Md. town hires firm to investigate police chief in Anton Black case

Officials from a Caroline County town have hired an independent firm to investigate the role Ridgely Police Chief Gary Manos played in the deadly pursuit of Anton Black after Maryland State Police denied a request to review the matter. It’s the latest development in the fallout from the teenager’s death last fall on the Eastern Shore. (WTOP)

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Maryland Ranks No. 6 Among ‘Best States’ In Nation

Maryland is among the nation’s best states in a new report, making the top 10. Maryland is ranked no. 6 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best States list. Health care and opportunity were among the items that helped Maryland stay at the top of the list. U.S. News & World Report also ranked states across education, economy, infrastructure, fiscal stability, crimes and corrections, and natural environment. Maryland also ranked higher with education and fiscal stability. (WJZ-TV)

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Ransomware Attack To Delay Baltimore Home Buying And Selling As Deed Records, Water Bills Impacted

As Baltimore city continues to battle a ransomware attack, homebuyers and sellers are facing delays as the city’s deed records were affected. The City’s Transfer Officer cannot process deeds or deeds of trust for recordation, according to the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors. The city also is unable to issue lien certificates or generate water bills — or determine what city liens haven’t been paid. (WJZ-TV)

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Water Main Break Discovered Outside Pimlico Grandstand

Crews on Tuesday responded to a water main break outside the Pimlico Race Course grandstand, just a few days before the Preakness Stakes. The eight-inch break caused water to bubble up over the asphalt. Water service was shut off to the facility while crews made the repair. On Wednesday, crews completed a repair to the water main and returned water service to the facility. As of Wednesday morning, repairs still need to be made the asphalt where the repairs were made. (WBAL)

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If the Preakness ends controversially, these are the three stewards who might decide it

A world of racing fans waited for 22 agonizing minutes as the Kentucky Derby hung in the balance, the result suddenly up to three anonymous stewards who had to sort out complaints filed by two jockeys against the apparent winner, Maximum Security. Meanwhile, Russell Derderian’s cellphone exploded. “I had 10 people call me up and say, ‘Oh, I bet you’re glad that’s not you,’” he recalled with a grin. “And I said, ‘Absolutely!’” Derderian knew the agony the Kentucky officials faced before they disqualified Maximum Security and handed victory to Country House.  (Balt. Sun)

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A move afoot: As Towson urbanizes, groups work to get people walking

The suburbs have a familiar routine: If you need to get somewhere, hop in the car and drive there. Two errands? You’ll be driving to that second destination, too. But what happens when a suburban center, filled mostly with office buildings, starts to look more like a densely populated city, more urban? Towson is finding out. Today, cranes swing across Towson’s skyline. Tomorrow, those dusty construction sites will be large, mixed-use developments. Towson Row and Avalon Bay, two construction projects in Towson’s core, are set to add more than 500 apartment units. (Balt. Sun)

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Protesters rally outside Montgomery Co. police station after use of racial slur

Editor’s note: The text in this story may be offensive to some readers. At least 50 protesters chanted and marched to a Montgomery County police station in Silver Spring, Maryland, from a nearby library Monday night, and rallied outside. Some carried signs with slogans that included “Stop Racial Profiling,” “Black People Are Not ‘Suspicious!” and “Black Lives Matter.” The demonstration was a response to videos recorded last week, of a white officer using a racial slur. (WTOP)

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Federal judge blocks release of Coast Guard officer from Maryland who has been called a terrorist

A federal judge in Maryland on Monday blocked the release of a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling combat gear and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and TV journalists. U.S. District Judge George Hazel agreed to revoke a magistrate's order to free 50-year-old Christopher Hasson from custody while he awaits trial on firearms and drug charges. Prosecutors had appealed and asked Hazel to review the magistrate's order. U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day decided last Tuesday that Hasson could be released from custody and supervised by relatives in Virginia. But Day didn't order Hasson's immediate release. Instead, he gave prosecutors time to appeal. (Balt. Sun)

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