Naval Academy chapel dome slated for renovation

The Naval Academy will renovate the iconic chapel dome beginning this winter. The academy will soon commence the $8.9 million project, which will restore parts of the masonry wall and dome in the next year. The academy awarded G-W Management Services LLC the contract in late September. “I am writing to make you aware of a significant project that is about to commence at the chapel,” academy Chief of Staff Capt. George Lang wrote in a memo to academy faculty and staff. (Capital)

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Open enrollment ends December 15, 2018

Open enrollment to buy, change, or renew a qualified health plan for 2019 will end December 15 for healthcare starting on January 1, 2019. Remember that Medicaid enrollment is year-round, and Medicaid-eligible Marylanders may start their coverage immediately. Marylanders who are enrolled in Medicaid must renew their Medicaid coverage once a year through the Maryland Health Connection. (MedChi)

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Baltimore passes 'Complete Streets' law requiring more bike-, pedestrian-friendly road design

Baltimore officials on Thursday announced the passage of the “Complete Streets” law, a broad set of regulations requiring the city’s Department of Transportation to design roadways, sidewalks and bike lanes in a way that promotes walking, bicycling and public transit, beyond just cars. Councilman Ryan Dorsey, who sponsored the legislation, said it will set up Baltimore for success and improved equity in the future by encouraging “designing for a more human-scale city.” Mayor Catherine Pugh signed the bill into law late last week, and Dorsey held a news conference at City Hall Thursday to celebrate it. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City Council releases police commissioner pick Fitzgerald's resume, begins confirmation process

The confirmation process for Baltimore police commissioner nominee Joel Fitzgerald officially began Thursday, as the City Council takes up his nomination at its final meeting of the year. Unlike past nominees, Fitzgerald has chosen to stay in his current job as the chief of police in Fort Worth, Texas, saying he’ll begin working in Baltimore once he’s confirmed by a council vote. On Thursday, The Baltimore Sun reported new details about how Fitzgerald emerged as Mayor Catherine Pugh’s choice. The mayor first met him in May and ultimately picked him from a list of candidates in October. (Balt. Sun)

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Bike share returns: Lime to debut dockless bicycles in Baltimore this weekend

Bike share will return to Baltimore this weekend. Lime Bikes, which has operated a fleet of its dockless rental scooters under a six-month pilot agreement with the city Department of Transportation since August, will drop 100 electric-assisted dockless bicycles on streets this weekend and expand from there, according to German Vigil, a transportation department spokesman. Lime did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore police oversight panel withdraws lawsuit against city over internal affairs records

The Civilian Review Board, a panel of volunteers that reviews Baltimore police misconduct complaints, is withdrawing its lawsuit filed last month after the city refused to release police internal affairs records amid a dispute over confidentiality agreements. The board’s attorney planned to release a notice of dismissal of the lawsuit Thursday, said Bridal Pearson, the board’s chairman. The decision was made after the Police Department agreed to release official police internal affairs records to board members. (Balt. Sun)

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Feds: Ex-Baltimore police officer admitted misconduct, expanding scope of Gun Trace Task Force corruption probe

A former Baltimore police officer has admitted to the FBI that he stole money, lied in police reports and improperly used electronic surveillance devices, federal prosecutors in California said — widening the scope of police misconduct unearthed by the Gun Trace Task Force scandal. Former Det. Matthew Ryckman resigned from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Sacramento this fall after admitting the misconduct in an interview with the FBI, according to a Nov. 16 letter sent by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in California to local defense attorneys that was obtained by The Baltimore Sun. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County's police chief stepping down

After a 35-year-career with the Howard County Police Department, Chief Gary L. Gardner is bowing out. “While this was a challenging decision, I look forward to the future and spending more time with family,” Gardner said in a statement. “I am proud of what we have accomplished over the past four and a half years, and I know the agency will continue to build upon a foundation of excellence.” (Ho. Co. Times)

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