Most Americans say no statehood for the District of Columbia, poll shows

A majority of Americans oppose making the District the 51st state, according to a new poll released Monday. The Gallup poll found a clear majority of 64 percent don’t think the nation’s capital should attain statehood, compared to 29 percent who support the idea. The poll comes as Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s nonvoting delegate, and city officials have been trying to build national support for statehood, framing it as a civil rights issue and arguing that the city’s 700,000 residents are disenfranchised because they lack voting representation in Congress. (Wash. Post)

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Frederick County, sheriff's office target of lawsuit by immigrant rights coalition

 

An immigrant rights advocacy group on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Frederick County, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and two of his deputies for a 2018 traffic stop that they say was based on racial profiling and led to the illegal detention of a Latina woman. The Resources for Immigrant Support and Empowerment (RISE) Coalition of Western Maryland filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland with support from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland on behalf of Sara Haidee Aleman Medrano, who was pulled over by Deputy Brian M. Mothershead at 7:45 p.m. July 7, 2018, according to the lawsuit. (News-Post)

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Baltimore’s 895 Harbor Tunnel toll booths open again after Legionnaires’ investigation

The Maryland Transportation Authority reopened the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel administration building and is accepting cash payment again at toll booths after two employees came down with Legionnaires’ disease, the administration announced Friday. MDTA closed the Interstate 895 Harbor Tunnel toll plaza Tuesday while Maryland and Baltimore health officials investigated for possible sources of Legionella bacteria after learning that two employees were diagnosed with legionellosis disease, a form of bacterial pneumonia commonly referred to as Legionnaires’ disease. (Balt. Sun)

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‘Nothing has happened yet:’ Immigrant communities on edge, but no ICE activity reported by Sunday afternoon around Baltimore

Adolfo Lazaro woke up Sunday morning determined to work. Though Republican President Donald Trump has for days said a “major operation” to detain or deport undocumented immigrants would begin this weekend, the 32-year-old arrived at the Home Depot in Southeast Baltimore promptly at 6:30 a.m., looking to make a wage remodeling or painting homes. The Guatemalan father of six fled violence in his home country and presented himself at a port of entry — a legal means of entering the U.S. — in McAllen, Texas, 10 months ago with his son, seeking political asylum. (Balt. Sun)

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Sea lice have been stinging at Virginia Beach. Is Ocean City next?

Remember sea lice, the pesky creatures that caused discomfort for beachgoers in Ocean City last summer? Well, the tiny marine creatures resurfaced on the East Coast — Virginia Beach, to be exact. Though Virginia Beach is approximately three hours south of Maryland’s resort town of Ocean City, the gulf stream, which is the ocean current responsible for transporting warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico up the eastern U.S. coast, travels approximately four miles per hour, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That means sea lice, which travel with ocean currents because of their minuscule size, could be in Ocean City by mid-August. (Balt. Sun)

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‘This city is built to arrest people’: Roca, Baltimore Police, and experts strategize to combat gun violence in Baltimore

At a gun violence talk hosted by the Greater Baltimore Committee, city officials and gun violence experts testified to the limits and shortcomings of the criminal justice system — at every stage from law enforcement to the court system. “This city is built to arrest people,” Ganesha M. Martin, the recently hired director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, said at the event Thursday. Martin, who formerly led the Baltimore Police Department’s consent decree compliance efforts, was critical of the current approach to policing. (Balt. Sun)

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Allegany, Garrett counties to benefit from heritage tourism funding

Allegany and Garrett counties will benefit from $5 million awarded to Maryland nonprofits, local jurisdictions and other heritage tourism organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration announced 109 matching grant awards on Thursday. The funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors to and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation in Maryland’s 13 certified heritage areas.  (Times-News)

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Maryland first responders are ready if needed in Gulf states

Members of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, wearing a second set of hats as a unit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, are prepared to head south, if needed, to respond to the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry. The slow-moving storm, carrying heavy rain, came ashore Saturday and continued to threaten parts of Louisiana and Mississippi with flash flooding and river flooding even after it was downgraded to a tropical storm. (WTOP)

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