Md. launches program aimed at reducing COVID-19 in Hispanic communities

The Maryland Health Department has convened an inter-agency task force aimed at reducing the COVID-19 positivity rate in Hispanic communities, Dr. Jinlene Chan, deputy secretary of public health services, told lawmakers Tuesday. The Hispanic Outreach Task Force, spearheaded by the Department of Health, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Human Services in partnership with local organizations, is looking to provide support to Baltimore City to connect underserved Hispanic communities to social services, prevention tactics, isolation housing, educational materials and contact tracing. (Balt Sun)

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A Texas cardiologist said his daughter was attacked by ‘BLM’ in Baltimore. Twitter exploded, but video tells a different story.

On Sunday afternoon, a Texas cardiologist wrote on Twitter that his daughter in Baltimore had been attacked by “BLM" or Black Lives Matter activists, and that city police refused to do anything because the suspects were Black. “Is this the America we want?” he tweeted. Nearly 50,000 people uncritically retweeted or liked the post. But two different Twitter accounts with a close ear to the police scanner found what appeared to be the incident in question: It didn’t involve activists, but rather squeegee kids. (Balt Sun)

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U.S. judge denies Towson Chabad house appeal for religious discrimination lawsuit against Baltimore County

A U.S. District Court judge denied an appeal challenging the dismissal of a religious discrimination lawsuit filed against Baltimore County by Friends of Lubavitch, the organization that operates a Jewish outreach program in Towson. The group asserted in 2018 that the county discriminated against it when a county Circuit Court judge ruled that an addition of the Chabad house in Towson’s Aigburth Manor neighborhood was illegal because it violates county zoning code and had to be torn down. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore reverses course, will allow permits for some fall youth sports

Some Baltimore youth sports groups will be allowed to play this fall after Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young reversed course Wednesday and announced the city would once again issue permits for kids leagues. The city had decided earlier this summer to suspend youth athletic programs and permits for the fall 2020 season because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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National Aquarium releases three sea turtles off Ocean City after rehab

Three sea turtles were recently released off the coast of Ocean City after rehabilitation at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The National Aquarium said it released the three rescued and rehabilitated turtles via boat in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police marine unit. The two Kemp’s ridley and one green sea turtle, were rescued after stranding as cold-stunned sea turtles. (Delmarva)

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PG County to use FedExField as vote center for general election

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced the State Board of Elections has approved the county’s request for FedExField to be used as an Election Day vote center for the Nov. 3 general election. FedExField will be one of 41 Election Day vote centers across the county, which can be accessed by any registered voter Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting will take place on the third floor club level of the stadium. In addition, the county will have 11 early voting centers open from Oct. 26 through Nov. 2 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day.  (Daily Record)

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Residents asked to shelter in place for 2½ hours after chlorine spill in Northeast Baltimore at local filtration plant

Residents living near Baltimore’s Hillen neighborhood and around Lake Montebello were asked to shelter in place for about 2½ hours as firefighters investigated a chlorine spill from a local filtration plant. Baltimore Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Adams said firefighters were called to the 4000 block of Hillen Road just before 4 p.m. for the spill. (Balt Sun)

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Back The Blue rally scheduled for Friday at Talbot County Courthouse

A Back The Blue rally is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18 at the Talbot County Courthouse. The rally is in support of law enforcement with policing, police shooting incidents and race relations at the forefront of the national debate and presidential election. Some progressive activists have pushed for cutting or 'defunding' police departments' budgets. (Star Dem)

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