Baltimore officials will pay consultant $176,800 to help police department maintain Lotus Notes system

Baltimore’s spending panel agreed Wednesday to pay $176,800 to a computer software consultant to help the city’s Police Department as it continues to address some of its rampant technology problems. The decision by the Board of Estimates to renew the city’s contract with Marriottsville-based Computer & Network Consultants Inc. comes two months after an internal review detailed widespread failures in the police agency’s technology systems. (Balt. Sun)

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Bay leaders promise more help for farmers to reduce nitrogen runoff

Amid concerns that Chesapeake cleanup efforts are lagging and that meeting future goals will be even more challenging, Bay leaders met Tuesday in Baltimore, vowing to stay the course and pump up the effort to help farmers establish water quality projects on their land. The Chesapeake Executive Council signed a directive urging each state to increase technical assistance — the “boots on the ground” that provide assistance to farmers — to help them install runoff control practices on the more than 83,000 farms located in the Bay watershed. (Md. Reporter)

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Two high-profile Schuh officials leave, one working on election for Maryland GOP

The Anne Arundel County education officer and director of the Office of Constituent Services have left County Executive Steve Schuh’s administration — one of them permanently and the other temporarily to do election volunteer work. Education officer Amalie Brandenburg started Aug. 1 as deputy state superintendent of finance and administration within the Maryland State Department of Education. She is overseeing the department’s fiscal operations, according to a news release. (Capital)

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Frederick County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO steps down

Elizabeth Cromwell, president and chief executive officer of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, has resigned to take a new job in Virginia, according to a press release from the chamber. Cromwell, who has served in this role since 2014, will move into the same role at the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce in Virginia. Her last day will be Sept. 14. (News-Post)

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Maryland earns 8% on pension funds, raising total to $52 billion

For the second year in a row, Maryland’s retirement and pension system beat its target return on investment, earning 8.06% and raising the fund that pays for retired teachers and state employees to almost $52 billion, a gain of $2.8 billion. According to a national tracking firm, Maryland’s return was about average for large public funds, largely fueled by returns on public and private equity stocks. (Md. Reporter)

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YouTube, Washington County are back on friendly terms

YouTube has made up with Washington County. An apology, some protocol adjustments and voila, the county is back to live-streaming commissioners meetings on its YouTube site. The county was suspended earlier this year from live-streaming meetings on YouTube after someone repeatedly flagged content on the site. The specific reason for the flags was unknown, but viewers can flag an account for inappropriate content. (Herald-Mail)

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Baltimore County council members urge MTA to reduce bus service to White Marsh Mall area after fight

Two Baltimore County Council members, concerned about “large crowds of youth” at the White Marsh Mall on weekend nights, urged the Maryland Transit Administration on Wednesday to stop bus service in the area after 11 p.m. The request from Cathy Bevins and David Marks followed a fight at the White Marsh Mall on Saturday night that led to the arrest of seven juveniles and two 19-year-olds, one of whom is accused of swinging at a security guard. (Balt. Sun)

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An Edgar Allan Poe Festival is coming to Baltimore

This year, October will bring yet another reason to celebrate all things spooky and macabre — the first International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards. The free, two-day outdoor festival will take place in Baltimore on the 169th anniversary of the famous writer's death, Oct. 6 and 7. It will go from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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