Fifty Baltimore Bike Share bicycles to return to streets Sunday

About 50 bikes — a quarter of the initial Baltimore Bike Share fleet — will return to the streets Sunday, following a monthlong shutdown sparked by widespread thefts and maintenance backups, city officials said. The refurbished bicycles have received upgraded GPS technology, paint and hardware. They will be available for rent at some of the docking stations around the city, according to the city Department of Transportation. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore police union rejects city-proposed contract trading salary increases for change to shift schedule

The Baltimore police union voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reject a city-proposed contract that would put patrol officers on a shift schedule preferred by commanders in exchange for future salary increases. Two different units of the union voted to reject the contract by wide margins, 98 percent and 96 percent, respectively. Union officials had urged officers to vote down the offer. (Balt. Sun)

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Drones could swoop in with natural disaster aid; tests launched from Crisfield

The only sign of activity at Crisfield Municipal Airport on Tuesday afternoon was three men huddled around a tiny plane. The men were looking at a tangle of wires and deeply engaged in a discussion. The tiny plane is an unmanned aircraft, or drone, called a Talon 240G. The men were trying to figure out why the plane's electronic magnetometer, or digital compass system, was malfunctioning. (Daily Times)

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Officials discuss police service fees for special events

Resort officials have renewed a debate about charging promoters of special events in Ocean City some sort of fee when extra law enforcement resources are needed to accommodate them. During a meeting last month, the Mayor and Council debated the need for additional Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers and resources needed to accommodate many of the weekend special events. (Dispatch)

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After Pugh lays out plan, Baltimore event highlights complexity of homeless problem

A day after Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh laid out a plan to raise $350 million to fight homelessness, an event at the Convention Center revealed the fearsome complexity the job involves. Officials, charity workers, medics and some 2,000 volunteer guides thronged a hall Thursday at the Convention Center for the United Way’s annual Project Homeless Connect event, which seeks to link homeless people with more than 150 forms of help. (Balt. Sun)

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Commissioners updated on road projects, funding by state officials

The Carroll Board of County Commissioners and members of the county legislative delegation met Thursday afternoon with officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation and State Highway Administration to discuss ongoing and future projects in the county. Each fall, the Department of Transportation presents a draft of its six-year capital budget to the 23 counties and Baltimore City for comment before submitting a final budget to the General Assembly in January. (Carr. Co. Times)

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County officials: Final DelFest contract expected by next week

The Allegany County Commission told concerned citizens at Thursday night's business meeting that they expect to see a final version of the elusive DelFest contract returned from Del McCoury's management team by early next week. Once it is back in the county's hands, the commission could vote on the revised contract. (Times-News)

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Ocean City Council weighing major resort projects; timeline, funding options under consideration

The real meat and potatoes segment of Ocean City’s ongoing long-term strategic planning got underway this week with a breakdown of several major capital projects in the planning pipeline and if and how to pay for them. Two weeks ago, Ocean City officials began the long-term strategic planning process with a series of meetings focused on conceptual plans for the resort for the next decade or so. (Dispatch)

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