Annapolis mural dedication for Breonna Taylor delayed due to crowd size restrictions

A mural dedication honoring Breonna Taylor in Annapolis, Maryland, was originally scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, but was postponed by the city amid concerns that the crowd size would be too large to maintain social distancing. “In keeping with the City’s cooperation with County Executive Order #27 which prohibits outdoor gatherings of more than 50 people, the Breonna Taylor Ground Mural dedication has been postponed,” the event’s organizers, Future History Now, said in a Facebook post. (WTOP)

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Baltimore youth ice hockey team and its special newcomer, Savage, share inspiring story in new mini-documentary

It was less than a month after Tyrone “Savage” Carey became a member of the Baltimore Banners ice hockey team that he scored his first goal during practice. Pride gushed out of the 18-year-old from East Baltimore and his teammates shared in the moment. At the end of practice that February day, he skated over to the bench to talk to his mentor and Banners program leader Noel Acton, the director of The Tender Bridge, a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk boys and young men in Baltimore City. (Balt Sun)

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Transparency, accountability key as Anne Arundel looks toward next police chief

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare’s retirement shocked elected and community leaders across the board and left them wondering where the department will turn next at a time people are demanding police reform around the nation. Many leaders told The Capital that whoever leads the police department next must be a champion for transparency, accountability and diversity among its ranks, all the while continuing to build upon what many consider to be Altomare’s strong legacy of advancing community policing and instituting some reform. (Balt Sun)

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A Black Lives Matter Sign Was Stolen From A Cockeysville Home. The Community Bought Hundreds More To Replace It

After a Black Lives Matter sign was stolen from a home in Cockeysville, hundreds more were ordered to replace it. Living on a fairly busy street across from an elementary school, Lana Hill gets a good amount of foot traffic outside her home. “I felt like it was important for everyone to know they’re welcome here in this neighborhood,” Hill said. She did that with a Black Lives Matter sign. She stuck it on her lawn where it sat for about three weeks until she woke up one morning to find it missing. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland reports 664 new coronavirus cases; hospitalizations tick up

Maryland reported 664 new coronavirus cases and five more deaths Thursday as hospitalizations due to the virus continued to tick up. On the 10th straight day of more than 500 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the state reached 80,836 total cases. The confirmed death toll from the disease or its complications has reached 3,281 since the state began tracking it in March. (Balt Sun)

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Preliminary work on Frederick portion of I-270 project expected to finish by end of year

As plans move forward to add toll lanes on Interstate 270 in Montgomery County, initial planning for the section of the project in Frederick County is expected to be done by the end of this year. The State Highway Administration announced late last week that four teams of developers, designers, and contractors had been selected to present requests for proposals in early 2021 for the first phase of the I-495/I-270 P3 Program, which will add toll lanes to the two highways in the Washington region. (News-Post)

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Demonstrators demand more resources and more urgency to protect Maryland prisoners from coronavirus

A gathering that started in downtown Baltimore ended on Joppa Road in Towson on Thursday afternoon as activists came together to demand more equipment and better sanitation inside Maryland’s prisons to protect inmates from the coronavirus pandemic. A small group first gathered at 2011 N. Charles St. in downtown Baltimore to stage a car caravan. About an hour later demonstrators arrived and set up in Baltimore County, holding signs and shouting through megaphones at passing cars; many drivers honked in support. (Balt Sun)

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Carroll County has seen more COVID-19 cases among community members this week than any other

Carroll County has set a record for the most COVID-19 cases among members of the community outside of congregate living facilities in a single week. With 11 new community cases reported by the Carroll County Health Department on Thursday, there have now been 69 for the week so far. The previous high mark had been set the week starting April 5 — near the beginning of the pandemic in the county and state — when there were 60 community cases. By comparison, 37 community cases were announced last week, and 40 were reported each of the two weeks before that. (Carr Co Times)

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