Only 11.7 percent of Baltimore police officers pass latest sergeant exam, leaving department short

When the list of new Baltimore Police sergeants is released at the end of the month, it will be far shorter than in the past. Only 32 of the 273 officers who took the sergeant’s test passed, according to the city’s Department of Human Resources, which oversees the exam. The passing rate of 11.7 percent is far lower than the last three sergeant exams, which have been given every two years. (Balt. Sun)

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Council passes zoning change to increase affordable housing in Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Council passed a zoning text amendment Tuesday aimed at increasing the amount of affordable housing in the county in exchange for providing developers with extra density for multifamily housing projects. The bill to amend county zoning rules, sponsored by council member Nancy Floreen, requires that in some parts of the county, developers will be rewarded for building housing projects with 15 percent or more of housing units designated as moderately priced (MPDUs). (Bethesda)

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State worker sues, says she was demoted for Facebook comment

A Maryland Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman is suing the agency, saying she was demoted for a profane Facebook comment about gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous. News outlets report the complaint filed Tuesday in federal court says Candy Thomson’s First Amendment rights were violated. But DNR’s communications director, Stephen Schatz, says Thomson “has not been declassified, demoted or suspended.” He says Thomson had submitted her resignation in July, scheduled to take effect in November. (AP)

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'How could you not get this right?' Baltimore riders frustrated by Charm City Circulator disruption

Michael Peery used a plastic CVS bag to shield his head from the pouring rain Thursday morning near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as he waited on a Charm City Circulator bus that never came. The Baltimore Department of Transportation canceled service on the system’s Green and Banner routes and ran fewer buses on the Purple and Orange routes Thursday with less than 24 hours’ notice to riders while it transitions to a new bus vendor. (Balt. Sun)

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National Black Marathoners Association picks Baltimore for its summit

Among the thousands of runners planning to lace up for the Baltimore Running Festival later this month will be several hundred members of the National Black Marathoners Association. The association, which holds its annual summit in a different city each year, will be in Baltimore Oct. 19-20 — the same weekend as the Oct. 20 running festival. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Ocean City plans to ask governor for enforcement help; changes eyed to special event zone next year

With the dust settled on the unsanctioned and uninvited H2O International (H2Oi) event two weekends ago, resort leaders this week reviewed the outcome and called for an even stronger police presence and more bite for enforcement in the future. For the record, the official H2Oi car show was held in Atlantic City the last weekend in September, but, as expected, a huge contingent of car enthusiasts bent on wreaking havoc in Ocean City arrived anyway. (Dispatch)

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Tourism board partners with association, church for historic markers in Washington County

Washington County tourism officials are partnering with two local groups to commission a series of historic markers commemorating the county's African-American heritage. The project is a joint venture of the African American Historical Association of Western Maryland and Ebenezer African Methodist Church in Hagerstown. It would recognize iconic structures and notable residents, such as Robert W. Johnson, according to a news release from Visit Hagerstown, formerly known as the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. (Herald-Mail)

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Commissioners approve free first trash bag for New Windsor citizens in pay-as-you-throw pilot program

The Board of County Commissioners approved providing the first trash bag free to those in New Windsor pay-as-you-throw pilot program set to begin next month. While the decision was unanimous — the commissioners voted 4-0 Thursday, with Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, not in attendance — it did not come without frustration expressed by some commissioners, two of whom said they were “reluctantly” voting in favor of the free trash bag. (Carr. Co. Times)

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