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There was some relief for Greater Washington homebuyers in June, but the market is still not in their favor

Greater Washington’s housing market remains firmly in the seller’s favor, but there are signs that the frantic pace of rising home prices is slowing ever so slightly, and that should be welcome news for people who want to buy a home. Bright MLS data show the median home sales price across the region in June remained at $600,000 — the same as the month before and 12% higher than a year ago. The average price was $759,200, 15% higher than a year ago, though that number is easily skewed by large home sales, of which there are many across the D.C. region.


In Baltimore, disability advocates are suing over sidewalk conditions

Last week, Laurel Mendez and her husband were bringing food to a donation site in Baltimore, like they do several times a month. They got off the bus and immediately came upon a seven-inch crack in the sidewalk. “Between the broken sidewalks and the big gaps in the sidewalks that haven’t been repaired, I could barely get from the bus stop to somewhere that I could actually roll my wheelchair,” Mendez says. “I had to cross the street and then cross my arms across my chest while barely steering my wheelchair with the other hand to get through a gap between untrimmed bushes and a fence that was sticking out.”

Who Is Keith Davis Jr., The Baltimore Man Facing 5th Murder Trial In Death Of Kevin Jones
Keith Davis Jr. is a suspect in the 2015 murder of Maryland Jockey Club security guard Kevin Jones. Davis, who is about to be tried for the fifth time in Jones’ murder, maintains his innocence in the case. His wife, Kelly, social justice activists, and supporters recently asked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to drop the charges against him. In June 2015, Jones was shot 11 times and killed. Before his arrest, Davis was shot by city police officers as they investigated an attempted robbery. He was hospitalized and later charged with Jones’ murder.
Read More: WJZ
A Baltimore County widow put her million-dollar mansion on the market. Then sovereign citizens moved in.

Valued at $1.5 million, the Falls Road home has it all. Hidden among trees on 2 acres with an elegant outdoor terrace overlooking lush green forest, the 2 1/2-story mansion boasts a stone fireplace and vaulted wood-beam ceilings, six bedrooms and five bathrooms, a deluxe butler’s pantry and indoor pizza oven and large windows across the walls of the 10,000-square-foot space. There’s even a treehouse with a wraparound porch.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Ocean City Hosts Maryland State Surfing Championships

More than 75 surfers of all ages paddled into the midtown surf in Ocean City last Saturday with hopes of “dropping in” and becoming a Maryland State Champion. The Delmarva Chapter of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) hosted the day-long event on the beach at 36th street, premiered a brand new electronic scoring system and showcased an abundant level of young talent and endless “stoke.”

Carroll schools’ fourth-quarter grades show fewer F’s than in third, but still 5 times more than last year

The number of Carroll County Public Schools students with at least one failing grade in the fourth marking period dropped by about 7% since the third quarter, but the number of students who received at least one F in the fourth quarter was still five times higher than the previous year. The school system reported 2,707 students received at least one failing grade in the last quarter of the 2020-21 school year, compared to 535 students receiving at least one failing grade during the same quarter in the 2019-20 school year.

Maryland Partnership Launches Nesting Platform Initiative For Endangered Waterbirds

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Audubon Mid-Atlantic, and Maryland Coastal Bays Program partnered to create a nesting platform for Maryland’s endangered waterbirds. The partners will research and monitor the nesting platform, an artificial island that is an effort to preserve the birds. The populations of the Common Tern, Royal Tern, and Black Skimmer have declined by 90-95% since the 1980s because of shoreline erosion and sea level rising in the coastal bays.

Read More: WJZ
Protective masks, normally used for surgery, are now in use to fight the Corona Virus SARS-nCov-19.
As Covid-19 Cases Continue To Increase Daily, Marylanders Begin To Wonder If Mask Mandates Will Be Reinstated
As the Delta variant continues to spread across the U.S., some are wondering if an increase in cases will force states to impose mask mandates once again. For 10 straight days, Maryland has had more than 100 new COVID-19 cases every 24 hours. It’s a disturbing trend that makes some people wonder if things will take a turn for the worse. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the more contagious Delta variant makes up about 83 percent of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Some areas in California have already made the decision to bring back the mask mandate.
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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Maryland reports more than 200 COVID cases for the first time since May, but with 30% less testing

Maryland health officials reported more than 200 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide Wednesday for the first time since May 30. Testing levels are down about 30% since late May and are on a downward trend, according to state data. A total of 14,864 new tests were reported over the past 24 hours. Decreased testing limits the state’s surveillance of the spread of virus, including its more contagious delta variant.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
More Than 91 Million Live In U.S. Counties With High Covid-19 Infections, It’s Time To Reset & Put Masks Back On, Experts Say

With the highly contagious Delta variant spreading, particularly among unvaccinated Americans, it may be time for much of the country to put masks back on, experts said. “We are at a very different point in the pandemic than we were a month ago,” Dr. Leana Wen told CNN on Tuesday. “And, therefore, we should follow the example of LA County and say that if there are places where vaccinated and unvaccinated people are mixing, then indoor mask mandates should still apply.”

Read More: WJZ/CNN

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