Aerial surveillance report shows value, but more data needed, Baltimore police say

The Baltimore Police Department revealed Friday that an aerial surveillance system being tested across the city since May has given officers information in 81 criminal cases, including 19 homicides, but acknowledged it does not have enough data yet to determine the program’s effectiveness. Of the cases backed by aerial imagery, 21% have been closed with an arrest compared to 16% of similar incidents that were not captured by the wide-angle cameras mounted on airplanes sweeping Baltimore. The figures, which are provisional, are contained in a report covering the first half of the six-month pilot program. (Daily Record)


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Coronavirus In Maryland: Hospitalizations Drop, State Surpasses 115K Confirmed Cases

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland decreased slightly as the state surpassed 115,000 confirmed cases, new data released by the Department of Health Saturday morning shows. According to state data, 361 people are currently hospitalized as a result of the virus, down eight from Friday, of which 276 people are in acute care and 85 are in intensive care. (WJZ-TV)

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Carroll County holds ice cream social to encourage Latino community to take U.S. Census

Youngsters at a park in Westminster quickly learned a lesson Sunday. To get free ice cream, you had to get your parents to take the U.S. Census. Carroll County Government and The Cow ice cream truck held an event at Dutterer Family Park to target the Latino community. This population has traditionally been one of the least counted communities, and Latino children are especially undercounted, according to Laura Russell, Carroll’s census coordinator. (Carr Co Times)

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Bluetooth speakers and homemade first-down chains help Ravens fans celebrate victory away from M&T Bank Stadium

On Sunday, Josh Leese’s home in Bel Air was a mini-M&T Bank Stadium. “Seven Nation Army” poured from a Bluetooth speaker, along with “The Baltimore Fight Song” and “God Bless The U.S.A.” There was a Ravens helmet that got passed around after each touchdown, and stadium traditions abounded. (Balt Sun)

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Advocates Hold 8th Annual Baltimore ‘Honk For The Missing’ Event

Advocates and volunteers showed up in full force for Sunday’s 8th Annual Baltimore “Honk for the Missing” event. Officials said 2,300 people go missing in the United States every day- and every 40 seconds a child disappears. This year, the group is highlighting mother and daughter pair Joanna and Shariece Clark. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore City Department Of Transportation To Add 10 Additional Miles To Slow Streets Program

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation announced Friday it will be expanding the Slow Streets Program with over 10 additional miles to be installed. The Slow Streets program began on July 27, 2020, to provide a safe way of calming traffic and reducing traffic volumes to give residents more social distancing space while moving around outside. (WJZ-TV)

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Unemployed Marylanders To Begin Receiving Extra $300 Payments This Week

The Maryland Department of Labor announced Wednesday that the Lost Wages Assistance [LWA] program will begin ahead of schedule on Friday, September 11. The LWA program offers claimants an additional $300 per week in retroactive federal benefits amid the coronavirus pandemic. After being initially approved for three weeks of LWA funding, Maryland has now been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] for three additional weeks, for a total of six weeks of $300 federal payments. (WJZ-TV)

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Md.’s revenue picture not as bleak as projected — for now

Maryland’s top tax collector is calling for sending more than half a billion dollars in state aid immediately to small businesses following a better-than-expected report on the state’s finances. State revenues for fiscal 2020 underperformed expectations by $102 million — but it could have been worse. Projections made earlier this year warned of a loss of revenues, driven by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, approaching $1 billion. (Daily Record)

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