Farmers set local, state priorities for 2019

With early voting opening on Thursday, the Frederick County Farm Bureau gathered to outline its local and state legislative priorities for 2019. Farmers from across the county gathered at the New Midway Volunteer Fire Co. building for the 97th annual meeting on Friday to verbally affirm 10 local and four state priorities. The votes come on the heels of a hard growing season marked by rain and the onset of tariffs at the federal level, which have dramatically reduced the sale price of soybeans. (News-Post)

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More KKK flyers found in South Baltimore's Riverside neighborhood

Baltimore police are investigating after another series of flyers encouraging white residents to join the Ku Klux Klan was discovered in Riverside on Friday. The flyers lined sidewalks on the 1500 block of Belt Street and were found on other nearby streets Friday morning. It marked at least the second time this month KKK propaganda was distributed in the South Baltimore neighborhood. (Balt. Sun)

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Ocean Pines brings in dogs to chase unshakeable geese population

The geese see them coming. In two groups of about 50 each, the birds stand quietly at attention. Waiting. As the threat approaches, they take action. Squawking, they race into the pond, hoping their predator will stay on dry land. But the chase continues, until the geese are forced to take flight disappearing over the trees bordering the entrance of Ocean Pines. For years, a large geese population has made this neighborhood their home, which local officials say causes water pollution and other issues. Enter Maryland Geese Control and their energetic border collies. (Daily Times)

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At 'Gubernatorial Rap Battle,' state politics comes in rhymed barbs

Doing his best to channel Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, rapper J. Law stood before a crowd of Baltimore residents Sunday afternoon and tossed barbs at his opponent, fellow battle rapper Ray Cobaine — aka incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. “So back me up, ’cause I ain’t backing down. The Democrat’s back in town, to fight against your policy that’s obviously discriminatory to people that’s black and brown,” J. Law rhymed — zeroing in on a searing critique, prevalent in some parts of the city, that Hogan has left Baltimore’s minority residents out of his equation for prosperity in Maryland. (Balt. Sun)

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October 19 // Hate in Maryland: From racist taunts to swastikas to a campus stabbing, bias reports up sharply in state

Students at Crofton Middle School find a noose hanging in the courtyard. In Montgomery County, a 13-year-old Jewish girl receives several anti-Semitic texts. They say, in part, “JNTD” — an acronym for Jews Need to Die. A gay man at Baltimore’s Gilmor Homes is beaten by a man yelling homophobic slurs. Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, a black college student from Calvert County, is confronted and stabbed to death on the University of Maryland campus, allegedly by a white student from Severn who was a member of a racist Facebook group. Reports of hate are on the rise in Maryland. (Balt. Sun)

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Two county watershed groups to merge into Arundel Rivers Federation

Two major Anne Arundel watershed groups are joining forces in the continued fight to improve local water quality. . The Thursday morning announcement by the South River Federation and West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc. said they plan to consolidate their two nonprofit organizations, pending approval from a membership vote later this month. The joint organization, the Arundel Rivers Federation, will focus on the continuing use of science, restoration and community action to make the South, West and Rhode rivers cleaner and healthier, a joint news release said. (Capital)

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Baltimore's last weekend without a shooting was the weekend Freddie Gray was arrested

New York City recently had its first weekend without a shooting in 25 years. The last time Baltimore went shooting-free from Friday through Sunday was in April 2015 — the same weekend Freddie Gray was arrested. Spurts of violence and high homicide rates have largely colored the last several years since Gray’s death. There have been 45 homicides in the last 30 days and 11 shootings on Tuesday alone. The high crime rate prompted the Baltimore Police Department to reassign hundreds of officers from administrative positions to patrol duty, as Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle and Mayor Catherine E. Pugh decried the shootings. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery Co. inspecting hundreds of voting machines before election

In Montgomery County, crews will spend the next few weeks meticulously inspecting voting machines to ensure everything is ready to go when Maryland heads to the polls on November 6. For Lisa Jones and her crew, pouring over the intricate machinery of over 600 voting machines might be far from fun, but it’s definitely important — even though it’s sure to be a grind. “It’s a lot of effort,” admitted Jones, after demonstrating the lengthy process that goes into checking and securing each voting machine. It can take up to three hours to examine a single machine and ballot-marking device, Jones went on to explain, including a 40-step process — established by the state, followed rigidly — to prove everything is in working order. (WTOP)

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