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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Camden Yards still an option for Blue Jays’ temporary home this season

Camden Yards will be empty on Friday as the Orioles’ Opening Day assignment brings them to Boston. It’s possible that once they return, they won’t have the ballpark all to themselves. Discussions remain underway for Camden Yards to be the temporary 2020 home of the Toronto Blue Jays, according to an industry source. The Blue Jays aren’t allowed by the Canadian government to play in their home at the Rogers Centre due to concerns about teams coming from the United States where the coronavirus pandemic has not been handled as well and cases are spiking in some places. (Balt Sun)

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‘We’re a family’: In his last speech before retirement, Anne Arundel police chief addresses newest recruit class

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare, who announced his retirement Tuesday night, addressed the department’s 90th recruit class in an emotional speech Thursday, attacking dissent against police departments nationwide and telling recruits that they’ve graduated into a “family.” “We’ve heard rhetoric about the fact that we should be ashamed that we consider each other a family… it’s crap,” he said. “We’re a family. We’re a family because we bleed together, because we show up and keep people safe together, because we put it all on the line together.” (Cap Gazette)

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Massive Perkins Homes replacement plan in East Baltimore inches forward

Plans to begin replacing Perkins Homes in East Baltimore with a series of modern, cubic apartments and townhouses moved a step closer to reality Thursday. During a virtual meeting, a city design panel reviewed and discussed a new set of designs that will add 1,324 new housing units to take the place of the decrepit and aged public housing complex. The Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel (UDAAP) debated the changes and ordered more revisions to be considered and presented in the near future — a sign that the complexity of the redevelopment and creation of the new community will require more time. (Balt Bus Journal)

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