Baltimore’s Ceasefire Weekends Dramatically Reduce Gun Violence, Study Finds

While Baltimore continues to grapple with its high homicide rate, a new study looking at a community group’s efforts to stop the bloodshed shows those “ceasefire weekends” are making an impact. The study, published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, found the ceasefire weekend initiative reduced gun violence by more than 50 percent during the weekends in which they were held. (WJZ)

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Lawyers for man wrongly imprisoned paint ‘compelling picture’ of a pattern of misconduct by Baltimore detectives, judge finds

Attorneys for the family of a deceased Baltimore man who spent 17 years in prison before being exonerated of murder charges in 2016 will soon begin collecting evidence in a civil lawsuit alleging a prolonged and widespread “pattern” of misconduct by Baltimore Police homicide detectives. (Balt. Sun)

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E-ZPass Outreach Events Scheduled Ahead Of Cashless Tolling At Bay Bridge This Summer

With cashless tolling coming to the Bay Bridge this summer, the MDTA wants to make it easier for drivers to get E-ZPass. They’re hosting nine outreach programs in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s Counties, giving out free transponders to new customers. (WJZ)

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County To Spend $57K On Broadband Service Evaluation

County officials agreed this week to spend close to $60,000 to test the broadband service currently available in Worcester County. The Worcester County Commissioners voted unanimously to have CTC Technology & Energy test broadband service in the county at a cost of $57,500. The testing is meant to determine whether Bloosurf, the company that has received federal grants to bring high speed internet to Worcester County, has actually delivered the service. (Dispatch)

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Baltimore Police gives officers get mixed reviews for handling First Amendment rights — especially in arrests

Baltimore police officers received mixed reviews for their handling of citizens’ First Amendment rights in an inaugural assessment of such interactions under the city’s consent decree with the Justice Department. Officers performed well at major public protests and in some street encounters, but also made several unjustified arrests and were the subject of at least six related misconduct investigations in the past year, the internal Baltimore Police Department assessment found. (Balt Sun)

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Md. comptroller wants ID scanners where vaping products are sold

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said his office will take “swift action” to implement the recommendations that were included in a state task force report on vaping. Speaking at the Board of Public Works meeting in Annapolis on Wednesday, Franchot said that while legislators consider bills that would deal with vaping, his office would take regulatory action where possible. (WTOP)

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Community Members, Students Hold Peace Rally Amid Violence In Baltimore

Community members and students gathered outside Edmondson Westside High School on Wednesday to call for change amid the violence in Baltimore. Those who were there called for peace, unity and an end to the violence. The peace rally follows a violent 48 hours that saw six people shot on Tuesday night, and two others shot on Wednesday night. (WJZ)

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In Maryland, too many autopsies, not enough medical examiners

The Maryland Medical Examiner's Office is scrambling to fill persistent and new vacancies that are threatening its ability to handle a crushing load of cases stemming from the long-running opioid epidemic and a stubbornly high pace of homicides in Baltimore. Compounding the problem, the state’s well-regarded, longtime chief medical examiner left the office at the end of 2019, citing the challenges the office faces in coping with the overdose crisis. An assistant is serving as acting chief examiner while a search is underway. (Wash. Post)

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