‘If you are struggling tonight, reach out and ask for help’: Vigil remembers shooting victims

As night fell, a crowd began to congregate in front of Cranberry United Methodist Church near Aberdeen. The church was not far from Thursday’s deadly mass shooting at a Rite-Aid Distribution Center. “If you are struggling tonight, reach out and ask for help,” said Pastor Tiffany Patterson. “You have a community here that loves you and cares for you,” The candlelight vigil was meant to represent light in the midst of darkness. They remembered Brindra Giri, Sunday Agunda and Haylee Reyes. (WJZ-TV)

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Ravens legend Ray Lewis honored with Hall of Fame parade in Baltimore

The speeches were over, City Hall was starting to clear out, and Mayor Catherine Pugh had cued the music from the Ravens’ marching band when the early-Saturday party in downtown Baltimore — Ray Lewis’ party — played one of the hits. “Let me get my dance music,” Lewis interjected. “No, I need it different. Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on.” He wanted Nelly. He wanted “Hot in Herre.” At the end of a celebration of Lewis’ Hall of Fame NFL career, after a speech in which he embodied the vices and virtues that have made him perhaps Baltimore’s most compelling public figure, all that was missing was the squirrel dance. (Balt. Sun)

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Where do Maryland crabs come from? Researchers use a virus, ocean current maps and more to find out.

A common joke between politicians from Maryland and Virginia holds that all Maryland blue crabs actually come from Virginia, where saltier waters are hospitable to egg-bearing females. The retort: As soon as they can, they move to Maryland. But what if some Chesapeake Bay crabs actually come from Delaware or North Carolina? Scientists are using a crab virus — akin to the common cold — as well as computer models of ocean currents and genetic analysis of crustaceans from Massachusetts to Argentina to figure out just how much different populations of swimming crabs have in common. (Balt. Sun)

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Musical instruments available for checkout at Montgomery Co. library

One library in Rockville, Maryland, was not as quiet as usual Saturday. At the Twinbrook Library in Montgomery County, those attending the launch of the Library of Things were able to create music with the inventory of 29 musical instruments now available for checkout. Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) cardholders now have access to 6 amplifiers, guitars, ukuleles, various hand drums (djembe, doumbek, bohdran, kalimba and more) and musical accessories at the Twinbrook Library location. (WTOP)

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September 21 // Temporary employee at Md. distribution center fatally shot herself after killing 3 people, wounding 3 others

Mike Carre’s workday had barely begun Thursday at a complex of sprawling warehouses in Maryland when a man he didn’t know staggered into his office, bleeding from a bullet hole above his left knee. “There’s a shooting at Rite Aid!” the man blurted, before Carre and others helped him into a chair. Yet again in the United States, a suicidal assailant with a gun had opened fire, apparently indiscriminately. This time, authorities said, the shooter was a 26-year-old woman, and the victims — three dead, three wounded — were in or just outside a massive Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore. (Wash. Post)

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Howard coal-tar sealant ban would hurt companies, executives say

A bill being considered by the Howard County Council to ban coal-tar pavement sealants and some alternatives is being criticized by businessmen who fear a ban might inspire neighboring Baltimore County to enact similar legislation, leading to the demise of their companies. The bill to prohibit sales and use of the sealants was introduced by Councilman Jon Weinstein at the behest of 16 fifth-graders from Centennial Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City. The students did research on coal-tar and asked the councilman to consider the health and environmental risks from the thick, black liquid. (Ho. Co. Times)

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'Unprofessional and distasteful': Details of Baltimore Symphony's sexual harassment investigation test its image

The usual image of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is one of expertly trained, highly professional classical musicians in formal attire performing with unanimity of purpose the great works of Beethoven and Shostakovich. That stands in contrast to the portrait painted by an attorney’s summary of findings in a sexual harassment investigation at the esteemed institution. A top player in the ensemble, principal oboe Katherine Needleman, has named another top player, concertmaster Jonathan Carney, in a charge of discrimination filed against the BSO with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Balt. Sun)

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Ocean City median fence: Zero deaths, serious incidents equals successful summer

A multimillion dollar pedestrian safety project that included a new median fence in Ocean City has been deemed successful by officials after one summer season. More pedestrians have been seen properly using the crosswalks and fewer collisions have occurred in the area of the median fence, said Lindsay Richard, public information officer for the Ocean City Police Department. She said the number of people who do try to go around the median fence and jaywalk are few and far between. "Driving up and down Coastal Highway, there's a noticeable difference in that you don't see pedestrians trying to cross traffic without a crosswalk," Richard said. (Daily Times)

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