Local Crab Picking Houses Could Be Cause Of Rising COVID-19 Positivity Rate In Dorchester County, State Officials Say

Dorchester County has recently seen a rise in its COVID-19 positivity rate, which officials said could potentially be linked to local crab picking houses. The positivity rate in Dorchester County is 7.27 percent. The increase is potentially linked to local crab picking houses, where widespread testing is underway, officials said. (WJZ-TV)

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‘The forgotten industry’: Westminster business calls on Congress to provide COVID-19 relief to bus companies

Feeling like the industry she works in was forgotten in coronavirus relief packages, Lauren Grote of Rill’s Bus Service in Westminster wrote to members of Congress to ask for help. Rill’s has been in business for 52 years and employs more than 50 people. It operates 38 school buses and five motorcoaches, all of which sat still for about four months after the pandemic hit, according to Grote. (Balt Sun)

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Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes opens Montgomery Co. academy focused on ‘healthy’ culture

A local Olympian is passing on her skills and hoping to create a safe and healthy place for young gymnasts as she opens her new academy in Montgomery County, Maryland. “When the unhealthy culture in the sport of gymnastics really became exposed during the Rio Olympic games, that’s when I really opened my eyes,” said Dominique Dawes, a native of Silver Spring and a member of the gold medal-winning 1996 Olympic gymnastics team. (WTOP)

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As Indoor Dining Ends For Now, Baltimore Restaurant Week Begins

Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week began Friday, the same day new restrictions on dining were set to go into effect in Baltimore City. Effective 5 p.m., indoor dining is again ordered to cease. Baltimoreans are also being ordered to wear face coverings outdoors in situations where social distancing is not possible. Well ahead of the latest orders, the Downtown Partnership had already made changes to the promotion, moving from offering prix fixe, multi-course meals to letting restaurants extend deals and discounts instead. (WBAL)

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Putts Fore Paws golf tournament to raise money for Humane Society of Harford County set to tee off Sept. 3

Clean your clubs, practice your swing and hope for a hole-in-one because the homeless animals at The Humane Society of Harford County are counting on area golfers to compete in the sixth annual “Putts Fore Paws” golf tournament on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace. A shotgun start at 10 a.m. kicks off what promises to be a great event to raise funds for the care and comfort of about 3,000 animals each year. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland, Brown Capital put $2.25M toward initiative to close racial gaps in neuroscience

A Baltimore-based initiative aimed at making neuroscience research more inclusive has landed $2.25 million in startup capital from the state and Brown Capital Management. The funding will support the African Ancestry Neuroscience Research Initiative, a project that aims to help close racial gaps in health research and accelerate efforts to find new treatments for brain disorders. (Balt Bus Journal)

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More Than 33K Marylanders Filed For Unemployment Last Week As Federal Unemployment Benefits Set To Expire, Leaving Some Worried

The additional $600 a week in unemployment benefits is going away, leaving jobless workers wondering how they’re going to survive. Clayton Northcraft and his roommates are packing up and moving out of their Pasadena apartment. “We really love it here…I mean, this is our community,” said Clayton Northcraft, an unemployed Pasadena resident. (WJZ)

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Caves Valley's $27M acquisition of Cross Keys offers hope to retailers

The sign posted outside the Village of Cross Keys this week sums up what many retailers and customers of the North Baltimore development are hoping to soon see: "Time to unlock the potential." The message on a bright blue board heralds a new day for much of the 54-year-old development off Falls Road. Towson-based Caves Valley Partners acquired the landmark on Tuesday for $27 million from VCK Realty LLC, a subsidiary of New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. (Balt Bus Journal)

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