Bank gives Purple Line firms more time to reach a settlement with Maryland and avoid potential default on debt

The bank representing the bondholders on the Purple Line construction has agreed to postpone any “enforcement action” until Nov. 30, giving the project’s concessionaire more time to try to reach a settlement with the state, according to project documents. Industry experts say such a “forbearance agreement” grants a borrower more time to reach a deal — in this case, for the concessionaire to try to salvage the project’s $5.6 billion public-private partnership — to prevent potentially having to default on its debt. (Wash Post)

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Community Cleanup In West Baltimore Saturday Aims To Prevent Illegal Dumping, Clean Up Streets

Hundreds of volunteers turned out Saturday to participate in a community-wide cleanup in west Baltimore. “This is great, this has always been our fight for a long time,” Edna Manns-Lake, of Fayette Street Outreach, said. The event was held, in part, to prevent illegal dumping and as an effort to clean up the streets. “Nobody wants to walk out of their door and just see trash, whether it’s in front of your door, in the street or in the alley,” Manns-Lake said. (WJZ-TV)

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'Courage, grace and strength': Ken Jennings, Pat Sajak, others mourn 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek, the longtime "Jeopardy!" host, died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The entertainment world is mourning the loss of beloved "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, who died Sunday at age 80 after a public battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Ken Jennings, the contestant crowned the greatest "Jeopardy!" player of all time earlier this year, paid tribute to the host in a Twitter post Sunday. (Delmarva)

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Walking for peace in Park Heights, residents shaped by violence hope to make Baltimore safer

One teacher said she has lost 10 students to violence in her 18 years of teaching in Baltimore. A parent recalled losing her cousin to gun violence 15-years ago. And a principal just held a memorial event for a student’s father who was killed. They all gathered Saturday afternoon to raise awareness for peace in Baltimore. About 75 people attended Hope In the Heights Peace Parade, a walk in the Parks Height neighborhood that honored Ceasefire Weekend. Students, staff, parents and community members carried signs and wore shirts with messages of peace for the afternoon walk, which began at Creative City Public Charter School, looped to Park Circle, and ended back at the school. (Balt Sun)

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New Mural Unveiled In North Baltimore Saturday

A new mural is up in north Baltimore. It was unveiled Saturday along Greenmount Avenue at the Southern Waverly Gateway. The mural shows three people surrounded by colorful flowers. The artist says he hopes it welcomes people to the neighborhood and brings them some joy. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland reports 1,198 new coronavirus cases— most since July and second straight day of 1,000 or more

The coronavirus pandemic in Maryland is continuing to surge as the state reported 1,198 new cases Thursday — the most since July — and 10 more deaths tied to COVID-19, the disease the virus causes. It’s the second straight day the state has reported 1,000 or more new cases, after previously not reaching that mark since Aug. 1. The new data come as new confirmed cases nationwide have reached an all-time high, with the seven-day average of daily confirmed cases growing 45% in the past two weeks. (Balt Sun)

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Knowing the virus’ emotional toll firsthand, UMMS' COVID-19 incident commander urges Marylanders to take care of themselves

As Dr. David Marcozzi warned Marylanders at a news conference Thursday not to let their guard down against the coronavirus, he paused to remind people to also take care of themselves. The COVID-19 incident commander for the University of Maryland Medical System said the pandemic has had emotional ramifications. People have been forced to upend their lives by transitioning children to virtual school, working from home and in many cases not seeing family or friends to help curb the spread of the deadly virus. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland Prepared For Fall Surge In COVID-19 Cases As New Cases Reach Highest Level In Months, Gov. Hogan Says

The United States is in the midst of a “major surge” of coronavirus cases, but Maryland is prepared, Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday. Hogan made the remarks during a news conference Thursday evening, calling the surge an “indisputable fact.” Thursday marked the second consecutive day on which the state reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases. People who said the pandemic would end the day after the election were “dead wrong,” the governor said. (WJZ)

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