Baltimore County voters approve school spending, charter changes in ballot questions

Baltimore County voters approved several changes on Tuesday to the way county government operates, and also spending initiatives totaling more than $490 million — all part of a package of questions on the general election ballot. Several ballot questions dealt with gaining approval to authorize the county to borrow money for infrastructure projects, the biggest being more than $335 million for schools, including land acquisition, construction, renovations and modernizations. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County Council passes resolution urging teen curfew at White Marsh Mall

Members of the Baltimore County Council are officially urging the owners of the White Marsh Mall to ban unaccompanied teenagers on Friday and Saturday nights. Council members voted unanimously — 7-0 — to pass a resolution Monday night calling on the mall to enact such a policy. The resolution is not binding, but represents the official position of the council. (Balt. Sun)

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All three Anne Arundel County questions poised to pass

Anne Arundel County voters were on the way to overwhelmingly passing the three ballot questions. The three questions codified the county auditor’s access to fraud reports and investigations, allowed the County Council to change the minimum value for stricter bidding requirements and require notices when zoning amendments are applied to the comprehensive zoning ordinance. (Capital)

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Baltimore's lawyer tells police oversight board it can't use private attorney to sue over police disciplinary files

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis has a clear message for a police oversight board: One part of the city government can’t hire its own lawyer to sue another part of it. Davis set out his position in a letter dated Tuesday to a private attorney for the Civilian Review Board, the day after the board filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department for access to disciplinary records. (Balt. Sun)

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‘Totally unacceptable’: Polling problems in Maryland leave voters waiting for hours

There were still lines of voters waiting their turn in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties when news outlets began to call the gubernatorial race for Gov. Larry Hogan (R) at 9:07 p.m. Tuesday. Polling places in Accokeek and Upper Marlboro had run out of paper ballots, state Democratic officials said, and voters were in line for hours waiting for replacement ballots and a chance to vote. (Wash. Post)

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Ice rinks to open at Four Seasons hotel, Inner Harbor in Baltimore

Visitors to Harbor East will soon have a chance to ice skate with a view. The Four Seasons Baltimore is opening an ice rink later this month on its fifth-floor Harbor Terrace. The rink is scheduled to open Nov. 23, two weeks after the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore reopens its seasonal rink at the Inner Harbor. The Inner Harbor ice rink is set to open Friday. (Balt. Sun)

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City council concentrates on Hagerstown's negative image

Hagerstown City Council members on Tuesday continued to concentrate on how to reverse negative images of the city, mentioning the possibility of an “ambassador” group to help tackle the problem. The issue came up during discussion of a set of goals the administration has been working on. The goals touch on various areas, including neighborhood revitalization and sustainability, public safety, public facilities, economic development, budget stabilization, innovative government and community promotion and pride. (Herald-Mail)

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November 6 // Baltimore police oversight board sues city police department to obtain internal investigative files

The Baltimore Civilian Review Board, a panel charged with reviewing police brutality and abuse allegations, filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to force the city police department to turn over records, escalating a dispute between panel members and the city’s top lawyer. The board is joined in the case by 15 members of the public who have filed complaints against the police, alleging beatings, wrongful arrest and harassment. Board members said at a news conference at their office that they filed the case to strike back against the secrecy surrounding police discipline. (Balt. Sun)

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