Baltimore spending panel approves $148 million in bonds for Port Covington over protest

Baltimore’s spending panel on Wednesday voted to approve issuing $148 million in bonds to support the sprawling Port Covington project in South Baltimore. The Board of Estimates voted 4-1 to authorize the bond issue, the first phase of a $660 million public financing package for Port Covington, the former industrial area owned by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Researchers Predict Smaller ‘Dead Zone’ In Chesapeake Bay

Researchers are predicting a slightly smaller-than-average oxygen dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay this year. One of the main reasons why is because there was less rainfall washing pollution off of farms and cities and into the nation’s largest estuary. The forecast was released Wednesday by researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Program. (AP)

Read Full Article

Frankford Fire Company EMT fired for 'making light of racism' in TikTok video

A woman was fired Monday from her position as an EMT at Frankford Fire Company for posting a TikTok video the station charged was "making light of racism within the police force." The 40-second video shows the woman, who is white, at a fire station, lip-syncing a bit from Daniel Tosh's 2016 stand-up special, "People Pleaser." She is dressed in a fire company T-shirt, and a fire company vehicle is visible. (Delmarva)

Read Full Article

Md. scientists want to study whether polio vaccine temporarily halts COVID-19 spread

Two scientists from Maryland — including a groundbreaking AIDS researcher — are pursuing government funding for a study to determine whether the vaccine used against polio could offer temporary protection against COVID-19. In a paper published this month in the journal Science, Drs. Robert C. Gallo and Shyam Kottilil suggest that the oral polio vaccine could provide several weeks of protection against the virus, or at least reduce the morbidity rate for those who get infected. (WTOP)

Read Full Article

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Decline In Maryland For 20th Consecutive Day

Maryland coronavirus hospitalizations declined for the 20th consecutive day, according to numbers released by the Maryland Health Department, however 34 more Marylanders have died due to the virus. According to new numbers released by the state Tuesday, COVID-19 hospitalizations went from 745 on Monday to 742 and although it’s technically a decline, the numbers have remained largely flat since Sunday when hospitalizations were at 751. (WJZ-TV)

Read Full Article

Back to Black: Baltimore Pride returns to its activists roots

In past years, Pride month in Baltimore has been more a “corporate party” than anything else, according to Joseph Weeks, owner of Rituals, a Station North bar and venue that was designed to serve the LGBTQ community of Baltimore. “Of course, you want to live your life, celebrate your existence by having fun, having drinks and being able to enjoy your friends,” Weeks said. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

BRTB seeks public comments on transportation projects

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks public comments through Friday, July 17 on two transportation-related documents – the draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the associated Air Quality Conformity Determination. (Daily Record)

Read Full Article

David Bowie’s 1971 visit to Silver Spring is memorialized in a new movie

There is something goofy and charming and otherworldly about the snapshot of David Bowie sitting on the avocado-green couch. Bowie is clad in a purple turtleneck, his pink crushed velvet pants tucked into black boots. A TV tray — the sort of thing you’d eat your Swanson’s Hungry-Man dinner on — is set up in front of him, a pair of glass tumblers atop it. (Wash Post)

Read Full Article