Violent weekend in Baltimore ends with 10 people shot, three fatally

Four shootings left one dead and three others injured on Sunday, Baltimore Police said, ending a violent weekend in Baltimore. Ten people were shot — three fatally — from Friday night to Monday morning in the city. Just after 7 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a shooting in the 1800 block of West Fayette St. in the Franklin Square neighborhood, where they found a 24-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his body, police said. The man was transported to an area hospital where he later died, police said. (Balt. Sun)

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Medical cannabis patients face tech, billing issues in getting state-issued IDs

Marylanders are having trouble getting their IDs — and not just the federally required Real IDs. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission has suspended a deadline that would have required every medical cannabis consumer in the state to obtain a state-issued ID card by April 1. The deadline has been extended indefinitely, as the commission faces billing and technical difficulties getting thousands of patients properly documented. A new rule that went into effect on Jan. 1 requires all new medical cannabis patients to purchase an official ID card. The cards cost $50 and must be specially printed and distributed through the commission. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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How far does $100,000 go in Baltimore compared with 49 other metros?

Greater Baltimore sits squarely in the middle of a new ranking looking at how far a $100,000 annually goes. An analysis from GoBankingRates crunched the numbers on how far that six-figure salary goes in 50 U.S. cities when accounting for essentials such as rent, groceries and health care. Among the 50 cities analyzed, Baltimore came in at No. 24, just behind Nashville, Tennessee, and just ahead of Mesa, Arizona. After taxes and essentials such as rent and groceries, Baltimore-area workers earning $100,000 a year have $35,814 left over. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Howard joins state, local jurisdictions in suing opioid manufacturers

Howard County has followed several local jurisdictions as well as the state of Maryland in filing a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid OxyContin, and other opioid manufacturers and distributors for their alleged role in the opioid epidemic. In Howard County, more than 130 people, 38 of those from 2018 alone, have died from an opioid overdose since 2016, County Executive Calvin Ball said in a statement Friday. (Balt. Sun) 

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Analysis of ransomware used in Baltimore attack indicates hackers needed 'unfettered access' to city computers

Officials in the eastern North Carolina city of Greenville arrived to work one morning in early April to find the files on some 800 of their computers locked up. More than five weeks later, they’re still recovering from the debilitating cyberattack. The city of around 92,000 realized April 10 it had fallen prey to hackers — the first known victim of a new strain of so-called ransomware dubbed RobbinHood. Somehow, the attackers gained access to a city administrative account, allowing them to take over the system and sow the virus one computer at a time. (Balt. Sun)

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Filly dies on track at Pimlico the day before Preakness

A filly collapsed and died while running at Pimlico Race Course on Friday, the day before the track hosts the second leg of the Triple Crown. Congrats Gal faltered in the upper stretch of the Miss Preakness Stakes in 83-degree heat and was eased to the finish line. The Florida-bred 3-year-old was running her sixth career race. She came in last in the eighth race on the card and fell to the dirt about 100 yards past the finish line. (WTOP)

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Gas company sues Maryland over blocked pipeline

A gas company has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Maryland after a board of high-ranking state officials voted unanimously to reject a proposed pipeline across 3 miles (4 kilometers) of western Maryland. Columbia Gas filed the lawsuit Thursday to seek access to the property through eminent domain proceedings. Maryland’s Board of Public Works, which includes Gov. Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, voted 3-0 in January against an easement for TransCanada’s pipeline. (WTOP)

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Baltimore officials announce manual workaround for property sales during ransomware recovery

A plan backed by the real estate industry to get Baltimore’s property market moving again in the midst of a crippling ransomware attack will start Monday, the mayor’s office said. The ransomware, which shut down many city computer systems last week, has made it impossible for buyers to obtain certificates showing there are no liens against the properties they want to purchase. Without those certificates, title insurance companies have been unwilling to sign off on transactions. (Balt. Sun)

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