‘Resilient food systems’: Carroll County group looks to connect gardeners with food banks

A Carroll County group wants to gather modest-sized gardens together to create a big effect on the supply of fresh produce for food pantries. Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors is a new effort by a group of gardeners and people passionate about solving food insecurity. They’re working to gather home gardeners and start up new community gardens on church and government properties. (Carr Co Times)


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Maryland Casinos Hedge Bets With Phased Reopenings

Gamblers are back at several Maryland casinos after three months of closures due to the coronavirus outbreak. One of the state’s largest casinos, Maryland Live, opened Friday evening in Hanover, but with numerous restrictions in place. Only top-tier VIPs could attend Friday’s reopening, and only by making a reservation. (AP)

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Baltimore’s Marian House to continue mission of Woman’s Industrial Exchange

A Baltimore institution has made a bold transition. Charles Street’s Woman’s Industrial Exchange now will be owned and operated by another nonprofit, the Marian House, which assists women in transition. It should be a worthy use for the venerable corner rowhouse. “I am ecstatic about the transfer. It’s a perfect fit,” said Jenny Hope, president of the Woman’s Industrial Exchange board. (Balt Sun)

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Reopening Maryland: Malls, Including Towson Town Center, Opens To Shoppers

The Towson Town Center mall reopened to shoppers Saturday, the first full day malls in Maryland were able to open their doors to shoppers since the coronavirus shuttered them roughly three months ago. Malls, casinos and gyms were among the businesses that were able to reopen at 5 p.m. Friday as the state lifts more coronavirus-related restrictions. (WJZ-TV)

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DMV services across DC, Md. and Va. resume as reopening process continues

Multiple departments of motor vehicle offices throughout the D.C. region will reopen their doors beginning Monday to provide in-person services for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Here is the latest: D.C. The Department of Motor Vehicles in D.C. will reopen its doors starting on Tuesday to people looking to register their cars or update their driver’s licenses. (WTOP)

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How Emergent BioSolutions became the US go-to biodefense contractor

As it races to create a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the Trump administration this month announced that one of its largest pandemic-related contracts would go to a little-known Gaithersburg biodefense company named Emergent BioSolutions. “Emergent’s manufacturing capabilities will pave the way,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. The $628 million deal to help manufacture an eventual vaccine cemented Emergent’s status as the highest-paid and most important contractor to the HHS office responsible for preparing for public health threats and maintaining the government’s stockpile of emergency medical supplies. (Daily Record)

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Persistently high layoffs suggest recession ‘will be longer-lasting than we expected’

Three months after the viral outbreak shut down businesses across the country, U.S. employers are still shedding jobs at a heavy rate, a trend that points to a slow and prolonged recovery from the recession. The number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits barely fell last week to 1.5 million, the government said Thursday. That was down from a peak of nearly 7 million in March, and it marked an 11th straight weekly drop. But the number is still more than twice the record high that existed before the pandemic. And the total number of people receiving jobless aid remains a lofty 20.5 million. (Balt Sun)

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Horseshoe Casino Prepares For Unknown Reopening Date

Gov. Larry Hogan has given the go-ahead for casinos to reopen in Maryland on Friday at 5 p.m., but Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young has not said whether or not Horseshoe Casino will reopen on that timeline. Customers to the gaming floor, which will operate at half-capacity, will find mandatory temperature checks, face masks and plenty of hand sanitizer. (WBAL)

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