National African-American History Museum exhibit to feature photos from Devin Allen, Baltimore unrest

Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will feature the works of local photographer Devin Allen and photographs of Baltimore’s 2015 unrest in a new photography exhibit, according to a recent news release. “More Than a Picture,” which opens May 5 in the museum’s special exhibitions gallery, will feature more than 150 photographs from historical moments, events and experiences throughout American history, including the civil rights movement, Hurricane Katrina and the uprisings in Ferguson, Mo. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford County launches Watershed Explorer application to promote healthy streams

Harford County government is pleased to announce a new online tool to promote awareness of the connection between local watersheds, the health of local streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. Created by the Department of Public Works’ Watershed Protection & Restoration Office, the “Harford County Watershed Explorer” is an online mapping application allowing users to identify the watershed for any location in Harford County. Citizens can explore the map by pointing and clicking to get watershed information anywhere in the county, or they can enter an address to identify the watershed for a specific location. (Dagger)

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April 13 // Annapolis housing authority creates new board committees

The Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis has created new committees it hopes will connect with residents and improve lives in public housing communities. One of those committees, the Community Impact Committee, met for the first time Wednesday. Made up of three members of the authority's board of commissioners, the group's focus gravitated toward security and finance issues Commissioner Chris Flynn, chairman of the committee, said he wanted the group to find ways to get residents more involved at future meetings and to improve safety and security in public housing. (Capital)

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Ocean City rethinks Boardwalk cell tower proposal

The Ocean City Town Council is asking for a revised plan to place cell towers on the Boardwalk, citing concerns of "visual pollution." The request placed by Houston-based Crown Castle would have placed a total of 19, 20-foot poles across the town, 12 of which would be put on the eastern side of the Boardwalk. The poles and nearby utility boxes function as infrastructure pieces boosting cell signals and filling in dead zones of coverage across the Boardwalk. While several of Crown Castle's installations already exist in Ocean City, none have been placed on the Boardwalk. (Daily Times)

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New pirate boat attraction among changes coming to Baltimore's Inner Harbor

A fleet of small pirate-themed boats will be coming to the Inner Harbor this summer, one of a number of changes in store for Baltimore's waterfront. The city's spending board approved a five-year contract Wednesday with the Living Classrooms Foundation to repair a dilapidated dock between the World Trade Center and the National Aquarium and operate the new attraction there. The nonprofit will spend about $300,000 to replace the dock and purchase a dozen four-seat electric boats for visitors to rent and operate in the harbor, said Chris Rowsom, Living Classrooms vice president. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland accountant facing federal bribery charge says FBI agents lied to him

A Rockville accountant accused of bribing a Prince George’s County council member to secure thousands in taxpayer dollars says statements he made to investigators should be thrown out because FBI agents lied to him about why they were interviewing him, according to court filings from his attorney. Felix Nelson Ayala, 58, was indicted on a federal bribery charge and one charge of making a false statement after the government accused him of paying former Prince George’s County Council member William A. Campos (D) $15,000 from 2012 to 2015 in exchange for $75,000 in government funds directed to a nonprofit organization that Ayala founded. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore fire union calls for protective vests for medics, citing uptick in attacks

Emergency medical responders are being attacked in Baltimore more frequently than in the past and should be equipped with protective vests, Rick Hoffman, president of the local firefighters' and EMS workers union, said Wednesday. "Obviously everyone knows we are in a very dangerous city now, and the way our EMS system works, [city residents] dial 911 and we're there in normally minutes, which means we beat the police there a lot," Hoffman said. "We're walking into a time bomb, a goddamn powder keg." Hoffman said he estimates such vests, to protect medics' vital organs from gunshots and sharp objects, could be purchased for about $100,000. (Balt. Sun)

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Kamenetz says Baltimore County had strong session in Annapolis

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says the county scored several victories in the recently-completed General Assembly session, including legislation to pave the way for a Guinness brewery to open in the county and a bill tackling prescription drug price gouging. "We had a very successful year in Annapolis," Kamenetz said in an interview Wednesday. State lawmakers passed a bill allowing production breweries to sell more beer in their on-site taprooms and serve some beer that's produced off-site. Those changes were needed to allow international liquor company to open its proposed Guinness brewery and tourist attraction in Relay in Baltimore County. (Balt. Sun)

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