Downpours, runoff lead to decline in Chesapeake Bay’s health

Scientists say the health of America’s largest estuary declined last year due to the effects of record-breaking precipitation. Researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science gave the Chesapeake Bay an overall grade of 46% for 2018, down from 54% in 2017. All of the indicators factored into the bay’s health index declined or stayed flat last year. Its letter grade of “C” is unchanged. (AP)

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More Than 60 Horses Have Died At Califonia Racetrack Run By Pimlico Owners The Stronach Group

More than 60 horses have died at a California racetrack operated by the same family that owns Pimlico and the Preakness, a CBS investigation revealed. Spectacular Music, a 3-year-old gelding, suffered a pelvic injury at the Santa Anita track Sunday, and a decision was made on Monday morning to euthanize him, The Associated Press reported. According to the track’s owners, pelvic injuries are rare and they are investigating what could have caused the “uncommon injury.” The Santa Anita track is owned by The Stronach Group. It’s the same family that owns Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. (WJZ-TV)

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'I gave up': City Hall ransomware attack continues to hamper real estate deals

Jerry Toadvine walked away from City Hall in frustration on Monday as the ongoing effort to manually jumpstart real estate transactions moved at a snail's pace. "I gave up," he said, after waiting all day with a stack of pending real estate settlements in need of lien certificates. Under normal circumstances, the certificates could take an hour or so with the use of computer-based data portals for property taxes, water bills and other municipal fees. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore County Colleagues Remember Caprio A Year After Her Death

Baltimore County police officers donned black mourning bands on their badges on Tuesday, marking a year since the murder of Officer Amy Caprio. Caprio was run down while responding to a call for a suspicious vehicle in the Perry Hall area. She confronted Baltimore teen Dawnta Harris, who was behind the wheel of a stolen Jeep. Ignoring her orders to get out of the car, he instead drove at her. He was convicted earlier this month of felony murder. Caprio had been with the department for nearly four years and was days shy of her 30th birthday when she was killed. (WBAL-Radio)

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Young: Property Transactions To Resume Amid Ransomware Attack

Baltimore City offices will be open for extended hours on Monday to help residents work through their standing real estate transactions amid the recovery from the crippling ransomware attack. Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said that a manual "workaround" has been established to process real estate transactions after many property plans were put on hold during the city's computer system outage.  "We are well into the restorative process, and as I’ve indicated, are cooperating with the FBI on their investigation," Young said. "Due to that investigation, we are not able to share information about the attack. To the extent that we can, we will continue to keep you informed about our process." To better accommodate citizens, the Abel Wolman Municipal Building will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting on Monday. (WBAL-Radio) 

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Anton Black case: Activists say Greensboro is silencing debate, file Open Meetings complaint

Eight months after Anton Black died in police custody on the Eastern Shore, an activist community coalition has filed a complaint with a state oversight board alleging that the Greensboro Town Council is trying to silence public comments and limit oversight of the case’s handling. “They want to shut us down and shut us out,” said Richard Potter, co-founder of the Coalition for Justice for Anton Black. Black, a 19-year-old African-American man who died in police custody in Caroline County, suffered a sudden cardiac death while being arrested the evening of Sept. 15. 

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Morgan Properties raises $33K for childhood cancer research

Morgan Properties, the largest apartment owner in Maryland, raised nearly $33,191 in charitable contributions among its 167 apartment communities nationwide for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to help fund childhood cancer research. More than 30 properties in Maryland participated in the fundraiser, collecting nearly $11,000. The $33,191 raised topped the company’s 2018 donation, its first year collecting donations. (Daily Record)

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Would you still attend the Preakness if it left Baltimore? We polled spectators, officials

Whether they were partying in the infield, placing bets in the clubhouse or mingling in the corporate village, many in the crowd at Saturday’s Preakness Stakes shared one burning question: would this year’s race be one of the last at Pimlico Race Course? Hanging over the festivities was the still very much unresolved debate over whether the Triple Crown race should be moved from its Northwest Baltimore home of more than a century to a newer facility in Laurel Park. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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