Annapolis City Council says goodbye to Ward 5 alderman, his last bill delayed

At what is expected to be Alderman Marc Rodriguez’s last meeting as Ward 5 Alderman on the Annapolis City Council, the council again postponed his housing affordability bill he hoped to pass before the August recess and his departure in September. Rodriguez is expected to step down from his seat before the council’s next meeting on Sept. 14 when the body will take up O-39-19, a bill that he co-sponsors. The bill is meant to increase affordable housing options throughout the city by legalizing and regulating accessory dwelling units, commonly known as “granny flats” or “in-law suites,” throughout the city. (Balt Sun)

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Prisoner, worker advocates worry about Maryland virus plan

Maryland’s prison system has received over 2 million pieces of personal protective equipment since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but advocates for workers and offenders say they’ve been hardly enough to stem the virus spread behind bars. The nearly 2.2 million items include gowns, gloves, hand sanitizer, surgical masks and other face and eye protections, state prison spokesperson Mark Vernarelli told The Baltimore Sun. (AP)

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During pandemic, Maryland’s drug treatment clinics grapple with health safety issues, rising caseloads

As the president’s Public Health Emergency declaration for the coronavirus was about to expire last week, a wave of anxiety came over drug treatment clinics in Maryland. Virus cases were again rising in the state, and clinics were depending on the federal order to continue taking unusual steps to keep workers and patients safe. Those include doing health exams and counseling online, and sending medications home with patients in bulk.

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Two Baltimore-area health care providers refuse to let pandemic halt their care for transgender patients

In their daily work with transgender patients, Deborah Dunn and Elyse Pine see too much isolation, fear and tragedy. So the difficulties presented by COVID-19 have, in many ways, felt like familiar enemies. Pine and Dunn have made it their mission to prevent these stresses and traumas from growing exponentially for the young people they serve. “This is completely essential care. People’s lives depend on this,” said Pine, a pediatric endocrinologist at Chase Brexton Health Care. (Balt Sun)

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Orioles Kneel During Pregame Tribute To Black Lives Matter Movement; Stand With Arms Locked For National Anthem

The Orioles opened up their 2020 season at Fenway Park in Boston against the Red Sox Friday night. A special pregame ceremony was held as a show of unity in the fight against racial injustice. Both the Orioles and Red Sox took a knee before the National Anthem, holding a black ribbon to recognize the Black Lives Matter movement. (WJZ-TV)

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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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