Neall taps two public health veterans for key posts at state Health Dept.

Maryland Health Secretary Robert R. Neall on Thursday installed two public health veterans in key positions within the agency. Neall announced that Howard Haft would be the executive director for the new Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP) and that Fran Phillips would be replacing Haft as the deputy secretary for Public Health Services. (Md. Matters)

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MEMA report reveals goals, improvements for emergency action

Two floods, one in Ellicott City and one two weeks earlier in Frederick, Md., required massive repairs and cleanup in the weeks following heavy rains. Maryland’s Emergency Management Agency’s after-action report studied how fast help to both areas arrived. In Ellicott City, where it took months to recover from a flood two years ago, repairs to infrastructure re-opened Main Street much faster, with state and local agencies learning from 2016 flooding. (WJZ-TV)

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Anne Arundel County environmentalists: Construction sites need better runoff protection

More than two dozen community groups and environmentalists have signed onto a letter calling for County Executive Steve Schuh to better regulate construction sites throughout Anne Arundel County. The letter was sent after volunteers surveyed 26 different construction sites and found varying degrees of sediment control compliance. Their audit claims only about a third of construction sites were properly placing down mulch and grass to control the flow of sediment into nearby waterways. (Capital)

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Grants approved to help Carroll youth and those with employment barriers get jobs

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners approved funding this week to help low-income adults with employment barriers, dislocated workers and disconnected youth find work. The three commissioners present Thursday — Stephen Wantz, R-District 1; Richard Weaver, R-District 2; and Dennis Frazier, R-District 3 — unanimously approved the Department of Economic Development’s acceptance of two grants to help the disadvantaged individuals: a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Formula Grant Award for about $1.2 million and a Summer Youth Connection Grant award for $23,328. (Carr. Co. Times)

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How much Susquehanna River debris could have passed through Conowingo Dam floodgates?

In the days after record July rainfall filled Chesapeake Bay waterways with debris, Comptroller Peter Franchot said Maryland was "literally drowning in Pennsylvania’s trash." How much of the detritus actually came down the Susquehanna River and through the Conowingo Dam’s opened floodgates? It's impossible to quantify, but one scientist who has studied the effects of major rainstorms on the bay said it could have been significant. The Susquehanna drains an area that makes up 43 percent of the Chesapeake watershed. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore police officer resigns after viral video of him pummeling a man who was not fighting back

On the same day the Baltimore Police Department graduated the city’s future men and women in blue, the agency suspended of an officer who was captured on video pummeling a man on the street. The department announced late Sunday it had accepted the officer’s resignation. In the now-viral footage, the officer and the man, whom his lawyer identified as DeShawn McGrier, can be seen talking to each other. “Don’t touch me,” McGrier told the officer, who then repeatedly punched the man.

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New festival will recognize Asian Americans' contributions to Baltimore

A new festival coming to Baltimore this fall will spotlight the city's historic Chinatown and the contributions that Asian Americans continue to make to the community today. The first Charm City Night Market, scheduled for Sept. 22, is slated to bring musical performances, food stalls and arts vendors to the 200 block of Park Avenue in Mt. Vernon, just down the street from a stretch of Baltimore that used to be home to a slew of businesses owned by Chinese-American entrepreneurs. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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AFRAM Festival is being held for the second year in Druid Hill Park

Since it’s become too dangerous to sit outside on her front porch, Beverly Johnson attends Baltimore’s AFRAM Festival to visit with neighbors and friends. And she prefers to park her lawn chair on a grassy bank in Druid Hill Park — the event’s new location — rather than downtown near the sports stadiums where the outdoor celebration was held through 2016. (Balt. Sun)

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