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Young adults are the biggest source of Maryland COVID cases. Officials say it’s critical that more of them get vaccinated.

They had Zoom calls all winter, moved outdoors when it got warmer and now, occasionally, go to public places so long as there is outside seating and there aren’t big crowds. But Monica Duro, a 24-year-old Odenton woman, and her friends know other young adults no longer take so many COVID-19 precautions. Lifting restrictions on bars and restaurants likely sent a message about “normalcy,” she said.

Independent panel to audit cases of former Md. chief medical examiner who testified in Derek Chauvin’s defense

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh’s office plans to appoint a panel of independent experts to audit and release a public report on all cases of deaths in police custody overseen by David Fowler, the state’s former chief medical examiner who testified in Derek Chauvin’s defense. In a statement Friday, Frosh (D) said his office would be “consulting experts, examining similar audits in other jurisdictions, and doing a preliminary review of [the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] data and protocols.”

Annapolis motorcade, rally part of ‘John Lewis Voting Rights Act’ day to promote voting rights

Down the street from a West Street wall freshly adorned in the image of late civil rights figure John Lewis, 70 people gathered in Annapolis Saturday to honor his legacy by promoting Democratic legislation in his name that would protect voting rights heading into the 2022 midterm congressional elections. The Annapolis rally and motorcade was one of 150 cities participating in a “John Lewis Voting Rights Act action event” to push Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

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Tearful reunions mark second Mother’s Day under pandemic

Last Mother’s Day, they celebrated with bacon and eggs over FaceTime. This time, Jean Codianni of Los Angeles flew to New Jersey to surprise her 74-year-old mother, now that both have been vaccinated against the disease that has stolen uncountable hugs and kisses around the world. “You forget how your mom smells, how she looks. It’s like, she never looks as beautiful as the last time you saw her,” Codianni said. “We understand how privileged we are, how lucky we are.

Maryland reports fewest COVID cases since October as positivity rate continues to decline

Maryland health officials reported the fewest coronavirus cases in a single day since Oct. 6 as the state saw its positivity rate continue to trend downward Sunday. Here’s how the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 indicators stacked up Sunday: There were 434 newly confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, the fewest the state has reported since Oct. 6 and the first time fewer than 500 daily cases have been reported since March 2. State health officials have reported 453,125 cases of the coronavirus to date.

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This is a photo of thoroughbred Gun Runner, 2018 Horse of the Year winning the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga - with jockey Florent Geroux.
As Preakness approaches, the real winner could be Pimlico and the surrounding neighborhood. Here’s why.

Yolanda Jiggetts will head to the Pimlico Race Course on May 15 for the Preakness race, but with an eye toward a future when crowds flock there more than once a year and for a range of events. Sandy Rosenberg will host his usual pre-Preakness brunch at home then walk over to the track, this year with “an extra bounce” in his step.

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Maryland approves funding for First Amendment memorial honoring Capital Gazette after construction hiccup

Construction for the Guardians of the 1st Amendment Memorial, slated to be completed in June, is back on track after poor building conditions on the site required an additional $200,000 in construction work. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $300,000 grant Wednesday to partially fund the memorial at Newman Park in Annapolis. The original cost was budgeted for the grant amount, but soggy, unstable soil required the removal of dirt and rock, hauling in new soil and installing steel helical piles — a type of foundation anchor that screws into the earth. The project will now cost roughly half a million dollars.

Johns Hopkins University, Health System to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour

Johns Hopkins, Baltimore’s largest private employer, will increase the minimum wage at its university and health system to $15 an hour. The hike affects some 6,000 Maryland workers — 1,700 in Johns Hopkins Health System and 4,834 at the Johns Hopkins University — and about 300 workers in Florida at Hopkins’ All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, the institutions announced Thursday.

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The redevelopment of a private airport in Bowie is poised to advance, despite a legal challenge and community outcry

The redevelopment of a private airport in Bowie into a large residential community is poised to move ahead, despite some community pushback to the project and even a lawsuit aimed at blocking it. The Prince George’s County Planning Board will review a detailed site plan for the 131-acre Freeway Airport property Thursday, one of the last approvals St. John Properties needs before it can proceed with its 509-unit redevelopment of the site. The Baltimore-based developer is envisioning 416 townhomes and 93 single-family detached homes for the old airport, located where U.S. 50 meets Church Road, just west of Bowie Town Center.

Recount scheduled for Mount Airy mayor election

The Mount Airy election is not quite over. The Mount Airy Board of Supervisors of Elections will meet at the town hall on Friday at 7 p.m. to conduct a review and recount of ballots from Monday’s election for the office of mayor only, according to a news release from the town. On Monday, incumbent Mayor Patrick Rockinberg received 804 votes and challenger Larry Hushour received 802 votes, according to Bruce Walz, chairperson of the elections board.

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