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Maryland Senate panel begins police reform hearings

Sep. 22, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland Senate panel began three days of hearings on police accountability Tuesday, with Democrats calling for long overdue reforms and Republicans criticizing the process for lacking their inclusion so far. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee started discussing 15 reform...

Baltimore must pay alleged police victim full settlement

Sep. 22, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore must stop withholding tens of thousands of dollars from an alleged victim of police misconduct, despite the city’s accusation that the Black woman violated a non-disparagement clause that was part of a 2014 settlement, a federal judge ruled Monday. The judge...

Geraldine Swann, director of community outreach at Hampstead Hill Academy in Baltimore, poses for a photograph Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Baltimore. The pandemic has Geri Swann working her cell phone constantly, as she gets up to 100 emails a day seeking help for students and their families. Finding them Chromebooks, buying eyeglasses for kids squinting at screens. Helping people get unemployment checks. Delivering groceries so a woman can feed her school-aged grandchildren while their parents recover from COVID-19.  This is what a community schools coordinator does _ and as a new academic year begins in the throes of coronavirus infections, Swann has only been busier in support of the struggling families at her diverse Baltimore charter school.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Pandemic highlights opportunity gaps in public schools

Sep. 22, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — This pandemic has Geri Swann working her cell phone constantly as she deals with up to 100 emails a day seeking help for students and their families. Finding them Chromebooks, and then buying eyeglasses for kids squinting at screens. Helping people get unemployment checks. Delivering...

Montgomery County schools face $100M shortfall

Sep. 22, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Public schools in Maryland's Montgomery County are bracing for a major blow to funding in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. WTOP reported Tuesday that the school district is mulling deep budget cuts for fiscal year 2022. Montgomery County school officials said at a virtual...

Baltimore County sets aside assistance money for renters

Sep. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Officials in Baltimore County say that there could be as many as 24,000 eviction filings in a single month once the courts get back up to speed following the coronavirus-related closures. The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that county officials are setting aside assistance money to try...

Maryland's unemployment website update creates frustration

Sep. 21, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A new version of Maryland’s unemployment insurance portal created frustration among claimants who said they were unable to file their claims upon its launch before the issue was later resolved. The technical glitches came as BEACON 2.0, an update of the BEACON portal that...

Delaware is taking in more of a rare squirrel species

Sep. 21, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) — A rare squirrel species is being released into a wildlife area in Delaware. The Wilmington News Journal reported Sunday that some Delmarva fox squirrels are going to placed in the Assawoman Wildlife Area in Dagsboro this month. The species was removed from the federal endangered...

Baltimore council set to review bill on Columbus Day change

Sep. 21, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's city council president is expected to introduce a bill Monday that would officially change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Maryland's largest city. A spokeswoman for President Brandon Scott said he expects the bill, which is cosponsored by...

Police: Maryland pedestrian dies in hit-and-run collision

Sep. 20, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A pedestrian was killed early Sunday during a hit-and-run vehicle collision in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, police said. Wilmar Gomez Gonzalez, 24, of Hyattsville, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Montgomery County police department said in a news release. Officers...

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means throws a pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Means strikes out 12; Orioles halt Rays' surge with 2-1 win

Sep. 20, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Denied a five-game sweep and a chance to lengthen their lead in the AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays took consolation in receiving another fine performance from a member of their impressive rotation. John Means struck out a career-high 12 in a pitching duel with Tampa Bay lefty Ryan Yarbrough,...