Baltimore, Annapolis set records for sunny-day flooding in 2018 — and it could eventually occur every other day

On days with otherwise pleasant weather, Baltimore and Annapolis flooded a dozen times each in 2018, setting records in both cities for what meteorologists call “nuisance” flooding. And that is expected to become even more frequent in the coming decades. In reporting the data Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned that such flooding could occur as often as every other day in Central Maryland, more than almost anywhere else in the country, by 2050. (Balt. Sun)

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No timetable for reopening Baltimore’s Howard Street after collapse

There’s no time frame for closed Baltimore roads to reopen and for Light Rail service to be restored following an underground vault collapse alongside a CSX rail tunnel near downtown. The collapsed vault left a void along Howard Street that engineers fear could collapse under the weight of train and automobile traffic. A flood caused by a broken 12-inch water main that swamped CSX’s Howard Street Tunnel and reached M&T Bank Stadium triggered the collapse. (DAily Record)

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Win for Marylanders as airport noise pollution fight continues

A challenge against noise pollution at Baltimore-Washington International Airport is delivering some good news for Howard County residents. The Federal Aviation Administration filed a motion Tuesday to hold off on moving forward with a case brought by Maryland over the issue of new flight patterns causing airport noise pollution. The FAA is now reconsidering its position challenging the state. Maryland officials have filed multiple legal petitions since 2018 in the U.S. Court of Appeals, opposing plans for new flight patterns at BWI Airport, arguing changes were made without proper notice or consideration for how the changes would impact the environment. (WTOP)

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Shaky BSO finances leave endowment chiefs skittish about forking over cash, pondering orchestra’s successor

Will the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra survive in its current form? Until recently, that question would have been unthinkable about a 103-year-old arts group described as one of Baltimore’s crown jewels. But the BSO’s finances arguably are so unstable that members of the endowment trust supporting the symphony balk at lending or giving it even one penny more than the $6 million it has received this fiscal year.  Some trustees worry that releasing more funds to an organization they say is in dire financial straits would be tantamount to pouring money down a drain. They point to two loans totaling $7.3 million — a $5 million loan from 2017 and a $2.3 million loan from earlier this year — that haven’t been repaid. (Balt. Sun)

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Fired black police chief avoids jail time in Eastern Shore misconduct case

The fired police chief of Pocomoke City, Md., was sentenced Tuesday in a misconduct case brought by Maryland’s state prosecutor and will serve a term of probation. Kelvin Sewell, the city’s first black chief, was convicted in May after a jury found that he improperly interfered in the investigation of a 2014 car crash. His conviction came soon after city officials settled a federal civil rights lawsuit Sewell had filed, accusing his former police department of racial discrimination. The state charge of misconduct in office did not carry a set penalty. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland's commerce secretary soars over Hagerstown in Fairchild PT-19 renamed in her honor

With her leather flying helmet and goggles securely fastened, Kelly Schulz excitedly raised her arms Tuesday as she arrived back at Rider Jet Center. Maryland’s commerce secretary was treated to her first open-air flight in the rear cockpit of a Fairchild PT-19 owned by the Hagerstown Aviation Museum. The stop was included among other business visits in Washington County. “It was absolutely extraordinary — something like I’ve never experienced before,” Schulz said of the flight. The plane was renamed the “Miss Kelly” in her honor. Schulz met briefly with museum and Hagerstown Regional Airport officials to hear about upcoming projects and plans. (Herald-Mail)

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Concern over police conduct in Montgomery Co. prompts action

The Montgomery County Council in Maryland has moved a step closer to creating a 15-member commission that would advise the council of police practices and policies. “The very mission of police work and public safety is at stake and we need to reinvent policing in this new world that we’re in,” said council member Hans Reimer, chief sponsor of the bill to create the Policing Advisory Commission. The council held a public hearing on the measure Tuesday night — the same day that a county police officer was charged with second degree assault and misconduct for kneeing a handcuffed suspected drug dealer. The officer’s actions last week were captured on cellphone video. (WTOP)

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Anne Arundel County replaces head of planning and zoning

County Executive Steuart Pittman said Tuesday he is moving his chief of planning and zoning to a new position overseeing redevelopment projects and will replace him with a Charles County official he hailed as “cutting edge.” The moves come as County Executive Steuart Pittman wraps up a series of public listening sessions on growth and development, stated as a key focus of his administration. Steven Kaii-Ziegler will take over as director of planning and zoning beginning July 31, Pittman said in a statement released by his office. Kaii-Ziegler lives in Annapolis and has three decades of planning experience in the region. (Capital Gazette)

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