Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott Seeking Volunteers To Help With Recycling, Trash Pickup

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott is continuing to mobilize volunteers to support residents with recycling and trash pickup due to delays and suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Those interested in volunteering to assist with this initiative can do so by clicking here. (WJZ-TV)

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Five years later, many across Baltimore bitterly lament Gov. Hogan’s decision to kill the Red Line light rail

Cynthia Shaw kept her photos from the 2008 trip to Portland, Oregon, where a group of Baltimoreans boarded the TriMet light rail to feel the type of smooth, fast ride that promised to connect and revitalize some of their city’s most isolated, neglected neighborhoods. The Lyndhurst Community Association president still has the spiral-bound “Vision Plan” she and other Edmondson Village volunteers created for their station of Baltimore’s long-planned, east-west Red Line. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland, Virginia, D.C. Sue EPA Over Failure to Enforce Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plans

Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. filed a lawsuit in federal district court Thursday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accusing the agency of violating the Clean Water Act by failing to enforce Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction limits for upstream states Pennsylvania and New York. “With today’s lawsuit we are taking action to make sure that EPA does its job and holds every state accountable for coming up with an adequate plan that meets their pollution reduction goals,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) said on a media call about the announcement Thursday morning. (Md Matters)

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Maryland buys 250,000 rapid-detection coronavirus tests for mass screenings

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that the state has ordered 250,000 rapid coronavirus tests that can deliver results in 15 minutes and will be deployed for mass screenings at nursing homes across the state. The rapid antigen tests, less sensitive than lab-based diagnostic tests that take hours, are newly approved by federal regulators for broad screenings and can be run on a handheld device. (Wash Post)

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With interest high, fanfare low, Carroll County Democrats open election headquarters in Westminster

Under normal circumstances, the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee would open its election headquarters with fanfare and celebration. Instead, the committee quietly opened its headquarters at 295 East Main St. in Westminster on Tuesday. “Normally we would have a big festive event," chairman Don West said, but safety concerns related to COVID-19 took precedence. “There’s none of that.” (Carr Co Times)

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Howard County allocates $750,000 in CARES Act funding to support local arts

Howard County on Wednesday announced another set of relief grants from federal CARES Act funding, this time to support the local arts community. At a news conference Wednesday morning, County Executive Calvin Ball said $750,000 had been allocated to supporting the arts and theater community within the county. Ball said this was an effort to “help stabilize and support this community” after the coronavirus pandemic decimated businesses. (Balt Sun)

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Coalition of Heavyweight Insiders Launches Opposition to Montgomery County Ballot Measures

An influential and potentially well-funded bipartisan coalition intent on defeating Montgomery County ballot initiatives that would eliminate at-large County Council seats and limit real property tax increases will make its debut Monday, according to a source familiar with the plans. The group will be co-chaired by two popular, former high-ranking county-based lawmakers with backing from a prominent county businessman, and others. (Md Matters)

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Baltimore ballots will include mistake on referendum question, insert to be included with correct language

Voters in Baltimore must navigate an additional challenge when casting their ballots this fall: Ballots being printed for city voters contain a mistake that election officials say was discovered too late to fix. The city’s voters will receive an insert with corrected language when they receive their mail-in ballots and notices will be posted in all city voting booths. (Balt Sun)

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