Wor-Wic facing federal lawsuit over alleged negligence, discrimination in police academy

 

Wor-Wic Community College faces a federal lawsuit alleging the defensive tactics part of its police training program "was negligently designed and dangerous," leading to a career-ending brain injury for one plaintiff. The lawsuit was filed in March on behalf of Cynthia Mowery and Brian Alexander, both former students of Wor-Wic's Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy, which trains future officers for more than 60 agencies throughout the region. (Salisbury)

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State Moving To Cashless Tolls at Key, Hatem Bridges

For the first time, Maryland is converting some of its existing toll facilities to state-of-the-art cashless collection systems. Starting this fall, transportation officials say the Francis Scott Key Bridge on the Baltimore Beltway and the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge on Route 40 in northeastern Maryland will move to an electronic toll collection system. (WBAL)

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Leaders Tackle Regional Housing Strategy

The Washington, D.C., region is expected to see a massive increase in jobs and people during the next three decades, an influx that threatens to make housing even less affordable for lower- and middle-income workers and commuting an even greater chore. But a group of planners believes there is an opportunity for the region to reduce the amount of time people spend getting to and from work even with all those newcomers moving in. (Md. Matters)

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Baltimore is one of the most sleep-deprived U.S. cities, study finds

Baltimore is tired of a lot of things — corruption, violence, rats. It’s also just tired. Charm City was identified as the second-most sleep-deprived large city in the U.S., according to a new study from the insurance agency HavenLife. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests adults get at least seven hours of sleep per night. But more than a third of the nation’s population gets less than that recommended amount — a factor that can lead to poor physical and mental health. (Balt. Sun)

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Wheelabrator sues Baltimore County for not sending enough trash to its incinerator

The owner of a waste-to-energy plant in southwest Baltimore is suing the Baltimore County government, saying it reneged on a contractual agreement to send an annual minimum amount of trash to the facility. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in the Baltimore County Circuit Court, Wheelabrator representatives wrote that a reduction in the amount of trash sent to the incinerator is a breach of a contract, “causing Wheelabrator damages currently estimated to exceed over $32 million.” (Balt. Sun)

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A MARC train to HQ2? A VRE train to Baltimore? This study will answer whether the market's there.

Could a future Amazon.com Inc. employee living deep in the Old Line State catch a MARC train straight to Crystal City? Or how about a Manassas resident riding VRE to Baltimore? Maryland and Virginia want to answer those questions in the next year. Officials from both states want to see if it's possible for Virginia Railway Express and Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains to go well beyond their current routes, what they are calling "run-through service." (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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$4.4M for public housing in Western Md.

Housing authorities of Cumberland, Frostburg and Allegany County will each receive a portion of $4.4 million in federal funding for Western Maryland public housing announced by U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen on Friday. The money will be used for the development, financing and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Public Housing Capital Fund. (Times-News)

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Baltimore Named Second Most Sleep-Deprived Large City In U.S., Study Says

It seems that Baltimore is tired. According to a new study, Baltimore was named the second most sleep-deprived large city in the United States. Coming in at No. 1 was Detroit, Michigan. The Center for Disease Control suggests that adults get at least seven hours of sleep per night, but on average, less than half of Baltimore residents have that luxury. (WJZ-TV)

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