Maps showing potential sites for another Chesapeake Bay crossing rile Maryland residents

Maps leaked from the Maryland Transportation Authority showing potential sites for a new toll bridge across the Chesapeake Bay have riled residents worried a crossing could potentially bring tens of thousands of additional vehicles through their communities. State Del. Robin L. Grammer Jr. (R-Baltimore County) posted one of the maps — he said a “nonpolitical acquaintance” sent him the link — on Facebook on Feb. 8. Within a week, the post had drawn nearly 600 comments and more than 177,000 views, he said. (Wash. Post)

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Md. farmers fight to keep pesticide in arsenal despite research on toxic effects

A locally used pesticide has come under state scrutiny for the second straight year. Maryland lawmakers are again considering a state ban on chlorpyrifos, a pesticide used on fruit trees, vegetables, soybeans and row crops to control pests, for its potentially negative health effects on children and women of child-bearing age. The proposed ban has caused concern for farmers, however, who rely on the class of pesticides to protect their livelihoods from bugs. (News-Post)

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In a first, Crofton man delivers speech to NAACP — two years after hanging noose at school

Nearly two years after he hung a noose at Crofton Middle School, Conner Prout stood in front of the Anne Arundel County chapter of the NAACP on Saturday afternoon to recount what he’s learned. “At the time I viewed it as a cheap scare to the students and faculty at Crofton Middle, and I assumed it would be forgotten in a day’s time,” he said. Since then, he said, “I’ve realized the noose wasn’t just a cheap scare. It had truly terrified people.” His speech and presentation of artwork marked the final event in his court-ordered community service — and the first time, according to one official, that the Anne Arundel County NAACP has participated in a “restorative justice” case. (Balt. Sun)
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‘Winters Without A Lot Of Snow, Much More Rainfall’ | How Baltimore Will Experience Future Climate Change

Climate change often sounds like something down the road, so a Maryland scientist went and put it on a map. There’s still ice and snow in far western Maryland but at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science, a study is focused on warmer places. “Those kind of climates are coming to us,” said bio-geographer Matt Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick has spent the past decade mapping what a 5-degree increase in global temperatures will mean locally. (WJZ-TV)

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Solar tax credit to decrease in 2020

This year is the last chance for consumers to take full advantage of the Solar Investment Tax Credit offered by the federal government, according to Paradise Energy Solutions, a solar installation company with projects across the state and offices in Salisbury and Hagerstown. Since 2006, the tax credit has offered homes and businesses a 30 percent tax credit for installing their system. This dollar-for-dollar credit reduces the income taxes a person or company would pay to the federal government, cutting the cost of a solar system by nearly a third. (Times-News)

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Md. police partner with Ring app to offer neighbors digital crime watch

The technology company Ring, known for its video doorbell device and home security cameras, has a modern take on the concept of a neighborhood watch, and Prince George’s County Police are all in. Prince George’s County police said they will use the Ring Neighbors app to share crime information at the local level. County Police Lieutenant Calvin Tyson said his department adds information to what residents share on the app, and his officers can receive photos and tips from residents who notice suspicious activity. (WTOP)

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Baltimore program turns vacant public housing units into homes for the homeless

 

Baltimore’s latest effort to get the most vulnerable families into permanent housing and off the streets, out of shelters and no longer couch surfing involves an obvious solution: pairing them up with vacant apartments in the city’s public housing complexes that have sat empty amid a shortage of federal dollars to fix them up. The Housing Authority of Baltimore launched a program with the Mayor’s Office of Human Services and Health Care for the Homeless to place up to 50 chronically homeless families into the units that have been in need of repair. (Wash. Post)

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Towson Church Stands Up Against Hate After Signs Are Vandalized

A progressive church in Towson is standing up against hate after signs welcoming a diverse congregation were vandalized last week. It took only a few hours for Maryland Presbyterian Church to replace the signs along Providence Rd. Towson Church Says A Sign Showing Support For LGBTQ+ Community Was Vandalized Monday. Signs that welcome those of all races, faiths, genders, and orientations. Signs that one week ago, were vandalized. “So the immediate response from the church was to put up new signs,” said Reverend David Thomas with the MPC. ” (WJZ-TV)

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