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In the wake of Tyre Nichols killing, Anne Arundel civil rights leaders call for strengthened police accountability

Anne Arundel civil rights and law enforcement leaders reflected Thursday on the horrors that unfolded last month in Tennessee when five Memphis police officers severely beat 29-year-old Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop. Nearly a month after Nichols died of his injuries, the local officials condemned what most saw as signs of a national epidemic of brutality in law enforcement, demanding further legislative protections from police brutality and stronger measures of accountability.

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Adnan Syed case: Maryland judges question whether Lee family appeal is ‘moot’

Maryland appellate judges raised doubts in court Thursday about whether they had the authority to reinstate Adnan Syed’s decades-old murder conviction in Hae Min Lee’s death. Appellate Court of Maryland judges Stuart R. Berger, Kathryn Graeff and Gregory Wells repeatedly asked attorneys representing Lee’s brother, Young Lee, why his appeal shouldn’t be dismissed considering city prosecutors dropped the criminal case against Syed in October.

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Carroll County commissioners will not support proposed union legislation for fire and EMS employees

The International Association of Firefighters Local 5184 in Carroll County has asked county officials to recognize the union as the exclusive representative of firefighters and emergency medical services employees who will work in the county’s new Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. But the union’s proposed legislation will not make it through this year, as the Board of Carroll County Commissioners has made it clear it will not support it.

Prince George’s Co. prosecutors say carjacking more organized than before

There were fewer than 100 carjackings in Prince George’s County in 2019, but during the pandemic, the numbers started to spike, that by 2022, the Maryland county saw an average of 10 per week. At a news conference to announce a recent conviction in one particularly heinous case, Prince George’s County prosecutors provided new insight into the spike in these crimes and how they’ve evolved in recent months.

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Public hearing on proposed six-month solar moratorium in Carroll is set for Feb. 23

Residents will have another opportunity to tell the Carroll Board of County Commissioners if they oppose or favor a proposed six-month moratorium on construction of solar facilities on agricultural land. The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance at 6 p.m., Feb. 23, in Room 003 (the Reagan Room) in the Carroll County office building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster. This will be the first official public hearing on the ordinance.

Once-segregated West Baltimore elementary school transforming into tribute for Justice Thurgood Marshall

A once-segregated elementary school in west Baltimore is in the process of transforming into Justice Thurgood Marshall Amenity Center. The aging structure in the Upton neighborhood will soon become a place with various cultural activities and programs. The 150-year-old building is getting a makeover to honor the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall who attended the school in 1914. Dr. Alvin Hathaway, who has spent his life serving his church and community and after years of pastoring the Reverend, is directing his efforts into community revitalization. The two-story building has been abandoned since the 1990s and most recently withstood a fire that nearly destroyed it.

No lease extension, but O’s and Moore tout partnership

The Baltimore Orioles and Maryland Gov. Wes Moore announced a joint commitment to what they called a “multi-decade, public-private partnership” to revitalize the Camden Yards sports complex. The statement from the team and the state’s new governor came Wednesday, the deadline for the Orioles to exercise a one-time, five-year extension to their lease at Camden Yards. The team was not planning to exercise that option, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club hadn’t announced its decision.


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Community outreach program hopes to get more Black men to go to the doctor

For most of his adult life, 55-year-old Alton Graves did not have a doctor he saw regularly. He sought medical care only when the need was dire. “The emergency room was my doctor,” he said. Graves found himself in such a situation a couple of years ago, when he developed a staph infection in an unhealed wound on his leg that eventually spread to his spine. Though he was in severe pain with a high fever, Graves still didn’t want to seek care. He says his neighbor at the time noticed he “didn’t look right,” and told the building’s security guard to call 911.

After years of fighting, renovations begin inside one Baltimore City elementary school

In the coming months, Tayla McCray — a fifth grade student who attends Furley Elementary School in Baltimore City — will watch her soon-to-be old school transform into a new place. But McCray said she wants to remember the “great times,” like when she and her dad dressed up for the father-daughter dance. She’s excited for her peers, because she’s already continuing her educational journey by attending middle school next year. “I hope all of the future Furley Foxes [the school’s mascot], have the same rich experience,” she said. Baltimore City officials, public school leaders, and community members gathered in the Frankford neighborhood to celebrate the start of the Furley Elementary School construction on Monday morning.

With more vendors in place, Lexington Market marks grand opening with ribbon-cutting and bell-ringing

As a teenager, Robin Holmes and her best friend would catch the bus from Mervo High School to Lexington Market to grab an after-school snack. On Tuesday, her stall in the new Lexington Market building sold snacks to Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller. Miller and Gov. Wes Moore joined state and city officials Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the new market, which has been serving customers since a soft opening in October. More than 20 vendors — about half of the market’s capacity — are now open inside the 60,000-square-foot market building, including Deddle’s Donuts, the first brick-and-mortar location for Holmes, a Baltimore native who spent five years tooling around the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area in a pink food truck before joining Lexington’s vendor lineup.

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