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From a fighter to a boxer: Md.’s Jahmal Harvey hopes to ‘seize the moment’ at Paris Olympics

Prince George’s County native Jahmal Harvey grew up a fighter, but had to learn to become a boxer. Now, at 21, Harvey is gearing up to compete in the Olympics after winning gold at the 2023 Pan American Games to punch his ticket to Paris. “It meant a lot to me,” he said of his victory last year. “It was more so being relieved, more so than being happy.

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Maryland wants invasive fish out of the water — and on your dinner table

Branson Williams feels the weight of his responsibilities. The 39-year-old Marylander is tasked with defeating an elusive and relentless enemy that shows no signs of weakening. Failure in this war is not an option. But a complete and convincing victory is unlikely. “I stay up late at night thinking about this,” Williams says. “Eradication is not possible at this point.

As record heat roils Baltimore, jail detainees left ‘baking’ in cells without AC

Triple-digit temperatures blasted the Baltimore area on Tuesday, the third consecutive day of record-setting heat in the city, while jail detainees were “baking in their cells” without air conditioning, according to the loved one of an inmate at a correctional facility downtown. The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which runs Baltimore jails, confirmed on Wednesday that one of its facilities, the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center, had been partially without air conditioning since Friday after a blower motor malfunctioned on a housing unit tier.

 

Shawn MacInnes took the long way back to Columbia. Now he’s lacing up as the CA’s new president.

It’s been a few decades, but Shawn MacInnes is coming back to Columbia. As a young, working professional, MacInnes started his career as an engineer with the Maryland State Highway Administration in Baltimore. For part of the job, he completed six-month rotations in different parts of the department. One of those rotations brought him to Columbia, where the SHA was working on a bridge project. (Photo: Ronica Edwards/The Baltimore Banner)

Fewer teens were shot in the first half of 2024 than in any year in the last decade

Fewer teens have been shot in Baltimore during the first half of this year than in any in the last decade, a Banner analysis of police data has found. The number of high school-aged teens shot in Baltimore has fallen by more than two-thirds compared to last year’s 10-year-high watermark. The Banner has been tracking youth gun violence since teenagers began being shot at exceedingly higher rates in 2022.

 

Emergency room doctors urge caution as they see uptick in heat-related illnesses

A blessed reprieve may be on the horizon after days of oppressive heat, but emergency room doctors in Baltimore say the latest heat wave has been a reminder that hot weather isn’t just uncomfortable – it can be dangerous. In the last few weeks, when temperatures and the humidity routinely made the weather feel like it’s 100 degrees, doctors have reported seeing an uptick in people coming to hospital emergency departments with the trademark symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

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Regional transportation money would fund projects in Brunswick, Frederick

Design of a trail project in Frederick and one to add sidewalks in areas of Brunswick are among the projects scheduled to be approved for funding Wednesday by a regional transportation organization. The money from the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments would provide $200,000 for design to tie two trail stubs on the eastern side of Frederick into the city’s trail network, as well as $330,718 for design for sidewalks along H Street in Brunswick, a key priority for the city.

Prince George’s County greenlights construction of 8 new schools

Prince George’s County Council has greenlit a resolution to move forward with a project to build eight new schools in the county through a mix of public and private funds. The approval comes after the county council was unable to get the necessary votes to advance to the second phase of the plan last week. Under the Blueprint Schools Program developers finance the construction, and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) pays for the new buildings over a 30-year period.

 

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Baltimore Teachers Union presses school board to conduct transparent, national search for new CEO

Members of the Baltimore Teachers Union rallied outside the school system’s headquarters Tuesday to pressure the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners to launch a national search for a new chief executive. Sonja Santelises, the Baltimore City Public School System’s CEO, signed a one-year contract in June after months of drawn-out negotiations with the board.

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Howard County is buzzing about a proposal for an inspector general. Here’s what you need to know.

As the Howard County Council weighs two bills that would establish the county’s first-ever Office of the Inspector General, residents have taken more than a passing interest in the idea. Dozens of people appeared at a council meeting Monday evening to share their thoughts and concerns about the legislation — and even a few grammatical suggestions.

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