Personal Stories of Gun Violence Shared at Rockville Town Hall

One day after a fatal school shooting in Colorado, more than 370 people packed the cafeteria at Earle B. Wood Middle School Wednesday night to hear from federal and local lawmakers about efforts to stem gun violence. The town hall style meeting outside Rockville was staged by U.S. Rep. David Trone and included comments from Rep. Lucy McBath, a newly elected Georgia Democrat, who recounted the death of her 17-year-old son who was shot in 2012 following an altercation at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. (Bethesda) 

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Chelsea Manning released from jail after 62 days on contempt charge

Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was released from a northern Virginia jail Thursday after a two-month stay for refusing to testify to a grand jury. Manning spent 62 days at the Alexandria Detention Center on civil contempt charges after she refused to answer questions to a federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Her lawyers fear her freedom may be short-lived, though. She was released only because the grand jury's term expired. Before she left the jail, she received another subpoena demanding her testimony on May 16 to a new grand jury. (Balt. Sun)

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Westminster election: Council candidates talk public safety, economic development, proposed bag ban at forum

Public safety, economic development and the proposed plastic bag ban were hot topics at a Wednesday forum for candidates vying for seats on the Westminster Common Council. The forum was held less than a week before the May 14 election for three seats on the city’s council. City residents can vote in person Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Residents living west of Md. 31 will vote at the Community Building, at 325 Royer Road, and those living east of Md. 31 will vote at John Street Quarters, at 28 John St. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Second Canadian printer confirms it produced some of former Baltimore mayor's 'Healthy Holly' books

When FBI agents raided Baltimore City Hall, one of the dozens of items they seized was a UPS envelope containing a printer’s proof for a “Healthy Holly” book and an invoice from Premier Printing. The document was the first indication that additional copies of former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s self-published children’s books were produced. Previously, Pugh provided paperwork that showed only that 60,000 of her children’s books were printed by another company, Kromar Printing of Winnipeg, Canada. (Bethesda)

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Baltimore city employees union: Under ransomware attack, 'workforce has significantly slowed down'

The head of the City Union of Baltimore said Thursday that a ransomware attack on city computers this week has left many employees all but unable to do their jobs. “The workforce has significantly slowed down because there’s no way for the members to do the work,” union President Antoinette Ryan-Johnson said. “Not all of them, a lot.” There was no official update Thursday on the ransomware attack, which appeared Tuesday morning. City officials have declined to say how widespread the problems were, saying to do so could expose information about potential vulnerabilities. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan applauds federal government on H-2B visa approval

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after it finalized the recent approval to provide an additional 30,000 H-2B visas this summer. Each fiscal year, the H-2B visa program brings more than 60,000 temporary foreign workers into the United States to fill non-agricultural jobs. In Maryland, those visas mostly go toward crab picking jobs on the Eastern Shore — a workforce the state's seafood industry largely depends on. Before former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned from her position in early April, she gave the approval to provide these additional visas. Kevin McAleenan has now taken over as acting secretary for the department. (Delmarva)

 

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Add Prince George’s council to list of skeptics over Hogan’s Beltway plan

This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The Prince George’s County Council is urging state leaders to conduct comprehensive environmental and financial reviews of the Hogan administration’s plans to widen the Capital Beltway before entering into any contracts with private-sector firms. A resolution the panel adopted this week mirrors language that legislators opposed to the administration’s Interstate 495 and I-270 expansion plans attempted to pass in the General Assembly. That measure passed the House of Delegates but died in the state Senate. (WTOP)

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Pulse Poll results: Readers overwhelmingly favor Hogan running for president

More than 68 percent of respondents to The Daily Record’s Pulse Poll think Gov. Larry Hogan should run for president. More than two thirds of that group things Hogan should run for president even if President Trump doesn’t run. Just under a third of respondents said he should not run. The governor said that he has been approached by critics of President Donald Trump about getting into the race and that he plans more travel outside of Maryland to hear voters’ concerns. (Daily Record)

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