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Gov. Moore taps Netflix executive to lead new economic council

Signing an executive order in the offices of a Maryland-based digital services company, Gov. Wes Moore created a council Thursday to track economic trends and shape state economic development strategy. He tapped a leader of streaming service giant Netflix to lead it. The Maryland Economic Council will include several state agency heads who will serve under the leadership of Will Castleberry, director of state regulatory and production policy at Netflix.

Navy chooses Baltimore for commissioning newest ship

The Navy’s newest warship, the guided missile destroyer USS Carl Levin, will be commissioned in Baltimore on June 24. Although it isn’t among cities with a Navy installation, the Navy chose Baltimore for the ceremony to commission its newest ship, demonstrating it still sees Baltimore as a Navy town. The city has a rich maritime tradition that was rooted centuries ago. The Navy’s first ship, the USS Constellation, launched in Baltimore in 1797.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison: His calming, steady presence was still not enough

When Michael S. Harrison was sworn in as Baltimore police commissioner in 2019 by then-Mayor Catherine Pugh, he pledged to achieve at least two things. He said he would make the city safe, while helping it meet the requirements of a court-ordered consent decree. In short, fewer murders and more constitutional policing. Four years and three months later, it was announced Thursday that he would be stepping down before the end of his five-year contract in March 2024.

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As headquarters decision nears, document suggests FBI prefers Virginia over Maryland

As Maryland and Virginia continue to battle to be the new home of the FBI’s headquarters, a document is being circulated that indicates the bureau itself prefers to move to Virginia. The FBI document, which was circulated this week and obtained by The Banner, argues that a location nearer the FBI training academy in Quantico, Virginia, would be more convenient than a location in Maryland because some employees need to go back and forth between headquarters and the training academy.

DC’s air quality minimally improves as region shifts to Code Orange

The air quality in the D.C. area shifted into Code Orange early Friday morning but is expected to remain unhealthy for some groups throughout the day. Here’s what you need to know. What is a Code Orange Air Quality Alert? While Code Red means some members of the public may experience health effects and some individuals in sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects, code orange is slightly better.


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School board finalizes $3.165 billion MCPS budget

A process fraught with tense discussions and heated public debate ended Tuesday afternoon as the Montgomery County Board of Education took a final vote to adopt next year’s $3.1 billion school operating budget. “Today marks the completion of the annual operating budget development process,” announced Superintendent Monifa McKnight, who added she was proud the district was able to “get to a point we’re proud of.”


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Policeman watching the St Patrick's parade
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison steps down

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison is stepping down Thursday, Mayor Brandon Scott announced in a news conference Thursday morning. “I have been truly blessed to serve this city of Baltimore,” Harrison said. “The opportunity to serve as your police commissioner is one that I will always cherish.” The mayor and Harrison said they’ve been in discussions for several weeks about the commissioner’s future and the future of the department.

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City leaders react to Baltimore Police Commissioner Harrison’s departure

Mayor Brandon Scott announced on Thursday that current Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison will step down from his role and city leaders have responded. Baltimore City State’s Attorney Ivan Bates: “Working with Commissioner Harrison over the past several months was my pleasure, and I wish him well in his future endeavors. I have deeply appreciated his partnership as we worked together to launch the citation docket program and restore accountability to the city we love.

Dangerous air quality sends some Baltimore businesses indoors

The thick haze outdoors is having more than a health impact on Greater Baltimore. It’s the talk of the town — and yet another impediment to business as usual. Business owners, event planners and restaurant managers are cutting back on outdoor options, scrutinizing how to proceed as the smoke from Canadian wildfires has laid a blanket over the blue springtime skies with a whiplash of Code Red — and then Code Purple — health threats issued Thursday.

What it’s like living and working in haze-filled Baltimore

Canceled events, emergency messages and mask-clad pedestrians harked back on Thursday to the frenzy of uncertainty in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic as the Baltimore metropolitan area fell under a “code red” air quality alert for the second consecutive day. Federal, state and local government officials are advising the general public to stay indoors or mask up outside in response to plumes of smoke from Canadian wildfires that have wafted into the mid-Atlantic.

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