Baltimore is sixth best city to trick or treat, according to survey

When it comes to Halloween, Baltimore is among the best in the nation. According to Zillow’s Trick-or-Treat Index, which ranks the 20 best cities to trick or treat in the nation, Charm City is sixth best—beating out neighboring Washington, D.C. and bigger cities like Dallas, Chicago, Denver Boston and New York. (Balt. Sun)

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Aberdeen Police create 'Safe Exchange Zone'

There is always a bit of trepidation when you buy something over the internet and then need to meet the seller to finish the deal. To make the final transaction more comfortable for all parties, the Aberdeen Police Department created an E-Commerce Safe Exchange Zone. The department is opening its lobby to people looking to do business while lowering the chance for the deal to end in a robbery or worse. (WMAR-TV)

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Redesigned skate park eyed in OC

While a major renovation of the downtown recreation complex continues to be a discussion point, Ocean City officials this week got a look at a dynamic concept plan for a rejuvenated skate park that could be the centerpiece of the finished product. During a Recreation and Parks Committee meeting this week, a discussion on the future redesign of the downtown park complex was renewed with a focus on the redevelopment of the historic Ocean Bowl skate park on the site. (Dispatch)

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October 12 // State proposes rules for buying and selling pollution credits

Maryland is setting the rules to allow property owners and others to buy and sell credits for environmental cleanup, an emerging strategy for improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. The Maryland Department of the Environment has drawn up the regulations that will guide how companies, local governments and property owners that go above and beyond in water quality improvement goals can earn credits to be sold to others that are struggling to meet environmental benchmarks. (Balt. Sun)

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Pugh puts price on fighting Baltimore homelessness: $350 million

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has put a price tag on the fight against homelessness in the city: $350 million. The mayor gave the figure Wednesday as she released a plan developed by the task force she appointed to address homelessness. The panel called for “substantial increases in public and private investment” stressing that “permanent housing” is “the key solution.” Pugh said she plans to begin raising money from the private sector to fund housing for thousands of people without homes. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore criminal justice leaders ponder way forward after coordinating council's funding slashed

Baltimore judges wondered Wednesday how a slate of problem-solving initiatives they lead could continue after Gov. Larry Hogan slashed funding for the group in a dispute over how to tackle violent crime. At what may have been the final meeting of the Baltimore Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said her office was willing to take the lead and continue the group’s efforts. That brought a rebuke from Circuit Judge Charles J. Peters, who said judges couldn’t be seen as working for the mayor. “We can never, ever be seen as your ally or an ally of law enforcement,” Peters said. (Balt. Sun)

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At 278, Baltimore has more homicides so far this year than New York and more per-capita than Chicago

Baltimore Police on Wednesday announced the deaths of three men shot in two separate incidents on Tuesday and one last month — pushing the city’s homicide count to 278 so far this year. Baltimore is on pace for its deadliest year on record, on a per-capita basis and in total homicides. This year is on pace to push 2015 and 2016 to second- and third-deadliest on a per capita basis, respectively, and to surpass the city’s record homicide total of 353 in 1993, when there were about 100,000 more residents in the city. (Balt. Sun)

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Michael Phelps Opens Up About Anxiety In New Doc ‘Angst’

Baltimore native Michael Phelps speaks out once again about mental health, and his target audience this time around are children who are struggling with anxiety. The pressure seems more intense now than it’s ever been. His record in the water is untouched. The greatest of all time with 28 Olympic medals. But Phelps has fought and conquered another challenge: depression. “Then finally I got to a point where it was my tipping point, I just blew up,” Phelps said in the documentary. In a new documentary called “Angst” he’s trying to help children who are struggling with anxiety. (WJZ-CBS)

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