Montgomery County Council urges Metro to keep rider advocacy group

Montgomery County officials are urging the Metro board to keep its Riders' Advisory Council, the sole direct rider liaison to transit agency officials. The board is slated to vote on eliminating the RAC at next Thursday’s meeting, and a majority of board members appear to support the move. But Thursday, Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner (D-District 1), in a letter signed he and his colleagues on the County Council, urged the board to reconsider. (Wash. Post)

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Howard, commissioners push back against planning commission letter about Freedom Plan

Commissioner Doug Howard spent a portion of Thursday’s meeting railing against a letter sent by the Planning and Zoning Commission to the Board of County Commissioners concerning the Freedom Area Comprehensive Plan, stating that timeliness was always a priority in completing the plan and that the commissioners acted within their legal authority to take the plan back to finish it. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Maryland's new Chesapeake Bay license plate highlights blue crab, bay bridge

Maryland drivers can update their expression of Chesapeake pride and help with efforts to “Save the Bay” with a new license plate design unveiled Thursday at Sandy Point State Park. The artwork for the new license plate was created by Tina Cardosi and Sujen Buford, of Frederick, Maryland-based design firm TM Design Inc. The new plate will be available beginning Oct. 29. It’s the third iteration of a Maryland bay-themed tag in 28 years. (Balt. Sun)

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As 'House of Cards' ends, Michael Kelly leaves behind a film love letter to Baltimore

It could have been just a job — spend six years in Baltimore filming Netflix’s “House of Cards,” then simply move on to the next role. But that’s not how it happened for Michael Kelly, so memorable (and thrice Emmy-nominated) as Doug Stamper, devoted underling to Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and doer of much of the dirty work Underwood himself couldn’t handle. Kelly, a New Yorker with roots in Georgia, grew to love the city, he says, living in Harbor East, taking runs along the waterfront to Fells Point, having dinner at the James Joyce Irish Pub. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George's planning board details maglev concerns

Prince George’s County planning officials have submitted a list of concerns to the Maryland Department of Transportation about plans to build a $12 billion high-speed train connecting Baltimore and D.C. Prince George’s County Planning Board Chairwoman Elizabeth Hewlett, in a four-page letter following a staff review last week of the project’s two proposed routes — connecting the two cities by superconducting magnetic levitation train technology in 15 minutes — does not squarely come out for or against the closely watched project, known as maglev for short and talked about for years. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Morrissey: Russell ‘combative, argumentative’ in meeting over issues with fellow judges

The top district court judge in Maryland on Thursday described morale at Baltimore City District Court as “non-existent” as a result of conflicts involving Judge Devy Patterson Russell. “I hate that this is happening right now,” Chief Judge John P. Morrissey told the Commission on Judicial Disabilities, the state ethics panel weighing disciplinary action against Russell. Russell is charged with failing to carry out her duties, displaying contempt for instructions from supervisors, unprofessional interactions with other judges and court staff and failing to cooperate with investigators during the disciplinary process. (Daily Record)

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October 18 // Baltimore hires a homeless services director with new support and prevention initiatives

Mayor Catherine Pugh introduced Baltimore's new director of homeless services Wednesday morning, a key part of several new initiatives to reduce homelessness across the city. Jerrianne Anthony jumped into the position during a City Hall press conference by detailing the new city-run programs and services aimed at making homelessness brief and less common. They include providing shelter and permanent housing for those experiencing or exiting homelessness, leveraging Medicaid services to offer health care and offering rental assistance to keep those facing eviction in their homes and out of the system. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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U.S. Attorney for Maryland outlines vision for reducing crime in Baltimore day after shooting spree

U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur is eyeing new initiatives including a partnership with Johns Hopkins University as part of his vision to reduce violent crime in Baltimore City. Speaking at a Greater Baltimore Committee breakfast event a day after 11 people were shot in the city, Hur told business leaders at a Greater Baltimore Committee breakfast event Wednesday that his office is working with city and federal law enforcement agencies to reduce crime. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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