Baltimore’s weekend rains cause 1.3 million gallons of sewage-tainted water to overflow

Baltimore’s heavy rains over the weekend caused about 1.3 million gallons of mixed sewer and storm water to overflow into the Jones Falls. Baltimore Department of Public Works officials announced the overflow Tuesday, stating the structures through which the water escaped are more than 100 years old and scheduled to be removed as part of the ongoing work under the city’s sanitary sewer consent decree. Baltimore is under a consent decree with state and federal environmental regulators to stop the sewage pollution by 2021. Sewage overflows occur any time heavy rain inundates Baltimore’s century-old sewer system, infiltrating it through cracked and broken pipes and exacerbating backups that exist even during dry weather. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore investigating racist and anti-Semitic tweets allegedly posted by Public Works employee

A Baltimore Department of Public Works employee is under investigation by the city’s watchdog agency after a Twitter account with his name and photograph was revealed to contain racist, anti-Semitic and Nazi-sympathizing posts, a city councilman said Tuesday. The Office of the Inspector General has opened the investigation into Crescenzo A. Gizzi, an inspector in the Public Works Department’s wastewater section, said City Councilman Zeke Cohen. Gizzi could not be reached for comment Tuesday. A review Tuesday of the Twitter account revealed a trove of offensive tweets containing racial epithets, swastikas and other Nazi images, anti-immigrant language and insults to Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and City Council President Brandon Scott. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Fans Celebrate US Women’s Soccer World Cup Win

Now that the U.S Women’s Soccer Team are champions once again, the country is celebrating after their dominant performance. Fans across Baltimore have been ignited with emotion- both on and off the field. It started with team captain Megan Rapinoe breaking the tie in the second half versus the Netherlands with a penalty kick and the Americans didn’t look back. Then Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle beat three defenders to seal the deal. Watch parties erupted in Baltimore! (WJZ)

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Baltimore County police identify man who shot girlfriend before fatal shootout with police

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Ofc. Jennifer Peach said Sunday night that police have confirmed that a man killed in a shootout with officers at Duke’s Motel in Rosedale on Saturday had shot his 37-year-old ex-girlfriend that morning. The woman is expected to survive her injuries. Police identified the man Monday afternoon as Kareem Omar Morgan, 43, of Dundalk. Morgan was killed during an exchange of gunfire Saturday evening after a tactical team went to the motel to arrest him, police said. Police also confirmed that Morgan shot his girlfriend in the lower body at her home in the 1700 block of Winding Brook Way in Windsor Mill around 5 a.m. Saturday. (Balt. Sun)

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'To excite and inspire': Preview of Aberdeen science center to open this fall

Donning a robotic exoskeleton and lifting the front end of a vehicle is just one of the activities organizers are planning for the discovery center headed for Aberdeen. This fall, 1,200 square feet of the city’s Amtrak station will host a preview of the APG Discovery Center, an ambitious plan to bring interactive exhibits on robotics, virtual reality and computer science to Aberdeen Proving Ground’s backyard. The preview center will likely include a series of challenges for visitors, perhaps programming a robot to perform a task as a countdown clock ticks away, said Michael Burns, design director of Quatrefoil, the company commissioned to plan the exhibits. (Aegis)

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Defense in Capital Gazette shooting case asks judge to subpoena four people, including newspaper's editor

Defense attorneys in the Capital Gazette shooting case have asked the presiding judge to subpoena records from four people with varying connections to the newspaper, including its editor, that they argue will support the accused’s insanity defense. Attorneys representing the man charged with fatally shooting Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters, filed motions to prompt Circuit Court Judge Laura Ripken to order the production of records they claim contain “exculpatory and/or mitigating evidence in support of (sic) Defendant’s plea of Not Criminally Responsible.” (Balt. Sun)

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Howard Co.’s flood warning notification fell short, Ellicott City businesses say

As heavy rain fell across the D.C. region, emergency sirens in Old Ellicott City, Maryland, didn’t sound, leaving several local business owners confused and anxious. With water rescues, flooding and downed trees reported throughout the area, Ellicott City residents, who suffered devastating floods in 2016 and again in 2018, kept a close eye on local weather reports and their social media accounts for any indication that the flood-prone city would see a repeat of those destructive floods. (WTOP)

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Aspirations of 'The greatest comeback story in America': Baltimore Police launch recruitment campaign

The Baltimore Police Department wants to recruit officers to “Be a Part of the Greatest Comeback Story in America.” Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced a new $200,000 marketing campaign Monday that they hope will help fill the department’s ranks, particularly with more women, minorities and city residents. “It’s no secret that we need more police officers on the street to help make Baltimore a safer city and to reduce the burden on our existing officers,” Harrison said at a news conference. (Balt. Sun)

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