, revealed his second book on June 19, which explores the 50-year-old city's transformation through the local prospective. "Columbia, Maryland: A Fifty-year Retrospective of a Model City," features a collection of essays from 63 contributing writers who've watched their city transform since its foundation in 1967. Tennenbaum's first book, "Columbia, Maryland: Creating a New City," was published in 1996 and reviews the foundation of Columbia as told by 15 volunteer writers. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Acting MTA chief: BaltimoreLink bus system launch went 'pretty smoothly'

Until the Maryland Transit Administration began planning its $135 million BaltimoreLink bus route overhaul that launched this week, state transit officials had neither ridden bus routes to create accurate schedules nor updated the routes after the installation of the light rail or metro subway systems decades ago, acting administrator Kevin B. Quinn Jr. said Wednesday. The result? "Completely unrealistic schedules" that would require bus drivers to be "NASCAR drivers" to get to all their stops on time, and antiquated routes that didn't align with current job centers, entertainment and other transit, he said. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. court overturns rape conviction, cites decades-old speedy-trial violation

Maryland’s second-highest court Tuesday overturned a man’s recent conviction on charges of having raped two teenagers 35 years ago, citing more recently discovered evidence that prosecutors in 1983 acknowledged their failure to bring him to trial within 180 days of his initial counsel-represented court appearance in 1982. (Daily Record)

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Howard County Housing Commission names Peter Engel new executive director

The Howard County Housing Commission has appointed longtime community development professional Peter Engel as its new executive director. Engel began his new position on Monday. Engel joins the commission following the unexpected death of former executive director Thomas Carbo in November 2016. Ada Best had been serving as acting executive directorappointment. A former resident of Howard County, Engel most recently was the deputy commissioner for project finance and development at the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Montogomery Co. official wants freedom for dogs

A Montgomery County councilman named Katz wants more freedom for dogs. A new measure sponsored by Councilman Sidney Katz would loosen dog-leashing rules in dog parks. It would allow dogs to be off-leash in dog parks that are established by municipalities in the county. Dogs can now be off-leash in county dog parks overseen by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. But that doesn't go for dog parks that are established by municipalities within the county. (WMAR)

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