Baltimore police commissioner says video appearing to show officer asleep on job 'raises serious concerns'

Baltimore police Commissioner Michael Harrison said he is “troubled” by a video that appears to show an officer asleep in his patrol car. The video, posted Saturday morning to Instagram, appears to show a uniformed officer sleeping in the front seat of a marked vehicle, which has headlights and flashing police lights on. The car is shown parked near the intersection of North Mount and West Saratoga streets. (Balt. Sun)

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Larry Hogan Helps His Friend Chris Christie Sell Some Books

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. returned to his political roots this week. After seasons of carefully calibrated bipartisanship and moderation, he reminded The Washington Post in an interview that he is, at heart, a Reagan Republican, and he used especially sharp language at a news conference to articulate his disapproval of certain elements of the Democratic legislative agenda. And then on Thursday, Hogan brought an old friend and mentor to town: former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). (Md. Matters)

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Maryland has second-highest failure rate of public housing inspections in the U.S., report finds

Maryland has the second highest percentage of failed public housing inspections in the country, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday. The report, which evaluated the inspection process by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, shows that Maryland properties failed 28 percent of the 329 inspections done between the fiscal years 2013 and 2017. (Balt. Sun)

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Security Increased Following Threat At Howard Co. Mosque

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will have increased security measures by local law enforcement for Maryum Islamic Center in Howard County, Md., after an online threat that targeted the mosque. In response to a promotion of the mosque’s fundraising dinner scheduled at an area high school, messages read, “You know the only thing you don’t want us to do is really show up right,” and, “maybe you’ll be next.” (WJZ-TV)

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More than 22 million gallons of sewage-tainted water flow into Jones Falls, Herring Run, officials say

At least 22.6 million gallons of sewage-tainted water overflowed into the Jones Falls and Herring Run after heavy rains this past week, according to the Baltimore Department of Public Works. The overflows between Thursday night and Friday morning were reported from multiple locations, the agency said. Overflows can occur when stormwater infiltrates crack and breaks in sewer pipes. (Balt. Sun)

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Veterans get first look at new, bigger VA clinic in Rosedale, replacing Fort Howard office

A new clinic for veterans is offering outpatient medical services in Rosedale at a site designed to be more convenient than the old location. A steady stream of veterans toured the Eastern Baltimore County VA Outpatient Clinic on Saturday morning and signed up for benefits during an open house and enrollment fair. The site at the Franklin Square Professional Center replaces a shuttered clinic at Fort Howard, which was out of the way for many patients and which closed in 2016 because of water damage and structural issues. (Balt. Sun)

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UMMS officials tell legislature they support increased regulation of board

University of Maryland Medical System officials assured legislators Friday they support the spirit of new reform legislation aimed at its board of directors. But they pushed back against the assumption that the board's prior business dealings represented collective "wrongdoing" by members or the system. House Speaker Michael Busch is looking to increase legislative oversight of the UMMS board of directors, limit the board's membership and enact other board reforms through "emergency legislation" filed in the General Assembly this week. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Where are 'Healthy Holly' books? Tens of thousands unaccounted for; Baltimore Mayor Pugh, UMMS give no receipts

Tens of thousands of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” children’s books have not been accounted for by the institution that paid for them or the mayor, even as public pressure builds amid accusations of “self-dealing” at the University of Maryland Medical System. From 2011 through 2018, the University of Maryland Medical System had a deal to spend $500,000 for 100,000 copies of Pugh’s self-published book series. The system placed five orders of 20,000 books at $5 each while Pugh sat on the hospital’s board of directors. First reported by The Baltimore Sun, the deal was one of many the hospital network had with members of its board, and they have rattled public trust in the system. (Balt. Sun)

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