Baltimore Police commissioner to bring in outside consultant to review killing of Det. Sean Suiter

Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa has decided to bring in an outside consultant to review last year’s unsolved killing of Detective Sean Suiter, police officials confirmed Thursday. T.J. Smith, a police spokesman, said the outside review would put “a fresh set of eyes” on the Suiter case. He offered no further information. Suiter, a homicide detective, was fatally shot with his own gun on Nov. 15 while investigating a triple homicide in a vacant lot in West Baltimore. No one has been charged in his death. (Balt. Sun)

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DelFest organizers to bring world to Allegany County with second festival

Organizers of DelFest, a bluegrass festival held each year on Memorial Day weekend at the Allegany County Fairgrounds, plan to bring the world to the county by adding a second annual music event to the fairgrounds, slated to begin in early fall next year. “We’re going to have another festival,” DelFest namesake and bluegrass legend Del McCoury said, “and what better place to have it than Allegany County. “If you would let us stay here. We would like to stay here forever.” (Times-News)

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Harford council president says he's a human climate change denier

The president of the Harford County Council says changes in climate occur naturally and are not directly a result of human activity and arguments for the latter are “bogus.” Speaking during the business from the president portion of Tuesday night’s council meeting in Bel Air, Council President Richard Slutzky blamed the United Nations in particular for stoking the worldwide concerns about climate in order to effect the transfer of wealth from richer countries like the United States to poorer ones. (Aegis)

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Commissioners mull lawsuit against drug makers

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners are mulling joining other Maryland jurisdictions in filing suit against opioid drug manufacturers. Carroll would be the seventh jurisdiction to either file suit or consider filing suit against drug makers, along with Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard and Montgomery counties, along with Baltimore. Alleging deceptive marketing practices on the part of drug makers such as Purdue Pharma, maker of the popular OxyContin medication, these lawsuits seek damages to recompense jurisdictions for the cost of responding to the opioid addiction epidemic. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Howard County partners with crisis agency to offer daily drug abuse screenings

Howard County’s latest initiative to fight rising opioid deaths and overdoses is a partnership between Grassroots Crisis Intervention and the county health department that will provide daily walk-in drug abuse screenings and treatment referrals. The partnership, funded by a one-year, $125,000 state grant and announced Wednesday, will allow Grassroots to hire a full-time and part-time licensed graduate social worker to conduct the screenings in Columbia from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 19. Grassroots Executive Director Ayesha Holmes said other counselors at the center will also be able to assist in screenings if needed. (Columbia Flier)

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Some Baltimore City Council members want to examine Inner Harbor safety after man's death

Two Baltimore City Council members on Thursday said the city should examine safety measures along the waterfront after a man fell into the harbor and died earlier this month. Councilman Zeke Cohen, whose district includes much of the waterfront in the southeast part of the city, said the man’s death “drives home the need to rethink safety as it relates to water.” “Folks bike, they walk, they even run and I know there have been questions about putting up railings or fences or whatever,” Cohen said. “It’s a question worth engaging.” (Balt. Sun)

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In honor of Olympics, Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan dishes on Korean cuisine, favorite recipes

Food has always played a big part in Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan’s life. The youngest of eight, Hogan grew up in a small town in South Korea. She would often gather around the table with her siblings, grandparents and parents to share a meal. “We were always eating and happy,” said Hogan, who later learned to cook from her mother and her sister. She’d often call them for recipes after she moved to the United States, and with practice, Korean cuisine has become her specialty. Hogan now cooks in bulk for major events like this month’s Lunar Year Celebration at Government House, and offers her expertise to chefs at the governor’s residence. (Balt. Sun)

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Death related to past Baltimore shooting bumps 2018 homicide count to 30

A recent death linked to a past shooting in Baltimore has increased the 2018 homicide count to 30, according to police. Maurice Anthony Knight, 34, was shot on June 16 about 10:08 p.m. near the 4000 block of Old York Road in North Baltimore. He was treated at a local hospital, then transferred to a rehabilitation and assisted living facility for further care, police said. He died on Sept. 27, and the medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide caused by the June shooting. T.J. Smith, a police spokesman, said that ruling was made this year, so Knight’s killing counts in the 2018 calendar year. (Balt. Sun)

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