Ben Jealous says he'll try to revive the Baltimore Red Line, but that might be more than anyone can deliver

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous says that if he is elected governor in November, he'll work to revive Baltimore's Red Line. That might be more than anyone can deliver. When Republican Gov. Larry Hogan withdrew the state’s support for the $3 billion east-west light rail line after entering office in 2015, he didn’t just kill the project. He drove a figurative spike through its heart — giving up federal funding, and spending the state’s portion on other transportation priorities — making it difficult for any future governor to resurrect it. (Balt. Sun)

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Tentative construction options unveiled for Maryland's ambitious plan to widen the Beltway and I-270

An ambitious plan to widen lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 is entering a new phase with the release of a long list of possible construction alternatives this week. Maryland transportation officials Tuesday unveiled 15 preliminary options that include the addition of congestion-priced toll lanes as well as dedicated bus lanes that would address traffic congestion on the two major highways. The alternatives provide the most detail of what the project might look like on I-270 and the Beltway. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore seeks 'can-do, reform minded' police commissioner in job listing

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday she’s been impressed by acting Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle — but is nevertheless collecting resumes from “across the country” from candidates to be the city’s top cop. Tuggle has been acting commissioner since May. He took over for Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, who stepped down after he was charged with failing to file federal tax documents. Tuggle has said he wants the job permanently. “I’m confident in what he’s doing at this point. Absolutely,” Pugh said. (Balt. Sun)

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Funds honoring slain Capital Gazette staffers have raised nearly $685,000

Thousands of people have contributed nearly $685,000 to a pair of funds created after the June 28 mass shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom, and donations small and large continue to come in. The outpouring by people with and without direct connections to the Annapolis newspapers has benefited a fund set up for families, victims and survivors of the attack and another for scholarships for aspiring journalists. (Balt. Sun)

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New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

A new ordinance in Baltimore bars city restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus. Baltimore's health department says the measure went into effect Wednesday. Water, milk and 100 percent fruit juices must now be the default beverage choices for kids' meals at city eateries. Children can still drink soda at city restaurants if an accompanying adult orders one for them. Dr. Leana Wen is Baltimore's health commissioner. She says the law "will help families make the healthy choice the easy choice." (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Police Department is buying a nearly $72,000 underwater robot to search the Inner Harbor

The Baltimore Police Department is buying an underwater robot to help officers search the depths of the Inner Harbor and other waterways, after using one to find the body of a man who drowned after running from officers. The $71,786 robot — technically a remotely operated underwater vehicle — will supplement the department’s existing teams of divers. Police spokesman T.J. Smith said officers borrowed a similar robot to search for a man who fled in March after being questioned and jumped into the water in Fells Point. “It’s a piece of equipment that will assist us greatly in recovery efforts moving forward,” Smith said. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s Co. Council wants Hogan to drop BW Parkway takeover plan

The Prince George’s County Council is against a long-range proposal aimed at transferring the Baltimore-Washington Parkway from federal to state control — a step that could bring toll lanes to the parkway. Council members voted unanimously 6-0 at Tuesday’s meeting to send a letter to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, asking him to drop his takeover plan. Last month, the Trump and Hogan administrations agreed to explore the possibility of having the state of Maryland take control of the parkway. (WTOP)

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'We just want to see some movement': Baltimore City Council questions transportation officials on traffic jams

Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello received more than 300 complaints about downtown traffic within a 48-hour period. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke sat at an intersection through three green lights, thinking she’d never make it through. Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s usually five-minute commute to City Hall took four times as long. City transportation director Michelle Pourciau endured more than an hour of criticism from the City Council Wednesday evening on her agency’s role in exacerbating the already bad congestion in downtown Baltimore. The department recently tried to adjust the timing of lights at some major intersections, and unintentionally set off days of rush-hour gridlock. (Balt. Sun)

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