Amid Baltimore’s opioid crisis, Mosby supports legal safe injection sites in new brief

Marilyn Mosby has come out in favor of legal safe interjection sites for heroin and other drug users, signing onto a legal brief in support of the practice along with 63 other experts in the criminal justice field. Baltimore’s State’s Attorney signed onto an amicus curiae brief filed Wednesday in United States v. Safehouse, a federal civil lawsuit in Pennsylvania filed by federal attorneys in February challenging the legality of such a site in Philadelphia. (Balt. Sun)

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Cummings: Treatment Of Migrant Children Is 'Child Abuse'

A Guatemalan mother seeking asylum told a House panel Wednesday that she came to the United States seeking safety, but instead watched her infant daughter die slowly and painfully after the baby received shoddy medical care while they were in immigration custody. As Yazmin Juárez spoke, an image of her brown-eyed baby girl, Mariee, was put up on television screens in the hearing room. The baby had fallen ill with a high fever, vomiting and diarrhea when mother and daughter were detained in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility last year. (WBAL)

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Baltimore's transportation director begins first week amid a crisis. Here are his top 3 priorities.

Baltimore's new director of transportation has spent his first two days in the position dealing with a water main break and underground collapse that has shut down traffic flow along one of the city's busiest thoroughfares. In his new role, Steve Sharkey is tasked with not only addressing this immediate crises, but a slew of other problems within the department. He laid out some of his top priorities in a press conference at City Hall Wednesday morning mentioning a desire to improve morale in the agency, increase equity in Baltimore's transit systems and using data to solve challenges. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Ivanka Trump's women's initiative announces $27M in grants

A White House initiative spearheaded by Ivanka Trump to help women in developing countries get ahead economically announced its first batch of grants on Wednesday: $27 million for 14 projects in 22 countries, mostly in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative was launched in February with an initial investment of $50 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development. (News-Post)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan appoints 3 judges in Baltimore County

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday appointed three judges to the district court in Baltimore County. The governor selected lawyers Guido Porcarelli, Bruce Friedman, and Michael Siri after interviewing nominees sent to him by the county’s judicial nominating commission. In a statement, Hogan called the judges “qualified individuals” and said he has "confidence that judges Porcarelli, Friedman, and Siri will be strong advocates for the law and will serve the citizens of Baltimore County and the state of Maryland admirably.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City Council bill would create new overlay district with building height restrictions in Fells Point

The Baltimore City Council may soon establish an overlay district in Fells Point that would specify building height restrictions in certain areas and regulate properties that fall within the boundaries. Overlay districts, applied on top of existing area codes or zones, typically ensure that development in the designated region meets the goals of the underlying neighborhood. In the case of Fells Point, added construction, additions and alterations would have to "maintain the existing character” of the community, according to a draft of the bill. (Balt. Sun)

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Mosby tells U.S. House members that Baltimore exemplifies nation’s failed war on drugs

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby told a U.S. House panel Wednesday that the city exemplifies the nation’s failed drug policies, and called on the federal government to remove marijuana from a list of controlled substances. “The reason I’m here today is because there is no better illumination of this country’s failed war on drugs than the city of Baltimore, Maryland,” Mosby told a House Judiciary subcommittee. (Balt. Sun)

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Mayor Young’s Resolution Opposing Ransomware Payment Approved By US Conference Of Mayors

A resolution calling on cities to not pay any ransom from a cyber attack was passed by the United States Conference of Mayors last month, and was sponsored by Baltimore Mayor Jack Young. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman was a co-sponsor of the resolution. “Paying ransoms only gives incentive for more people to engage in this type of illegal behavior, “said Mayor Young. “I am proud to unify with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to stand up against these types of attacks and show people that they will not take control of our cities.” (WJZ)

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