FEMA awards Md. over $1 million for Ellicott City flood-prevention efforts

More money is being pumped into a fight to prevent another devastating flood in a historic Maryland town. Last year’s deadly flood in Ellicott City left many businesses with the tough decision of whether they should rebuild along the historic Main Street. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the state $1,044,224 for flood-mitigation efforts in Ellicott City, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday. The money from FEMA will be used to improve a culvert on the downtown’s west side, known as West End, to protect homeowners in the area. (WTOP)

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Henrietta Lacks portrait acquired by Smithsonian museums

Michelle Obama will soon have some new company at the National Portrait Gallery. And, like the former first lady’s portrait by Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, this work also has a Charm City connection. The Smithsonian has acquired a portrait of Henrietta Lacks, the Baltimore County woman whose cells changed medicine and whose story inspired a book and HBO film. It will be shared by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture. “It is fitting that Henrietta Lacks be honored at two Smithsonian museums, as each approaches American history from unique and complementary perspectives,” said Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery. (Balt. Sun)

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During Suiter investigation, Baltimore officers discussed running residents through criminal databases

Body-camera footage from the Baltimore police shutdown of Harlem Park during the investigation into the fatal shooting of Detective Sean Suiter in November shows officers discussing running the names of residents coming and going from homes through criminal databases. “I’ve just been writing their f—ing contacts and f—ing running them real quick,” one officer says to another during a conversation captured in footage obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Public Information Act request. “I’ve just been giving them contacts and running them through PocketCop.” (Balt. Sun)

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Community rallies around Maryland woman in danger of deportation

Protesters, family members, churchgoers and employers gathered in front of Baltimore’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices Thursday morning in support of a New Carrollton woman. Marta Rodriguez, 53, said she entered the United States illegally in 2005. She later obtained a work permit and has been required to regularly meet with ICE for the past nine years. But prior to Thursday’s meeting, she was fearful of being deported. After meeting with the office, Rodriguez stated that she was granted two more months before the next appointment, which she hoped would give her more time to fight her case. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll commissioners add county positions, discuss grants

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners approved grant applications and discussed new county positions among other topics at its Thursday meeting. While the board is nearing the final stages of completing the FY19 budget — a public hearing is scheduled for May 15 and the budget adoption for May 29 — the commissioners Thursday discussed a handful of new county positions for which they had set aside $210,00 in the budget. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Local water mains protected with cutting-edge tool

In late 2008, a major water main burst along River Road in Bethesda, Maryland, making national news and sending millions of gallons of water flowing through the street. Now, nearly a decade later, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is touting new technology that helps prevent such a disaster from happening again. “That was such a massive break that it turned River Road into a river,” explained WSSC General Manager Carla Reid. The cutting-edge technology that WSSC has been working on is called Acoustic Fiber Optic pipe protection. It monitors pipes 24/7 and alerts WSSC when a water main is getting weak and is about to break. (WTOP)

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'The food's fresher' is the refrain as Howard's farm markets open

Farm market season got off to a sunny start on Wednesday at the first market of the year outside Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City. Fifteen vendors are planned for each of the three markets run by the Howard County Farmers Market Board: at the library in Ellicott City on Wednesdays, at Clarksville Commons on Saturdays and in Oakland Mills in Columbia on Sundays. Twelve new vendors will be featured this season, according to market organizer Jamie Brown, who also owns TLV Farm in Glenelg and appears at all three markets. (Columbia Flier)

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May 10 // Baltimore Police union president calls on community oversight panel member to resign

The president of the Baltimore police union on Wednesday called for the resignation of a member of a panel tasked with reviewing civilian oversight of the police department. At a news conference, Gene Ryan, the president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, said Marvin McKenstry, the previous chair of the Civilian Oversight Task Force, has shown “animosity towards law enforcement,” after a video surfaced of a traffic stop of McKenstry. (Balt. Sun)

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