Middle River, Essex Among 50 Most Affordable US Waterfront Towns, Report Finds

Looking for an affordable abode along the water? You may want to consider Middle River or Essex. Both Baltimore County communities ranked among the top 50 “Most Affordable Beach Towns” in a report from financial technology company SmartAsset. (WJZ)

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Metro proposes replacing parking at New Carrollton station with development

Metro hopes to help make its New Carrollton station the centerpiece of a new walkable “downtown” by replacing the bus zone and Kiss and Ride parking lot with two buildings that could accommodate apartments or offices, according to a proposal to be presented to the Metro board Thursday. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland man pleads guilty to threatening to kill member of Congress

A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to threatening to murder a member of Congress who supported legislation he opposed, Justice Department officials said Friday. In a plea agreement, Darryl Albert Varnum, of Westminster, admitted to leaving a threatening voice-mail message at the Florida office of a House member, who officials did not identify. (Wash. Post)

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Montgomery Co. police to step up distracted driving patrols on Valentine’s Day

While many of us hand out valentines Feb. 14, Montgomery County, Maryland, police officers will issue tickets to distracted drivers caught holding cellphones. “Although we have a great enforcement effort, clearly with drivers’ behaviors and how cellphone use is so prevalent, we have to do more and better,” said Tom Didone, the department’s acting assistant chief. (WTOP)

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Aldermen approve more than $200K for disparity study

The Frederick Board of Aldermen approved a disparity study for the city that will determine if a statistically significant disparity exists between the percentage of available, qualified minority-owned businesses that do business in the market and the percentage of money spent with such firms. The agreement for the study is with Atlanta’s Griffin and Strong, P.C., and will cost the city $238,000. (News-Post)

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Maryland Gas Prices Down More Than 20 Cents In Past Month, AAA Says

Good news for Maryland drivers: the state’s average gas price is down 21 cents from this time last month, AAA Mid-Atlantic said. The state’s average price for a gallon of gas is now $2.33, which is 11 cents lower than the national average. (WJZ)

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On America’s college campuses, the coronavirus delivers a chill

Some students of Asian descent at Arizona State University felt a chill in the campus atmosphere soon after the disclosure last month that a person connected to the school tested positive for the novel coronavirus. It struck them that a routine cough or sneeze might draw sidelong looks from classmates worried about getting infected from a virus believed to have originated in China.. (Wash. Post)

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Gun Trace Task Force prosecutors: “We’re not finished”

Federal prosecutors who have brought down a dozen Baltimore Police officers through their investigation of the Gun Trace Task Force promised more to come Thursday at the sentencing hearing for the latest officer headed to prison in the long-running case. (Balt. Sun)

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