Maryland legislators join call for answers on prison stabbing

Legislators who help shape criminal justice policy in the state have joined union officials in demanding answers in the stabbing of a Western Maryland corrections officer, after it was revealed prison officials knew of a threat against the officer but didn't warn him. (Balt. Sun)

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Davitt seeks witness immunity powers

The Maryland legislature could help efforts to fight public corruption by passing a measure to allow the Office of the State Prosecutor to grant immunity to witnesses so their testimony could not be used against them, State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt wrote in a report released Wednesday. (AP)

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AG Defends Proposal To Give Tablets To Inmates

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says his plan to provide every inmate in Maryland with an Android tablet computer could go a long way toward reducing recidivism among inmates who have a better-than-even chance of winding up back in jail soon after they get out.  (WBAL)

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Substance Found At Congressman Cummings’ Baltimore Office Not Explosive

A tense and frightening scene. Federal agents, the bomb squad and a hazmat team. A massive response when an unknown substance is found outside Congressman Elijah Cummings’ office in Mount Vernon. (WJZ)

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Sharfstein supports investigation of Anne Arundel health department

Allegations that racism in the Anne Arundel County Department of Health will be investigated, Maryland's health chief said Aug. 7. Joshua M. Sharfstein, secretary of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, met with African-American leaders to hear concerns regarding racism in the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. Among the concerns is that Dr. Angela Wakhweya, former county health officer, was removed from her job because of race. (Capital)

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Miller fires back at county GOP for Silver Spring Transit Center claims

In his Aug. 3 message to the Montgomery County Republican Party, Chairman Mark Uncapher linked District 15 Del. Aruna Miller (D) to the problems at the beleaguered Silver Spring Transit Center. When asked about the statement, Miller told The Gazette on Tuesday afternoon that she never had any association with the transit center. The project, she said, has been in the hands of the Department of General Services, not the county’s Department of Transportation. (Gazette)

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29 contend for new seats on appellate bench 

Twenty-nine judges and attorneys are vying for two newly created seats on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. (Daily Record)

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For Howard politicians, it's fair ground

Like most politicians, Greg Fox has at least two good reasons to go to the Howard County Fair. "First, it's a lot of fun, especially to do with your family," said the Republican County Council member, whose district includes West Friendship, where the fair is held. "Second, there are a lot of constituents out here, so it's a good chance to be out here with our constituents." (Balt. Sun)

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