‘A lifeline of hope’: Black Lives Matter painted on street in Baltimore’s Patterson Park

Robbyn Lewis woke up Monday morning bracing for another week of whatever else 2020 has in store. With a pandemic, an election and a difficult but long overdue reckoning on racism in policing and across our society — all as we near just the halfway point in the calendar — the year has felt more like a whirlwind, the state delegate said. “We’re all hungry for signs that there’s hope for us, as a city, as a people, as a nation,” she said. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore County to increase Covid-19 testing capacity with help from Sparks firm

Baltimore County has turned to one of its local medical technology companies to help boost availability of Covid-19 tests for residents. The county announced Monday it has signed a new supply agreement with Sparks-based BD Integrated Diagnostic Solutions, part of Becton, Dickinson and Co. (NYSE: BDX), to purchase thousands of Covid-19 testing collection and transport kits. The deal will increase local testing capacity by up to 2,000 tests per week in the coming months, according to a press release. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Four employees test positive at Bedford jail; county sees growing caseload

Four employees at Bedford County Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19 – but officials are hopeful they stopped the virus from spreading to the inmate population, county officials said Monday. County jail officials confirmed a first case a little more than a week ago and worked quickly to have others tested who were at risk of exposure, Bedford County Emergency Management Director Dave Cubbison said. (Times-News)

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Carroll County named fifth-best in U.S. at protecting and providing for kids: ‘Our children are our priority’

An international organization that advocates for children’s welfare and equity has found that Carroll County is one of the places in the U.S. where children are most protected from circumstances that cut short their childhood experience. Carroll County was ranked the fifth-best U.S. county at protecting and providing for its children, according to the 2020 US Childhood Report published by Save the Children. The report focused on inequities in the U.S. and evaluated factors such as childhood hunger, teenage pregnancy, graduation from high school and death in childhood. (Carr Co Times)

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When Black children see police killings online, Baltimore-area parents face ‘the talk’ early

Ericka Alston Buck was sure of one thing. She did not want her 10-year-old son to watch the widely circulating video of George Floyd, the Black man who died after being pinned down by a white police officer in Minneapolis. But when Alston Buck’s son Edward walked into her home office, with a pained look on his face, the Harford County woman realized he had already seen the images. (Balt Sun)

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Police critic says officers need more money and less stress, along with greater accountability

Given his expertise, it comes as little surprise that current events have made University of Maryland sociologist Rashawn Ray a media and policy star. He specializes in studying why both police and disease are more likely to treat African Americans more harshly than whites. The 39-year-old African American professor and researcher has recently given a flood of national and local television interviews. He has advised lawmakers in Congress, Annapolis and the Maryland suburbs. (Wash Post)

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Carroll County residents apply for unemployment at lowest rate since start of COVID-19 pandemic

The number of Carroll County residents who applied for unemployment benefits in the week ending June 13 was the lowest weekly total since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, data from the Maryland Department of Labor shows. In that week, a total of 653 Carroll countians filed, compared with 791 the week before. (Carr Co Times)

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George Washington monument in Druid Hill Park spray-painted with ‘destroy racists,’ anti-police sentiment

The George Washington monument in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park was vandalized overnight with what appeared to be red paint and graffiti, with “Destroy Racists,” anti-police sentiment and a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement written at its base. A police spokeswoman said the department has not received any complaints of vandalism at the northwest Baltimore park overnight. (Balt Sun)

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