Prince George’s Fire Dept. Gets First Woman Chief

Prince George’s has sworn in Tiffany D. Green as the county’s new fire chief, making her the county’s first woman to hold the position and only the ninth black woman in U.S. history to lead a fire department. “In June of 1995, I walked into a volunteer fire station in Oxon Hill, Md.,” Green said at the ceremony Tuesday, held at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. “Less than two months later, I became a volunteer and, in March of 1999, a career firefighter. That one decision to serve changed the trajectory of my life.” (WTOP/Md. Matters)

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Port Of Baltimore Earns Top Security Rating For 11th Straight Year

The Port of Baltimore received high honors. For the 11th straight year, the Port of Baltimore has received a top security rating from the US Coast Guard. Every year, the port’s six marine terminals are inspected to make sure they’re following federal regulations. The Port of Baltimore is No. 1 in the country for the amount of cars and trucks that are brought in. (WJZ-TV)

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Prince George’s County confirms first female fire chief

The first woman to hold the office of fire chief in Prince George’s County was sworn in Tuesday.Tiffany Green took office after she was unanimously confirmed by members of the Prince George’s County Council. Green, who is among about 70 female fire chiefs out of more than 29,000 around the country, previously served as a deputy to former chief Benjamin M. Barksdale, who retired last year. She joined the department in 1999. (Wash Post)

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Mental health and addiction providers for Medicaid patients go unpaid in Maryland

Doctors and others who provide mental health and addiction services in Maryland under the Medicaid program have had millions of dollars in bills go unpaid this year because a new state payment system is malfunctioning, which some providers say could jeopardize care during the ongoing drug overdose crisis. (Balt Sun)

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Second Maryland resident gets tested for coronavirus

A second person is being tested for the coronavirus in Maryland, after the first person tested negative last week. The new virus continues to sicken and kill people, largely in China where cases were first discovered. It has crept into other countries, and there are now 11 people who have tested positive in the United States. Health officials have been preparing for more. (Balt Sun)

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Howard County Pride festival founder carries ‘PFLAG’ for new generation of activists

Jumel Howard’s journey to activism began in Zhucheng, outside the Shandong province in China. It was 2016 and Howard was teaching English in the Asian nation when a Chinese national approached him and said, “Don’t you feel much safer over here than you would back in America?” (Balt Sun)

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New zoo arrival: Andean bear Chaska gives birth to cub

The Salisbury Zoo has announced the birth of an Andean bear cub to mother Chaska and father Pinocchio. The healthy cub was born Jan. 11 after months of the bears being monitored and observed by Salisbury Zoo animal-care staff. The first several weeks after birth are extremely critical for the development of a cub, the zoo said in a press release. Andean bear cubs weigh less than a pound at birth and will not open their eyes for more than a month. (Delmarva)

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Full Snow Moon Will Peak In Baltimore Sunday

The second full moon of the year will peak on Sunday — and this one is called the Snow Moon. There will be 13 full moons in 2020. Normally, there are 12 full moons in a year because one occurs each month. But this year, October will have two full moons, once on October 1 and then again on October 31. Two full moons in the same month is known as a “blue moon.” And the fact that the second one falls on Halloween truly makes this event “once in a blue moon.” (CNN)

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