Foundation continues efforts to acquire Havre de Grace Colored School building

The group trying to buy the former Havre de Grace Colored School at 555 Alliance St. made a presentation to the Havre de Grace City Council Monday night, showing not only their vision, but also how far they have to go to make it reality. The building, which was Harford County's first public high school for African-American students, is for sale for $800,000, Pat Cole, of the Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation, told the City Council at its off-site meeting at the Maritime Museum. "We're nowhere near what we need to buy the building," Cole said. The group wants to use the building for a museum and cultural center. (Aegis)

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Harford Council passes Comprehensive Zoning legislation

The 2017 Comprehensive Zoning legislation and a handful of amendments were approved Tuesday night by the Harford County Council. The legislation addressed property owners’ requests to rezone 112 properties were approved 6-0. Councilman Joe Woods, an employee of FEMA who was deployed to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts, was not at the meeting. The Comprehensive Zoning Review process, required every eight years by law in Harford County, got underway more than a year ago. (Aegis)

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Shock Trauma chief Scalea working on disaster plan for 'when' terrorism hits Baltimore

The head of University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center wants to formulate a disaster plan for "when, not if" the city is affected by a terror attack or mass shooting event. National tragedies seem to be becoming fairly commonplace, unfortunately. Dr. Thomas Scalea, physician in chief at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, said it is hard for him to watch news events, like the mass shootings in Orlando and Las Vegas or the school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and University of Virginia, and not think 'When is it our turn?' (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Legal battle between Ed Hale and city could cost Baltimore taxpayers more than $3M

A legal battle between prominent businessman Edwin F. Hale Sr. and the city of Baltimore is headed to the state’s second-highest court — with city taxpayers potentially on the hook for more than $3 million. At issue is whether the operators of Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena are improperly using billboards that belong to Hale, a developer, former CEO of First Mariner Bancorp and the owner of the Baltimore Blast soccer team. (Balt. Sun)

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Ex-liquor board director admits tipping off those in bribery scheme to FBI probe

The former director of the Prince George’s County liquor board pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday in a wide-reaching bribery scandal, admitting he facilitated thousands of dollars in payouts to elected officials and eventually tried to undermine an FBI investigation while he was wired as an informant. David Dae Sok Son, 41, of Bowie entered guilty pleas on counts of bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., in a case involving elected officials, lobbyists and shop owners trying to expand liquor sales in Prince George’s. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland health department gets $7.5 million to support home visits for families

A federal grant of almost $7.5 million to the Maryland Department of Health will go to helping teach parenting skills and provide other resources to pregnant women and parents of young children, health department officials said Wednesday. The department will use the funds from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to support local agencies that make home visits to women and parents through the state’s Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. (Balt. Sun)

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Appeals court rules that Peace Cross in Bladensburg violates the Constitution

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a 40-foot, cross-shaped war memorial that has stood on public land in Maryland for nearly a century is unconstitutional because it “excessively entangles” the government with religion. A divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va., found that the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial — known locally as the Peace Cross — “aggrandizes the Latin cross” to the point that an observer would conclude the government entity that owns it is endorsing Christianity. (Balt. Sun)

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Edgewood shooting suspect arrested in Delaware; slain office park victims identified

A man suspected in a workplace shooting in Harford County that killed three people and critically injured two others was in custody Wednesday night after a multi-state manhunt. State and federal authorities located Radee L. Prince, 37, late Wednesday in Delaware, the Harford sheriff’s office confirmed. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the arrest occurred in Newark, Del., “without incident.” (Balt. Sun)

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