Mayor Pugh releases statement on FOP

Mayor Catherine Pugh releases a statement on the Fraternal Order of Police contract negotiations. In her most recent release, she states her disappointment in the outcome of the vote and plans to reach a fair agreement. Mayor Pugh stated, "I am disappointed in the outcome of the vote but we will continue to work diligently to achieve a mutually acceptable Memorandum of Understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). We honor our men and women in uniform and very much look forward to reaching a fair agreement." (WMAR)

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Baltimore artist Amy Sherald to paint Michelle Obama's official portrait

Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and just joined the faculty there, has been commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to paint the official portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama. New York-based Kehinde Wiley will paint the official portrait of President Barack Obama. The paintings are scheduled to be unveiled next year and added to the National Portrait Gallery’s popular collection of presidential and first lady portraits. (Balt. Sun)

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Aberdeen Police Department creates e-commerce safe exchange zone

The Aberdeen Police Department has designated itself an E-Commerce Safe Exchange Zone, offering the use of the department’s lobby to conduct private Internet transactions. “Private Internet sales have become a popular way to buy and sell goods. Citizens now have our lobby to facilitate these sales, which are video monitored,” APD Lt. Will Reiber stated in a news release Thursday. “This creates a safe space for citizens to do business while minimizing the potential for crime.” (Aegis)

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Rohrersville Ruritan wants to replace old school building with event venue

The Rohrersville Ruritan wants to demolish the old Rohrersville Elementary School so it can construct a building to host events. The club would use revenue from events such as banquets and weddings to further its charitable giving in the community, President J.R. Smith said. Among other things, the club provides scholarships and loans hospital equipment for free in the county. Demolition of the 1910 building is not imminent because the club still needs to determine how much it would cost, and has to raise funds and develop plans for a new building. If money is available, the two-story brick building could be razed in the next five years, Smith said. (Herald-Mail)

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver files for re-election

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has filed for re-election to the post he has held since 2014. Culver, a Republican, filed on Thursday, according to the State Board of Elections. So far, no one else has filed for the executive’s job, although there has been much speculation about possible challengers among political insiders in the county. Other candidates who have filed in Wicomico County are Jamie Dykes, a Republican, for state’s attorney and Shawn A. Bradley, a Republican, and James “Bo” McAllister, a Democrat, for clerk of the circuit court. (Daily Times)

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October 13 // Baltimore Police consent decree monitoring team plans community meetings, launches website

Baltimore residents will have a chance to weigh in on a court-ordered plan intended to bring reform to the city police department. Four public meetings will be held this winter – in North, South, East and West Baltimore – for citizens to offer recommendations to a team of monitors writing the reform plan. Once finished, the plan will be sent to U.S. District Judge James Bredar for approval. (Balt. Sun)

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Metro board committee threatens to delay land swap needed for Purple Line for more money

A Metro board committee voted Thursday on an 11th-hour measure that could delay a multimillion-dollar land transfer critical to the construction of Maryland’s light-rail Purple Line. Metro is expected to hand over to Maryland the land rights to properties at New Carrollton, College Park and Silver Spring Metro stations so Purple Line work crews can begin construction. The properties are valued somewhere between $24 million and $37 million. (Wash. Post)

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Federal judge approves consent decree to rehab Baltimore sewer system

A federal judge has approved a $1.6 billion plan to rehabilitate Baltimore’s aged sewer system and stop wastewater from leaking into the Inner Harbor by 2030. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz signed the order Tuesday and it was entered into the court record Thursday. The consent agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency is the product of years of negotiations between the city and regulators who are concerned with the environmental and health impacts of sewage contamination. (Balt. Sun)

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