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Baltimore City Public Schools’ School Choice Fair returns as in-person event Saturday

When it came time to choose a Baltimore City high school last year, Angie Castro explored her options. Teachers and guidance counselors introduced each school, and she researched them online, too. One stood out to Castro, an eighth grader at Holabird Academy at the time: Digital Harbor High School. Castro said she was drawn to the school’s courses in engineering, a field that appealed to her after being exposed to her parents’ construction work.

How a Maryland rescue team saved 2 from plane that crashed into power lines

Firefighter John Lann knew as he arrived at the scene that the rescue would be a once-in-a-career experience. About 100 feet above him in the soggy Sunday evening darkness, a small plane was wedged into a high-voltage power line tower with two people stuck inside. “Cool … we’re going to get to show our skills,” Lann, a lieutenant with the Montgomery County Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team, said Wednesday while recounting the rescue. “We’re going to get to show what we can do.”

Under the microscope: Maryland high court considers limiting ballistics evidence used to link guns to shootings

A television in Baltimore Circuit Court showed a magnified picture of spent cartridge casings taken through the lens of a microscope. If a juror didn’t look closely, they might confuse two rounds for one. Half the image showed a casing found on a sidewalk in Southwest Baltimore, where a man and woman were killed early on a frigid morning in November 2019; the other half showed a casing test-fired from a handgun confiscated later that day from one of the defendants.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Breakfast links: MoCo Council passes bill to ban most new buildings from using gas

The Montgomery County Council unanimously passed The Comprehensive Building Decarbonization Bill yesterday. The bill describes decarbonization as “the process of powering building appliances and systems with electricity instead of fossil fuels.” The rules also apply to major renovations and new additions, granting exceptions to commercial kitchens, crematoriums, and manufacturing buildings. The DC Council passed a similar bill in July.

Grace period for Maryland toll penalties extended two weeks

The Maryland Transportation Authority on Wednesday extended the grace period for unpaid toll penalties. Officials voted on the extension by two weeks during a board meeting. The meeting happened hours before the grace period was originally scheduled to end. The state launched the program in February. It allowed drivers to pay late fees associated with video tolls without paying any penalties.

Read More: WBAL
‘The Keepers’ women join fight to publicize investigation into child sexual abuse within Archdiocese of Baltimore

Two women featured in the Netflix series “The Keepers” are joining the legal fight to expose accused priests and complicit church leaders named in an investigation into child sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Lawyers for the women featured in the 2017 documentary series filed a motion Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court to support the disclosure of a 456-page state investigation into the Catholic church’s history of child sexual abuse.

A Glen Burnie woman was evicted because of a ‘miscommunication.’ Experts say the eviction system creates room for error.

Sharnae Hunt often comes home from work to find the curb in front of her Glen Burnie apartment complex piled high with furniture, clothes, toys and strollers — the items left behind by neighbors who were evicted after falling behind on rent. But on Tuesday, she was shocked to find her own possessions strewn across the grass at Tall Pines Apartments after she was improperly evicted from her home by one of Anne Arundel County’s most prolific evictors, Hendersen-Webb, Inc., a Cockeysville-based property management company. Two days before Thanksgiving, the contents of the apartment she shares with her 9-year-old son, Jacoby Thomas, were piled in a heaping mass: mattresses, couches, TVs, paintings, schoolwork and toys, clear plastic bags stuffed with a tangled combination of clothes, food and electronics.

New traffic pattern on I-95 north begins this week as highway improvements continue between Harford and Baltimore counties

Starting this week, the Maryland Transportation Authority is shifting northbound Interstate 95 at the Maryland Route 152 interchange (Exit 74) in a new traffic pattern as part of its ongoing $1.1 billion program to relieve congestion and improve travel along the highway between Baltimore and Harford counties, according to a news release. This shift is expected to begin Thursday and continue through June 2023. Traffic will split with two lanes to the left and two lanes to the right of the work zone separated by a barrier on northbound I-95 between mile marker 73 and mile marker 75.

Read More: The Aegis
Towson University to bring back swipe donation program to help students with food insecurities

Towson University is committing to help students who are dealing with food insecurities. Estimates indicate almost 30% of college students don’t have enough food to get by in a single week. At Towson University, that translates to one in four students who are potentially food insecure. The university is reinstating its swipe donation program early next year. Students who end the week with a balance on their OneCards can choose to donate what’s left to classmates who are facing hunger issues.

Read More: WBAL News
‘A nature preserve where people happen to be buried’: Maryland’s first green cemetery to open next month in Windsor Mill

In the 1990s, Kim Holcomb battled for curbside recycling pickup as president of Owings Mills Green Action. She’s been interested in environmental issues ever since. And so, when she learned that Baltimore County would host Maryland’s first natural burial ground, Holcomb felt called to sign on for a plot. “It’s like the ultimate recycling to have a green burial,” said Holcomb, who now lives in Pikesville. “It’s ashes to ashes and dust to dust. And it makes a lot of sense to me.” A few other cemeteries in the state allow for natural burials, which bypass elaborate caskets, concrete vaults and traditional embalming in favor of simpler, biodegradable methods that allow a body to decompose in the earth.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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