Expert sees sports tourism in Frederick's future with development of Westside Regional Park

Properly developing Frederick’s Westside Regional Park could help make the city a regional destination for sports tourism, Maryland Sports Commission executive director Terry Hasseltine explained this week to a group gathered to help plan the park’s future. The city bought the former Hargett Farm, between Butterfly Lane and Interstate 70, in 2009 for development as the Westside Regional Park. The city created the task force in March as a steering committee for development of the 136-acre park site. (News-Post)

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Demonstrators in Baltimore rally in solidarity with Charlottesville

About 40 people turned out to Penn-North station Saturday night to stand in solidarity with counter-protesters who faced off against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier in the day. A number of counter-protesters from Baltimore were in the crowd in Charlottesville, where violent clashes broke out and a car plowed through a group of people, killing one and injuring more than a dozen others. (Balt. Sun)

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Charlottesville solidarity vigil draws hundreds to downtown Frederick on Sunday

Daniel Valentín-Morales looks, in his words, “very, very white.” He noted his resemblance to some of the white supremacists who stormed the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend in a planned protest that became violent. But their similarities end there. Valentín-Morales’ Puerto Rican heritage that his light skin masks could in fact make him an object of the demonstrators’ hostility and discrimination. And while fatal violence ripped Charlottesville apart, Valentín-Morales was determined to bring his city, the city of Frederick, together. (News-Post)

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Bel Air vigil for Charlottesville victims draws more than 200

More than 200 people gathered in Rockfield Park in Bel Air Sunday evening to express their shock and grief over those killed and injured in clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. the day before. The Bel Air vigil, organized by the group Together We Will - Harford County Upper Chesapeake, was one of a number of similar events that happened across the country Sunday in response to the violence. (Aegis)

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Dozens gather for stand-up paddle board race billed as Baltimore's first

When Joe Ward crossed the finish line of Sunday’s stand-up paddle board race on Bear Creek, organizers didn’t give him a trophy. Instead, he was handed a trash bag. After finishing the five-mile course in about 48 minutes, the Annapolis man immediately headed back out onto the water to pick up candy wrappers and other litter he spotted during what organizers said was the Baltimore area’s first race of its kind. (Balt. Sun)

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AFRAM Festival sees fewer attendees in new Druid Hill Park location

A sparse crowd filtered through the city’s 41st annual African American Festival Saturday afternoon at the event’s new home in Druid Hill Park, where attendees celebrated their heritage through song, dance and food. With a renewed focus on local talent, this year’s event was scaled down amid budget cuts. Until last year, the AFRAM Festival was held for two days at the lots outside M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards, but this year’s daylong festival was relocated to Druid Hill Park. (Balt. Sun)

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August 11 // In Baltimore, gunfire and scandals aplenty. So where are the police?

The pop-pop of gunfire echoed through the Druid Heights neighborhood several times on Saturday, but a volunteer cleanup crew barely reacted to the familiar sound. Instead, the volunteers noted what was missing: In the hours they spent clearing waist-high weeds and broken glass from a vacant lot, they saw no sign of the police. They would have liked to have seen a patrol car roll by, but they were also well aware of recent reminders of the mistrust many Baltimore residents have of the police. In the last three weeks, videos became public that appeared to show officers planting drugs in two separate incidents, prosecutors were forced to drop dozens of cases that relied on the testimony of officers in those videos, and two detectives pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges. (NYT)

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Project to prevent massive sewage backups begins at Back River

Officials kicked off a three-year, $430 million project on Thursday that will eliminate miles-long sewage backups that lead to overflows into the Jones Falls and the Inner Harbor. The so-called “headworks project” at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Dundalk will add pumps to move backed-up sewage and water into holding tanks, especially during storms when sewage and rainwater overwhelm the system. The cost of the project is being split between Baltimore City and Baltimore County, which share responsibility for the region’s water and sewer systems. The sewage plant is located in Dundalk, but is owned by the city. (Balt. Sun)

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