Confederate monuments taken down in Baltimore overnight

Confederate statues in Baltimore were removed from their concrete bases overnight, as crews using heavy machinery loaded them onto flat bed trucks and hauled them away. The action comes after Baltimore City Council approved a plan Monday night to remove four statues linked to the Confederacy from public spaces in the city, after a national conversation began following a deadly act of terror during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday. (Balt. Sun)

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Prospective Baltimore consent decree monitors answer questions from the public

About 75 people people gathered a public meeting Tuesday night in West Baltimore to hear from four prospective teams that could be chosen to lead sweeping police reforms in Baltimore. Many questions at the three-hour long meeting at the Baltimore City Community College Auditorium centered around how the teams would engage with the community. (Balt. Sun)

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Leggett asks firm to review job-loss estimates in controversial minimum wage study

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett on Tuesday asked the authors of a controversial study to review their findings that the county could lose 47,000 jobs by 2022 if the minimum hourly wage increases to $15. Leggett's letter comes after significant questions were raised about the methodology used to create the study by Philadelphia-based research firm PFM. (Bethesda)

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As judge considers holding state in contempt, Md. health secretary defends psychiatric care

Maryland’s top health official spent more than 90 minutes in court Tuesday morning defending the pace at which the state is moving mentally ill criminal defendants out of jail and into treatment. A Baltimore judge is weighing whether to hold the state in contempt for failing to follow court orders to immediately move those individuals into treatment. At times, they have languished in jail for months waiting for space to open in one of the state-run psychiatric hospitals. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. man pleads guilty to accepting nearly $9,000 to help carry out U.S. terrorist attack

A Maryland man accused of accepting nearly $9,000 from foreign entities to finance a terrorist attack in the United States has pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State. Mohamed Yousef Elshinawy, 32, of Edgewood, pledged his allegiance to the militant group and received cash from foreign companies run by people looking to develop weaponized drones, according to federal court records outlining the government's allegations. (Wash. Post)

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Hagerstown cemetery cool to taking Confederate monument

When Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Monday that she plans to remove monuments tied to slavery from the city, she said her staff has "identified cemeteries where Confederate soldiers have been buried" as potential locations for them. First on the list was Washington Confederate Cemetery, which is within Hagerstown's Rose Hill Cemetery. And although Pugh's statement said "we will inquire as to their willingness to accept the monuments," the short answer for Rose Hill is likely: "No, thanks." (Herald-Mail)

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Hagerstown considers tougher rental-unit laws

Strengthening rental-unit laws, a topic of much previous debate, was brought to the table again during a Hagerstown City Council work session Tuesday. Cracking down on the licensing and inspection requirements for rental properties in the city was proposed at the meeting, including allowing liens on properties and changing the inspection schedule. (Herald-Mail)

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Why your Baltimore Co. tax bill looks different

Baltimore County taxpayers saw an increase in their water distribution and sewer rates for the third year in a row. The County announced there would be increases last year, but there's still been a lot of confusion and complaints over why and how the county is calculating the new bill. Bobbie Roberts, a 20-year Towson resident, was concerned when she opened her most recent bill. She owed $715 for something called the “metro service charge.” (WMAR-TV)

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