As climate changes, frequent flooding on Md. 450 will only get worse

The motto “turn around, don’t drown” is used to dissuade drivers from dangerously forging through floodwaters. Drivers on a highway in Maryland have been doing a lot of turning around in recent years. Maryland Route 450, or Defense Highway, courses through a low-lying, marshy area between Crofton and Annapolis. A portion of the highway near the confluence of three South River tributaries is often submerged after periods of rain. (WTOP)

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Inside Baltimore's Orthodox Jewish community, the battle pitting leaders, health officials vs. anti-vaxxers

As Bracha Poliakoff, a 32-year-old mother of three, walked into Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion synagogue in December, she passed several security officers and Baltimore police. The meeting’s subject — the importance of measles vaccines — had become a contentious one in her community. Before she sat, an “anti-vaxxer” handed her a leaflet warning that vaccine ingredients were toxic and her cellphone buzzed with a robocall disparaging the doctor speaking that night. (Balt. Sun)

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Production to end a month early at Maryland paper mill

Production at Maryland paper mill will end one month sooner than previously planned, but officials say employees will continue to be paid through June 30. The Cumberland Times-News reports that production at the Luke Paper Mill that employs 675 people will end May 31. Maryland environmental regulators were in talks with a Western Maryland paper mill about how to significantly reduce the facility’s output of a harmful pollutant when its owner shocked state officials last week by announcing plans to shutter the 131-year-old factory. (Balt. Sun)

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Bald eagle deaths are rare, but not in this part of Maryland

A once-common farm pesticide killed millions of birds before the U.S. government took steps to restrict its use in the 1990s and ban it in 2009. Since then, such poisonings have made up a small fraction of deaths among bald eagles — except in Maryland. Pesticides were a suspected or confirmed factor in about 50 of more than 2,000 reported deaths of the national bird between 2008 and 2017, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Freedom of Information Act request. (News-Post)

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Proud Baltimoreans, from John Waters to Erricka Bridgeford, highlight 21st Maryland Film Festival

Some of Baltimore’s best has been on display at this week’s 21st Maryland Film Festival, thanks to an activist challenging her beloved city to be better and Charm City’s favorite film auteur presenting his own happily twisted sensibilities for everyone to savor. For the first time, the Film Festival, which continues through Sunday at the Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre and the Maryland Institute College of Art, included a program dedicated to short films made in Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland DNR receives $1 million grant

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded Maryland Department of Natural Resources, partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, a $1 million National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grant to implement coastal resiliency enhancements at the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge and Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. (Star Dem.)

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Sinkhole closes part of George Washington Parkway, officials say

Part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Fairfax County, Va., was closed Friday evening after authorities found a sinkhole. The northbound lanes were closed from Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) to Interstate 495, the National Park Service said. The Park Service said the shutdown began around 6:45 p.m. after a U.S. Park Police officer spotted a sinkhole. Its size and exact location were unclear. (Wash Post)

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Montgomery Co. police investigating officer heard on video using racial slur

The Montgomery County Police Department said it is investigating an incident Thursday where one of its officers used a racial slur when responding to a call. Police were dispatched to the McDonald’s on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland, around 10:30 a.m. over what police said was a report of trespassing. After arriving on scene, they began to question four black men and conduct a search of their belongings. During the interaction, which was initially caught on camera by one of the men being detained and later shared to Instagram, a racial slur is used by a white female police officer. (WTOP)

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