Public data on crime, parking tickets and more no longer being updated amid Baltimore ransomware attack

The ransomware attack on government computers in Baltimore City has affected various agencies’ day-to-day activities. It has also halted scheduled updates to several government datasets on Open Baltimore, the city’s open data website. The attack was discovered on May 7. Hackers used a virus to encrypt files on government systems, demanding a payment of 3 Bitcoins (equivalent to about $17,600 at current prices) to unlock a single system, or 13 Bitcoins (worth about $76,280) to unlock all the city’s systems. Officials have said they won’t pay and that it could take weeks to restore the city’s computer systems. (Balt. Sun)

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Days before Preakness, water main breaks in front of main Pimlico entrance

Crews have repaired a water main that broke outside the Pimlico Race Course entrance Tuesday, days before Preakness crowds descend upon the track for Baltimore’s largest sporting event of the year. As of Wednesday morning, a large hole remained outside the main entrance. Officials said it would be filled by the end of the day. The break comes amid scrutiny of Pimlico’s outdated infrastructure and speculation about the Preakness’ future in Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana seized in raid, Howard County police say.

A Federal agency places drugs in one of five categories depending on factors including their potential for abuse. A search of a Howard County apartment last week turned up drugs in four of the five federal categories, according to the county police. The raid was carried out Friday in an apartment in Ellicott City, the police said in a statement released Tuesday. (Wash. Post)

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Union workers at Pimlico Race Course avert strike before Preakness by ratifying contract with pay raise

With days left before the horse racing world turns its eyes on Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness Stakes weekend, employees at the Baltimore track averted a threatened strike by approving a contract with the Maryland Jockey Club that provides their first pay raise in more than a decade. About 90% of the members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 27 voted to ratify a labor agreement with the Jockey Club that will increase pay for the next two years and provide retroactive raises dating to Jan. 1, 2018 — when the previous contract expired, union officials said. (Balt. Sun)

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Transource power-line hearing set for Saturday in Smithsburg

Another public hearing on a proposed power-line project will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Smithsburg High School. It is the second of two hearings the Maryland Public Service Commission scheduled to allow time for analysis of a possible alternative route for one part of the power-line project. The first hearing was in April in Pylesville in Harford County. (Herald Mail)

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MTA to raise transit fares for buses, subway, light rail, Mobility shuttles in June

The price of a one-way Maryland Transit Administration bus, subway, light rail or Mobility shuttle ticket will rise by 10 cents next month, the MTA announced Tuesday, saying the fare increase is required by state law. The single-trip fare for the local bus, subway and light rail will rise to $1.90 on June 23, while the price of a Mobility ticket will increase to $2.10, the MTA said. The fee for a monthly pass will rise to $74, a $2 increase. (Balt. Sun)

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Protesters rally outside Montgomery County police station after use of racial slur

At least 50 protesters chanted and marched to a Montgomery County police station in Silver Spring, Maryland, from a nearby library Monday night, and rallied outside. Some carried signs with slogans that included “Stop Racial Profiling,” “Black People Are Not ‘Suspicious!” and “Black Lives Matter." The demonstration was a response to videos recorded last week, of a white officer using a racial slur. (WTOP)

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Former Baltimore Police chief Darryl De Sousa enters federal prison

Former Baltimore Police commissioner Darryl De Sousa has entered a federal prison in Fairton, New Jersey, according to his attorney. De Sousa pleaded guilty in April to three counts of failing to file federal tax returns. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake sentenced Baltimore’s former top cop to 10 months in federal prison, 100 hours of community service and one year of supervised release. (Balt. Sun)

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