Letter confirms county’s support for inlet dredging

Efforts to find a long-term solution to the decreasing depth of the Inlet continue to move forward. This week, the Worcester County Commissioners signed a letter reaffirming their support of the Ocean City Inlet dredging project. The letter is expected to help pave the way for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study of the Inlet. (Dispatch)

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Fells Point Corner Theatre cancels 'A Christmas Carol,' citing 'troubling' circumstances

Citing “a complex and troubling set of circumstances,” officials of the Fells Point Corner Theatre and the Collaborative Theatre have canceled their run of “A Christmas Carol,” which was scheduled to begin Friday. In a carefully worded announcement posted on the theater’s website, officials said the “the accumulation of new information has presented us with no option but to cancel in this late stage.” (Balt. Sun)

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Comic Con in Ocean City will rally fans, newcomers

After years of dreaming, it's finally here. The nationally-renowned pop-culture convention known as Comic Con is getting its Eastern Shore debut on Dec. 9 at the Grand Hotel and Spa in Ocean City. The event will be a delight for Shore gamers, comic book fans and cosplay enthusiasts. For OC Comic Con Coordinator and PLB Comics Editor James Dufendach, this year's inaugural event is the result of several years worth of work. (Daily Times)

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December 7 // Metro funding plan has regional leaders at odds

Reforming the region’s long-troubled transit agency reached an impasse Wednesday, as Virginia’s governor clashed with the leaders of Maryland and the District over a $500 million annual dedicated funding plan for Metro. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has said that Virginia will not budge on funding Metro unless its Board of Directors, which currently numbers 16 members, is downsized to a more manageable figure. That puts him at odds with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who said it would be illegal to overhaul the Metro Board without a lengthy and expensive contract renegotiation. It also pits Mr. McAuliffe against Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans, who says the large panel has been productive and the focus needs to be on Metro’s new funding mechanism. (Wash. Times)

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Mayor Pugh says Baltimore's crime situation showing improvement after she launched new initiative

Less than a month after declaring crime in the city "out of control," Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said an initiative she launched is driving down violence in five targeted neighborhoods. “I think we’re trending in the right direction,” Pugh said Wednesday during a news conference at City Hall. Officials have steered resources not just from the Police Department but also the fire, transportation, parks and health departments toward the five neighborhoods in East, West and Northwest Baltimore. Pugh has ordered 30 agency heads to meet at police headquarters each morning to coordinate their efforts. (Balt. Sun)

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Yankees send flowers for Baltimore Police Department, Suiter family

Rivals on the field, the New York Yankees sent a bouquet of flowers to the Baltimore Police Department expressing condolences to the department and the family of slain homicide detective Sean Suiter. Police Captain Jarron Jackson on Wednesday tweeted a picture of the flowers, a collection of blue-infused hydrangea and greenery with a royal blue bow. “Being from #Baltimore I have always been a loyal @Orioles fan. But with this amazing gesture, I have a newfound respect for the @Yankees,” he said in the tweet. (Balt. Sun)

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Shovels in the dirt for $18.8 million Anne Arundel County police academy

Starting in summer 2019, incoming Anne Arundel County police officers won’t have to train in an old, re-purposed missile silo. County Executive Steve Schuh and county police Chief Timothy Altomare stuck shovels in the ground Wednesday to celebrate the construction of a new police academy at the old grounds in Davidsonville. The 30,000-square-foot academy will cost $18.8 million and will replace the re-purposed and dilapidated missile base that now serves as the academy. It will include a 17,000-square-foot fitness center. A second phase will renovate the current facility for further training uses. (Capital)

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Carroll State's Attorney tapped by Hogan to fight gangs

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday a new campaign to combat gang-related violence in the state, and he selected Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo to lead the charge. The Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network is a data-sharing initiative designed to get state, local and federal agencies and task forces working together to “break down jurisdictional barriers and enable law enforcement and prosecutors to target entire criminal enterprises," according to a Governor’s Office media release. (Carr. Co. Times)

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