Foundation warns of possible legal action over Chesapeake pollution plan

Six states and the District of Columbia Thursday hailed their plans to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, but at least one environmental activist is threatening legal action if Pennsylvania’s plan is not strengthened. William C. Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said after the meeting of regional officials that he was dismayed they were not prodding Pennsylvania to improve its plans to reduce agricultural and other runoff into the Susquehanna River, one of the primary culprits of bay pollution. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore County Democrats have to fill two House of Delegates vacancies. Get your applications ready.

Baltimore County Democrats are inviting candidates to apply to fill two vacancies in the House of Delegates. Del. Eric Bromwell, who represents District 8 in the northeastern part of the county, and Del. Stephen Lafferty, who represents District 42A in Towson, are resigning from the legislature to take jobs in County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.'s administration. (Balt. Sun)

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Ocean Pines Citizens Oppose Petition Decision

A resident-led effort to reduce the spending limit for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors continues this week. Resident and former board member Slobodan Trendic announced this week that his advocacy group had engaged an attorney to challenge the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) decision that a petition he submitted last month was not valid. Trendic formed the advocacy group START (Strategic planning, Transparency, Accountability, Respect, Trust) in April and members spent the summer collecting signatures on a petition to lower the board’s spending authority. (Dispatch)

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Commissioners Table Request For Table Games Money For South End; Nordstrom Confident In Colleagues

Municipalities in the southern end of Worcester County could see an increase in funding from the county next year. The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Worcester County Commissioners included a request to have 10% of the county’s table games revenue be used to increase the unrestricted annual grants to Pocomoke and Snow Hill. Commissioner Josh Nordstrom, who represents District 1 and has spent months pushing for the request, asked his peers Tuesday to table the motion until the spring. (Dispatch)

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Gov. Hogan Re-Elected Chairman Of Chesapeake Executive Council

Gov. Larry Hogan was re-elected Chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council on Thursday. The council is comprised of governors of the six watershed states, the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the mayor of Washington D.C. (WJZ)

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Baltimore City Leaders Address Violent Crime In City, Town Hall Meetings Thursday

Baltimore City continues to see a spike in violent crime. Three men were killed overnight in separate shootings, bringing the total number of murder victims to 237. That’s 38 more compared to this time last year. A City and Town Hall meeting was held Thursday. Both meetings discussed strategies to break the cycle of violence in Baltimore. (WJZ)

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Lawmakers Press BPW to Authorize Restitution for Men Wrongly Incarcerated

Forty-nine members of the House of Delegates – including Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) – have taken up the cause of five men who are seeking compensation from the state for being wrongly incarcerated. The lawmakers – 47 Democrats and two Republicans, Dels. Kevin B. Hornberger (Cecil) and William J. Wivell (Washington) – wrote to the members of the Board of Public Works Tuesday, urging them to “promptly resolve the pending petitions for compensation” for the men. All petitioned for redress from the Board of Public Works but have not received a penny. Their cases were spotlighted in recent weeks in a front-page Washington Post article and in a column in The Baltimore Sun. (Md. Matters) 

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Feds and Baltimore police unveil a permanent ‘strike force’ targeting local drug gangs and foreign suppliers

A new federal “strike force” comprised of detectives, prosecutors and federal agents from across the region will begin work soon on a long-planned effort to target Baltimore drug gangs and their Mexican and Dominican suppliers, who have been flooding the city with heroin, fentanyl and other illicit drugs for years. Hoping to reduce the record number of homicides and overdoses in the city, the team already has begun working a handful of cases together, and this week secured nearly 75,000 square feet of office space in Southwest Baltimore so its members can move into a shared headquarters. Officials say that will speed up the identification, investigation and prosecution of some of Baltimore’s most violent gang leaders. (Balt. Sun)

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