Salisbury mayor joins calls for removal of Confederate historical marker

The peaceful lawn of the historic Wicomico County Courthouse with its tall, old shade trees and brick walkways seems an unlikely place for a controversy to be brewing. Most of the drama over the years has happened inside the 1870s structure. But a historical marker on the property recognizing a Confederate general is renewing the rift between North and South. James Yamakawa of the group Showing Up for Racial Justice wants the marker commemorating Gen. John Henry Winder removed from the courthouse property, which is the site of the former Byrd Tavern where slaves were kept prior to be auctioned off. (Daily Times)

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Columbia's history explored in collection of essays by those who know it best

One of Columbia's original architects and planners, Robert Tennenbaum, revealed his second book on June 19, which explores the 50-year-old city's transformation through the local prospective. "Columbia, Maryland: A Fifty-year Retrospective of a Model City," features a collection of essays from 63 contributing writers who've watched their city transform since its foundation in 1967. Tennenbaum's first book, "Columbia, Maryland: Creating a New City," was published in 1996 and reviews the foundation of Columbia as told by 15 volunteer writers. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Acting MTA chief: BaltimoreLink bus system launch went 'pretty smoothly'

Until the Maryland Transit Administration began planning its $135 million BaltimoreLink bus route overhaul that launched this week, state transit officials had neither ridden bus routes to create accurate schedules nor updated the routes after the installation of the light rail or metro subway systems decades ago, acting administrator Kevin B. Quinn Jr. said Wednesday. The result? "Completely unrealistic schedules" that would require bus drivers to be "NASCAR drivers" to get to all their stops on time, and antiquated routes that didn't align with current job centers, entertainment and other transit, he said. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. court overturns rape conviction, cites decades-old speedy-trial violation

Maryland’s second-highest court Tuesday overturned a man’s recent conviction on charges of having raped two teenagers 35 years ago, citing more recently discovered evidence that prosecutors in 1983 acknowledged their failure to bring him to trial within 180 days of his initial counsel-represented court appearance in 1982. (Daily Record)

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Howard County Housing Commission names Peter Engel new executive director

The Howard County Housing Commission has appointed longtime community development professional Peter Engel as its new executive director. Engel began his new position on Monday. Engel joins the commission following the unexpected death of former executive director Thomas Carbo in November 2016. Ada Best had been serving as acting executive directorappointment. A former resident of Howard County, Engel most recently was the deputy commissioner for project finance and development at the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Montogomery Co. official wants freedom for dogs

A Montgomery County councilman named Katz wants more freedom for dogs. A new measure sponsored by Councilman Sidney Katz would loosen dog-leashing rules in dog parks. It would allow dogs to be off-leash in dog parks that are established by municipalities in the county. Dogs can now be off-leash in county dog parks overseen by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. But that doesn't go for dog parks that are established by municipalities within the county. (WMAR)

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Herd mentality: Goat yoga is gaining popularity in Maryland

A cool breeze rippled through the grass as baby pygmy goats roamed inside a fenced-off field in Carroll County one recent Saturday. The gentle call of birds floated overhead, occasionally mixing with the goats' bleats, as yogis laid out mats among the pygmies. That back-to-nature feel — and the goats, in particular — is exactly what brought the small group with yoga mats out to Lil Holler Farm's first goat yoga class. Instructors and participants say goat yoga is gaining popularity throughout the Baltimore region and the nation because not only is it calming and good for beginners, but it's a novelty ... and of course the animals are just so darn cute. (Balt. Sun)

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June 21 // Federal officials provide new data in BWI noise controversy

Residents concerned with changes to flight patterns at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport got a detailed explanation and analysis of how arrival and departure paths have changed between 2014 and 2016 on Tuesday night. People living on or near flight paths leading to and from the airport shared stories at a meeting last month of planes waking them up and keeping them awake. The loud, frequent noises cause health problems and anxiety, people said. (Capital)

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