Survey: Majority in Montgomery County favor wearing mask, large number report seeing incorrect usage

Montgomery County, Maryland, released results of a survey that finds most people support wearing a face covering during the pandemic, but a large portion of respondents said they have seen people wearing them improperly. The survey, which was shared through the county’s social media accounts along, with other applications such as WhatsApp and Nextdoor, found that 91% believe face coverings are “very important” to stop the spread of COVID-19. (WTOP)

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Prince George’s County to inspect school, park fields for COVID-19 compliance

A team of inspectors from Prince George’s County in Maryland will be visiting fields in county schools and parks over the weekend to make sure that people using them are following coronavirus guidelines. County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced Friday that the Ambassador COVID-19 Compliance Team, along with Prince George’s County police, will be checking sports fields owned by the county’s public schools and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to make sure users are not participating in high-contact sports, which are currently prohibited under a county executive order. (WTOP)

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Bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act will benefit C&O Canal and state parks

The C&O Canal National Historical Park and several Western Maryland state parks will benefit from the Great American Outdoors Act, which recently passed both houses of Congress and is awaiting action by President Donald Trump. The legislation will provide $900 million per year to programs funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The act passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday and the U.S. Senate last month. (Times-News)

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A county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore quietly takes down a Confederate memorial, after years of rejecting the idea

Every time Amber Green walked past the Wicomico County Courthouse in Salisbury, it angered her to see the historical marker on its grounds dedicated to a notorious Confederate general. Gen. John Winder wasn’t just a military leader who used his talents in service of the white supremacist South. Many historians consider him a war criminal for directing a Confederate prison system in which more than 13,000 Union soldiers died in one camp alone, chiefly of diarrhea and scurvy. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland election board told state faces ‘emergency,’ is short 14,000 judges due to pandemic

With little more than 100 days to Nov. 3, Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City are short nearly 14,000 election judges and “it’s becoming impossible to fill all of these vacancies” during a pandemic, the state elections board was told Thursday. “That’s 35% vacancies,” said David Garreis, president of the Maryland Association of Election Officials. “A 35% vacancy rate so close to Election Day ... is an emergency for the local boards,” he said. (Balt Sun)

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Federal judge overseeing Baltimore Police consent decree says ‘defunding the police’ is not an option

Amid calls nationwide to “defund the police,” the federal judge overseeing the Baltimore Police consent decree said Thursday that “such reform options may exist in other cities, but not here.” U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar doubled down on his support for the city to continue with its years-long reform efforts, which require increased funding and hiring more police officers, despite the recent push to shift police funding to other areas or restructure policing to incorporate more social services. (Balt Sun)

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Prosecutors seek 3-year sentence for former Baltimore delegate Cheryl Glenn; she asks for home detention

Federal prosecutors used Cheryl Glenn’s words against her as they outlined why they believe the former Baltimore legislator deserves a three-year prison sentence. In 2017, Glenn said it was “incredulous” that one of her Maryland House of Delegates colleagues got a “slap on the wrist” in the form of an ethics committee’s recommendation of a reprimand for not fully disclosing his ties to a medical marijuana company as he crafted legislation to build the industry. (Balt Sun)

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Ethics panel: Maryland judges should not attend Black Lives Matter events

The Maryland Judicial Ethics Committee released an opinion Wednesday saying that the state’s judges should not participate in events for the Black Lives Matter movement. The opinion, which is nonbinding but considered a guideline for judges, states that participation in Black Lives Matter protests, marches or rallies “could cause a reasonable person to question a judge’s independence or impartiality,” given that they concern law enforcement and perceived shortcomings in the system of justice. (Balt Sun)

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