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Baltimore Pride returns with a sense of excitement and sadness after Roe overturned

Dozens of people attended the Baltimore Pride Parade Saturday, marking a joyous reunion for the queer community after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While attendees danced and cheered as the parade marched by, some expressed concern over the future of gay rights given recent opinions from the Supreme Court. People from all walks of life, many dressed in pride colors and carrying pride flags lined the sidewalks at North Charles Street between 33rd and 23rd Streets to watch the parade. They shouted, “Happy Pride!” as revelers walked by.

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At the Baltimore Basilica, a prayer for states to respect life

On the first Sunday following the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Rev. James Boric addressed a congregation at the Baltimore Basilica. “Heaven has to be the lens through which we see and do everything,” he said to a small early morning gathering. He would address a larger group later in the morning. The service came two days after the nation’s highest court, by a 6-3 vote, overturned the landmark 1973 ruling that had provided constitutional protections for abortion access. Boric mentioned the decision Sunday, joining Catholic leaders across the country who have reacted to the ruling.

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Climate Commission Ponders Task Ahead: Helping to Implement New Law

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change discussed The Climate Solutions Now Act and environmental justice Thursday, at its first meeting since the landmark climate bill passed through the General Assembly this spring. Commissioners at the virtual meeting discussed some of the challenges state policymakers will face in implementing the new law. The Climate Solutions Now Act requires the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by altering emissions and clean energy goals, establishing a net-zero greenhouse gas emission target and developing “efficiency and emissions reduction requirements” for certain buildings, according to the bill’s synopsis.


Five University System of Maryland schools adding new tech, health degree programs

Several schools within the University System of Maryland are looking to expand their degree options by offering health- and technology-based programs. The USM board of regents voted June 17 to allow five of its institutions to adopt new degree programs, with the majority of the programs being related to the tech and health industries. The 12 new programs were introduced to the regents by Coppin State University, Towson University, Salisbury University, Frostburg State University and Bowie State University. Each university introduced its own programs.

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Baltimore’s water system contains PFAS chemicals at levels above new EPA health advisory

Baltimore’s water system, which serves 1.8 million homes and businesses in the city and Baltimore County, contains measurable levels of so-called “forever chemicals” that the EPA said last week pose health risks even at minute levels. The chemicals known as PFAS, used in firefighting foams and in consumer products for their nonstick and stain-resistant properties, were found in the system at a concentration of 4.93 parts per trillion, according to a city Department of Public Works report.

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Nelly, Styx to headline Maryland State Fair concerts

The Maryland State Fair is trying to please all kinds of tastes with a concert lineup that spans decades and genres of musical performers. The annual “12 Best Days of Summer” at the Maryland State Fairgrounds will feature rapper Nelly, country music stars Niko Moon and Lauren Alaina, and legendary rockers, Styx during the fair’s last weekend, Sept. 9-11. Nelly plays Sept. 9, Niko Moon and Laura Alaina on Sept. 10 and Styx closes out the fair on Sept. 11. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.


High Inflation Is Prompting Pet Owners To Surrender Pets To Animal Shelters
Some pet owners are struggling to keep up with costs as high inflation is hitting their wallets hard, and some of them are having to give up their pets.  Animal shelters across the country are seeing more pets being given up because some people now cannot afford to keep them. “We’re seeing more people that need help,” said Bailey Deacon, the Director of Community Engagement at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter or BARCS.



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Feds’ First Hearing on Offshore Wind Plan Largely Gets Thumbs-Up From Public

The federal government held its first public meeting Tuesday evening on a plan to erect wind energy turbines off the coast of Ocean City, and even though the proposal has generated controversy in Maryland’s No. 1 tourist town for years, only one person testified against it. The three-hour virtual scoping meeting, convened by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM), was the federal government’s first public hearing on US Wind’s plan to build up to 121 turbines that would generate enough electricity to power 285,000 homes from wind energy by 2026.

Fired auditor from Baltimore County schools files appeal with Maryland State Board of Education

Andrea Barr, the recently fired chief auditor of Baltimore County Public Schools, filed a letter of appeal to the Maryland State Board of Education on June 16, asserting that she was terminated unlawfully. During a school board meeting May 17, the board held a vote on whether to renew Barr’s contract. Barr had been employed by the Office of Internal Audit since 1986 and became chief auditor in 2013 without “a single blemish on [her] record,” she wrote in her appeal. However, her contract renewal failed, not because of votes in favor of termination but board members choosing not to vote at all.

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Judge orders Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to appear in court on alleged violation of gag order in Keith Davis Jr. case

A city judge has ordered Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to appear in court to defend herself against allegations that she violated his order by talking on the radio about the murder case of Keith Davis Jr. Circuit Court Judge John S. Nugent scheduled a hearing for Aug. 12, requiring Mosby to shows up and explain why he shouldn’t hold her in contempt of court for an alleged violation of a gag order he issued June 7.

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