Dept. of Public Works, Baltimore youth unveil new mural

Baltimore’s youth is working to transform the city. Friday, the Department of Public Works Youth Workers unveiled their brand new mural outside a DPW facility. Now when driving down North Fulton Avenue near Druid Hill Avenue, someone might see a work of art, created by the Youth Workers. (WJZ-TV)

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August 17 // As another surge of stormwater and pollution flows through Conowingo Dam, scientists worry about impact on oysters, grasses

A surge of stormwater and pollution from Pennsylvania and New York was flowing into the Chesapeake Bay through the Conowingo Dam again Thursday, raising concerns that the relentlessly rainy summer could threaten oyster reproduction and throw off bay ecology for some time to come. Even as scientists were assessing the environmental impact from recent storms, rising Susquehanna River waters were prompting dam operator Exelon Corp. to open Conowingo floodgates for the second time in three weeks, sending a deluge of muddy brown waters into the upper Chesapeake. (Balt. Sun)

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Catholic Church: No reports of abuse in Maryland by priest accused in Pennsylvania

A priest who was accused of improper sexual relationships with girls in Pennsylvania and later allowed to minister in Baltimore was not the subject of any abuse reports in Maryland, according to the priest’s religious order and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Rev. Arthur Long, who died in 2004, was among hundreds of priests named as alleged abusers in a report this week from a grand jury in Pennsylvania. After Long was reported for having inappropriate relationships with girls in 1987, he continued serving as a priest and was allowed to come to Baltimore by the late Cardinal William H. Keeler. (Balt. Sun)

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Blandair's next phase has a focus on inclusive play

A groundbreaking ceremony for the biggest, most expensive — and most inclusive — playground in a Howard County-owned park will take place at 9 a.m. Wednesday in east Columbia, as development of the third phase of Blandair Regional Park gets underway. County Executive Allan Kittleman and other officials are expected to attend the event, which is open to the public and will take place in a field at the site off Oakland Mills Road. County Recreation and Parks Department officials estimate the $10.9 million project will take 18 months to complete and will open in the late spring or early summer of 2020. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Goats take a bite out of invasive plants in Whitehall Bay project

It turns out that goats, and their voracious appetites and hearty digestive systems, are pretty good for Maryland’s wetlands. On Wednesday morning a herd of around 20 of the four-legged eating machines were unleashed on Whitehall Bay’s shores where they were crucial players in an effort to eliminate invasive plants. Their job? Eat their way through a ¼-acre lot filled with phragmites, an invasive grass that arrived from Europe in the 19th century. After the goats do their thing, volunteers will hand-plant native grasses to help reclaim the shoreline. (Capital)

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Jordan McNair's father: Maryland coach DJ Durkin 'shouldn't be able to work with anybody else's kid'

The father of Jordan McNair, the 19-year-old Maryland football player who died of heatstroke weeks after collapsing at practice in May, called for the firing of Terps head football coach DJ Durkin Thursday. In an interview with Michael Strahan on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Martin McNair said the coach, who is on administrative leave along with three other staff members pending a review of the team’s culture, should not return to the sidelines. “He shouldn’t be able to work with anybody else’s kid,” he said. “Of course he should be fired.” (Balt. Sun)

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Outgoing Carroll commissioners Rothschild, Howard talk last MACo conference

Carroll County’s five commissioners are away this week to talk about water at the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference in Ocean City. Although three of the five might return to their seats after elections this fall, Commissioners Richard Rothschild, R-District 4, and Doug Howard, R-District 5, are approaching the end of their second terms and representing their districts at the conference for the last time. The topic of this summer’s conference includes “infrastructure, treatment, and regulations that ensure safe and healthy water flows through our pipes,” and “floods and other natural disasters, and ways to put the wind back in the sails of a tight budget,” according to MACo’s website. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Harford doctor named assistant state emergency medical services director, in line for top EMS post

Dr. Timothy Chizmar, an emergency room physician with University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, medical director for Harford County EMS and an active member of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, has been named assistant state EMS medical director for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, or MIEMSS. The appointment puts Chizmar in line to succeed the current state EMS medical director when he retires this fall. “One of my greatest passions is EMS and trying to advance what EMS is able to do,” Chizmar, 37, of Bel Air, said Thursday. (Aegis)

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