Brooks Robinson Field Now Open In West Baltimore

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation continues to give back in Maryland as another Oriole legend is honored Tuesday. Brooks Robinson Field is now open in West Baltimore to give youth a place to play. It’s the 13th field the foundation has created in Maryland and the 88th overall. For Robinson, it brings back memories of more than 70 years ago, and for the player who had over 2,800 hits in his career, none were more impactful than Tuesday’s hit in west Baltimore.The unveiling represented what the 18-time All-Star has always preached: teamwork. (WJZ-TV)

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Opioid overdose deaths in Maryland drop for first half of the year

Maryland’s opioid-related deaths dropped during the first half of the year, including those linked to fentanyl, according to new state figures that show a bit of relief from the overdose crisis that is still claiming close to 200 lives a month in the state. There were 1,182 total drug and alcohol-related deaths from January through June, with almost 90% opioid related. That’s down 150 from the 1,332 reported in the first six months of 2018, according to data released Tuesday by the Maryland Department of Health and the state’s Opioid Operational Command Center. (Balt.Sun)

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Maryland Remembers 170th Anniversary Of Harriet Tubman’s Self-Liberation From Slavery

Tuesday marked the 170th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s self-liberation from her enslavement on the Eastern Shore. Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed September as International Underground Railroad Month. One of the most successful Underground Railroad conductors, Tubman was born on the Eastern Shore in Maryland. Standing at just five feet tall, she was considered a giant by many.“She made choices that had a positive impact on our nation that really changed the world,” said Dana Paterra, park manager. (WJZ-TV)

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New partnership to offer legal aid at Health Care for the Homeless

Homeless people who need legal help to obtain disability benefits and other social services will soon be able to consult with a lawyer at Health Care for the Homeless’ headquarters in downtown Baltimore. Attorney Gabriela Sevilla recently began a two-year fellowship awarded by Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit, to oversee an arrangement between Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) and the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) to provide free legal representation. Sevilla’s fellowship is sponsored by Pfizer Inc. (Daily Record)

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New U.S. Citizens Take Oath Of Allegiance At Fort McHenry On Constitution Day

On the day dedicated to celebrating the United States constitution, a number of new citizens took the oath of allegiance at the birthplace of the country’s national anthem. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director Mark Koumans administered the oath and handed out naturalization certificates to the group at Fort McHenry during one of the dozens of similar events held nationwide Tuesday. (WJZ-TV)

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Demand drives CBD sales, attracts people who spike products

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. “It’ll relax you,” the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn’t relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That’s because what he was vaping didn’t have any CBD, the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant that marketers say can treat a range of ailments without getting users high. Instead, the oil was spiked with a powerful street drug. (Daily Record)

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Two teen co-defendants get 30 years in murder of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio

Two of three teenage co-defendants were sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for their roles in the murder of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio. A county judge handed down prison terms of 30 years and suspended life sentences for Derrick Matthews, 17, and Eugene Genius IV, 19, both of East Baltimore. The third teenage co-defendant, Darrell Ward, 17, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 30. (Balt. Sun)

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Proposals to ease development’s impact on Ellicott City flooding draw opposition from industry

The Baltimore Gas and Electric Company said a lawmaker’s proposal could negatively affect the service it provides to Ellicott City residents. Howard County Councilwoman Liz Walsh of Ellicott City is proposing an overhaul in the regulation of development in the historic town, which has experienced two catastrophic floods since 2016. County Executive Calvin Ball in May unveiled a series of projects that could cost as much as $140 million to address the anticipated large storms. And though this plan would drastically reduce the expected future floodwaters, this alone will not address the problems facing the town, experts previously said. (Balt. Sun)

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