Maryland and Virginia drivers owe D.C. more than $370 million in outstanding traffic and parking fines

Maryland and Virginia drivers owe the District over $373 million in fines from outstanding parking and traffic citations they have racked up in the past four years, according to records from the city’s Department of Motor Vehicles. The data validates long-held concerns that drivers from both states are violating traffic laws in D.C. and accumulating unpaid tickets without facing consequences. (Wash Post)

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Montgomery Co. health officials advise day cares not to fully reopen despite OK from state

Health officials in Montgomery County are urging local child care centers to not increase capacity, even after Maryland allowed the move. Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said current COVID-19 metrics in the county has him worried about making the move. “We do have significant concerns about increasing the capacity for child care centers, particularly given the sustained moderate to medium high transmission levels for the county,” Gayles said. (WTOP)

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra set to air documentary-style weekly series on new streaming platform

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is launching a weekly series that follows composers on their journey of creating and crafting music. The series, BSO Sessions, is set to premiere Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. through the symphony’s streaming platform. Customers can purchase each episode for $10 or opt for the monthly, all-access plan for $20. Sales begin Wednesday. (Balt Sun)

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Hopkins study points to shortcomings of telemedicine

Telemedicine has been on the rise with the pandemic, but a Johns Hopkins Medicine researcher sees a potential problem. Dr. Caleb Alexander, Hopkins Bloomberg Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine,  told WBAL NewsRadio that the use of telemedicine jumped 35% in the second quarter of this year, compared to last year as patients worried about contracting COVID-19 from visiting their doctor in person. (WBAL)

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Jimmy Buffett Spotted At Maryland’s Chesapeake Inn

“Margaritaville” singer Jimmy Buffett was spotted in Maryland over the weekend. According to Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina in Cecil County posted photos of the American singer-songwriter getting off his teal boat for a bite at the popular bayside eatery and bar. The Chesapeake City restaurant posted, “We had the extreme honor of hosting the legend Jimmy Buffett and awesome crew at our location this weekend.” (WJZ-TV)

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Fewer domestic violence reports through pandemic in Harford County, but cases are more severe, police and advocates say

Beyond the risk of contracting the coronavirus, public health experts were concerned that the pandemic could lead to more instances of domestic violence as school closures and government orders confined families to their homes. But in Harford County, the opposite appears to be true, with reported and charged domestic assault instances slightly down from the prior year’s count. Though the total number is lower, this year’s cases tend to result in more serious injuries and charges, according to Cristie Hopkins, a spokesperson for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. (Balt Sun)

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Bel Air planning commission recommends parcel near Liriodendron be annexed into town

The Bel Air Planning Commission offered a favorable recommendation of the possible annexation of a field near the Liriodendron Mansion — with a few conditions. Next, the matter will go before the town commissioners, but not before questions about its place on the National Registry of Historic Places are answered by the state and Harford County. Over 50 people turned out to the Bel Air Planning Commission’s Thursday meeting — mostly to protest the possible annexation. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore County allocates $2M for second phase of eviction prevention

n the latest step to support housing stability amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced Thursday the county will provide up to $2 million in rental assistance for residents who have lost income as a result of the pandemic and are at risk of losing their housing under the second phase of the County’s eviction prevention program. The county will begin accepting applications Friday. The county has partnered with community-based organizations to administer phase two of the program, which is funded by Community Development Block Grant–Corona Virus (CDBG-CV) funds. (Daily Record)

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