More Scrutiny Sought On Beach Umbrella Safety

With a spike in beach umbrella-related injuries in recent years, including an incident in Ocean City last summer, a group of U.S. Senators from mid-Atlantic states last week called for more scrutiny by a leading product safety authority. With the summer season rapidly approaching and the weather taking a decidedly better turn, beachgoers are starting to return to their favorite seashores and taking their beach umbrellas with them. Millions of beachgoers will employ thousands of umbrellas throughout the summer often with no safety concerns. (Dispatch)

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Ransomware attack forces city to do permitting by hand

Many Baltimore computer systems remain compromised one week after a ransomware attack, forcing some real estate and restaurant businesses to do things the "old-fashioned way." Three tenants that were supposed to open inside the newly renovated Cross Street Market remained closed Thursday. Now, they are among business owners working with city departments to use manual "work-arounds" for some processes and transactions that would ordinarily be completed online. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Early voting could cost Accomack thousands of dollars

A state mandate to have early voting starting next year could cost Accomack taxpayers thousands of dollars. Patricia White, Accomack Voter Registrar, detailed the potential costs Wednesday and asked the Accomack County Board of Supervisors for direction. The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation to have "no-excuse" absentee ballot voting on seven days leading up to an election, starting in November 2020. (Delmarva)

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ROAR for Kids raises more than $100K for Kennedy Krieger Institute

Kennedy Krieger Institute, a nonprofit organization which improves the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, raised more than $100,000 at the 15th annual ROAR for Kids event April 27 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville. ROAR for Kids, a jungle-themed 5K run, 1-mile fun walk and family festival drew more than 1,000 participants , including hundreds of families, friends and supporters gathered to raise funds for research and programs that help children at the institute. (Daily Record)

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Sentencing set for last officer in Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force corruption case

The last former Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force detective to be sentenced is asking for a term of just three years in prison when a judge hands down his punishment at a hearing scheduled for later this month. Federal prosecutors have said they will seek 12 years for former Detective Jemell Rayam, who pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and cooperated with the government to map out the corrupt gun unit’s crimes. (Balt. Sun)

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MARKED BY HIGH WATER: Frederick looks back a year after devastating flood

A year to the day after widespread flooding filled the basements of homes up and down Motter Avenue in Frederick with up to 44 inches of water, evidence of the disaster is still visible. “If you go down this alley you’ll see these garages with these rust lines up and down the way, it’s like it just happened yesterday,” said Beth McKew, pointing to a layer of dirt and rust extending about 2 feet up the garages in the alley behind her and her wife’s home in the 900 block of Motter on Thursday. (News-Post)

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Hagerstown airport project gets $5.4M in federal funding for expansion

An expansion project could take off at Hagerstown Regional Airport, thanks to a federal grant. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on Wednesday announced “the Federal Aviation Administration’s intent” to award $779 million in grants to fund projects at 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. In a news release, she said the funding “allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation’s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities.” The list includes $5.4 million to expand the terminal building at Hagerstown Regional Airport on Showalter Road.  (Herald-Mail)

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How safe are Greater Washington’s hospitals? It’s a mixed bag.

Some of Greater Washington’s hospitals earn top grades for quality and safety, and others don’t score as well. But it depends which sources you consult. The Leapfrog Group on Wednesday released its spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades, a biannual compilation of scores for 2,600 acute-care hospitals across the country based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a voluntary hospital survey and other supplemental information. And the D.C. area’s facilities scored all over the map. At the top of the report card are Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Suburban Hospital in Bethesda and Inova Health System’s five Northern Virginia hospitals, among others. But most of the region’s facilities didn’t earn perfect scores. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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