‘There’s a lot of twists’: Sykesville resident Sherri Leimkuhler celebrates release of debut novel

Sherri Leimkuhler said she always wanted to be an author. Leimkuhler’s journey from inspiration to publication took 11 years before her dream finally came to fruition. Her debut novel, titled “What’s Left Untold,” hit bookshelves May 19, and her inspiration delves from a real-life occurrence. “What’s Left Untold” tells the story of Anna Clark and Lia Clay, two unlikely best friends with opposite personalities. Lia walks out on the pair’s friendship during college, leaving Anna hurt and confused. (Carr Co Times)

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CDC Issues Recommendations To Help Protect Beachgoers From COVID-19 Spread

Even on the beach, people should stay six feet apart, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And yes, face masks are appropriate beachwear. The CDC has released a series of recommendations aimed at government agencies and private entities that manage beaches to help protect staff and beachgoers from the spread of Covid-19. (CNN)

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Baltimore residents deal with cancer diagnoses amid pandemic

When Oprah Martin was diagnosed with breast cancer, after already having beaten the disease 20 years ago, the terrible news was compounded by the once-in-a-lifetime pandemic threatening all those with weakened immune systems. The 43-year-old Postal Service worker from Baltimore sanitizes everything now. “My work stations and mail truck. Anything I know I touched or could be touched. I use Clorox wipes and spray,” Martin says. (Wash Post)

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‘We surely can use it’: With fundraisers canceled, Carroll County fire companies to receive relief funds

Carroll County fire companies, faced with budget holes thanks to the cancellation of fundraising events such as carnivals, are scheduled to receive funding in July through the federal coronavirus relief bill. Under the coronavirus rescue package, Carroll County received $29.3 million, according to county government. From that, $934,000 to be separated among the county’s 14 fire companies, according to Roberta Windham, county administrator. (Balt Sun)

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Young Asians and Latinos push their parents to acknowledge racism amid protests

The argument began as soon as Charlie Mai and his brother, Henry, announced their plans to attend a Black Lives Matter protest that evening in D.C. Their father was not having it. Glenn Mai, a retired FBI agent, had been raised in Dallas by Chinese immigrants who had taught him that he would succeed if he just worked hard. (Wash Post)


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Why ERs are treating fewer heart attacks, strokes during coronavirus

It was a sharp, penetrating pain coming from deep within Robert Hall's chest. It felt like his chest was tightening in a vise. Sitting in his bed in Salisbury, Maryland, Hall first thought it was indigestion, so he got out of bed, took some heartburn medication and the pain went away. “I didn't have any pain in my arms. I didn't really have shortness of breath," Hall said. (Delmarva)

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Black DEA agents say bias plagues the agency, decry Barr’s claim that there is no systemic racism in policing

Frustrated by Attorney General William P. Barr’s recent comments on police and racism, a group of more than 75 retired black Drug Enforcement Administration special agents from across the country are speaking out about systemic racism in the agency. In a joint message, the former agents said the DEA suffers from a dearth of black agents across the agency as well as in supervisory positions. They point to a class-action lawsuit filed 40 years ago that continues to be litigated to this day and to the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. (Balt Sun)

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A grueling phase: In Baltimore’s dedicated coronavirus rehab wards, patients relearn swallowing, dressing, even thinking

Lou Packett lasted mere seconds wheeling himself down the hallway of the new coronavirus rehab unit at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute. He had to stop for exhaustion. He’d just lost 25 pounds from a frame he jokes could have used 10 more to begin with. He had spent April intubated and barely conscious as he fought the coronavirus at the University of Maryland Medical Center. (Balt Sun)

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