Jimmy Buffett brings his ‘Margaritaville’ style to Annapolis with performance atop Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

After drawing attention for his love of a crab bisque from a Cecil County restaurant Monday, Jimmy Buffett was spotted at another Chesapeake locale Friday morning in Annapolis. Buffett performed two songs at Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse early Friday morning for a new music video series following the singer on his voyage from Long Island, New York, to the Bahamas. (Capital)

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Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations surpass 400 for first time since August

Maryland officials reported 761 new cases of the coronavirus Thursday, the third time in October the state confirmed more than 700 new infections after doing so four times in all of September. Along with six new deaths associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, Thursday’s additions bring the state to 129,425 confirmed infections and 3,835 fatalities during the pandemic’s seven months. (Balt Sun)

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‘We’ve saved numerous lives’: Anne Arundel tops state in red flag petitions; judges grant them at high rate

In the two years that Maryland’s red flag law has been in effect, it has been applied in Anne Arundel County more than anywhere else in the state. District judges in the county have also granted the special protective orders, which require law enforcement to temporarily confiscate a person’s guns, at among the highest rates in the state. National experts and local law enforcement officials attribute the high numbers to a proactive approach from county police, who’ve put an emphasis on using extreme risk protective orders to prevent violence, among other factors that have prompted Anne Arundel pace the state. However, nobody’s entirely sure why. (Balt Sun)

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As Coronavirus Hospitalizations In Maryland Increase, Some Worry About Impact On ER Capacity During Flu Season

Scientists are noticing a subtle but consistent uptick in the number of coronavirus patients in Maryland hospitals, which is cause for concern as flu season nears. Baltimore County officials started their annual push Thursday to remind people they can get a free flu shot as intensive care bed usage in the state reaches its highest number in a month. As COVID-19 and influenza clash, emergency room doctors are bracing for a possible surge in patient volume. (WJZ)

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Prince George’s County: Phase Three could come in next few weeks

Officials in Prince George’s County, Maryland, say they could begin relaxing more coronavirus-related restrictions in a few weeks, but for now, citing a recent uptick in new daily cases and the rate at which COVID-19 tests are coming back positive, the county is remaining in Phase Two. “COVID-19 is still very present in our community. And so it is important that we remain vigilant … It is still spreading very slowly through our community and is still causing harm,” County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said Thursday during a news conference. (Balt Bus Journal)

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‘Charm City Kings’ explores Baltimore’s gritty dirt-bike subculture on HBO Max

The urban dirt-bike culture of Baltimore wowed the Sundance Film Festival back in January, just two months before the pandemic upended the entire film industry. Now, “Charm City Kings” shifts to streaming and will drop on HBO Max on Thursday. “When the movie was picked up first by Sony Pictures Classics … the idea of a limited theatrical release bumped up to 1,300 theaters in April,” director Angel Manuel Soto told WTOP. (WTOP)

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Four Baltimore-area markets vulnerable to Covid-19-related foreclosures, report finds

Four areas in the Baltimore metro region are among the top 50 jurisdictions in the U.S. most at risk for Covid-19-related foreclosures, a new report says. Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel and Carroll counties were cited in a report by ATTOM Data Solutions released Thursday for being at risk for foreclosures due to fallout from the novel coronavirus. The report looked at 487 counties in the U.S. and used housing data from the third quarter this year. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Pandemic is contributing to rise in the number of cremations

The coronavirus pandemic is contributing to more people choosing to have cremations instead of funerals in Maryland and across the nation. The Carroll County Times reported Thursday that Maryland’s cremation rate has gone from about 35% in 2010 to more than 50% in 2020. Jack Mitchell, a spokesman for the National Funeral Directors Association, said the nation’s turn away from religion has helped fuel the number of cremations over the years. But he said that COVID-19 restrictions on funeral size and fear of the virus have also prompted many to opt for it. (Daily Record)

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