Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she won’t run for U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ seat

Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday she will not run for the congressional seat previously held by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings. Rawlings-Blake, who had been considering a run, said she made the decision after thinking about the legacy of her father, Democratic Del. Pete Rawlings, who was the powerful chairman of the House of Delegates’ Appropriations Committee. (Balt.Sun)

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AP source: Second US official in Kyiv heard Trump call

A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing a need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned. The July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first described during testimony Wednesday by William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. (AP)

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MTA police violated Fourth Amendment, appeals court says

The Maryland Transit Administration violated the constitutional rights of light rail passengers when MTA officers put on a show of force in conducting a sweep of the train cars to ensure fares were paid, the state’s second-highest court held Thursday in overturning the gun- possession conviction of a passenger caught in the sweep. (Daily Record)

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Bid to rename Baltimore courthouse for Elijah Cummings moves forward

A move by local leaders to rename a portion of the city's courthouse complex in memory of the late Rep. Elijah E. Cummings moved one step closer to reality Thursday. Baltimore's Planning Commission unanimously voted to endorse legislation to change the name of the Courthouse East Building to the Elijah E. Cummings Courthouse. (Wash. Bus.)

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Van Hollen, Beyer propose surtax on millionaires

The richest 1% of Americans control more wealth than the entire middle class combined, according to the Brookings Institution – a striking sign of income inequality that has accelerated since the Great Recession. A bill introduced last week by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, and Rep. Don Beyer, D-Virginia, aims to narrow the wealth gap by adding a surtax on millionaires. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore Reaches 300 Murders In 2019; Fifth Year In A Row

Baltimore recorded the city’s 300th murder Thursday morning after a man and woman were shot in the southwest part of the city. Crews washed the blood off the pavement in front of a convenience store. A Shot Spotter device across the street alerted authorities to the gunfire. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott urges Mayor Young to share progress of crime plan

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott is urging Mayor Jack Young and the Mayor's office of Criminal Justice to share their progress on the creation of a comprehensive crime plan with the City Council. Scott is asking for the progress to be shared one week from Tuesday during their Public Safety Committee. Scott issued a statement on the status of the plan. “As violence continues to ravage Baltimore's neighborhoods and families, I am renewed in my urgency to leverage all of our resources toward fighting the disease of gun violence. On July 18, I stood alongside Mayor Young and Commissioner Harrison for the release of BPD’s 5-year crime plan. During that press conference, Mayor Young said that the comprehensive portion of that crime plan, coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, would be released in “a few weeks.” (WMAR)

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‘Not acceptable’: Baltimore City Council pushes for action on sewage backups, lagging reimbursement program

Craig Bettenhausen is terrified every time it rains. After a storm, the junior warden knows what might await him at North Baltimore’s Church of the Guardian Angel: a putrid stench and gray-brown bubbling waste coating the basement floors. The church had three sewage backups since August, wreaking damage across the lower levels of a historic building that congregants turn to for peace. The mess halted operations in the building’s thrift shop, the profits from which help fund the church’s food pantry. (Balt. Sun)

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