Consent decree report criticizes police response in Harlem Park following fatal shooting of Detective Suiter

The Baltimore Police Department’s response in Harlem Park following the fatal shooting of Detective Sean Suiter in 2017 raises “clear constitutional concerns,” the monitoring team overseeing the consent decree has found, citing improper stops and searches of residents. “BPD’s response to the Suiter shooting demonstrates the considerable long-term challenge it faces to ensure that its officers abide by the Constitution and the Consent Decree in their interactions with community members,” the monitoring team wrote in a report submitted to the court Wednesday. (Balt. Sun)

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‘Feasible projects’ approved to help Md. commuters ditch cars

Four projects designed to help Maryland commuters travel without using their cars have been approved for federal grants by local planners. The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board voted Wednesday to select recipients of more than $1.2 million through the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternatives Program. (WTOP)

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Mother of girl killed in Md. school shooting unsure how to move forward on gun laws

Melissa Willey wears a rubber bracelet with her daughter’s name on it: Jaelynn. She has a heart-shaped locket with a likeness of Jaelynn stamped onto the surface. Her daughter’s name is also tattooed on her forearm. Willey points out that the lettering is in Jaelynn’s handwriting; she gave the tattoo artist a sample of Jaelynn’s signature to use in the design. Those are just some of the ways Willey keeps the memory of her late daughter close. In March, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey was shot in the head at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. She died after being taken off life support days later. The shooter was a 17-year-old boy who died after turning the gun on himself. (WTOP)

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Council leader flags holes in unique $140 million courthouse contract

Howard County has selected a firm to design and construction its new $140 million circuit courthouse, but the head of the County Council said she won’t sign the deal until more of the developer’s contract is hammered out. Bethesda-based developer Edgemoor-Star America Judicial Partners has been tapped to lead the design, construction and maintenance of the courthouse as part of a public-private partnership that will cost the county more than $300 million over 30 years. (Ho. Co. Times)

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July 18 // After Maryland challenges, FAA pulls out of discussions on airport noise

The Federal Aviation Administration has halted discussions with Maryland airport officials and a citizens group after challenges were filed last month on behalf of residents seeking changes in flight paths because of noise. FAA officials said they could no longer continue talks on flight paths because of the pending legal action. The breakdown in communications marked a setback for Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who has sought to find common ground with the Trump administration on transportation and other matters. (Wash. Post)

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Halfway to cleanup deadline, Chesapeake Bay hits goals for phosphorus, sediment, but misses nitrogen target

Halfway to a 2025 cleanup deadline, the Chesapeake Bay is on track to meet goals for reduced phosphorus and sediment pollution, but has missed a target for nitrogen contamination. That’s according to a Chesapeake Bay Program analysis of pollution controls put in place since 2009 in Maryland and six other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake watershed. (Balt. Sun)

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Toll lanes? Transit? Md. study eyes ways to trim Beltway, I-270 congestion

Maryland transportation leaders are suggesting 18 possible ways to reduce congestion on the Capital Beltway in the state and part of Interstate 270, and they want to know what residents think. The 19th option is to do nothing, but the Maryland State Highway Administration warn that would allow traffic to worsen. The ideas were unveiled Tuesday evening at a public workshop at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. (WTOP)

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Residents urge Howard County Council to freeze development around Ellicott City in response to flooding

Ellicott City residents and shop owners are supporting a proposed County Council bill to place a yearlong freeze on development in the Tiber River watershed that some have blamed for worsening flooding in recent years. At a Monday night hearing, the council was urged to place longer and larger restrictions on development. Some people wore T-shirts and had signs that read “Protect Community,” the words in a logo scrawled under a rain-soaked umbrella. (Ho. Co. Times)

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