Water Main Break Sends Sediment Into Inner Harbor, Traffic Unaffected

A water main broke Monday afternoon in downtown Baltimore, sending brown runoff into the Inner Harbor. WBAL-TV 11 reports the water main break is on Hanover Street between West Pratt and West Lombard streets. Hanover Street remains open both north and southbound from Lombard Street to the federal courthouse. Pratt and Lombard Streets are unaffected. The parking garage in the 100 block of South Hanover Street will be closed Tuesday. The courthouse will operate as usual. The break would have complicated the evening rush had downtown streets not already been shut down following Monday morning's bomb scare. (WBAL-TV)

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Maryland DNR Recommends 30% Reduction In Oyster Harvest

A Maryland agency is proposing a 30% reduction in the amount of oysters that can be harvested in the next season. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources presented the recommendations at an Oyster Advisory Commission meeting Monday night, followed by public comment. The proposal would delay next month’s start of the commercial season by 10 days. It also would shave 10 days from the end of the season in March. (WJZ)

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Baltimore police handle marijuana suspects differently under consent decree, recent court ruling

Deidre Hodge, 18, was among a group of people in a high-crime area of Northwest Baltimore when plainclothes police officers pulled up, sending Hodge and the others running. Officers chased and caught Hodge, and later charged him with gun and marijuana-related offenses. As the federal consent decree in Baltimore changes how officers do their jobs and as marijuana becomes increasingly decriminalized, Hodge’s case in Baltimore Circuit Court offers some insight into the ongoing challenges facing police officers, how reforms are playing out on the street, and how judges and prosecutors are adjusting to a recent Court of Appeals ruling on marijuana and searches. (Balt. Sun)

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Suspicious Van Filled With Bins Of Gasoline In Downtown Baltimore Deemed Harmless

A number of downtown Baltimore streets were closed for hours Monday as police investigated a van loaded with what turned out to be two bins of stolen diesel fuel in a parking garage at 100 East Pratt St. At 10:39 a.m., fire crews responded after someone noticed a leak coming from the van and smelled gasoline. Upon arrival, fire crews called in police. That building was evacuated, as was a wide swath of the Inner Harbor, including the visitors center, Harborplace, the Gallery, the Hyatt and the PNC and TransAmerica buildings. (WBAL-radio)

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‘No bomb’ found in van with 1,000 gallons of gas in downtown Baltimore parking garage, precautionary sweeps continue

Baltimore emergency officials evacuated a large area of downtown on Monday after an abandoned van loaded with containers of possibly-stolen gasoline was discovered in the parking garage of one of the city’s most venerable companies, officials said. The widespread evacuation of several high rise buildings snarled traffic, sparked Sept. 11 anxiety and transformed the heart of the city’s business and tourist district into a crime scene tied off with yellow tape. (Balt. Sun)

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In Baltimore’s poorest areas, no trees, no shade, no relief

Kwamel Couther stands on the front lines of a campaign to bring thousands of cooling shade trees to some of the hottest streets in Baltimore. City trees are especially vulnerable in the first two years of life, requiring about 20 gallons of water per week to stay alive. Couther, who supervises a tree maintenance team for a Baltimore tree nonprofit, intervenes in case the clouds fail to provide. (Daily Record)

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Fuel theft rare in Maryland, comptroller’s office says. Also, Maryland sees two alleged fuel thefts in same day.

Monday was a big day in Maryland’s petroleum theft-related news, all things considered. The rare crime, allegedly, brought downtown to a standstill after a van with bins of gasoline in a parking garage led authorities to evacuate several buildings near the Inner Harbor on Monday afternoon. A few hours later in Baltimore County, around 6:30 p.m., authorities were investigating a van at a Royal Farms in White Marsh with about 660 gallons of gasoline in the back. (Balt. Sun)

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Why MTA's chief says Baltimore employers should stop subsidizing parking

Developers need to take transit into account when building new projects and employers should stop subsidizing parking, the head of the Maryland Transit Administration told business leaders at an event Monday morning. Kevin Quinn acknowledged the challenges of managing the 12th-largest transit system in the U.S., such as a $2 billion funding gap for the MTA's capital needs over the next 10 years. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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