Baltimore water discount program short of meeting need of tens of thousands of families

As Baltimore continues to raise its water rates for city customers, the public works department has set a goal of doubling enrollment in discount programs to help the poor and the elderly. But even if the city hit that target — and records show it is not close — it would be missing tens of thousands who could qualify for reduced monthly bills. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City running low on opioid overdose remedy

Baltimore health officials are running low on naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug used hundreds of times by bystanders in the last couple of years to save lives. Dr. Leana Wen, the city health commissioner, said demand has jumped significantly along with the drug epidemic and the health department needs funding for more supplies. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery’s bill for Transit Center lawsuit: $10 million and counting

Montgomery County spent at least $10 million on attorneys, expert witnesses and consultants to pursue the lawsuit it opted to settle for $25 million last month against the designer and builders of the Silver Spring Transit Center. The tab is expected to grow as additional invoices are tallied, County Attorney Marc Hansen said. (Wash. Post)

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Report: Consolidating Annapolis, Anne Arundel departments would save millions

A University of Maryland report by graduate students recommends Annapolis merge several departments with Anne Arundel County, potentially saving millions of dollars but changing the fabric of city government. The report recommends consolidating transit, parks and recreation, public works, fire and police departments. Written by undergraduate University of Maryland economics students, there are shortcomings such as failing to consider the laws in place in Annapolis or offering only vague descriptions of cost-savings measures such as the value of purchasing supplies in bulk. (Capital)

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Advocates fear a rollback of bike infrastructure in Baltimore

Some call it a bike-lash. After years of lagging behind other U.S. cities in bike infrastructure, Baltimore started to catch up: building protected bike lanes on Roland Avenue, Maryland Avenue and Potomac Street. Then came the pushback. Residents of the waterfront neighborhood of Canton complained that a bike lane there made the road too narrow for fire equipment, and the city decided to tear it out. (Balt. Sun)

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'Found money,' Harford moves to handle its own recordation tax collections

Harford County government will soon begin collecting its own property recordation taxes, bypassing the clerk of the court and bringing in some additional revenue in the process, officials say. The recordation tax is one of three taxes that are components of real estate closing costs in Maryland. Harford's current tax rate is $3.30 for each $500 of consideration, which equates to $1,980 on a $300,000 house. (Aegis)

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Group rallies against violence after killing of mother of bullied boy

A small group gathered outside Baltimore police headquarters downtown Friday morning to protest the spate of killings across the city, including the death of a mother of eight who called police about bullies who threatened her son. The rally was organized by Christina Flowers, a homeless advocate, and attended by several local pastors. It was prompted by the killing of Charmaine Wilson. (Balt. Sun)

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Thousands gather in city to unleash their Pride

Thousands gathered Saturday afternoon along Charles Street to take part in Baltimore Pride, an annual celebration of Maryland's SGL (same-gender loving) and LGBTQ communities. The festivities included a performance and a race in high-heels, all leading up to one of Pride Weekend's main attractions: the parade. Advocates, allies and members of the SGL/LGBTQ community marched from Mount Vernon to Charles North while dancing, playing instruments and throwing candy to onlookers who cheered from the sidewalks. (Balt. Sun)

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