Frosh not prepared to settle lawsuit with Purdue Pharma

Maryland is not prepared to settle its lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over the company’s role in the opioid crisis and is not part of a tentative deal reached by 22 states and more than 2,000 cities on Wednesday. “There are huge amounts of money at stake and there are huge damages,” Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said. “We think that our citizens are entitled to more compensation, more remediation resources and more protection than this settlement would afford.” (Daily Record)

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Marylanders Honor 9/11 Victims, 18 Years Later

First responders from around Maryland are honoring the victims of September 11, 2001 — including fellow first responders — 18 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Flight 93 took the lives of 2,977 people. (WJZ-TV)

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BSO Musicians Say They’re Not Performing At Meyerhoff Saturday, Reject Both Contract Offers

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra won’t play Saturday at the Meyerhoff for what would have been their season-opening concert after rejecting both contract offers. Officials said it has not been canceled, but musicians said they won’t play as of now. The BSO will, however, play a 4 p.m. concert that day that was organized by the musicians at a local church. (WJZ-TV)

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Businesses, lobbyists bankroll college’s fundraising drive for leadership institute at College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland has launched a fundraising campaign to establish a leadership institute it plans to name in honor of a long-serving Maryland politician with deep ties to the region. Several entities with business before state government are ponying up to make the project a reality. If the school can hit its financial targets, the Senate President Thomas V. Miller Jr. Center for Leadership would offer scholarships, provide training and serve as a leadership hub for the school and the surrounding community.

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First case of West Nile virus in Maryland this year reported by health officials

Maryland health officials confirmed Tuesday the first case of West Nile virus in the state this year. A statement from Maryland Department of Health identified the infected person only as “an adult living in the National Capital Region in Maryland.” West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus that does not cause symptoms in four out of five infected people, the statement said. Those who do get sick may develop fever, headache, body aches, skin rash vomiting or diarrhea two to 14 days after being bitten, officials said. (Wash. Post)

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Artists Capture Historic Baltimore During Mount Vernon ‘Paint Out’

Capturing Baltimore’s historic buildings, sculptures and parks in paint is no small feat, but a number of artists took on the challenge in Mount Vernon Tuesday morning. As area residents walked by Mount Vernon Place, they saw a city block transformed into a painter’s studio, with everything one would expect to find inside out on the sidewalk. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore County Woman Sentenced For Medicare Fraud

A Baltimore County woman was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted of felony Medicare fraud. Shelia Vines, 55, was sentenced to three years in prison, all of which was suspended, as well as five years of probation. The state attorney general’s office said Vines, who worked for a company in Towson that provided in-home personal care services, falsely represented to Medicare more than 215 times she was caring for clients when she was actually working at another job in Baltimore. (WJZ-TV)

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Another Baltimore police officer charged in GTTF case; he’s accused of lying to grand jury about planted BB gun

Federal prosecutors have charged yet another Baltimore Police detective in their sprawling investigation of the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force, alleging he made false statements to a grand jury about helping plant a BB gun near a man who had been deliberately run over by the rogue unit’s leader. Detective Carmine Vignola, with the Baltimore Police since 2007, was charged by criminal information in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Tuesday. (Balt. Sun)

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