Salisbury looks toward 2nd year of National Folk Festival in 2019

As downtown Salisbury began to pack up the stages and stands of the National Folk Festival, officials were already planning how to make next year's event a bigger success. The National Folk Festival brought over 350 artists to Salisbury ranging from musicians to craftsman. The event took over the downtown area from Sept. 7-9 with seven stages, a festival marketplace, food trucks and other interactive booths. (Daily Times)

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September 13 // Study: 38 percent of working Marylanders and nearly half of Baltimoreans cannot afford basic household necessities

A United Way study of the working poor released Wednesday shows that 38 percent of Maryland families — and nearly half of those in Baltimore — cannot afford basic necessities, such as housing, transportation, food and child care. The nonprofit’s analysis shows that a family of four in Maryland needs $69,672 to support a “survival budget.” Half of all jobs pay less than $20 per hour, according to the analysis, with an increase in “gig” and contractual jobs contributing to less financial stability. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen to serve as new head of Planned Parenthood

Becoming the new head of Planned Parenthood Federation of America is personal for Dr. Leana Wen, who is resigning as Baltimore health commissioner after nearly four years to take the new job. She has firsthand experience with the need for the organization, which announced Wen as its new president on Wednesday. Growing up poor in California, Wen, her little sister and mother received much of their health care from the organization, which is dedicated to women’s health rights and access to medical services for the needy. She said she is leaving a job she loves in Baltimore because of growing attacks by the Trump administration and other conservatives on Planned Parenthood and women’s reproductive health rights. (Balt. Sun)

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IG: Baltimore retirement plan official improperly used $220,000 to renovate offices

An official at Baltimore's Retirement Savings Plan improperly used nearly $220,000 to renovate its new offices, passing the money through third parties and failing to get approval from the city’s spending board, according to a report the city’s inspector general released Wednesday. Councilwoman Shannon Sneed said she lodged a complaint with the inspector general after hearing an allegation about the renovations from a city resident. The report says the inspector general’s office began an investigation after it received a tip from a member of the City Council; the report doesn’t name that council member. (Balt. Sun)

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Instead of restricting Kilgore Falls, State should open more parkland, councilman says

As nearby residents struggle with problems from increasing use of Kilgore Falls in northern Harford County, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has an opportunity to add hundreds of acres of parkland to the state’s inventory, a county councilman said Tuesday. At last week’s Harford County Council meeting, Councilman Chad Shrodes discussed a letter he sent over the summer to DNR asking for solutions to an overcrowded Kilgore Falls at Falling Branch in Pylesville. It’s become overrun with people who are making it a destination swimming and picnic area, imposing on nearby residents and leaving trash scattered about, Shrodes said. (Balt. Sun)

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How will Hurricane Florence affect crabs? For Chesapeake watermen, storm is another challenge in a tough year

Pasadena waterman C.J. Canby and his crew of three pulled up their crab pots early Wednesday, and for the most part found a healthy catch. “Oh boy,” Canby exclaimed as they hoisted one of the wire cages out of the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Patapsco River. “That’s a $100-a-dozen crab.” It measured 8 ¼ inches across. But every so often, a trap came up empty. Canby assumes it’s because recent rain, wind and waves had knocked the crab pot on its side, preventing crustaceans from side-stepping their way inside. (Balt. Sun)

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State prosecutors investigating former Baltimore Social Services chief Tierney

State prosecutors are investigating former Baltimore Social Services chief Molly McGrath Tierney after auditors questioned nearly $2 million she directed to a contractor and local nonprofit. Sources with knowledge of the investigation say prosecutors also are reviewing whether Tierney followed proper procedures in placing two foster babies with the CEO of the nonprofit in 2016. Tierney built a national reputation as a passionate advocate for disadvantaged children during her nine years directing the Baltimore Department of Social Services. She resigned in August 2017, without public explanation. (Balt. Sun)

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Parents of late University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair file notice of possible lawsuit

Attorneys representing the family of the late University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair have sent a notice to state officials signaling that they might sue. The largely procedural step is required by law as a condition of filing suit later. It doesn’t guarantee a lawsuit will be filed, but keeps the family’s options open as lawyers with the Baltimore-based law firm Murphy, Falcon & Murphy continue to work through the case. (Balt. Sun)

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