Fewer people visited Maryland last year — but they spent more

The number of people visiting Maryland shrunk last year, although visitor spending continued to rise for the 10th year in a row, a new report shows. An estimated 41.9 million people visited the state in 2018 — a 1.4% decrease from 2017 when Maryland welcomed 42.5 million visitors, according to a study released Wednesday by the Maryland Department of Commerce. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Land near Great Wolf Lodge site, Principio Business Park in Cecil hits auction block

About 500 acres of undeveloped property in Cecil County — including some near the future Great Wolf Lodge site — are headed to the auction block. The sale has been in the works by the county's largest private landowner, Stewart Properties, for about a year. It will take place on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in Elkton. A brochure by Gadsden, Alabama-based International Auction, which will conduct the sale, says the auction will cover several properties in the rural county near the Maryland-Delaware line and described the sale as a "division of heirs." (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Report: Proportion of Maryland black prison population is more than double the national average of 32%

More of Maryland’s prison population is black than in any other state in the nation, a new report found. More than 70% of Maryland’s prison population was black in 2018, compared with 31% of the state population, according to the report. That rate far surpasses the next closest states: Mississippi, South Carolina and Georgia, researchers found. (Balt. Sun)

 

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2 Ex-Lawmakers Collaborating to Curb Opioid Abuse

Two former Maryland state lawmakers are teaming up to fight the opioid epidemic. Former Republican Del. Mathew J Mossburg, whose own battle with drug addiction has come to define his post-legislative career, and former House majority leader John A. Hurson (D), a public health expert, are working with the Give America Hope foundation, its wealthy benefactor, Frederick County businessman Charlie Seymour, and several academics and scientists to devise a program that would minimize an addict’s chance of relapse. (Md. Matters)

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Light City Brings Together Local, International Artists

Only in its fourth year, Light City draws artists from around the world. This year’s festival has artists from five different countries. One creation was born some 3,800 miles away, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. “I made the conceptualization, I build, I create all in France.” Yet, despite the distance, the masterpiece seems right at home in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. (WJZ-TV)

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Anne Arundel County Firefighters Battle House Fire In Davidsonville

Anne Arundel County firefighters worked to put out a house fire in Davidsonville Tuesday night. Firefighters responded to the 2000 block of Rosetta Way around 7:41 p.m. for a report of a fire. When firefighters arrived, they found flames and smoke coming through the roof of the house. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland State Police look into stolen grave markers

Maryland State Police are investigating the theft of 30 American Legion grave markers from a cemetery. The police say in a news release that the thefts occurred sometime between Saturday and Tuesday morning at the Rosebank Cemetery in Calvert in Cecil County. A caretaker of the cemetery reported the thefts this morning after noticing they were missing from the grave sites. The markers hold a miniature American flag and mark the graves of U.S. service members. (Wash. Post)

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Records unsealed in Capital Gazette case offer glimpse of killer’s possible prosecution and defense

A judge this week unsealed hundreds of pages of documents in the Capital Gazette shooting case, shedding light on the killer’s interactions with local attorneys, his jail companions and even the prosecutor handing his case. Circuit Court Judge Laura Ripken provided no reasons for her decision, just as there are no public orders explaining why the documents were sealed to begin with. Dozens of other filings, orders and motions remain sealed. (Balt. Sun)

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