Harford council hears public objections over proposed changes to development regulations

A series of bills proposing changes to the Harford County’s zoning code and development regulations were criticized during County Council public hearings last week by some residents as nothing more than giveaways to developers. Bills 18-033, 18-034, 18-035, 18-036, 18-037 and 18-038, as well as Resolution 012-18, which covers the fall 2018 updates to the county’s master waster and sewer plan, were not acted upon by the council at its legislative session immediately following the hearings Oct. 2; however, they could be voted upon as early as this Tuesday’s legislative session. (Aegis)

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Window falls from Exelon building at Harbor Point, injuring 2 employees and prompting inspection

A window shattered and fell from the Exelon headquarters building at Harbor Point last week, injuring two employees and prompting a wide-scale inspection of other windows, the building owners said Monday. An eighth-floor window shattered and small pieces fell to the ground Wednesday, said Chris Seiler, a spokesman for Beatty Development Group, the firm behind the Harbor Point project where the mixed-use tower is located. The tempered glass is made to shatter for safety reasons. Seiler said the company has erected scaffolding around the building so workers feel safe as inspectors go over all 7,500 windows on the tower, which opened two years ago for the energy giant’s 1,500 workers. (Balt. Sun)

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For public ARTsites in Howard, all the pieces are in place

The final piece in this year’s collection of ARTsites was installed at Merriweather Park in Symphony Woods the beginning of this month and organizers could not be more excited. “Nothing is ever easy,” said Nina Basu, president and CEO of Inner Arbor Trust, the developers of Merriweather. “It took longer than anticipated.” Titled “Prisms” by Becky Borlan, the sculpture is large enough for several people to walk through, according to Basu. This is the first year the venue has participated in ARTsites, an art show sponsored by the Howard County Arts Council that places sculptures in outdoor areas around the county. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Still wondering what happened to Baltimore's Sister Cathy? Podcast continues discussion after Netflix docuseries

Still wondering what happened to Baltimore’s Sister Cathy? Amateur sleuths have continued tracking the famous cold case in a new podcast series. Season 2 of the podcast “Out of the Shadows” covers the death of Baltimore nun Catherine Ann Cesnik, whose 1969 murder remains unsolved. The more than 45-year-old cold case got a burst of attention in 2017 with the release of Netflix’s docuseries “The Keepers.” The show followed the efforts of two Maryland women, Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, to continue investigating the death of their high school English teacher. (Balt. Sun)

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October 8 // Kobi Little elected president of Baltimore NAACP

Kobi Little, an official with the state NAACP, has been elected president of the civil rights organization’s Baltimore chapter. During a sparsely attended meeting Saturday at the Baltimore Urban League offices at Orchard Street United Methodist Church, Little defeated educator and former city housing official Michael Eugene Johnson, 49-20. (Balt. Sun)

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Proposal would make it easier for Howard to demolish historic Ellicott City buildings

A hurdle facing Howard County before it can remove 10 buildings in historic Ellicott City to lessen flooding could be lowered if a bill introduced by Councilman Jon Weinstein becomes law. The legislation would require the county’s Historic Preservation Commission to approve requests to alter or demolish historic structures if the work would provide protection against “threats to public safety.” (Ho. Co. Times)

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Freddie Gray officers request Supreme Court review of prosecutorial immunity

After a decisive lower-court ruling in favor of Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, five of the officers charged in connection with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray are appealing their right to sue her for defamation to the Supreme Court. Attorneys filed a petition for writ of certiorari Thursday, arguing the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals misapplied precedent in determining Mosby was immune from the officers’ lawsuits, which were filed in 2016 and eventually consolidated. (Daily Record)

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Pittman calls for ethics investigation into Schuh memo on Anne Arundel County letterhead

County executive candidate Steuart Pittman announced Saturday he will seek an ethics investigation into his opponent’s campaign after a memo on Anne Arundel County letterhead was sent to Crofton residents. The memo is from County Executive Steve Schuh, who sent it Friday to correct what he called “misinformation” from Pittman’s campaign regarding Schuh’s governing philosophy and the controversial Enclave at Crofton and Two Rivers projects. (Capital)

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