UMMS board files first disclosures since ‘Healthy Holly’ scandal over deals rocked hospital system and Baltimore

Board members at the University of Maryland Medical System have filed financial disclosures with state regulators for the first time since news of deals between the system and a third of its directors rocked the hospital network, dismantled its leadership team and helped take down Baltimore’s mayor last spring. (Balt. Sun)

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Hashmi’s election draws racist comments on Facebook

Days after Virginia’s legislative elections, racist comments continued to flood news stories about Ghazala Hashmi becoming the first Muslim American to serve in the state Senate, with hundreds of Facebook users linking her to terrorism and saying it was a “sad day” for Virginia. Reactions ranged from “amazing news” to “why did we let this happen,” according to an analysis of about 3,000 comments posted to five news articles on Facebook. (Wash. Post)

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Appeals court to review order to release Mueller grand jury material to Congress

A federal appeals court in Washington will consider next week whether the Justice Department must release to Congress certain grand jury materials from former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced Thursday that it would hold oral argument Nov. 12 to review a ruling from last month that requires disclosure of the secret material the House Judiciary Committee is seeking in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. (Wash. Post)

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Md. police officer accused of sharing child porn online

An investigation into the sharing of child pornography online led police to the doorstep of one of their own. Now, a Maryland-National Capital Park Police officer is under arrest. Anthony M. Mileo, 53, of Huntingtown, Maryland, has been charged with 17 counts of possessing child porn and 17 counts of distributing it. Maryland State Police said their investigation began after they got an online tip in August from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the sharing of child porn online. The investigation led them to Mileo. (WTOP)

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Wicomico Council Accepts $20K Census Grant

Officials in Wicomico County voted this week to accept grant funding to improve community involvement in the 2020 Census. On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council approved a request to accept $20,000 from the Maryland Department of Planning for activities conducted by the Wicomico County Count Committee. Planning, Zoning and Community Development Director Lori Carter told the council the funds would be used to increase participation in the 2020 Census. (Dispatch)

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Baltimore mayor creates ‘Children’s Cabinet’ to help guide administration

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Wednesday the creation of a “Children’s Cabinet” to help guide his administration in supporting the city’s youth. Roughly two dozen people — from the police department, school system, state’s attorney’s office and other agencies — will meet bimonthly to develop plans for addressing youth homelessness, improving the literacy rate and strengthening early childhood care, among other goals.

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Md. municipal elections: Rockville votes by mail; Bowie elects 1st black mayor

As a dramatic election night unfolded in Virginia Tuesday, municipalities in the nearby Maryland suburbs held elections that came with their own share of surprises. In Rockville, officials saw record turnout in the state’s first vote-by-mail election, where incumbent mayor Bridget Newton triumphed over challenger Virginia Onley in a contest that focused on development and affordable housing. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore’s public works department sat on $5.6 million for more than a decade, audit finds

For more than a decade, Baltimore’s Department of Public Works allowed millions of dollars in needed funding to go unnoticed and unused, a city audit found. Roughly $5.6 million in revenue sat on the department’s books between 2007 and last year, according to the audit released Wednesday at a city Board of Estimates meeting. The money came from citations issued by the Sanitation and Enforcement Division. (Balt. Sun)

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