Rural counties lead surge in Md. home sale prices

Sales prices for Maryland homes are surging – particularly in the state’s rural areas — amid a sharp decline in available inventory, according to data released Monday by Maryland Realtors. That combination has led to bidding wars, with homes sometimes selling within hours of going on the market, the Realtors said. The average sales price in August increased year over year from $361,823 to $402,452, while the median price picked up from $310,000 to $340,000, the report found. Those are increases of 11.2% and 9.7%, respectively. (Daily Record)

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Howard County receives $500,000 Maryland grant for North Laurel bike and pedestrian route

Howard County’s Office of Transportation has received more than $500,000 to help construct a 5.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian route between Savage and Laurel. The Maryland Department of Transportation last week awarded Howard County a Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program grant for the North Laurel Connections project. “This grant is welcome news as we work to expand our reliable and accessible infrastructure in Howard County,” Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said in a statement. (Balt Sun)

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‘Unacceptable’ | Bottles & Bricks Thrown At Officers In Ocean City As H20i Crowds Became Disruptive, Mayor Says

Ocean City, Maryland officials say rowdy crowds at an unsanctioned car rally “disrespected” the community and called it a “challenging weekend.” However, they also said it could have been worse if they had not had plans to control the crowds. More than 100 people were arrested just on Saturday night during a pop-up car rally in the beach town, known as H20i. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said the town had been preparing for the event for a year after violence broke out last year at the same event. (WJZ)

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Maryland Extends Deadline To Apply For 2020 Homeowners’, Renters’ Property Tax Credits

The deadline has been extended to apply for 2020 Homeowners’ and Renters’ Property Tax Credits, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday. The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation extended the deadline from October 1 to October 31. Homeowners receive an average credit of $1,348 on their tax bill and renters receive an average direct payment of $414. (WJZ)

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At Least 100 Arrested In Ocean City After Pop-Up Car Rally Turns ‘Destructive’ Saturday

Ocean City Police needed to call for backup overnight after they say more than 100 people were arrested Saturday after a gathering for a pop-up car rally turned destructive and violent. Police from all over the Eastern Shore were called to Ocean City around 11:50 p.m. Saturday evening as incidents throughout the town progressed from social gatherings to unruly and violent, specifically in the downtown area. (WJZ)

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Teen vaping rates decline this year after skyrocketing numbers

Although cigarette use has declined among teens, e-cigarette use has skyrocketed in recent years. E-cigarettes have become the most frequently used tobacco product among adolescents, with more than 2 million middle and high school students using the devices. E-cigs are devices that heat a liquid that produces an aerosol and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. That liquid often contains nicotine and a host of other harmful chemicals, none of which are safe for kids, teens or young adults. E-cigs also are used to vape marijuana and other drugs. (Star Dem)

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Second Baltimore correctional officer dies of COVID-19, department confirms

A Baltimore city correctional officer died of COVID-19 Monday morning following several months of complications from the virus, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The correctional officer was in his 60s and was a “well-respected” veteran of 26 years, department spokesperson Mark Vernarelli said, adding he worked at a prison facility in Baltimore city. (Balt Sun)

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Protesters march through Baltimore in protest of Breonna Taylor death; federal courthouse sprayed with graffiti

About 75 people marched Sunday through Baltimore to show solidarity with Louisville after a Kentucky grand jury charged no officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Activists then sprayed Baltimore’s federal courthouse with graffiti in support of Black Lives Matter and opposing President Donald Trump and Gov. Larry Hogan. (Balt Sun)

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